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35 years of the Mendocino Theatre Company

We are all looking forward to another exciting year from our well established Mendocino Theatre Company, with the first production of the 2012 season starting on March 15 – April 15, with the production of November.

History: The first production of the newly formed Mendocino Theatre Company started with the production of The Visit, on June 3 – July 3, 1977. Located at the Mendocino Art Center, at the Helen Schoeni Theatre. The Helen Schoeni Theatre, was named after an important benefactor from the early days of the Mendocino Art Center, and has evolved over the years into an intimate 82 seat venue. The stage , which measures 20 feet wide by 18 feet deep, has been the site of many  magnificent sets created by there innovative team of set and lighting designers.

The lobby area is ample for the capacity of the theater, with a concessions bar offering beer and wine and a variety of goodies. The theater building sits at the northeast quadrant of the Mendocino Art Center campus. The Art Center has a number of galleries that make for interesting exploration.

The Mission of the Mendocino Theatre Company is to produce plays that offer substance and excitement, ranging from the classics to cutting edge productions. They inspire and work with local talent and provide a meaningful theatrical experience for locals and visiting audiences. They are the embodiment of a uniquely talented group of actors, directors, set designers and theater technicians, all dedicated to creating theatrical magic within the intimate setting of there artistic home, the Helen Schoeni Theatre.

With the current political climate the Mendocino Theatre Company first production of 2012 is November, by David Mamet and directed by Dan Cohen.

It’s November in a Presidential election year, and incumbent Charles Smith’s chances for reelection arelooking grim. Approval ratings are down, his money’s running out, and nuclear war might be imminent. Though his staff has thrown in the towel and his wife has begun to prepare for her post-White House life, Chuck isn’t ready to give up just yet. Amidst the biggest fight of his political career, the President has to find time to pardon a couple of turkeys— saving them from the slaughter before Thanksgiving—and thissimple PR event inspires Smith to risk it all in attempt to win back public support. With Mamet’s characteristic no-holds-barred style, November is a scathingly hilarious take on the state of America today and the lengths to which people will go to win. A great kickoff to the 2012 election year.

Other productions for the 2012 season:

  • Master Class by Terrence McNally and directed by Sandra Hawthorne. April 26 – May 27

Maria Callas is teaching a master class in front of an audience (us). She’s glamorous, commanding, larger than life—and drop dead funny. Without singing a note, the world’s most famous soprano seduces us with her intimate reminiscences as she tries to share with her students her passion and utter dedication to the art which became her life.

  • Other People’s Money by Jerry Sterner. June 7 – July 15

Wall Street takeover artist Lawrence Garfinkle’s computer is going tilt over the undervalued stock of New England Wire & Cable. If the stockholders back his take over, they will make a bundle but what will happen to the 1200 employees and the community when he liquidates the assets? Opposing the rapaciousfinancier are the genial man who has run the company since the year one and his chief operations officer. They bring in a young lawyer who specializes in fending off takeovers. Should she use green mail? Find awhite knight? Employ a shark repellent? This compelling drama explores whether corporate raiders are creatures from the Black Lagoon of capitalism or realists.Winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play.

  • A View From The Bridge by Arthur Miller and directed by Bob Cohen. July 26 – September 2

A working-class Italian-American family is thrust into a conflict when two young men, illegal immigrants from Italy, arrive to stay in their home, and one of the young men falls in love with the niece that they have raised since a child. Miller is a national treasure as a playwright, and A View from the Bridgeshowcases his work at its absolute best.

  • Lettice and Lovage by Peter Shaffer. September 13 – October 14
  • All In The Timing by David Ives. October 25 – November 25

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