CREEDE — Creede Repertory Theatre’s 48th season will open on May 31 with “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.”
The funny thing about “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” is its ability to transcend time, place and togas — continuing to grab laughs 51 years after its Broadway debut in 1962. Creede Repertory Theatre even got into the groove in 1971 casting Forum with Mandy Patinkin and John Green.
The funniest thing about CRT’s 2013 production of Forum is the return, 42 years later, of original cast member John Green as Erronius! He made his official return to the Creede Repertory Theatre last season in Harry the Great, The Drowsy Chaperone and Is He Dead? after many years as a respected actor, teacher and Pulitzer Prize nominated playwright in Chicago.
Joining CRT for the first time this year is Forum’s director Christy Montour-Larson. Christy comes to Creede by way of the Denver theater scene with directing credits at The Denver Center Theatre Company and the Arvada Center for the Performing Arts. She also serves as a member of the Artistic Company at the Curious Theatre Company. While her credits run the gamut from Shakespeare to Pinter — Christy returns to her first love, musical theater, with Forum at CRT.
This summer, CRT’s cast and crew take up the torch in this farcical, irreverent comedy that follows Pseudolus (played by CRT favorite Logan Ernstthal), a crafty slave, as he struggles to win the hand of a beautiful courtesan for his young master, Hero. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity and slamming doors — culminating in musical theatre’s funniest farce. Forum opens CRT’s 48th season on May 31.
But, where are they now?
Kate Berry — Kate will return to the CRT stage in 2013. Audience members will remember Kate from the 2011 production of The Road to Mecca. See Kate on stage now in the Arvada Center’s production of Blithe Spirit as Ruth Condomine, which opened January 18.
Steven Cole Hughes — A CRT Playwright in Residence and the lead in 2012’s Harry the Great and Is He Dead?, Steve is also performing in the Arvada Center production of Blithe Spirit opposite Kate Berry as Charles Condomine.
Michael Perlman — Michael joined CRT for the first time last season as the director of Is He Dead? He will return to CRT this season, taking the helm of The Language of Trees — a beautiful, haunting tale of a family separated by war, starring Christy Brandt. Michael’s original play, From White Plains, opens on February 8 at Fault Line Theatre in NYC. From White Plains is also being stage-managed by CRT alum Brooke Redler — the two met first while working on Is He Dead? last summer!
CRT is currently offering ticket packages:
• 3 Show Package, $85 or less. save 15 percent
• 5 Show Package, $132 or less, save 20 percent
• June & September 3 Show Package, $75 or less, save 25 percent
• Season Ticket Flex Pass, $120, save 10 percent
These offers expire May 31.
CRT also offers special group activities, services and ticket discounts to groups of 10 or more. Contact Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-658-2540 x233 for details.
See www.creederep.org for the full calendar of events or to purchase tickets.
Other CRT plays this season include:
Around the World in 80 Days
Adapted by Mark Brown from the novel by Jules Verne
Stampeding elephants! Raging typhoons! Runaway trains! Join fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful servant as they race around the world. Having agreed to an outrageous wager that puts his fortune and his life at risk, Fogg sets out to circle the globe in a miraculous 80 days. Danger, romance, and comic surprises abound in this whirlwind of a show as five actors portraying 39 characters traverse seven continents in this brilliantly physical adaptation of the greatest adventure of all time.
The Tamin’ of the Shrew
By William Shakespeare
In a new setting by Nagle Jackson
It’s Shakespeare’s wild battle of the sexes set amongst the saloons, bar girls, and crusty prospectors of the old west. The bard’s comic love-hate story has entertained audiences for generations. In CRT’s creative production, Shakespeare meets the six-shooter in a rowdy, knock-down-drag-out fight between fierce Kate and her fortune-seeking suitor, Petruchio.
William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead
By John Heimbuch
A true and accurate account of the 1599 zombie plague. It is opening night at the Globe Playhouse, but while the actors strut and fret, an excess of bile plagues the populace outside. As the affliction transforms London’s citizens into undead monsters, the Globe is placed on lock-down and the survivors within must fight for their lives. Can they escape? Is there a cure? Is artistic integrity ever worth dying for?
The Language of Trees
By Steven Levenson
Christy Brandt stars in this beautiful, haunting tale of a family separated by war. When an American translator ventures to a Middle East combat zone, an overfriendly neighbor volunteers to help his wife and son as they come to terms with his absence. As events abroad begin to spiral out of control, lives are turned upside down, and all are forced to confront the complexities of war, the fragility of language, and the meaning of neighborliness in uncertain times.
Explosive Improv Comedy
Armed with only an audience suggestion and their fertile (some might say twisted) imaginations, these hilarious, inventive, and often bizarre actors perform an unscripted show inspired by you!
Pants on Fire
A totally made up show for kids! Each 50-minute show is based upon the life of one kid in the audience. But sometimes, fiction really is stranger than truth. It’s your adventure – we just add the music, the excitement, the talking animals, and a fun-size dose of weird.