<i>Other Desert Cities</i> artwork.
Other Desert Cities artwork.
Asolo Repertory Theatre announced their 2013-2014 season today. Opening the 55th season will be Oscar Hammerstein II and Jerome Kern's Show Boat. The season will also feature a new musical Hero, about an aspiring comic book artist, and Frank Galati's Tony Award-winning adaption of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. Asolo Rep will also hold its new play festival, Unplugged 2014, with readings planned for April 2014 and an unannounced summer musical which will run from June 10-29, 2014.

For their new season, Asolo Repertory Theatre has initiated a new format in response to audiences and subscriber feedback. The fall musical, which in previous seasons closed immediately before Christmas, will be extended for an additional week to run through the December holidays. Asolo Repertory Theatre will also bring the spring musical on board much earlier, with previews in April, bringing a second full-scale musical into the season lineup.

"This new format greatly increases our artistic flexibility. The spring musical slot is getting a great deal of attention from artists and producers who see it as an ideal time to develop new work with us, a strong part of our mission. It has become apparent that it serves the new work best if it can open earlier and expect a larger audience as part of the subscription base as well as attracting residents before they leave town," said Linda DiGabriele, Managing Director of Asolo Rep.

In October 2013, Asolo Repertory Theatre's New Stages Tour will return for its fifth season with a new adaptation of William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. Adapted by Lauryn E. Sasso and Dmitry Troyanovsky and directed by Dmitry Troyanovsky, this production features the entire third year class of The FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training.

Oscar Hammerstein II and Jerome Kern's Show Boat, will play from November 12-December 29, 2013. Based on the novel by Edna Ferber, Show Boat is considered to be the first great American musical. The story follows the lives, loves, and losses of theater folk on the Mississippi. Show Boat tackles the issues of racial and social changes, with direction from Rob Ruggiero.

Tony Award-winning director Frank Galati's production of Philadelphia, Here I Come! Will take the stage from January 7-April 12, 2014. Written by Brian Friel (Dancing at Lughnasa), Philadelphia, Here I Come! is a story about the American dream. Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz (creator of television's Brothers and Sisters) and directed by Greg Leaming, brings dysfunctional family drama to the stage on January 15-February 27, 2014.

Broadway's current smash comedy written by Christopher Durang, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike will turn Chekhov on its head with a blend of comedy and absurdity. Directed by Peter Amster, this new comedy will play from January 22-April 13, 2014.

Frank Galati's groundbreaking adaptation of Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath won the Tony Award for Best Play and will take the Asolo Rep stage on March 12-April 19, 2014, with direction from Michael Donald Edwards. A quintessential American story about hope, goodness, strength, perseverance, and the human spirit, The Grapes of Wrath is sure to leave audiences in awe.

4,000 Miles by Amy Herzog will take the stage of the Asolo Theater from April 2-27, 2014. The play examines how two outsiders find their way in the world today after Leo bicycles 4,000 miles from Seattle to the West Village apartment of his grandmother.

The new musical Hero makes its regional premiere on April 29-June 1, 2014. With book and concept by Aaron Thielen, music and lyrics by Michael Mahler, and direction by David H. Bell, Hero follows the story of aspiring comic book artist Hero Batowski. A long-ago tragedy left Hero unable to move on, and, as a result, he has led anything but a superhero life. However, after a series of events, Hero must decide whether he's ready to get his life on track. With a pop/rock score, this new musical brings to life the extraordinary moments in ordinary life that bring out the superhero in all of us.

The FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training has also announced their 2013-2014 season lineup. Their acting students will perform in a series of four plays in the Cook Theatre in The FSU Center for the Performing Arts beginning with The School for Lies by David Ives (adapted from Moliere's The Misanthrope) and directed by Greg Leaming on October 30 - November 17, 2013. Following this production comes the farce Loot by Joe Orton on January 2 - January 19, 2014. Paula Vogel Pulitzer Prize winning drama How I Learned to Drive will play from February 19 - March 9, 2014 and Jean Anouilh's modern retelling of the famous Greek tragedy, Antigone, will take the stage on April 9 - April 27, 2014 with direction by Andrei Malaev.

Tickets for Asolo Repertory Theatre 2013-2014 season go on sale September 2013. Click here for more information