Theatre Palisades, the local community theater has announced its schedule for the upcoming year.
Five unique and entertaining presentations will include Other Desert Cities, Run for Your Wife, The Andrews Brothers, Bell Book & Candle and Towards Zero.
OTHER DESERT CITIES
Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz will run from January 13 through February 18, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. This play was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and also received five Tony nominations including for Best Play, Best Actress in a Play, Best Featured Actress in a Play, Best Scenic Design and Best Lighting Design. Judith Light won for Best Featured Actress in a Play.
The play takes place around Christmas Eve in 2004, when a daughter returns to Palm Springs, California, after spending six years in New York writing magazine pieces.
She announces and presents to her family a memoir recounting a pivotal and tragic event in the family’s history: the suicide of her late brother Henry, who had been involved with the radical underground subculture in Venice.
Producers are Martha Hunter and Laura Goldstein, with director Chloe King. The cast includes: Holly Sidell, Michele Schultz, Richard Johnson, Amy Goddard and Levente Tarr.
RUN FOR YOUR WIFE
(March 31 – May 6)
Run for Your Wife is a 1983 comedy by Ray Cooney. John Smith, a London cab driver, with two wives and two lives, operates on a precise schedule juggling them both – until he’s mugged and ends up in the hospital. Since he has two addresses, two police departments investigate and Smith’s carefully planned life falls upside down and hijinks ensue.
THE ANDREWS BROTHERS
(June 2 – July 8)
A snippet of this show was previewed at the annual awards show and this editor almost fell out of her seat laughing as Peter Miller, Gregg Abbott and Bill Wolfe, performed as the Andrew sisters/brothers, singing “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree.” This musical, The Andrews Brothers, created by Roger Bean, centers around a USO performance from the Andrew Sisters. When a cancellation appears likely, three earnest stagehands are determined to go on with the show. “Pleasingly silly! No-holds-barred goofiness!” was one of the show reviews in the L.A. Times.
BELL, BOOK & CANDLE
(August 25 – October 7)
Bell, Book & Candle is a 1958 fantasy, romantic comedy by John Van Druten. Gillian Holroyd is a modern-day witch living in New York City’s Greenwich Village, who encounters charming publisher Shepherd Henderson. She decides to make him hers by casting a love spell and takes added pleasure in doing so because Henderson is engaged to her old college rival. Problems arise when Gillian finds herself actually falling for Shepherd. The problem? She will lose her powers if she falls in love.
(November 3 – December 9)
Towards Zero is a work of detective fiction by the great dame Agatha Christie and many consider it one of her finest stories.
“A murder is the culmination of a lot of different circumstances, all converging at a given moment at a given point,” Christie wrote about this play that sees an elderly widow murdered at a clifftop seaside house. A detective must sort out what is the connection between a failed suicide attempt, a wrongful accusation of theft against a schoolgirl, and the romantic life of a famous tennis player?
TICKETS: Residents can purchase individual tickets or a season subscription. General Admission $22; Seniors & Students $20 or become a Patron Member for $90 and receive tickets to all five shows, including the musical. Or for $40 become an Active Member and work in some capacity for three shows and receive a ticket to all shows. Box Office: (310) 454-1970 or theatrepalisades.org or to discuss options for affordable theater.