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Mendocino Theatre Company Announces its 2013 Season


The curtains are opening for the Mendocino Theatre Company’s 2013 Season

On the 36th season of continuous productions starting back on June 3, 1977 with the production of “The Visit”, The Mendocino Theatre Company is announcing its 2013 season. This year they will be presenting all 21st century American plays, including three finalist or winners of the Pulitzer Prize. These six playwrights represent the future of American theater. They tell timeless, American stories with both innovation and south in the tradition and caliber of Tennessee Williams, Bertolt Brecht, and Arthur Miller.

The first production this year will be: BOY GETS GIRL by Rebecca Gilma and Directed by Bob Cohen. Playing from March 14 to April 14.

From the writer of The Sweetest Swing in Baseball comes a grippingly suspenseful thriller both stirring and entertaining. Not since Wait Until Dark has an American play captured the attention of its audience so fiercely from beginning to end. Manhattan-based writer Theresa Bedell is in complete command of her successful professional life, until a casual blind date with a man named Tony leads to his unwieldy obsession. Theresa suddenly finds herself struggling to maintain control of not only her personal life, but her career, dignity, and very identity in the post-feminist world in which all of her successes were built. 

The second production: BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO by Rajiv Joseph and Directed by Felicia Freites. Playing from May 2 to May 26.

A tiger in the war-ravaged Baghdad Zoo is being guarded by two young soldiers: the steady, opportunistic Tom, and the brash, ready-for-action Kev. When the introduction of Uday Hussein’s gold-plated gun, a war trophy stolen by Tom, leads to the Tiger’s death, the ghost of the tiger remains to lead the audience through an existential journey in the streets of Baghdad among the ghosts of war both living and dead.   Known for Robin Williams’ tour de force performance as the tiger on Broadway in 2011 and as a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2010, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo is a deeply spiritual comedy/drama about the nature of man and God in war. 

 The third production: THE 39 STEPS by Patrick Barlow and Directed by Ricci Dedola. Playing from June 6 to July 7.

Broadway’s longest-running comedy, and the winner of two Tony Awards, a Drama Desk Award, and the Laurence Olivier Award for the best new comedy of 2007, is The 39 Steps, a mile-a-minute comedy based on the Alfred Hitchcock film and the John Buchan novel of the same name.  Acted with just one man, one woman, and two clowns playing an estimated 250 roles between them, The 39 Steps is a highly physical satire featuring train chases, plane crashes, shadowy spies, and a love story to boot! One of the most inventive new comedies of the 21st century, and a sure to be audience favorite, The 39 Steps is a thrilling piece of theatre one part Hitchcock, and one part Naked Gun

The forth production: DOUBT: A PARABLE by John Patrick Shanley and Directed by Sandra Hawthorne. Playing July 18 to August 18.

Set in 1964 against the backdrop of an America in the midst of change, a progressive young Priest’s conduct comes under question by Sister Aloysius Beauvier, a veteran nun twice his age. As questions begin to plague her, Sister Aloysius finds herself consumed by doubt in an ancient institution that once provided the comforts of community, certainty, and faith.   Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for drama, and a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt: A Parable is widely regarded as one of the most important and accomplished new plays of the 21st Century. 

The fifth production: IN THE NEXT ROOM by Sarah Ruhl and Directed by Ann Woodhead. Playing August 29 to September 29.

It is the beginning of the age of electricity, the awakening of scientific curiosity, and in the case of Mrs. Givings, the awakening of a quite different kind of curiosity as well. Lovingly devoted to her physician husband and newborn daughter, Catherine Givings notices strange sounds coming from her husband’s “operating theatre” in the next room. Desperately curious about her husband’s new invention for treating “hysteria” in women, Mrs. Givings sets out to find deeper satisfaction as both a mother and wife, but also as a woman. A finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) is an uproariously wild comedy that has audiences giggling from start to finish. While this “hysterical” comedy is truly Victorian, underneath the laughter is a poignant story about the nature of love that is very much relevant today. 

The sixth and last production of the year: TIME STANDS STILL by Donald Margulies and Directed by Betty Abramson. Playing October 10 to November 10.

From the writer of Collected Stories comes a touching and realistic story, delicately reflective of the tumultuous times in which we live. Sarah Goodwin, an acclaimed photojournalist, returns from a war zone with scars both physical and emotional. As she struggles to retain a challenging life of thrilling adventure and hard work, she finds herself presented with the choice of a more comfortable, conventional life with her loving partner James. For those who understand what it means to bring their work home, Time Stands Still is a deeply explorative human story about finding oneself at a crossroads, new beginnings, and the differences that give each of our lives color. 

 For tickets for any or all of these productions order online using this link, or phone the Box Office at 707-937-4477. Box Office hours are Tuesday – Wednesday Noon – 4:00 pm., and Thursday – Saturday Noon to showtime and Sunday 11:00 to 2:00 pm. The Box Office is closed Mondays.

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