Twin City Stage has announced its 81st Season of live theatre here in Winston-Salem. Between September 2015 and June 2016, the theatre company will offer a wide range of plays and musicals, with everything from side-splitting comedies and thought-provoking dramas to musicals set around the world and over the rainbow. Because the stories to be told include compelling autobiographies, romantic shenanigans and the usual complications that make for good theatrical entertainment, Twin City Stage has deemed this a season of “Life, Love & Flying Monkeys.”
The 81st Season will begin with “Is He Dead?”, a madcap farce set in Paris, based on a play by Mark Twain and adapted by David Ives (September 18-20 & 24-27, 2015). Next will be “Swingtime Canteen”, a musical comedy set in London during World War II, with book by Linda Thorsen Bond, William Repicci and Charles Busch, and featuring popular songs from the 1940s (November 13-15 & 19-22, 2015). Twin City Stage will bring back Macy’s “Yes, Virginia: The Musical” for the holidays, with music by Wesley Whatley and book & lyrics by William Schermerhorn (December 18-20, 2015). Neil Simon’s romantic comedy, “Proposals”, will follow (February 5-7 & 11-14, 2016). The theatre company’s biggest show of the year will be “The Wizard of Oz”, a musical by Frank L. Baum with music & lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg, background music by Herbert Stothart, dance and vocal arrangements by Peter Howard, and orchestration by Larry Wilcox (April 15-17, 21-24 & 28-May 1, 2016). Mitch Albom’s uplifting drama, “Tuesdays with Morrie” (June 3-5 & 9-12, 2016), will round out the season.
During the 2015-16 Season, Twin City Stage will offer four special events in addition to its main stage programming. “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill”, a musical by Lanie Robertson, will bring the story of jazz great Billie Holiday to the stage for two performances this summer (August 14-15, 2015). Barbara Field’s adventure drama, “The Boxcar Children” (November 6-8, 2015), based on the book by Gertrude Chandler Warner, will continue the theatre’s Youth Production Series, as will Christopher Sergel’s “The Outsiders”, from the book by S. E. Hinton (March 5, 2016). Finally, a delightful musical rendition of P. D. Eastman’s “Are You My Mother?”, adapted by Greg Cunning, with lyrics by Greg Cunning and music by Richard De Rosa, will be performed by ArtsPower on Mother’s Day weekend (May 7, 2016).
While a majority of the theatre’s offerings will be performed on its home stage at the Arts Council Theatre, three of the productions will be presented downtown at the Hanesbrands Theatre: Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, The Boxcar Children and Tuesdays with Morrie. “The opportunity to work with the Arts Council in different facilities is an exciting proposition for Twin City Stage,” commented TCS Executive Director, Maureen Daly. “We look forward to introducing our work to an ever growing audience and to increasing the variety of plays we produce.”