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ACT – A Contemporary Theatre is thrilled to share a glimpse of the casting for the first half of its upcoming 2014 Mainstage season. After her critically acclaimed turn in last season’s "Sugar Daddies," Emily Chisholm is back on the ACT Mainstage in the lead role in "Bethany." Jessica Skerritt and Joshua Carter play the lovers in "Little Shop of Horrors," and Arthur Miller’s "The Price" features Charles Leggett and Peter Lohnes as estranged brothers.

"Little Shop of Horrors" (Co-production with The 5th Avenue Theatre)
Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman I
Music by Alan Menken
Previews begin March 8, Press Opening March 13

This delightfully demented comedy that ran for five years off-Broadway features hapless lovers Seymour and Audrey, a man-eating plant, and a finger-popping trio of doo-wop singers in a hilarious send-up of B-movie horror flicks with an irresistible rock and Motown-style score.

CAST
Joshua Carter—Seymour
Jessica Skerritt—Audrey
Jeff Steitzer—Mr. Mushnik
Ekello J. Harrid, Jr. —Audrey II (voice)
Eric Esteb—Audrey II (puppet)
David Anthony Lewis—Orin Scrivello and others
Alexandria Henderson, Naomi Morgan, Nicole Prothro—Doo-wop Trio
Directed by Bill Berry

"Bethany"
Written by Laura Marks
Previews begin April 11, Press Opening April 17

The reality of the economic meltdown as seen through the life of a struggling suburban single mom trying to keep it all together. It all comes down to one big sale, and when the pressure is on, she pushes her own limits to get back everything she wants—including her daughter.

CAST
Emily Chisholm—Crystal
Richard Ziman—Charlie
Darragh Kennan—Gary
Suzanne Bouchard—Patricia
Cynthia Jones—Toni
Jonelle Jordan—Shannon

Directed by John Langs

"The Price"
Written by Arthur Miller
Previews begin May 30, Press Opening June 5

Two grown brothers get a hard lesson in truth and consequences. After taking separate paths in life, their versions of family history collide when they meet after 16 years to settle their late father’s estate. The New York Times says, “The Price is one of the most engrossing and entertaining plays that Arthur Miller has ever written.”

CAST
Anne Allgood—Esther Franz
Charles Leggett—Victor Franz
Peter Lohnes—Walter Franz
TBD—Gregory Solomon

Directed by Victor Pappas

AN EVENING OF ONE ACTS
"Patter for a Floating Lady" by Steve Martin
"Riverside Drive" by Woody Allen
"The Unseen Hand" by Sam Shepard
Previews begin July 18, Press Opening July 24

Three celebrated writers and their trio of short plays stretch the imagination with magic, surprise, wonder, and a dose of science fiction fantasy to the summer. Famous for their successes on the big screen and the stage, we take a look at what Martin, Allen, and Shepard bring to their respective short stories.

CAST to be announced

Directed by R. Hamilton Wright

"The Invisible Hand"
Written by Ayad Akhtar
Co-Produced with Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland, Oregon Previews begin September 5, Press Opening September 11

When Nick, an American financial guru is captured and held by a militant Islamic organization in Pakistan, he is encouraged to raise his own 10 million dollar ransom. In his desperate quest to gain his freedom, he warms to the task, as does his captor and avid student, Bashir, with terrifying results. An important new voice in the American Theatre, Ayad Akhtar delivers a chilling examination of personal and political responsibility, and the shifting sands of the global power structure.

CAST to be announced

Directed by Allen Nause

"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike"
Written by Christopher Durang
Previews begin October 17, Press Opening October 23

Tony Award Winner for Best Play. Characters from Chekhov get a modern-day mix up in this hilarious family reunion set in present day Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Three middle-aged siblings come to grips with age, ambition, and lifelong grudges. Serious Russian drama? Not this year.

CAST to be announced

Directed by Kurt Beattie

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Single tickets go on sale to the public for all 2014 Mainstage shows February 12, 2014. ACT is offering 50% off adult price tickets for previews of "Bethany" February 12-18.
Tickets start at Adults: $39-$55; Students: $15; People 25 & under: $20; Seniors: 25% off adult ticket price.
Pay What You Can performances will now be offered all day on Sunday matinees and evenings and also at all Thursday matinees. PWYC starts at 1:00pm day of show, in person at ACT Ticket Office.
$20 Tuesdays: All seats at Tuesday Previews and Regular performances will be $20. All ticket purchases and information are available at www.acttheatre.org or (206) 292-7676

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