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Cardinal Theater Company announces its 2014-15 season

May 25, 2014

By Marcela Creps, Herald-Times, Bloomington, Ind.



May 25--Musicals, a premiere and a classic Tennessee Williams play are just a few of the offerings for the 2014-15 season from Cardinal Theater Company.

The season kicks off with the musical "1776." Scheduled for September, the musical visits the events surrounding the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The musical debuted on Broadway in 1969 and won a Tony award for Best Musical. The musical is one White has directed in the past.

"I love the show. I think it's really smart, and I want to go back and do it again," White said.

A new musical written by Scott Russell Sanders with music by Lauren Bernofsky will be Cardinal's portion of this year's IU College of Arts and Sciences Themester. With the 2014 theme of Food Links and Chains, "The Birthday Feast" is an interesting story of children trying to create a special meal for their mother.

"They go around town trying to figure out how to afford food and what good food is," White explained.

Another well-known play picked by Cardinal for next season is "Brighton Beach Memoirs."

The Neil Simon play is semi-autobiographical. It follows Eugene, a teenage boy dealing with many things including puberty and his relationship with his family.

"Of the Neil Simons, this one is extraordinarily funny, but it's really serious," White said.

This year's holiday musical is "Shrek The Musical," slated to hit the stage in December and January. The season will also end with a musical with "Hairspray" slated for June.

"Shrek The Musical" is based on the 2001 film and follows an ogre who befriends a donkey. The two set off to rescue Princess Fiona in return for the deed to Shrek's swamp.

"Hairspray" is based on the 1988 John Waters film of the same name. The story is set in 1962 with Tracy Turnblad dreaming of dancing on a local TV program.

Back by popular demand, Cardinal will stage "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie."

Based on the book by Laura Joffe Numeroff, the play tells the story of a boy who shares his snack with a mouse with hilarious consequences. The well-received play will be staged in April.

And Cardinal will once again rely on an interesting one-woman play to keep things fresh. "Grounded" is slated for February, and it will be a premiere for the Midwest. Winner of the 2012 Smith Prize and 2013 Edinburgh Fringe First Award, the play is the story of a female fighter pilot. The pilot, who is never named, enjoys flying and the camaraderie she feels with fellow pilots. But when she is grounded due to pregnancy, her career changes. With a family, she spends her days flying drones in Afghanistan from a desk in Las Vegas.

"That's a Midwest premiere, and we've very excited about that," White said.

This year Cardinal is introducing its "Bucket List" by staging plays audience members should see before they "kick the bucket." To kick off this series, Cardinal will stage "A Streetcar Named Desire" in November.

"We haven't done a Williams yet, and I really wanted to do one," White said.

"A Streetcar Named Desire" received the Pulitizer Prize for Drama in 1948. It is the story of Blance DuBois, a Southern belle who tries unsuccessfully to hide her alcoholism. She visits her sister Stella and Stella's husband Stanley. Needless to say, Blanche's arrival isn't a happy event.

For the next several years, the plan will be to offer 15 to 20 must-see shows.

"I have some design ideas," White said of the Williams play. "I've been working on this show for about 20 years in my head."

Cardinal's 2014-15 season

"1776"

"The Birthday Feast"

"A Streetcar Named Desire"

"Shrek The Musical"

"Grounded"

"Brighton Beach Memoirs"

"If You Give A Mouse a Cookie"

"Hairspray"

Learn more about Cardinal Stage Company's upcoming productions and ticket information online at www.cardinalstage.org.

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