Join Us for TACT's Exciting 2013-2014 Season!
Come Blow Your Horn by Neil Simon(1961)
TACT’s first-ever Neil Simon show is his first Broadway hit, Come Blow Your Horn, more famous today for its movie adaptation starring Frank Sinatra, but a show that was a sharp notice of things to come--there is even a next-door neighbor named Felix Ungar! A funny and warm Jewish family comedy with the trademark Simon gags and the dramatic sensibilities he returned to later in his career with his Brighton Beach Trilogy.
Directed by Rip Claassen.
September 12–October 12,
Bang the Drum Slowly
by Mark Harris (1992)
Fans of baseball fiction know that Mark Harris’s “Blue Sox” series is the best of the breed, with Bang the Drum Slowly the high point of that complex and realistic saga of star lefty pitcher Henry Wiggin. The moving and often funny story of how the terminal illness of one of Wiggin’s teammates affects a major league baseball team was first adapted into a live TV drama starring a very young Paul Newman in 1956; the film version was Robert DeNiro’s first major movie role. TACT will present Harris’ stage adaptation of the book just in time for the start of spring training.
Directed by Ellen Dempsey.
January 10–February 1,
Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama’s Hung You In The Closet and I’m Feeling So Sad by Arthur Kopit (1962)
Facetiously described by the playwright as “A Pseudoclassical Tragifarce in a Bastard French Tradition,” this antic, absurdist black comedy about the most dysfunctional family imaginable was an Off-Broadway sensation, a movie, and one of the great charade titles ever. It also launched the career of one of America’s most daring and versatile playwrights, and is just as lively and funny, if not as shocking, as it was fifty years ago.
Directed by Tyler Herman.
March 21–April 12, 2014
Judgment at Nuremburg by Abby Mann (2002)
It didn’t reach Broadway until just a decade ago, but Mann’s searing script had already been presented as an acclaimed live TV drama in the 50’s and a star-studded Hollywood blockbuster in the 60’s. Mann created a stage version of the courtroom drama for a limited, and much praised, Broadway run. The play is based on the true story of the war crime trials that followed WWII, and like the like the post-Civil War Andersonville trial, their sole legal precedent (subject of the Saul Levitt drama that nabbed TACT its first Helen Hayes nomination for Outstanding Production of a Play), the play raises important moral issues that remain relevant and controversial today.
Directed by Joe Banno.
May 30–June 28, 2014
The Great American Century Songbook by Jack Marshall and Tom Fuller (2014)
An original musical revue, commissioned for TACT’s Robert L. McElwaine “Reflections” series, by the same team responsible for crafting TACT’s If Only In My Dreams, Hellzapoppin, and An American Century Christmas. A cast of seven of the area’s brightest musical theater talents will present an evening of the best of American folk, popular and stage music from the first third of the 20th century, and some even earlier. Featuring classics from Jolson, Cantor, Victor Herbert, John Philip Sousa, and many more, with sing-alongs and bouncing balls, this is a show that celebrates some of the most memorable tunes ever written, now in danger of being forgotten.
Directed by TACT Artistic Director
Jack Marshall; Musical direction by Tom Fuller.
July 18–August 16, 2014
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All shows will be performed in Gunston Theatre Two.