Tuesday, October 23, 2012

2012-2013 Season a Reflection of the Times

PAC’s 2012-2013 season reflects the politically charged climate of this election year, and considers the power of the individual to effect change, in their own lives and in the world.

A Bright Room Called Day opens Nov 30
Photo credit: Owen Carey
Kicking off the season is a powerful drama from the author of Angels in America. Set in 1930’s Berlin, Tony Kushner’s A Bright Room Called Day will resonate with modern audiences as it explores themes of political action and inaction and the dilemmas inherent in recognizing and taking a stand against injustice and evil. Directed by PAC faculty member Shelly Lipkin, Bright Room opens November 30.

We are fortunate to have Third Rail Repertory Theatre's Artistic Director Scott Yarbrough on board to direct the second show of the season: Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. This acclaimed absurdist play, featuring physical comedy and Stoppard's sharp and witty use of language, is both a fun romp and an existential journey. Opens Feb. 8.

The final show, Eric Bogosian’s subUrbia, is directed by PAC Producing Artistic Director Beth Harper and centers on a group 20-somethings desperately seek meaning and direction in a mini-mall parking lot. subUrbia reflects the angst, inertia, and ultimately the anger felt by modern youth in suburban America. Opens Apr. 12.

Together the three shows will raise questions for our audience about looking beyond the limited view of our immediate circumstances to find a larger purpose and path in the world.

Resident creative team Tim Stapleton (scenic design), Jeff Forbes (lighting design), Chris Mikolavich (sound design) and Jessica Bobillot (costume design) will bring creative insight, cohesion and unification to the overall production values of the season.

Included in each subscription are tickets to the annual Graduate Showcase, where graduating Second Year students present scenes and monologues representing the culmination of their study at the Conservatory. The Showcase runs May 15-18, 2013.

Subscription prices for the 2012-13 Season of Plays range from $20-$80, and are available online at www.actorsconservatory.com or by calling (503) 274-1717.