San Jose, CA — San Jose Stage Company Artistic Director Randall King announces The Stage’s 2013-14 Season:
“As the company enters its next decade, we continue our mission to bring bold, diverse and innovative new work to The Stage. Our 31st Season revolves around the heart, soul and strength of community tackling the forces of corruption, exploitation and depravity. Each play zeroes in on the fear and paradox that exist in the realities and myths of the American Dream in today’s world. These stories are told with great humor and pathos,” noted Artistic Director Randall King
The Stage’s 2013-14 Season kicks off with Kristoffer Diaz’ body-slamming 2010 Pulitzer Prize Finalist, The Elaborate Entrance Of Chad Deity, presented in association with Capital Stage Company. Associate Artists Kevin Blackton*, Halsey Varady*, Will Springhorn Jr.*, Allison F. Rich* and Martin Rojas Dietrich* will light the holidays with Joe Landry’s radio play of the iconic classic film It’s A Wonderful Life. The New Year fires up the long-anticipated production of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s powerful and evocative The Threepenny Opera, followed by two Regional Premieres — Lynn Nottage’s stunning new comedy By The Way, Meet Vera Stark and the sexy and explosive 2012 Tony Award Nominee Bonnie & Clyde: A New Musical with Music byFrank Wildhorn, Lyrics by Don Black and Book by Ivan Menchell.
Finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize
THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY
Presented in association with Capital Stage Company
Written by Kristoffer Diaz
October 16 – / Press Opening
The acclaimed comedy The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deityslams together thrilling spectacle, incredible characters and geopolitical allegory into an invigorating theatrical experience that you can’t find on pay-per-view. Kristoffer Diaz’s play also received the 2011 Obie Award for Best New American Play and the 2008 National Latino Playwriting Award.
“has the serious crack and pop of a galloping, honest-to-God, all-American satire”
– The New York Times
“an adrenaline rush…delightful physicality and freewheeling theatricality!”
– Washington Post
Beloved Holiday Classic
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY
From the screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra
and Jo Swerling
Adapted by Joe Landry
November 27 – / Press Opening
This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. An ensemble of Stage Company associate artists brings to the stage the story of idealistic George Bailey, who has given up on his dreams in order to help others and who now considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve, bringing about the intervention of his guardian angel. It's A Wonderful Life celebrates community at its best and reminds us that we contribute to each other's happiness and well being, perhaps daily, in ways we might not ever be conscious of. This is the timeless gift of the story and why it continues to resonate so powerfully with us today.
"fresh and inventive way of reconnecting with a classic story of love and redemption."
– Chicago Sun-Times
“Wonderful, heartwarming and good for the soul” -- San Francisco Chronicle
Powerful Iconic Musical
THE THREEPENNY OPERA
Based on John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera
Adaptation and Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht / Music by Kurt Weill
German translation by Elisabeth Hauptmann
English translation of dialog by Robert MacDonald
English translation of lyrics by Jeremy Sams
February 5 – March 30, 2014 / Press Opening
A milestone of 20th century musical theater, The Threepenny Opera (Die Dreigroschenoper) rolls on unstoppably into the 21st with absolute relevance in today’s world. In their opera “by and for beggars,” composer Kurt Weill (1900–1950) and playwright Bertolt Brecht (1898–1956) created a trailblazing musical spectacle of fierce social and political critique where the haves clash with the have-nots with its haunting jazz score by Kurt Weill, acid harmonies and biting lyrics. This musical saga of the villainous but irresistible Mack the Knife and his marauding band of thieves is a revolutionary musical theatre inspiring such hits asCabaret (at The Stage in 2011 for an extended run) andUrinetown, The Musical (at The Stage in 2006 for an extended run).
“the kind of theater that shakes up a audience” – Chicago Daily Herald
“an engaging and biting piece of theatre” – New York Daily News
BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK
Written by Lynn Nottage
April 19 – May 11, 2014 / Press Opening
Recipient of the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award and the 2012 Drama Desk Nominee for Outstanding Play, the regional premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s new comedy, Lynn Nottage draws upon the screwball films of the 1930s to take a funny and irreverent look at racial stereotypes in Hollywood. This multimedia presentation is a seventy-year journey through the life of Vera Stark, a headstrong African-American maid and budding actress, and her tangled relationship with her boss, a white Hollywood star desperately grasping to hold on to her career.
"Nottage is one of our finest playwrights, a smart, empathetic, and daring storyteller who tells a story an audience won't expect." — Time Out New York
"Lynn Nottage's work explores depths of humanness, the overlapping complexities of race, gender, culture and history — and the startling simplicity of desire — with a clear tenderness, with humor, with compassion." — Paula Vogel, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright
Regional Premiere of a New Musical
BONNIE & CLYDE
Music by Frank Wildhorn
Lyrics by Don Black
Book by Ivan Menchell
June 4 – July 27, 2014/ Press Opening
Bonnie & Clyde charts a true tale of love, poverty, criminality and celebrity set in the 1930s Southern States of drought, dust, disease and death. When Bonnie met Clyde, it was an instant and dangerous attraction. These two young lovers became inseparable and quickly plunged themselves into a life of fast cars, guns and revenge. Part folk heroes and part murderous outlaws, Bonnie and Clyde instantly became the stuff of legend. This new stage adaptation fuses together vintage images with rockabilly, blues and gospel music. Bonnie & Clyde was nominated for two 2012 Tony Awards and five 2012 Drama Desk Awards nominations, including Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Music.
“armed and amorous, committing cold-blooded musical”
– The New York Times
“entertaining, melody-enriched, original musical”
All titles and dates subject to change
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association
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About San Jose Stage Company:
Launching on its 31st Season, San Jose Stage Company is recognized as the San Francisco Bay Area's Premiere Off-Broadway Theatre. The Stage is known for its devotion to new and cutting-edge work and for its commitment to showcasing high-quality local talent.
Ranked the 3rd largest theatre and 9th largest performance arts organization in Silicon Valley by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, San Jose Stage Company is a vital force in the community. The Stage has earned a reputation for artistic excellence by providing high quality, edgy theatrical experiences that engage, educate and provoke audiences. That includes 147 productions, 45 new works and 13 world premieres.
The Stage offers five core education and outreach programs and has housed over 250 independent performance groups. Located at the Gateway to the City's Arts and Entertainment District, San Jose Stage Company, the SoFA District's first arts anchor organization, continues to promote San Jose's stature as a burgeoning regional arts center by providing live theatre experiences that enrich the quality of life in the community.