The Farmington Players barn theater has announced its 2013-2014season – a series of one-word titles ranging from dark drama to a bright spunkiness pulled right out of the funny papers: “Dracula,” “Annie,” “Assassins” and “Rumors.” And each play has its own take on violent themes – humorous or otherwise.
“Dracula” – October 11-November 2: What are you doing for Halloween? This perfectly time sensual and scary drama opens the season on the Barn’s brand new stage floor this fall. This new adaptation restores the suspense and seduction of Bram Stoker's classic novel to the stage. As Count Dracula terrorizes the residents of London, they piece together the clues of his appearances to save themselves from a hideous fate. Dripping with humor and horror, this play paints a wickedly theatrical picture of Stoker's famous vampire.
“Annie” – December 13-29: Set in 1933, this well-loved musical is perfect holiday fare, with its hopeful tale of the rambunctious redheaded orphan searching for her birth parents. Annie and her dog Sandy leave the orphanage for the mansion of billionaire Oliver Warbucks, who wants to host an orphan at Christmas time for the positive publicity. Annie's visit takes some unexpected twists and turns as she works her way into everyone's hearts and learns a few things for herself.
“Assassins” – February 14, 2014- March 1: No one handles dark matter quite like Stephen Sondheim. This musical explores the minds and motives of the nine men and women who have attempted to assassinate the President of the United States. The show uses the premise of a murderous carnival game to produce a revue-style portrayal of these real-life assassins, from John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald. While not justifying their actions, Sondheim portrays these individuals as pursuing their own version of the American Dream. The results are thought provoking, unsettling and often humorous, despite the sinister subject matter.
“Rumors”– April 25, 2014-May 17: Playwright Neil Simon is a sure bet for fast-paced farce, packed with laughs. The Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself on his tenth wedding anniversary. While it’s only a flesh wound, the cover-up takes on a life of its own as the aristocratic guests arrive at a posh townhouse for a celebratory dinner. While the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is nowhere in sight, the other couples must get "the story" straight to conceal the truth from the media and police. As the confusions and miscommunications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.
Season Tickets are available now: $60 will get you in all four fabulous shows, for a savings of $8.
Reserved seats for all shows are on sale now at the Farmington Players box office: 248-553-2955 or online. The Barn is located at 32332 W. Twelve Mile Road in Farmington Hills It’s the big white Barn on the North side of Twelve Mile just west of Orchard Lake Road.