Iím excited to introduce you to San Jose Rep's 2011-2012 season! With a mix of Tony Award® winners, World, West Coast and Regional premieres, the upcoming season truly represents the extraordinary art that marks a professional regional theatre known for world-class entertainment. Please join me as San Jose Rep presents a season of theatre that will give us insight into the complexities of the human spirit, along with the hope and redemption of our shared humanity.
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|WINNER OF 8 TONY AWARDS®, INCLUDING BEST MUSICAL
September 1 - 25, 2011
book & lyrics by Steven Sater | music by Duncan Sheik
based on the play by Frank Wedekind
directed by Rick Lombardo
choreographed by Sonya Tayeh
COMING OF AGE IN A SOCIETY CLOAKED IN TABOOS
Caught between their sexual urges and society’s contradictory teachings, a group of teenagers reveals their alluringly melancholy story of self-discovery and coming-of-age anxiety as seen through the eyes of young teenagers. Set in repressive 19th-century Germany, these students attempt to reckon with the thrilling, complicated and confusing time of their sexual awakening. This haunting and provocative rock-musical is a powerful celebration of youth and rebellion in a daring fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll.
"Haunting and electrifying! This brave new musical has a shivery, sensual allure unmatched by anything in the theater right now." -The New York Times
Spring Awakening is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.
The Last Romance
October 13 - November 6, 2011
by Joe DiPietro
AN AGELESS STORY ABOUT TAKING A CHANCE ON LOVE LATER IN LIFE
Are you ever too old to find love? Life is suddenly a thrill again after 83-year-old Ralph takes a detour from his everyday routine and stumbles headlong into romance. As he attempts to woo the attractive and reluctant Carol with the persistence of a smitten teenager, he finds that love’s last round comes with its own set of obstacles. The hesitant couple must negotiate a jealous sibling, secrets from their past and their own fear of taking the plunge, yet again, as they embark on one more chance at love.
“… the golden years love story casts a bewitching spell …” –Variety
A Christmas Carol
November 23 - December 24, 2011
by Charles Dickens
adapted for the stage & directed by Rick Lombardo
original music by Anna Lackaff & Rick Lombardo
AN ORIGINAL ADAPTATION THAT IS TRULY A FEAST FOR THE SENSES
The miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, is isolated from his community and the spirit of Christmas. With visits from Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, we follow Scrooge on his transformational journey to rejoin the world, find redemption and discover what it means to be fully human. Rick Lombardo’s adaptation of Dickens' classic holiday story is a feast for the senses full of traditional Victorian carols, lavish period costumes and actors playing over a dozen traditional instruments.
"All wonderful… but what really lingers here is the wholeness of Lombardo’s vision: He treats the familiar story with respect but makes it unmistakably his own." -The Boston Globe
January 12 - February 5, 2012
by James M. Cain
adapted for the stage by David Pichette & R. Hamilton Wright
directed by Kurt Beattie
Co-production with A Contemporary Theatre, Seattle
THERE ARE THREE ELEMENTS ESSENTIAL TO A SUCCESSFUL MURDER
From the dark and dingy streets of LA comes a treacherous tale of love and murder. The beautiful and seductive Phyllis Nirlinger unveils a cold-blooded scheme to murder her husband, but not before first taking out an insurance policy on his life—one which pays double if her husband dies in a fall from a moving train. Smart-talking insurance agent Walter Huff falls victim to the persuasive femme fatale. Caught in a web of greed and lust, the adulterous couple commits the almost perfect crime leading to guilt, suspicion and betrayal.
“Tautly narrated and excruciatingly suspenseful … an X-ray view of guilt, of duplicity, and of the kind of obsessive, loveless love that devastates everything it touches.”-Vintage Crime, Book Review
|BAY AREA PREMIERE
God Of Carnage
March 22 - April 15, 2012
by Yasmina Reza
translated by Christopher Hampton
directed by Rick Lombardo
Co-production with Arizona Theatre Company
A COMEDY ABOUT MANNERS, WITHOUT MANNERS
This sharp-edged comedy takes us on a rollercoaster ride to twisted depths and hilarious contradictions when "grown-ups" are called upon to tidy up children’s messes. Two sets of parents try to put their best foot forward to deal with the aftermath of a playground altercation between their sons. But any attempt at having a civilized conversation quickly devolves into a hysterical night of name calling, finger-pointing and throwing things. The men gang up on the women, the women gang up on the men, and what begins as a calm, rational debate among adults becomes a journey into the heart of human chaos and savage instinct.
“Never underestimate the pleasure of watching really good actors behaving terribly.” -New York Times
|WEST COAST PREMIERE
May 10 - June 3, 2012
by Theresa Rebeck
SOMETIMES A VENEER OF PROFESSIONALISM IS THE ONLY THING MASKING ALL-OUT PANIC
The star he's working with doesn't get the play; the stage manager just happens to be his ex-fiancée; and the set technician seems to be high-just another day in the life of an understudy. This laugh-out-loud look at the battle for stage credibility between a typecast action movie star and a “real“ actor with a very large chip on his shoulder will give you insight into the complicated relationships that form in the stressful and emotional world backstage. Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck, one of the most produced female playwrights in America, returns to the Rep stage with this latest Off-Broadway hit.
“A masterpiece of comic clockwork, raucously funny!” -The Wall Street Journal
|WEST COAST PREMIERE
Bill W. and Dr. Bob
June 21 - July 15, 2012
by Samuel Shem & Janet Surrey
A GREAT AMERICAN STORY ABOUT HEALING AND CONNECTION
This quick-witted and honest docu-drama follows two dynamic and dedicated men who, in the midst of their battle with acute and debilitating alcoholism, formed a formidable and historic alliance to help others combat the same addiction. Bill Wilson, a stockbroker who crashed with the stock market, finds himself in a bar. He could have pursued any number of distractions–a game of solitaire, reading a book–instead he chose to make a phone call. Through an astonishing series of events and bitter humor comes the inspiring, true story of the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous and their wives.
"Funny and fast moving … mesmerizing drama. This is what good theatre should be. —TalkinBroadway.com
This work does not imply affiliation with or endorsement from Alcoholics Anonymous World Service, Inc.