At GableStage, audiences can open their eyes, ears, and noses to experience the creative adventures brought to life by talented contemporary playwrights. Superior Donuts is a new dramedy by Tracy Letts, a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright (August: Osage County) and ensemble member of Chicago’s famed Steppenwolf Theater. Set against the backdrop of an old Chicago neighborhood, Superior Donuts examines friendships, new beginnings, and old secrets as they converge on a local donut shop like a whole bunch of homeless donuts. After a run on Broadway, this production is now making its southeastern premiere.
With early access and fast-tracked autograph signings, you'll have more time than the common Superconners to experience the lengthy lineup of comic-book legends, celebrity guests, and musical acts throughout the weekend. There will only be 100 V.I.P. tickets sold, so grab one soon or be forced to settle for important-person tickets.
A nationally sourced all-star roster of professional singers, Seraphic Fire weaves complex vocals and dynamic performance into a shimmering audio-visual tapestry. Joining forces with the Firebird Chamber Orchestra and playwright Laura Schellhardt, the group brings its classical poise and pitch-perfect gusto to the world premiere of King Arthur. This new interpretation of the baroque opera musically exhumes the Arthurian legend as ethereal singers, dexterous instrumentalists, and skillful narration regale audiences with a romantic and magical tale of conflict between the Britons and the Saxons. An entertaining blend of music and drama, the production provides an ideal way to treat a special choral music fan, history buff, or Renaissance fair chanteuse.
Making its debut at Actors' Playhouse, the five-time Tony Award–winning black comedy August: Osage County follows a dysfunctional family in rural Oklahoma and the fallout after their alcoholic patriarch disappears. Scribed by 2008 Pulitzer Prize–winner Tracy Letts, audience members hug their adopted playbills as the story unwinds with unspoken secrets and the clan's confrontation with crisis.
A fund-raising event for The United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education, Rocks for Education aims to draw audiences with a family-friendly mix of music, comedy, and more. Emmy winner and Local 10 News anchor Laurie Jennings will serve as the event's emcee, and stars David Henrie of Wizards of Waverly Place and Drake Bell of Drake & Josh will engage spectators with songs, comedy, and other unmimed entertainments. Performances by local dance teams and American Idol contestant Symphony Music Howlett will add to the rhythmic stew, making the event more melodic than a Broadway musical about Mozart and the pianos who loved him. The evening's beneficiary, The United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education, bolsters learning for little ones with advocacy, parent/teacher training, and resources such as a demonstration school.
Lauded by The Miami Herald’s Christine Dolen for their “high artistic standards,” Area Stage Company’s founder, John Rodaz, and its producer, Maria Rodaz, have been providing a spotlight for South Florida’s rising talent since 1989. In addition to staging Broadway hits, the group seeks out compelling scripts by Hispanic playwrights, presenting them in both Spanish and English. Now settled into the Riviera Theater, the company has expanded to include music and dance series, a professional theatre program, and an invisible supporting cast for one-man plays.