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Dig this. One of the most highly anticipated new musicals from one of the hottest writing teams on the planet, Beatsville has its world premiere at Asolo Rep next spring. It's Greenwich Village, 1959 – the world of underground coffee shops, goateed artists, turtle-necked poets, and bongo-playing jazzbos. Tragically square busboy Walter Paisley wants nothing more than to be one of the beatniks, but he has no artistic talent whatsoever. When he accidentally kills a cat and hides it in a lump of clay, "Dead Cat" is declared a masterpiece, and Walter a genius. More "sculptures" bring more acclaim – but will the world discover Walter's secret? Hip, rollicking, and bona fide hilarious, hang onto your berets – we're headed to Beatsville!
A Broadway triumph and 1950 Academy Award-nominated film, this deliciously witty comedy is also a biting commentary on politics and the power of female persuasion. With his ex-showgirl girlfriend Billie Dawn in tow, junkyard magnate Harry Brock moves to Washington D.C. where he hopes to break into some "special interest" business with an ethically-challenged senator. When Billie's lack of social graces embarrasses even him, Harry hires a young reporter to give her the polish she needs to get ahead in D.C. society. But Harry gets more than he bargained for when, in a deliriously funny turn of events, he discovers a little bit of learning can be a dangerous thing.
Winner of the Obie for Best New American Play, this Pulitzer Prize finalist is as hilarious as it is relevant. Macedonio "Mace" Guerra is a really good professional wrestler, but he's not the champion – that's the impossibly charismatic Chad Deity. When Mace discovers an Indian-American Brooklyn kid whose charisma rivals that of the champ, he decides to recruit him as the perfect foil. But when their rivalry is used to exploit racial stereotypes to raise ratings, all three men find themselves fighting for more than the title belt. This no-holds-barred comedy transforms the Cook Theatre into a wrestling arena where you'll have a ringside seat for this invigorating tale that masks a sly allegory about race, class and power.
Perhaps the crowning dramatic achievement of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, Evita won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Score. The show is among the most passionate and memorable works in musical theater history. Eva Perón used her beauty and charisma to rise from her poverty-stricken roots on the outskirts of Buenos Aires to become the powerful and controversial first lady of Argentina at the age of 27. She won international acclaim and adoration as a champion of the poor while glamour, power, and greed made her the world's first major political celebrity. With an electrifying score inspired by jazz, pop, and Latin music, including the riveting anthem "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," this iconic musical is set to dazzle with a spectacular new staging at Asolo Rep.
Style. Status. Success. A group of 20-something editorial assistants are pursuing it all at one of New York's most esteemed cultural magazines. But declining readership, diminishing advertising revenue, and forced layoffs have employees tense and combative behind their cubicle walls. When a seemingly normal day at the office turns out to be anything but, these aspiring journalists are given inspiration in a way they never expected. A Pulitzer Prize finalist, this hilariously dark and shocking play takes audiences on an unpredictable, unnerving journey to a simple and very human insight.
On the heels of Asolo Rep's wildly successful All The Way, The Great Society continues Robert Schenkkan's profound exploration of Lyndon Johnson's turbulent years in the White House. In his second term as president, besieged by political opponents, Johnson summons all his political wiles to try to push through Congress some of the most important social programs in U.S. history through Congress. His vision of a Great Society became the most ambitious effort ever to test what American government is capable of achieving. And in doing so, to discover what it is not. Actor Nick Wyman returns to the Asolo Rep stage to reprise his role as L.B.J. in this unflinching examination of the morality of power.
Julius Caesar endures as a provocative examination of personal responsibility against the backdrop of great political consequences. In a fast-paced adaptation both intimate and ruthless, the next generation will have the chance to ask how each of us must weigh the greater good against the advice of friends, the roar of public opinion, strategic advantages, personal costs, and the compass of our own hearts.
Relevant, ruthless, and gripping, Lillian Hellman's chronicle of the dark side of the American Dream is a masterpiece of 20th century drama. Set in 1900 in the deep South, Regina Hubbard Giddens and her two brothers are nouveau-riche cotton growers who have a chance to become mega-rich by investing in a new mill. But the siblings still need $75,000 to seal the deal, which they attempt to swindle from Regina's ailing husband. And so the sinister games begin with each of these "little foxes" nibbling at the other's tender grapes (the title comes from the Song of Solomon) as each will let nothing stand in the way of financial gain.
The entire company of second year graduate students at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory in Shakespeare's hilarious comedy about four young lovers, five rude mechanicals, and an army of fairies and spirits who all cross paths one magical night in a forest outside of Athens. The most beloved of Shakespeare's plays, capturing the essence of young, and not-so-young love, performed by the future of the American theatre.
Hilarious and heartwarming, this unconventional new comedy tackles love, loss, and coming to terms with growing old. After hooking up at a funeral, Angus and Abigail find themselves waking up the next morning wrapped in sheets on his sofa. Strangers just the day before, Abigail thinks she may finally be ready to take another chance on love, but Angus has a few issues to work through first. Enter neighbor Ollie, formerly a baseball player for the Detroit Tigers who now enjoys golf and yoga. Nothing is as it seems with this trio, and every disclosure reveals a new perspective. Set in a Florida retirement community, this charming and big-hearted comedy takes audiences on an unexpected journey toward a new lease on life.
It's the dawn of the 20th century in New York...a time of enormous change and new ideas, and the world is moving to the music of ragtime. This epic Tony Award-winning musical depicts the struggles, successes, hopes, and dreams of a white, upper-middle class family in New Rochelle, an African-American musician and his girlfriend in Harlem, and a Jewish immigrant and his daughter on the Lower East Side. Interwoven with their stories are the newsmakers of the era — Harry Houdini, Booker T. Washington, J.P. Morgan, and Henry Ford among them. Minneapolis director Peter Rothstein has reenvisioned this originally massive musical as an innovative, highly theatrical production that, in today's world, resonates to the very heart.
A farce. A tragedy. A brilliant experiment for the mind. Brace yourself for an exhilarating experience staged by multi-Tony Award winner Frank Galati. Berenger is a simple man with a simple life. He has a regular job, drinks too much, and has a flirtatious relationship with his coworker Daisy. But his day is interrupted by a rhinoceros charging through town — then another and another. Berenger begins to ponder the ramifications of literally following the herd. Written just after World War Two, Rhinoceros is still considered a masterpiece of absurdist theater, where the world is incomprehensible and anything a writer can imagine can happen. Don't miss this hilarious satire about mass culture, conformity, and integrity.
As the U.S. adjusts to a new administration and millions of women march in solidarity around the world, Roe emerges at a pivotal time in our nation's history. The lawyer: a young, brilliant, courageous woman arguing Roe v. Wade before the Supreme Court. The plaintiff: a hard-living single woman who, in 1969, found herself poor and pregnant for a third time. The landmark 1973 case legalized abortion but also began unforeseen transformations for these women, mirroring the polarization in American culture. With shocking turns and surprising humor, Roe illuminates the difficult choices women make and the passion each side has for its cause.
Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman's Academy Award-winning film bursts to life on the Asolo Rep stage. Promising young playwright Will Shakespeare is tormented by writer's block while two competing theater managers are demanding new comedies replete with romance, adventure, and maybe a funny bit with a dog. To his rescue comes the beautiful and vibrant Viola, Will's greatest admirer and the inspiration he's been longing for. But Viola has a secret, and Will finds himself star-cross'd. This sweeping romantic comedy is a love letter to the arts. As Viola proclaims, "I will have poetry in my life. And adventure. And love. Love above all."