Theatre Conspiracy is celebrating its 20th anniversary season by discounting subscriptions of season tickets.
Beginning with the a world premiere production from its Annual New Play Contest and finishing with a Florida premiere, this year’s line-up is full of award-winning plays never before seen in the area. The schedule includes:
- All My Raisins in the Son by John Twomey, winner of the Theatre Conspiracy's 15th annual new play contest and the Neil Simon 3rd Annual New Play Contest. With shows scheduled from October 18 to November 2, including a 2 p.m. matinee on October 27, All My Raisins in the Son tells the story of an eager new teacher who gets quite the education when confronted with the quirky personalities and deadly serious politics of the public high school teacher's lounge.
- Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo, winner of the Barrymore Award for outstanding play and Pulitzer Prize finalist. With shows scheduled from November 22 through December 15, including a 2 p.m. matinee on December 15, Becky Shaw takes flight when Suzanna decides to set her best friend Max up on a blind date with her husband's mysterious co-worker, Becky Shaw, setting into motion a series of cataclysmic events forever changing all of their lives. Described by The New York Times as being "as engrossing as it is ferociously funny, like a big box of fireworks fizzing and crackling across the stage from its first moments to its last," the play mixes sharp wit and humor with the taut suspense of a psychological thriller to create a comedy of romantic errors that keeps audiences at the edge of their seats guessing what will happen next.
- Relatively Speaking, three one-act comedies by four-time Oscar winner Ethan Coen, two-time Oscar nominee Elaine May and Woody Allen. Taking place from January 3-25, 2014, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, January 19, Relatively Speaking features Talking Cure, in which Ethan Coen uncovers the sort of insanity that can only come from family; George is Dead, in which Eaine May explores the hilarity of death; and Honeymoon Motel, in which Woody Allen invites you to the sort of wedding day you won't forget.
- The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonough, winner of four Tony Awards (including Best Play), the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, the Drama League Award for Best Play, the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Broadway Play and BBC Play of the Year. Taking to the stage of the Foulds Theater from February 7-23, with a 2 p.m. matinee on February 23, The Beauty Queen of Leenane tells the darkly comic tale of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early forties, and Mag, her manipulative aging mother, whose interference in Maureen's first and possibly final chance of a loving relationship sets in motion a train of events that leads inexorably towards the play's terrifying dénouement.
- The Whale by Samuel D. Hunter, winner of the 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Play, the 2013 Drama Desk Special Award for Significant Contribution to Theatre, the 2013 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding New York Theatre, the Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Play, the 2013 Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play and the 2013 John Gassner Award for Outstanding New American Play. Scheduled for March 14-29 with a 2 p.m. matinee on March 23, The Whale tells the story of morbidly obese 600 pound Charlie, who has confined himself to his small Idaho apartment since the death of his boyfriend and is eating himself to oblivion. With his health quickly failing, Charlie becomes desperate to reconnect with Ellie, his estranged and angry teenage daughter whom he has not seen in 17 years. He would give her anything: his love, his money….maybe even his life.
"Each year we try to provide audiences a unique theatrical experience," says Producing Artistic Director Bill Taylor (pictured right on the Fort Myers Public Art Committee). "None of these shows have been done in the area before. Kim Crow, who was seen in Wit at Florida Repertory Theatre will be performing in Becky Shaw. Also we are negotiating with gentleman who originated one of the roles in Beauty Queen of Leenane and you can't beat our price for season subscriptions this year!"
You can get five shows for $72 or four shows for $60. Individual tickets are $20 each. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m. with one Sunday 2 p.m. matinee for each show. Tickets can be purchased by calling Theatre Conspiracy’s box office at 239-936-3239 or by visiting www.theatreconspiracy.org.
Theatre Conspiracy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Florida corporation headed by Producing Artistic Director Bill Taylor. Funding is derived from ticket sales, advertising sales and donations. During its 19 years it has been described as "innovative, exciting, daring," and "a treasured member of the area's theatrical community."