Sunday, July 17, 2016

Brelby Theatre Company's 2017 Season!

Brelby is pleased to announce the lineup for our 9th Season, premiering in 2017.

***Indicates a world premiere***

Tickets go on sale 7/23/2016.
Designer/Director applications will go live on 7/24/2016.

**An Evening of Shorts**(A Studio Series Production)
Featuring short plays by Ilana Lydia, Jamie Maletz, Jessie Tully & Mia Passarella, Jaren Navenma, Chelsea Frandsen, and Allison Bauer
January 6-7, 13-14 @ 7:30PM
January 8 @ 2PM
Featuring the work of six playwrights, each artists will be given the prompt of imagine, create, or inspire, to create an original short play.
Peter and the Starcatcher(MainStage)
A Play by Rick Elice
Music by Wayne Barker
Based on the Novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Guest Director: Louis Farber
Jan 20-21, 27-28, Feb 3-4, Feb 10-11 @ 7:30PM
Jan 22, 29, Feb 5, 12 @ 2PM
A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, containing a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly,  a Starcatcher-in-training, who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates – led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own – the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure.
(A Studio Series Production)
By Luke Gomez
Feb 17-18, 24-25, March 3-4 @ 7:30PM
Feb 19, 26 @ 2PM
In a totalitarian state in the unknown future, most art and literature has been censored and archived by the aptly named Blacklisters. This strange world becomes stranger on the day a team of low level Blacklisters are assigned to archive a new kind of art: live humans.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
Additional Material by Jay Reiss
Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin
March 10-11, 17-18, 24-25, 31, April 1 @ 7:30PM
March 12, 19, 26 @ 2PM
An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, the tweens spell their way through a series of [potentially made-up] words hoping to never hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.
**Space Junk**
(A Studio Series Production)
By Cody Goulder
April 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 @ 7:30PM
April 9, 16  @ 2PM
Luke is having a bit of a crisis. He just broke up with his girlfriend, Jenny. This should be seen as a good thing until Luke gets cold feet. He is so scared of being alone, he’s called Jenny and decided to try to work things out. He’s got one night to fix this and have a romantic dinner to get his love life back on track. However, there is one problem. A mysterious metal object has crashed through his roof burying itself into his sofa and almost setting the apartment on fire. To make matters worse, the object keeps beeping and making strange noises.
Now, with the help of his former best friend Obie, Luke has to take care of the still smoldering couch, figure out what to do with this mystery object from space, fend off the pair of FBI agents who has just shown up to investigate his home, hold back his personal, warm feelings to his medical student neighbor, and find a clean shirt all so he can make it to dinner on time to save a relationship he isn’t even sure he wants to save after all.
The 4th Annual Miscast Concert
(A Studio Series Production)
April 28-29, May 5-6 @ 7:30PM
April 30 @ 2PM
An evening of songs and scenes performed by Brelby artists as they take on roles that they would never be typically cast in.
By John Perovich
May 19-20, 26-27, June 2-3, 9-10 @ 7:30PM
May 21, 28, June 4 @ 2:00PM
A play that explores love (in its various forms), by combining the Greek myths of Pyramus & Thisbe, Orpheus & Eurydice, and Psyche & Cupid. The lead female characters are sisters under the roof of a single mother, who is quite jaded about love. She’s also quite dangerous and will stop at nothing to make sure that her daughters never fall in love and stay with her forever.
**The Pledge**
(A Studio Series Production)
By Megan O’Connor
Directed by: Brian Maticic
June 16-17, 23-24, 30, July 1 @ 7:30PM
June 18, 25 @ 2PM
Natty and David have been married for five years. Their careers are taking off, hers as a French pastry chef and small business owner, and his as a Magician. Their communication has become more strained to the point where Natty is convinced David is cheating on her. Rather than confront him, she decides to hire a private investigator to follow him to find out if he is having an affair, with who, and why. But nothing is as straightforward as it may appear as Natty gets closer to the truth about her husband, their relationship, and herself.
Music and Lyrics by 
Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Book by Peter Duchan
Based on the Warner Bros. film and screenplay by Bob Comfort
Directed by: Shelby Maticic
July 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, August 4-5 @ 7:30PM
July 16, 23, 30 @ 2PM
It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion.
**Whisper Sweetly**
(A Studio Series Production)
By Devon Mahon
Sept 15-16, 22-23, 29-30 @ 7:30PM
Sept 17, 24 @ 2PM
Whisper Sweetly unveils the untold origin story of the importance behind one’s observing of Daylight Savings Time.  In a small village in a forest not far from the edge of town Abbott struggles to stay awake during the crucial hours of Daylight Savings. Anyone who drifts into a sleep risks the loss of their soul and body to those Catchers who feed off of dreams. It’s a tale of discovery, the sacrifice of loved ones, and bags upon bags of coffee.
**Depend on Me**
By Brian Maticic
Oct 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 @ 7:30PM
Oct 8, 15, 22 @ 2PM
Synopsis: Monica just moved back to town after grad school, and has responded to an ad looking for a roommate. Celia is as much an introvert as Monica is a bubbly extrovert, but Monica’s charm leads them to create a friendship that is tested and strengthened and manipulated when death begins to surround Monica. This dark comedy explores the struggles and strains of conflicting personalities in a roommate, and friendship, and the dark depths people can plunge to in order to feel needed. What would you be willing to kill for?
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
By William Shakespeare
Nov 3-4, 10-11 @ 7:30PM
Nov 5 @ 2PM
Mischief meets merriment in this fresh reimagining of Shakespeare’s most popular romantic comedy. In just one night, four magical stories are cleverly woven together: the marriage of the Athenian duke to the Amazon queen; the battle of the king and queen of the fairies; the follies of four lovers in a forest; and the hilarious antics of amateur actors staging a play. Enter a vibrant world where fairies fly overhead, a donkey bursts into song, and love potion makes your perspective turn on a dime.
**Elf Academy**
By Shelby Maticic
Dec 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23 @ 7:30PM
Dec 3, 10, 17 @ 2PM
The latest addition to the Brelby holiday cycle. This winter epic takes us behind the scenes of the place where the real Christmas magic happens…and where the next generation is being trained to take on their roles in Santa’s workshop. This is the north pole like you’ve never seen it before…where polar bear armies threaten to invade and destroy the spirit of Christmas for good.
Where Our Stuff Goes
(Brelby for Young Audiences)
By Ashley Laverty
Spring 2017. Final dates TBA.
9-year old Alexander would rather play in his basement with his goldfish, Bubbles, than be anywhere near his neighbor Sheila Stone. All Sheila Stone likes to do is play on her iPad and remind him that his father is never coming back. When Alexander discovers that his beloved father’s sneakers are missing, he is sure Sheila is the thief. Then he meets Hoardace, a creature made of clothing and other basement belongings with an affinity for hoarding, who promises Alexander he can help find the missing sneakers. Eager for a friend, Alexander excitedly follows Hoardace to his underground hoarding world, where he quickly realizes Hoardace isn’t exactly who he said he was.
**The Time Machine**
(Brelby for Young Audiences)
By the 2017 Brelby Writer’s Circle
Fall 2017. Final dates TBA.
The latest project by the Brelby Writers group will be an adaptation of the classic HG Wells book. This show for young audiences will be an exciting and frantic romp about time travel, history and adventure.

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