The 2014 Main Stage season includes the following productions:
Moonlight and Magnolias
by Ron Hutchinson
directed by Lee Ann Payne
August 15 - September 7, 2014
It’s 1939, and legendary movie producer David O. Selznick has a problem: he’s supposed to bring the epic novel Gone with the Wind to the big screen, but he fired his director and hired a screenwriter who hasn’t read the book. What to do? Lock everybody in his office and eat only bananas and peanuts until the script is ready, of course! A hilarious look back at the golden age of Hollywood and the making of an iconic American film.
Ben Hecht - the writer
Victor Fleming - the director
David O. Selznick - the producer
Miss Poppenghul - Mr. Selznick's assistant
The Woman in Black
adapted by Stephen Mallatratt
directed by Meredith Hagedorn
October 10 - November 2, 2014
In this brilliant adaptation of Susan Hill’s horror novella, a traumatized man recruits a young actor to help him exorcise the ghost of the Woman in Black. As the two men perform the story, the suspense builds until the ghost’s terrible secret is finally revealed. Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, The Woman in Black is the second longest- running play in the history of London’s West End.
Kipps - a young man who is an actor
Actor - middle aged man who is most certainly NOT an actor
The Other Place
by Sharr White
directed by Kimberly Mohne Hill
November 21 - December 14, 2014
Opened on Broadway in 2013. In this gripping new drama by Sharr White (6 Years, Dragon 2008 season), a world-renowned neurologist seems to be losing her mind. Her husband has filed for divorce, her daughter has run off with an older man, and her own health is failing—or is it? Nothing is what is seems in this character study of a woman in crisis.
Juliana - a sharply charismatic scientist in her early 50s. Juliana's obviously fierce intelligence is both her greatest asset and her largest burden, having helped her carve a niche in a deeply competitive field infiltrated by brilliant minds, and yet bringing her a deep impatience and a drive not always understood by those around her.
Ian - Juliana's husband, 50s, an oncologist
The Woman - In her late 20s to early 30s. The Woman portrays Dr. Cindy Teller, a neurobiologist; Laurel, Juliana and Ian's daughter; and a Woman
The Man - In his late 30s. The Man portrays Richard Sillner and Bobby, a nurse.
2nd STAGES SERIES
Dragon's brand new 2nd Stages series launches in 2014. It's intended to give other artists the opportunity to fully produce their passion projects with funding and mentorship from the Dragon's staff. This series will develop new local theatre makers with the support of an established theatre company. 2nd Stages shows run for two weeks only on Fridays at 8p, Saturdays at 2m and 8p, and Sunday at 2p.
by Neil LaBute
Produced & Directed by Jeffrey Lo
March 7 - March 16, 2014
Picture this: you’re an up and coming writer with a blossoming career and a beautiful fiancée who loves you dearly. What would you do in this situation? In this dark comedy by Neil LaBute (In the Company of Men, The Shape of Things) you’d have a life crisis and go on a cross-country tour to visit your ex-girlfriends. LaBute’s play is a portrait of an artist who steps back to look at past mistakes—and figure out what to do with the scars that still linger.
Guy - age 33, engaged to a 23 year old
Sam - age 33, the Guy's former high school sweetheart
Tyler - a bit younger than the Guy, a Chicago fling
Lindsay - older than Guy, nicley dressed, Boston college professor
Bobbi - about Guy's age, the woman he could have actually ended up with in LA
The Birthday Party
by Harold Pinter
Produced & Directed by Jenny Hollingworth
June 6 - June 15, 2014
Highly controversial when it opened in 1958 and now considered a classic, The Birthday Party is one of Pinter’s least subtle plays. Set in a seaside boarding house, it is part black comedy and part whodunit, with the central action literally happening in the dark. Like all great literature, it asks timeless questions: How can we be sure that anyone is who he says he is? Is it ever possible to pin down the truth of the past? And can we ever escape our deepest fears?
Petey - a man in his 60s
Meg - a woman in her 60s
Stanley - a man in his late 30s
Lulu - a girl in her 20s
Goldberg - a man in his 50s
McCann - a man of 30
Take Me Out
by Richard Greenberg
Produced by Dale Albright
July 11 - July 20, 2014
Darren has it all. He’s one of the biggest baseball stars on the planet. Millions of adoring fans. Endorsements. And then he decides to come out of the closet. This winner of the 2003 Tony Award for Best New Play and Pulitzer Prize finalist tackles homophobia and racism amidst America’s most traditional pastime.
Davey Battle, Darren Lemmings's best friend, is a star player, but the team that he plays for is not as good as the Empires, which, as Davey points out, allows him to stand out more. Davey encourages Darren to keep no secrets, to live his life publicly, which leads to Darren's announcement about his sexual orientation.
Jason Chenier is a catcher who has been with the Empires for three weeks. After Darren announces that he is gay, Jason feels that he can approach him. In act 2, when Kippy is talking to his teammates about their “stray homosexual impulses,” Jason mistakenly believes for a moment that Kippy is talking to him in particular.
Takeshi Kawabata, the star pitcher for the Empires, started his first season on the team playing brilliantly, but in the second half, his game would go to pieces some time around the seventh inning. Thought to only speak Japanese, Kawabata speaks directly to the audience at the start of act 3, showing himself to be quite aware of what is going on around him and willfully ignoring it.
Toddy Koovitz, a member of the Empires, becomes belligerent after the announcement that Darren is gay. He feels uncomfortable about being nude in the locker room with Darren and resents the fact that he is made to feel this way. Toddy is an illiterate man, given to pronouncing words incorrectly. After Shane Mungitt makes a public, very derogatory statement about Darren Lemming's sexual orientation, Toddy expresses the belief that Darren might have arranged the whole controversy to gain public sympathy.
Darren Lemming is the play's central character. He is the center fielder for the Empires, an excellent player on a team that has won the World Series twice in a row. Darren is biracial, with a white father and a black mother, and was raised in a stable middle-class environment. After a talk about authenticity with his friend and competitor Davey Battle, Darren holds a press conference, at which he announces that he is gay.
One of the Spanish-speaking members of the Empires, Martinez is always with Rodriguez and is indistinguishable from him.
Mason Marzac - This role is already cast.
A good pitcher, though lacking intelligence. It is clear that Shane's skill is tied to certain psychological problems carried over from childhood: his father shot Shane's mother and himself when Shane was just a little boy, and he was trapped with their decaying bodies for three days, dehydrated when he was finally found; after that, he spent the rest of his childhood in one orphanage after another. The only thing that he ever learned to do well is pitch. Shane has such poor communication skills that during an interview with a reporter he refers to his teammates with derogatory racial slurs.
Rodriguez is never onstage without the other Spanish-speaking member of the Empires, Martinez. Their conversations together are a mystery to the other team members.
William R. Danziger, the manager of the Empires. He is known for his personal skills, his ability to be tough when he needs to be and gentle when it is called for. Although Darren Lemming is loved by his public and his teammates, he is particularly important to Skipper, who, as Kippy points out, “thinks he invented Darren.”
Kippy serves often as the narrator of the play, speaking directly to the audience and giving background details. He is Darren Lemming's closest friend on the Empires. Their conversations are philosophical. Darren describes him as “The most intelligent man in Major League baseball,” but Kippy counters that he only seems intelligent because he is not as large as Swedes usually are. When Martinez and Rodriguez speak Spanish, and when Kawabata speaks Japanese, Kippy says that he can translate what they are saying, though his translations are vague and unconvincing.
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Technical and Creative Staff
We are currently seeking designers and Stage Managers for the 2014 season. We hire Stage Managers, Assistant Stage Managers, Costume Designers, Sound Designers, Lighting Designers, and Properties Designers on a show-by-show basis. Designers should email their resume with work samples (when possible) to Allison at email@example.com. Stipend available for all positions.