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Theatre Conspiracy 2017-18 Season Promises Diverse Perfrmances 'From Classics to Cutting Edge'

Jul 11, 2017 11:42AM ● Published by Kevin

Courtesy of the Alliance for the Arts' Facebook page. From their 2016 season.

Gallery: Alliance for the Arts' Conspiracy Theatre 2017-18 Season [7 Images] Click any image to expand.

Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance for the Arts recently announced its 2017-18 season, which includes "beloved classics, comedic favorites and award-winning new plays from fresh voices."

“We have put together another very diverse season for our audiences," founder and producing artistic director Bill Taylor said. "There is something for everyone! From the classics to the cutting edge, we invite audiences to experience the broadest range of theatrical entertainment.”

Shows range from the 19th century Henrik Ibsen classic "A Doll's House," to the twentieth century classic "A Raisin in the Sun," to newer plays like comedy "Women in Jeopardy!" and the improv musical "Your Love, Our Musical."

"I may be wrong but i do not know of there ever being a local production of 'A Raisin in the Sun,'" Taylor said. "Kind of amazing considering what an iconic piece of theatre it is! I can't wait to bring it to our audiences!"

Taylor is set to direct "Women in Jeopardy!" this August, and he's excited about the cast, which supports a "hysterical" script.

Theatre's rendition of "Seven Guitars" features most of the cast from last year's production of "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom."

"August Wilson is one of America's greatest playwrights," Taylor said. "I cannot wait to share that show with everyone."

"One-man Christmas Carol" was a last minute booking last season, which Taylor attributed to Timur Kocak's performance.

"Although the story is really well known and numerous productions have been dome here locally, this one-man version really puts a fresh look on this classic piece," he explained.

"Your Love, Our Musical" won the NYCFringe overall excellence in acting award and has 4-star reviews from Timeout Magazine. "Bringing a play like this in from New York City for $25 a ticket, less if you subscribe, is unheard of in this area," Taylor said.

Theatre lovers can save up to $72 with a season subscription, which range from $105 per person for 5 shows to $153 per person for all nine shows. Individual tickets to each show are $25, $11 for students or $22 for Alliance members.

To purchase tickets or for more information, call the box office at 239-939-2787 or visit www.ArtInLee.org/Theatre.

The Full Lineup

Women in Jeopardy by Wendy MaCleod

August 11-12, 17-19, 24-26 at 8 p.m.
August 20 at 2 p.m.
Sponsored by:
Susan Ion Hogan, DDS

A side splitting comedy with an all-star local cast! Liz Abbott, Stephanie Davis and Karen Goldberg star in this riotous comedy about trading in wine glasses for spy glasses when the mid-life crisis just isn’t your speed. Attempting to get to the bottom of a murder mystery, these ladies imaginations run wild as they try to discover the truth and save their friend in this hilarious adventure.

Buyer & Cellar by Jonathan Tolins

October 6-7 & 12-14 at 8 p.m.
October 8 at 2 p.m.

An outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things, and the oddest of odd jobs.

Alex More has a story to tell. A struggling actor in L.A., Alex takes a job working in the Malibu basement of a beloved megastar: Barbra Streisand. One day, the Lady Herself comes downstairs to play. It feels like real bonding in the basement, but will their relationship ever make it upstairs?

Florida Rep’s Education Director Kody C. Jones stars in this one-man show!

Seven Guitars by August Wilson

November 3-4, 9-11, & 16-18 at 8 p.m.
November 12 at 2 p.m.
Sponsored by: Noreen Raney

After serving jail time on a trumped-up vagrancy charge, blues musician Floyd “Schoolboy” Barton sets out to win back his girl and reclaim his pawned guitar, hoping to make a new hit record. Set in 1948 in the backyard of a Pittsburgh apartment house, Seven Guitars follows Floyd’s circle of friends and neighbors—the play’s seven voices—as they spin a rich tale of the deck that’s stacked against them, what they’ve lost and all they dream.

This lyrical play is part of August Wilson’s American Century Cycle, which charts the African-American experience through each decade of the 20th century.

A One-Man Christmas Carol adapted by James Rana and Timur Kocak

December 15 & 16 at 8 p.m.

Back by popular demand! With only the aid of a steamer trunk full of props, Timur Kocak plays all 24 roles in this dynamic one-man version of Charles Dickens’ 1843 holiday classic.

Your Love, Our Musical by Rebecca Vigil and Evan Kaufman

January 11-13 at 8 p.m.
January 14 at 2 p.m.

Fresh off their successful run in New York City, comedic musical improvisers interview a couple in the audience about their relationship and spin an impromptu musical about the couple’s love story. If you like comedy, musicals, or just being in love, this show was designed for you.

“The premise sounds nearly impossible, but the execution is reliably brilliant.” — The NY Times

New Play Contest Fundraiser

January 27 at 8 p.m.

The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with a reception in the gallery with good, wine and drinks. At 8 p.m. there will be reading from the top three entries of the Annual New Play Contest. After the last play is read, the audience votes for their favorite and determines winner. That show will then be produced in full in August of 2018. Tickets to the New Play Contest are $50.

Gidion's Knot by Johnna Adams

February 8-10 & 15-17 at 8 p.m.
February 11 & 18 at 2 p.m.

Amidst the fallout from her 5th grade son's suspension from school, a mother demands answers. What begins as a highly charged parent/teacher conference with Gidion's reticent teacher soon develops into a revelatory confrontation. A thought-provoking exploration that keeps us guessing about where to lay blame when children go astray. A suspenseful drama that is as elegant as it is chilling.

A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

March 1-3 & 8-10 at 8 p.m.
March 4 & 11 at 2 p.m.
Sponsored by: Janet & Bruce Bunch

A stark and unforgiving look behind the façade of an ideal marriage: Nora and Torvald Helmer are living their dream life, happily married with children and security. When Nora risks her reputation to save her husband’s life, the consequences test the limits of their love.

Grounded by George Brant

March 22 – 24 at 8 p.m.
March 25 at 2 p.m.

A hotshot fighter pilot sidelined by pregnancy is forced to operate military drones from a windowless trailer in the Las Vegas desert. This one-woman show targets our assumptions about war, family, and the power of storytelling.

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

May 3-5 & 10-12 at 8 p.m.
May 6 & 13 at 2 p.m.
Sponsored by: Noreen Raney

A fateful life insurance policy becomes a catalyst that will forever transform the lives of a family living on the South Side of Chicago, as they consider buying a house on the white side of town. Their shared dream of a better life collides with conflicting aspirations, betrayal and racism in this timeless production.

To purchase tickets or for more information, call the box office at 239-939-2787 or visit www.ArtInLee.org/Theatre.

About Alliance for the Arts

The Alliance for the Arts is a nonprofit community arts and cultural center located in the heart of Fort Myers, Florida. For over 40 years, the Alliance has been charged with the mission to facilitate and nurture the creation, development, promotion and education of arts and culture in southwest Florida.

The Alliance campus and galleries are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.

For more information, please call 239-939-2787, visit www.ArtInLee.org, find them on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/ArtInLee.org), or follow them on Twitter (@ArtInLee).
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