Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Chance Theater Announces Bold 2013 Season

Chance Theater announces its boldest season ever for 2013, featuring three Orange County Premieres, “Laramie” in Repertory, and a musical so huge its almost Jurassic! Here’s a full rundown.

January 25 - February 17, 2013
(West Coast Premiere)
Music by Marshall Pailet
Book by Marshall Pailet, Bryce Norbitz and Steve Wargo
Directed by Marshall Pailet

2010’s Best Musical winner at FringeNYC, comes to The Chance straight from an off-Broadway run The New York Times called “Flat-out ingenious”. A fresh new musical with as much heart as raunchy wit, Triassic Parq is the story of Jurassic Park told from the perspective of the dinosaurs. It takes a minor premise from the movie - that a handful of the genetically engineered female dinosaurs have spontaneously turned male - and runs with it until the audience's legs get tired. An epic tale of love, loss and interspecies fornication, these resurrected reptiles will touch you in ways both moving and inappropriate.  The ride is ridiculous to say the least, but beneath the absurdity and chaos is a sincere story of identity crisis and loss of faith.  What you're about to see is one of those sincere moments - two T-Rexes struggle to redefine their friendship now that one of them has sprouted a new appendage down below … and the other has not.

April 19 - May 12, 2013 (First Time Done in Repertory)
by Moises Kaufman and Tectonic Theatre Project

In 1998, the brutal murder of a gay college student, Matthew Shepard, made the town of Laramie, Wyoming the focus of an international news story. The Laramie Project, adapted from a collection of real-life interviews, is a cultural pulse-taking that examines the events of the murder and its aftermath while asking the question ‘Could this be our town?’10 years later, the same team traveled back to Laramie to investigate the long-term effects of this event. This powerful sequel reveals a range of views from regret to denial, and includes first-time interviews with Shepard’s murderers as well as his mother. This powerful companion piece asks us to look at a town -- and a nation -- wrestling with its legacy and its place in history.

July 5 - August 4, 2013
Book by Alex Timbers
Music and Lyrics by Michael Friedman

The show is a satiric Wild West grunge/indy pop rock musical about the founding of the Democratic Party. It redefines Andrew Jackson, America's seventh President, as an Emo rock star and focuses on populism, the Indian Removal Act, and his relationship with his wife Rachel. BBAJ is a fiery, merciless satire. It creates this heightened, anachronistic world that meshes the politics of Andrew Jackson in the 19th century with the liberating, expressive musicality of contemporary music and pop culture. This “rockstar” world is emotional, combative, and aggressive which is not at all dissimilar to the political climate that exists today. BBAJ is fearless and passionate in its journey to comment on and shake up one’s perspective on American politics and culture.

September 27 - October 20, 2013 (Orange County Premiere)
by Donald Margulies

Written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies and a Tony nominee for Best Play, Time Stands Still is an unflinching examination of relationships and the media-saturated world in which we live. After barely surviving a bomb blast in Iraq, photojournalist Sarah Goodwin finds herself caught in a tug of war between her career and the quiet of domestic life. Returning home into the care of her long-time lover, James, Sarah’s caught off-guard by his desire for family. With wit and intelligence, Time Stands Still follows two people with a shared passion for documenting the realities of war as they confront the prospect of a more conventional life.

November 15 - December 22, 2013
Music by Lucy Simon
Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman

This enchanting classic of children’s literature is now a brilliant musical by a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright. Orphaned in India, an 11 year old girl returns to Yorkshire to live with an embittered, reclusive uncle and his invalid son. Her own personality blossoms as she and a young gardener bring new life to a neglected garden. This Tony Award winner is a treasure for children and adults alike.

November 26 - December 21, 2013
by Jeff Goode

Our favorite team of reindeer still have plenty to say! So much, in fact, that this year's production will incorporate a roster of rotating performers so that you'll never see the same show twice!
Accusations, rumors and all-out attacks are flying fast and furious around Santa’s toyshop this holiday season. Go behind the tinsel and hear the truth about Santa straight from the eight reindeer who know him best. When a doe says “No”, she means “No Way, Sucka!”

Call (714) 777-3033 for subscription tickets or visit www.chancetheater.com. Chance Theater is located at 5552 E. La Palma Ave. in Anaheim Hills, Calif., 92807.  Parking is free.

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