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Theatre Wesleyan announces 2016-17 mainstage season

04.11.2016 | By: Texas Wesleyan University
Welcome to the 2016/2016 season of Theatre Wesleyan.

Theatre Wesleyan is excited to announce the line-up for the 2016-17 season. Compelling stories about families, relationships and communities will be told in this upcoming season of Theatre Wesleyan productions. From highly acclaimed playwrights, this season will be filled with drama, laughter, satire and original works.

Upcoming Theatre Wesleyan productions:

When The Rain Stops Falling by Andrew Bovell (September 22 – October 2, 2016)
Directed By Bryan Stevenson

It's raining. Gabriel York is awaiting the arrival of his grown son whom he hasn't seen since he was seven. "I know what he wants. He wants what all young men want from their fathers. He wants to know who he is. Where he comes from. Where he belongs. And for the life of me I don't know what to tell him." That's the beginning of this compelling family saga that takes us back and forth in time from one generation to another, from 1959 to 2039, from London to Australia. With four generations of fathers and sons, their mothers, lovers and wives, the play is epic in its scope, yet at the same time extraordinarily intimate.

Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.


Stop Kiss by Diana Son (November 10 – 20, 2016)
Directed By Colton Mallory

"A poignant and funny play about the ways, both sudden and slow, that lives can change irrevocably," says Variety. After Callie meets Sara, the two unexpectedly fall in love. Their first kiss provokes a violent attack that transforms their lives in a way they could never anticipate.

Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.


Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang (February 9 – 19, 2017)
Directed By Jeanne Everton

Winner of the 2013 Tony Award® for Best Play! Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha.

Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.


The 63rd Annual Musical: URINETOWN – The Musical (April 20 – 23, 2017)
Music and Lyrics by Mark Hollman
Book and Lyrics by Greg Kotis
Directed by Connie Whitt-Lambert

Winner of three Tony Awards®, Urinetown is a hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself! Hilariously funny and touchingly honest, Urinetown provides a fresh perspective of one of America's greatest art forms.

In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he's had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!

Presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International.


Playmarket in New York City (May 14 – 18, 2017)
Directed by Connie Whitt-Lambert

Playmarket, Theatre Wesleyan's long-running tradition of developing and nurturing budding playwrights, is headed to New York!

Theatre Wesleyan alumni and current students will have the opportunity to submit an original full-length or one-act play to be presented at Playmarket.  Then, a screening panel will select scripts from the pool of entries to be sent to the final judges in New York.  One play will be selected for a concert reading to be presented at Texas Wesleyan University and in New York City!

Submission guidelines for Playmarket 2017 will be forthcoming.
Texas Wesleyan University performance date(s) will be announced in the coming months.

Ticket information:

Season tickets are available by visiting the Theatre Wesleyan websitethe virtual box office, or by calling (817) 531-4211. Each season ticket will admit one to all four mainstage productions in Theatre Wesleyan’s 2016/17 season. Admission is free for the on-campus performance of Playmarket.

Current and incoming students may have the opportunity to read these scripts in preparation for auditions and to apply for design positions. The collection of all four mainstage scripts will be available through April 30, 2017 at the West Library for 2-hour in-house reserve. Also, students may come by the Theatre Wesleyan business office during regular and/or summer hours to read the collection. All four scripts are also available for purchase through the publisher or on Amazon.

For more information about Theatre Wesleyan or the 2016-17 season, please visit our websitesend us an email or call the office at (817) 531-5867.

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