Connnecticut Repertory Theatre announces 2013-2014 lineup

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Storrs - posted Tue., Jul. 30, 2013
Scott Ripley, shown here (second from left) playing Wilbur Turnblad in 'Hairspray,' will direct 'Dead Heavy Fantastic' for CRT's autumn Studio Series for the 2013-14 season. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

The Connecticut Repertory Theatre has announced its 2013-2014 season, this year focused on the theme of love. “Artistic Director Vincent J. Cardinal has chosen six plays that will provide insights into many forms of love and romance and its attendant conflict and strife,” according to a press release. “From the sublime to the scary, each of the shows in the 2013 – 2014 season will offer audience members a glimpse into the beauty and sometimes pain of life’s most fascinating emotion,” reads the release.

The season opens with “Big Love,” running Oct. 3-13. Written by Charles Mee, the show will be directed by Helene Kvale in the Nafe Katter Theatre. CRT describes “Big Love” as, “Classical drama collides with modern-day excess… a fiercely extravagant adaptation of Aeschylus’ ‘The Suppliant Maidens.’” “Big Love” is “a luxurious, riotous, wild romp in which 50 brides - all sisters - vow to escape their 50 fiancés on their wedding night,” reads the release.

From Oct. 24 through Nov. 3, UConn faculty member Scott Ripley will direct “Dead Heavy Fantastic” at the Studio Theatre. Ripley is best known to CRT audiences as Wilbur Turnblad in “Hairspray” and Adolpho in “The Drowsy Chaperone.” “Dead Heavy Fantastic” “follows a group out on a wild night in Liverpool in search of love or a good substitute for it,” reads the CRT release.

From Nov. 21 through Dec. 8, Tony Simotes will direct “The Three Musketeers” at the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre. “Alexandre Dumas’ classic novel gets an adventurous staging as this tale of friendship and romance follows young d’Artagnian upon his arrival in Paris in search of fame, fortune, and a place among the King’s Musketeers,” reads the release. Tony Simotes has been the artistic director for Shakespeare & Company since 1995 and will serve as fight choreographer as well as director for the show. 

From Feb. 27 through March 9, Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” will take over the stage at the Nafe Katter Theatre, directed by Paul Mullins. CRT describes the play as “one of Shakespeare’s most constantly ‘current’ comedies.” Mullins directed last season’s well-received production of “Hairspray.”

From March 27 through April 6 at the Studio Theatre, “The full exhilarating, creative power of the University of Connecticut’s Puppetry program will bring Christina Rossetti’s entrancingly atmospheric narrative poem ‘Goblin Market’ to our studio stage,” reads a CRT release. “Goblin Market” tells the story of two proper Victorian sisters who are tempted by the world beyond their home.

Winding up the season, “Legally Blonde, The Musical” will appear from April 24 through May 4 at the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre. “College sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods can handle anything. So when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her for someone ‘serious’ she decides to follow him to Harvard Law School and win him back,” reads the release. The musical will be directed and choreographed by Gerry McIntyre, winner of the 2013 Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Best Choreography for CRT’s production of "Hairspray."

Current CRT subscribers have been sent a subscription renewal form. New subscriptions are on sale now. Please call 860-486-2113 for information on subscribing and general ticket information. The CRT Box Office is now located at the Nafe Katter Theatre, 820 Bolton Road, on the Storrs campus. The Box Office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m.

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