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STC announces season eleven- a mix of comedy, drama, music, and more

Posted by boston.com  August 13, 2013 10:00 AM

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Pictured are John Fogle, Artistic Director and Gary LaParl, Managing Director of Salem Theatre Company, 90 Lafayette Street in Salem. STC has announced three comedies and two dramas for their Season Eleven Mainstage programming.


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The Salem Theatre Company has announced the line-up of Season Eleven Main Stage productions. Season Eleven will be the company’s fourth full season in residence at the STC Theater, 90 Lafayette Street in Salem.
 
“We’re in the story business,” says John Fogle, Salem Theatre Company’s Artistic Director.  “We’re messengers who bring tales of human trials, aspirations and idiocy.  And we have all that and more in Season Eleven when we present three comedies and two dramas.”
 
The season kicks off in September with “Salem’s Play,” Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.  Winner of the Tony Award for best play, this exciting drama about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in old Salem is both a gripping historical play and a timely parable of our contemporary society.  Artistic Director John Fogle directs. 
 
For the holidays, STC brings you A Tuna Christmas by Ed Howard, Joe Sears, Jaston Williams and directed by Salem State University Professor David Allen George.  In this hilarious sequel to Greater Tuna, it's Christmas in the third smallest town in Texas. Radio station OKKK news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report on various Yuletide activities, including hot competition in the annual lawn display contest. In other news, voracious Joe Bob Lipsey's production of "A Christmas Carol" is jeopardized by unpaid electric bills. A Tuna Christmas is a total delight for all seasons.
 
Bernard Pomerance’s 1979 Tony Award winner for Best Play, The Elephant Man, takes the third slot in the season and will be directed by John Fogle.  Based on the life of John Merrick, who lived in London during the late nineteenth century, The Elephant Man follows a horribly deformed young man, victim of rare skin and bone diseases, who has become the star freak attraction in traveling side-shows. Found abandoned and helpless, he is admitted to London's prestigious Whitechapel Hospital and under the care of celebrated young physician Frederick Treves, Merrick is introduced to London society and slowly evolves from an object of pity to an urbane and witty favorite of the aristocracy and literati.  Look for The Elephant Man in January 2014.
 
Our fourth play of the season is the 2006 Olivier Award winner for best comedy, Heroes,   adapted by Tom Stoppard from the French play "Le Vent de Peupliers" by Gerald Sibleyras.  Steve Rotolo, who directed STC’s All in the Timing last summer, will helm the production with production dates in March and April.  The year is 1959. Three aging World War I veterans find themselves residing together in a military retirement home in the French countryside. They pass the time on their favorite isolated terrace – gossiping, joking, generally irritating one another - and dreaming of their “freedom.”  Our three heroes (along with a statue of a dog!) set into motion an adventurous plan to escape...to Indochina...or at least to a picnic under the poplars on a nearby hill. Tom Stoppard's adaptation of this French play is playful, bawdy, and heartbreakingly funny.
 
Our Season Eleven finale, scheduled for May, is Willy Russell’s comedy Shirley Valentine, a Tony Award nominee for Best Play. Wondering what has happened to herself, now feeling stagnant and in a rut, Shirley Valentine finds herself regularly talking to the wall while preparing her husband's chips and egg. When her best friend wins a trip-for-two to Greece, she packs her bags, leaves a note on the cupboard door in the kitchen, and heads for a fortnight of rest and relaxation. What she finds is romance and a new awareness of who she is and what her life can be.  John Fogle directs.
 
STC’s Individual ticket pricing for Season Eleven is $10 for students, $20 for Seniors (aged 60 and above), and $25 for Adults. Patrons can save 15% off of these prices by investing in a Season Eleven Pass. 5-Play and 3-Play passes are available for both Adults and Seniors and can be purchased online at www.salemtheatre.com.
 
ABOUT THE SALEM THEATRE COMPANY
The Salem Theatre Company was founded in 2002 and enriches the artistic, cultural, and economic life of the Greater Salem region through the performance of classic, contemporary, and new works of exceptional theater. The STC hopes to move and inspire, and to build connections with new, diverse audiences and theatre artists through the performing arts and arts education outreach. 
 
Salem Theatre Company’s’ Season Eleven is supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and will feature Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, A Tuna Christmas by Ed Howard, Joe Sears and Jaston Williams, Bernard Pomerance’s The Elephant Man, Tom Stoppard’s Heroes (an adaptation of Gerald Sibleyras’ “Le Vent de Peupliers”) and Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine. 
 
The company is led by Artistic Director John Fogle, Managing Director Gary LaParl, and Board President Norene Gachignard. Details about tickets, the theater on Lafayette Street, and Season Eleven are at www.salemtheatre.com.

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