Season Preview 2010-11: A Comprehensive Listing of Productions, Dates and Directors at TCG Theatres Nationwide
Schedule changes and additions are common in the course of a season, so readers are encouraged to contact theatres directly for updated information.
This year's Top 10 list touts an impressive eight newcomers to the annual tally of most-produced plays at TCG member theatres. (This snapshot reflects info reported to us by theatres at press time, and covers productions from October 2010 through September 2011; the most recently reported production information can be viewed throughout the year at www.tcg.org/profiles.) All but The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (up one production from last year) and To Kill a Mockingbird (appearing again after a year's hiatus) show up on the list this year for the very first time.
This season's winner, The 39 Steps, is scheduled to play at a whopping 23 TCG theatres--more than twice as many as last year's chart-topper, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb's boom. The influx of new work is epitomized by runner-up Circle Mirror Transformation (15), which premiered only a year ago. Also notable is a double whammy for playwright Tracy Letts.
As usual, we've omitted from our calculations works by those inevitable over-achievers Shakespeare (who's on for no fewer than 115 productions) and Dickens (whose A Christmas Carol will work its magic in at least 35 stagings), as well as holiday shows such as The Santaland Diaries (11). That means the popularity of a new holiday production, A Christmas Story (13), adapted by Philip Grecian, isn't reflected in the list; neither are a rash of seven various adaptations of Peter Pan. A tabulator's final note: The Twilight craze seems to have finally reached the stage, spawning a notable nine Dracula-inspired productions--including one fang-baring rock opera!--Lauren Rosenfield
SEASON PREVIEW 2010-11
Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Montgomery, (334) 271-5353, www.asf.net
The House at Pooh Corner, adapt: Bettye Knapp from A.A. Milne; dir: Nancy Rominger. Thru Oct 22.
The Nacirema Society Requests the Honor of Your Presence at a Celebration of Their First One Hundred Years, Pearl Cleage; dir: Susan V. Booth. Thru Oct 3. Co-production with Alliance Theatre, GA.
Peter Pan, James M. Barrie; lyrics: Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Carolyn Leigh; music: Mark Charlap; dir: Geoffrey Sherman. Nov 19-Dec 31.
Bear Country, Michael Vigilant; music: James Conely; dir: Tim Rhoze. Jan 13-23.
Julius Caesar, Shakespeare; dir: Geoffrey Sherman. Feb 2-May 21.
The Flagmaker of Market Street, Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder; dir: Hana Sharif. Feb 4-Mar 19.
Blood Divided, Jeffry Chastang; music: James Conely; dir: Nancy Rominger. Feb 18-Mar 20.
Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare; dir: Diana Van Fossen. Mar 9-May 21.
Moonlight and Magnolias, Ron Hutchinson; dir: Geoffrey Sherman. Apr 8-May 29.
Menopause the Musical, Jeanie Linders. Jul 8-24.
Cyrano's Theatre Company, Anchorage, (907) 274-2599, www.cyranos.org
The Seafarer, Conor McPherson; dir: Krista Schwarting. Oct 1-17.
Assimilation, Jack Dalton; dir: Ed Bourgeois. Oct 22-Nov 20.
The Winter Bear, Anne Hanley. Oct 28-Nov 22.
Native Playwrights Project. Nov 1-3.
This Is Where We Came In, Alan Ayckbourn; dir: Janet Stoneburner. Dec 4-22.
Harold and Maude, Colin Higgins; dir: Dick Reichman. Jan 21-Feb 27.
Camino Real, Tennessee Williams; dir: Erma Duricko. Mar 10-27.
Becky's New Car, Steven Dietz; dir: Schatzie Shaffers. Apr 8-May 1.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, book: Rachel Sheinkin; lyrics and music: William Finn: dir: Teresa Pond. May 13-Jun 26.
Red White and Tuna, Jul 1-Aug 21.
Exit the King, lonesco. Sep 8-Oct 2.
Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre, Fairbanks, www. …