The Rubicon Theatre has announced its 2016-2017 season as one with the theme “Stories that Matter”:
A Christmas Carol
December 7 – 24, 2016
Adapted by Producing Artistic Director Karyl Lynn Burns and directed by Brian McDonald
An original adaptation of Charles Dickens’ timeless tale of redemption and hope, told in a narrative style reminiscent of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Nicholas Nickleby.
Gulf View Drive
January 25 to February 12, 2017
Written by Arlene Hutton
The third and final play in the Nibroc Trilogy, which began with an Ovation-nominated production of Last Train to Nibroc. In the earlier plays, two attractive young people from Kentucky, meet, fall in love, marry and face the challenges of small-town life during World War II. Gulf View Drive propels audiences forward to 1953 Florida, where the arrival of family and turbulent events just outside May and Raleigh’s door threatens their sunny, comfortable existence.
The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith
February 22 – March 12, 2017
Written by Angelo Parra
Directed by Joe Brancato
A dramatization of the triumphant and turbulent life of the legendary “Empress of the Blues”.
April 19 – May 7, 2017
Written by A.R. Gurney
Directed by Stephanie Coltrin
A.R. Gurney’s hilarious comedy chronicles a love triangle between empty-nesters Greg and Kate, and an adorable, completely irresistible mutt.
The Other Mozart
May 31 – June 18, 2017
Written by and Starring Sylvia Milo
Directed by Isaac Byrne
This poetic and poignant production is the true and untold story of Nannerl Mozart, the sister of Amadeus – a prodigy, keyboard virtuoso and composer who performed throughout Europe with her brother. Based on stories and facts from the Mozart family’s humorous and heartbreaking letters. With music composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Marianna Martines.
Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me
September 13 – October 1, 2017
Written by Frank McGuiness
Directed by Katharine Farmer
Inspired by the experiences of men held hostage during the 1986 crisis in Beirut. The story focuses an Irish journalist, an English academic, and an American doctor who are kidnapped and held in a windowless basement by unseen captors.
King Lear October 25 – November 12, 2017
William Shakespeare’s tragic masterpiece of love, greed, madness, and reconciliation. Mercurial by nature and confused by age, King Lear divides his affections and his kingdom between his three daughters, only one of whom loves him enough to speak the truth and to refuse to flatter him falsely.
In addition, there are two selections in this year’s Plays-in-Progress: a new musical version of Sea Marks by Gardner McKay, adapted by James O’Neil with music and lyrics by Amanda McBroom and Michele Brourman; and a concert with a working title of The Folk-Rock Project by O’Neil.