Orlando Shakes announces season of (mostly) classics

Two plays by William Shakespeare and a classic comedy by Oscar Wilde will be among the offerings in Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s season for 2011-2012, artistic director Jim Helsinger has announced.

The 23rd season, which will feature Romeo and Juliet, Cymbeline and The Importance of Being Earnest, also will include the popular comedy A Tuna Christmas as well as two yet-to-be-announced titles, one of them to be chosen  from this season’s PlayFest shows later this spring.

Helsinger hopes that the other, for which Orlando Shakes is now negotiating, will be a recent hit from Broadway. The theater’s press release mentions two possible choices, Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage from the 2008-2009 Broadway season and John Logan’s Red from the 2009-2010 Broadway season.

The theater also will produce three plays for children — one this summer and two next season.

Here’s the season, as Helsinger announced this week:

2011-2012 Signature Series

  • The Importance of Being Earnest, Sept. 14-Oct. 9, by Oscar Wilde. Margeson Theater.
  • A PlayFest premiere to be announced, Oct. 12-Nov. 13. Goldman Theater.
  • A Tuna Christmas, Dec. 1-24, by Ed Howard, Joe Sears and Jaston Williams. Margeson Theater.
  • Romeo and Juliet, Jan. 25-March 17, by William Shakespeare. Margeson Theater.
  • Cymbeline, Feb. 18-March 18, by William Shakespeare. Margeson Theater.
  • A recent hit to be announced, March 21-April 22. Goldman Theater.

2011-2012 Theater for Young Audiences Series

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, July 7-Aug. 7, by Maurice Berger. Margeson Theater.
  • Miss Nelson Is Missing, Oct. 20-Nov. 19, adapted from the book by Harry Allard and James Marshall, with book, music and lyrics by Joan Cushing. Margeson Theater.
  • Charlotte’s Web, March 29-April 29, by Joseph Robinette, adapted from the book by E.B. White.

Orlando Shakespeare has not produced Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, a late drama, and also has never produced a play by Oscar Wilde. It produced Romeo and Juliet in 1992 and again in 2001 and A Tuna Christmas in 2007.

Cymbeline was supposed to have been part of the current season, but, after announcing it last spring, the theater switched it with the two-person drama The Turn of the Screw to cut costs.

Season subscriptions are now available by calling 407-447-1700 or by going to orlandoshakes.org. You can also stop by the box office at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center in Loch Haven Park, 812 E. Rollins St., Orlando.
Hours are noon to show time Tuesdays-Saturdays and one hour before show time on Sundays for walk-up sales. On non-performance days, the box office closes at 5 p.m. It’s also closed on Mondays.

One response to “Orlando Shakes announces season of (mostly) classics

  1. YAY for OST!
    Can’t wait for the PlayFest shows to be announced!!! 🙂