September 10, 2014
Susan Goes, Executive Director, 541-942-8001
Amanda Ferguson, Artistic Director, 541-409-2522
Cottage Theatre announces 2015 season
Cottage Grove, OR — On Saturday September 6, before an invited audience of volunteers and supporters, Cottage Theatre announced its 33rd season, which will run from January through December 2015. The line-up consists of three plays and three musicals, including the epic Broadway musical Les Misérables. The six shows selected represent diverse styles and geographic settings, according to the theatre's Executive Director Susan Goes.
The 2015 season will start in Cuba, the setting for a production of Shakespeare's 12th Night. The Bard's quintessential love triangle ("triangulo de amore") gets a 1950s Havana twist in the hands of director Tony Rust. 12th Night will run for 11 performances from January 30 - February 15, 2015.
Next stop in Cottage Theatre's 2015 theatrical world tour is Paris, France, for Les Misérables. Winner of the 1987 Tony Award for Best Musical, this show by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg is based on the novel by Victor Hugo and has been seen by more than 65 million people worldwide. Cottage Theatre's Les Misérables will be directed by Alan Beck and will run for 15 performances from April 10 - May 3, 2015.
In June, the theatre will present Proof, a story of love, genius and instability set in Chicago. This 4-character play by David Auburn won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and gained further fame in 2005 via a movie version starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins. Alan Beck will direct the Cottage Theatre production which will run for 11 performances from June 12 - 28, 2015.
The theatre's August production is Quilters, by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek, and directed by Eliza Roaring Springs. Based on true narratives of pioneer women, Quilters dramatizes the strenuous realities of 1800s frontier life. Prairie fires, twisters, starvation and death are interspersed with lively, and often humorous, accounts of cabin construction, courtship and childhood pranks. Music and dance are an integral part of this show which will run for 11 performances from August 14 - 30, 2015.
The soul-stirring rock musical about the Passion of Christ is the 5th show in the theatre's 2015 season. Jesus Christ Superstar, with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, dramatizes Christ's final days in Jerusalem. Tony Rust will direct this production which will run for 15 performances from October 2 - 25, 2015.
Cottage Theatre's 33rd season concludes in December 2015 with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, dramatized by Joseph Robinette from the story by C.S. Lewis. This stage adaptation faithfully recreates the adventures of four children who wander, quite by accident, from an old wardrobe into the exciting and unusual land of Narnia. Pamela Lehan-Siegel will direct this production which will run for 11 performances from December 4 - 20, 2015.
Season tickets to Cottage Theatre's 2015 season will go on sale to the public November 1, following a month-long renewal period for current subscribers beginning October 1. Tickets to individual shows will go on sale one month prior to each production's opening night.
Cottage Theatre is a volunteer-centered community theatre that draws actors and audiences from throughout Lane County. The theatre's current year season concludes this fall with two musicals: Assassins (October 3 - 19, 2014), and She Loves Me (December 5 - 21, 2014).
All performances take place at Cottage Theatre, 700 Village Drive in Cottage Grove. Ticket information is available at www.cottagetheatre.org or by calling the theatre at 541-942-8001.