Beth Marshall Presents has announced its coming season, beginning next month and continuing into next year. Here it is:
- The 1934 Project, a collaborative work created by Beth Marshall, John Didonna, Jennifer Bonner, Douglas McGeoch & Chasmin Hallyburton in association with the Mennello Museum of American Art. 2:30 p.m. April 23, Mennello Museum of Art. Reservations: 407-246-4278. From the creators of last year’s collaboration, The Pollock Project, comes the second installment with the partnership of the Mennello Museum of American Art and Beth Marshall Presents. The 1934 Project is an original piece marrying visual art, performance art, theatre and history with an innovative take on the artistic Works Progress movement during 1934. The show takes place in the museum in its exhibit room featuring the 1934: A New Deal For Artists works. The audience experiences an intimate explosion of art in many forms.
- The Diviners, by Jim Leonard Jr. Dec. 2-18, Garden Theatre, Winter Garden. Winner of the American College Theatre Festival, this marvelously theatrical play is the story of a disturbed young man and his friendship with a disenchanted Kentucky preacher in southern Indiana in the early 1930s. A hauntingly dramatic tale of unlikely bonds of friendship, loss, hope and the regaining of faith.
- Commencement, by Clay McLeod Chapman. Jan. 12-15, 2012, Lowndes Shakespeare Center. Reservations: 561-715-1225.
Commencement explores the bond formed between three women in the wake of a high school tragedy. Mention the word Columbine and immediately the all-too-familiar images of media footage from school shootings spring to mind. In the face of these images most of us look on dismayed by the sheer incomprehensibility of it. In Commencement, playwright Clay McLeod Chapman brings these images into a sharp focus which provide, if not understanding for the shooter, understanding for the world in which he lived. It is a deep exploration of the lives of three women that, according to SEE Magazine “…will leave you wringing your hands in helpless empathy.”
- Paul Strickland: Add Songs, Stir, by Paul Strickland. Jan. 19-22, 2012, Lowndes Shakespeare Center. Reservations: 561-715-1225. Add to the usual recipe of Paul Strickland’s poignant stories and joke-filled anecdotes another ingredient: Original songs! In the troubadour style of ’70s-era Tom Waits, Utah Phillips and Gamble Rogers, Paul Strickland will sing, play, joke and story his way right into your heart!
- The Genghis Khan Guide to Etiquette, by Rob Gee. Jan. 26-29, 2012, Lowndes Shakespeare Center. Reservations: 561-715-1225. The award-winning tour de force from the creator of Fringe hits Fruitcake and SmartArse. UK-based comedian, storyteller, and slam poet Rob Gee presents a highly inappropriate celebration of social skills, and sometimes their absence. If you’ve ever created a silence that shouldn’t have been there, this show is for you.
- Prop 8 on Trial, by Lisa Cordes. Feb. 10 and 11, 2012, Lowndes Shakespeare Center. Reservations: 561-715-1225. Only playwright Lisa Cordes could re-interpret California’s Prop 8 case by mixing blogs and trial transcripts with audio & video to create an event that you won’t easily forget. This case marks the first time in the US history that same-sex marriage is mentioned — let alone debated — in federal court. The U.S. Supreme Court blocked any video from this trial, but reporters and activists used social media to record the event. Cordes has taken all this information and concentrated it into two hours of shock, laughter & tears.
- The Way of the Cards, by Aradhana Tiwari. March 9-18, 2012, Lowndes Shakespeare Center. Reservations: 561-715-1225. Recently returning from work with NYC’s Circle Repertory Theatre, Tiwari is thrilled for The Way Of The Cards to make its debut in Orlando. The story is structured around a hand of Texas Hold ’em: The Blind, The Flop, The Turn, and the River. Meet Tip, who needs to teach cards in order to relay the most cataclysmic hand of his life. His Mother “Sass” Arlington (played by Beth Marshall) may have been the First Lady Of The Vegas Strip at one point in her poker career, but now she is simply a tired hack who plays on a riverboat. The house she lives in with her three children, Tip, Tally, and Lucky, is a “house of cards,” and the price of poker keeps going up!
The company is offering discounts to those who buy tickets before May 1.