2016-2017 HSPVA Theatre Production

Urinetown
October 6 – 8 and 13 – 15 | Denney Theatre
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Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards, Urinetown is a hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself! Hilariously funny and touchingly honest, Urinetown provides a sidesplitting sendup of greed, love, revolution (and musicals!), in a time when water is worth its weight in gold.

 

Anton Chekov’sThree Sisters
November 10 – 12 | Black Box Theatre
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As the author of August, Osage County – Tracy Letts knows family dysfunction. His sharp, humorous re-telling of the Anton Chekov classic reveals the Prozorov sisters yearning for lively Moscow while they wallow in their “own misfortune, decisions and the inertia of negativity that plagues their family.” Letts reinforces Chekov’s original intent of the play with an edgy heart that makes this story newly compelling.

 

Red Studio Series
November 30 – December 2 | Denney Theatre
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Smokefall
-by Noah Haidle, directed by Stephanie Wittels Wachs

Magical realism collides with manic vaudeville in this family drama. Whipping from astonishing tenderness to profound humor and back again, Smokefall explores the notion of family, the fragility of life and the power of love.

Shakespeare’s King Lear
-directed by Cynthia Ogden

Family squabbles just don’t get any nastier than they do in this royal epic that canvasses almost every aspect of the human condition: love, loyalty, betrayal, forgiveness, morality and religion. The king teeters on the edge of insanity – wandering in the wilderness, pondering the meaning of life- while his heirs stir up violence, murder and mayhem.

 

2017 Black History Production: Soul of the 70’s
February 16 – 19 | Denney Theatre
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Directed by Tony Glover with Choreography by Courtney Jones
For many soul music lovers, the Golden Age of Soul Music was in the 1970’s. It was a decade of political turmoil around the world, but also one of incredible creativity, as artists took control of their careers and addressed both social issues and issues of the heart in new ways. And what incredible music! Come relive all your favorite soul hits of the ’70s from smooth and sultry to downright funky. This production will have it all: outlandish outfits, outrageous performances and incredible superstars!

 

The White Snake
April 6 – 8 | Black Box Theatre
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According to a beloved Chinese legend, a snake spirit disguised as a beautiful woman falls in love with a young scholar. White Snake keeps her true identity secret from him, but a disapproving monk persists in unmasking her. With the help of Green Snake, White Snake summons all her magic powers to defeat the spirits and monsters threatening her life and her great love. With live music and beautiful visual metaphors, Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman invites your imagination to her staging of this fantastical transcendent romance.

 

Gray Studio Series
April 26 – 28 | Black Box Theatre
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The annual Grey Studio Series is a festival of one-act productions by student writers, directors, actors, designers and dreamers. Works include both published and original works, and productions are produced under the guidance and direction of local theatre professionals.