Opening this week

Here’s your sort-of-weekly news about this weekend’s theater openings:

Shotgun, Orlando Shakespeare Theater:

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in partnership with UCF to present Shotgun by John Biguenet.  A National New Play Network rolling world premiere
By John Biguenet
Directed by David Lee

Four months after Katrina, a white man and his teenage son rent half of a shotgun duplex apartment from an African-American woman and her father.  Seething racial tensions bubble to the surface when love begins to bloom.

Shotgun runs March 17-April 11

Ticket Prices range from $20 to $38.
The Cast includes: Rus Blackwell as Beau, Barry White as Willie, Chantal Jean-Pierre as Mattie, Dennis Neal as Dexter and Brandon Peters as Eugene.

Group Rates are Available!

Box Office:  407.447.1700

Goldman Theater
WED & THURS 7 p.m.
FRI & SAT 8 p.m.
SUN 2 p.m.
SENIOR MATINEES: The following Wednesdays: March 24 & 31 and April 7
POST-SHOW TALKBACK: Thursday, April 1

About the National New Play Network:
The National New Play Network is an alliance of leading nonprofit theaters that champion the development, production and continued life of new plays. NNPN strives to pioneer, implement and disseminate ideas and programs that revolutionize the way theaters collaborate to support new plays and playwrights.

Superior Donuts, Mad Cow Theatre

Mad Cow Theatre is delighted to announce the Southeast Regional Premiere of Superior Donuts, by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Letts.  Superior Donuts recently concluded its run on Broadway, and Mad Cow Theatre is one of the very first regional theatres to produce this new acclaimed new play by the author of August: Osage County.

Hailed as “A soulful play, full of humor and humanity,” Superior Donuts is the story of Arthur Przybyszewski, who owns a decrepit donut shop in an uptown neighborhood of Chicago. Franco Wicks, a black teenager who is his only employee, wants to change the shop for the better.  This comedy-drama, set in the heart of one of Chicago’s most diverse communities, explores the challenges of embracing the past and the redemptive power of friendship.

Directed by Rob Anderson (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, An Inspector Callls), Superior Donuts opens March 19, as part of Mad Cow Theatre’s Stage Left Series for the 2009-2010 season.

WHO: Mad Cow Theatre
WHAT: Superior Donuts
By Tracy Letts
WHEN: Friday March 19 –  Sunday April 18, 2010
WHERE: Mad Cow Theatre
105 South Magnolia Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801
TICKETS: Thu & Fri evenings: $24 regular; $22 seniors/students
Sat evenings & Sun matinees: $26 regular; $24 seniors/students

Special Preview Performances on March 29 and April 12 @ 7:30p, tickets $10
Special Industry Night performance on Mondays Feb 8 & Feb 22 at 7:30p.  Tickets are $15. Call the Box Office at 407.297.8788 for details.

Tickets may be purchased by calling the Mad Cow Theatre Box Office at 407.297.8788 or online at
Group rates are available for parties of 10 or more.

Best of Broadway: 2000-2009, Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park

This musical revue features songs from all of the Tony Award winning musicals and revivals from 2000-2009. The revue will feature songs from the following musicals:
2000: Kiss Me Kate, Contact
2001: 42nd Street, The Producers
2002: Into the Woods, Thoroughly Modern Millie
2003: Nine, Hairspray
2004: Assassins, Avenue Q
2005: La Cage aux Folles, Spamalot
2006: The Pajama Game, Jersey Boys
2007: Company, Spring Awakening
2008: South Pacific, In The Heights
2009: Hair, Billy Elliot

Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park March 19 – March 28, 2010
Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday matinees at 3:00 p.m.
$15.00 adults
$12.00 senior citizens
$10.00 students

Cast: Tara Corless, Krystal Gillette, Nicole Bianco, Erynn Hair, Wade Hair, Seth Lindsey, John Gracey, Ian Clark, Lucy Yarbrough, Brenna Arden  Warner, Desiree Perez, Troy Garcia, Linda Tram, Rob DelMedico, Kate O’Neal, Matt Dutton

Bell Book and Candle, Melon Patch Theatre

March 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28,  & April 2, 3, 4
Before there was Bewitched, there was Bell, Book and Candle.  Enjoy a night of witchcraft and magic all wrapped up in a romantic comedy.  A wonderfully suave and impish fantasy.  Witches and warlocks and love – OH MY!  Director, Monica Leedom,  has cast some familiar faces as well as some new ones:  Blair Townley as Gillian, Don Riddle as Shep Henderson, Arline Bonner as Queenie, Gregory Allen as Nicky and Ian Garrison as Red Litch.

Bell Book and Candle opens at the Melon Patch on Friday, March 19 and runs through Sunday, April 4.  We will have our wine and cheese gala on opening night.   Call the box office for reservations at 352-787-3013 between 9 and 1 Monday thru Friday.   Curtain time is 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for students. Group rates are available.   The theater is located at 311 N. 13th Street, Leesburg, Fl.  Make your reservation early as this is sure to sell out.

2 responses to “Opening this week


    Saw the opening of “SHOTGUN” last night. Quite a story. The set was intriguing, but in my opinion, too many set changes. Two or three minutes in one set, and than a change, audience aplauding at each change. I thought too much applause caused, in my opinion, a break in the serious story line. BUT……. it was wonderful. A BEAUTIFUL, TENDER STORY. Beth Marshall, your friend Dennis was outstanding.See More

  2. I’m looking forward to seeing Rus Blackwell on the stage again. It’s been too long!