The Twelfth Night of Stardust
by Harlowe Reed
November 16 – December 31, 2006
Roxie fell hopelessly in love with a rising star on Thanksgiving. But she hasn’t heard from him since. Now it’s almost Christmas and he’s here to headline at the Stardust. Her flame is tactless one moment and tender the next. What’s a girl to think? And who sent the partridge in the pear tree? Add dancing ladies and leaping lords, and it all adds up to 1940s singin’ and swingin’ in our 12th annual Stardust production, an extraordinary south Sound holiday tradition!
The cast includes Harlequin veterans Caitlin Finne, Brian Claudio Smith, Geoffrey Simmons, Jason Thayer, Loni Kappus, and Deanna Marie Molenda. We’re also excited to introduce some new talent to our audience, LaVon Hardison and Antonia Darlene. Come celebrate!
The Life and Times of Leonardo da Vinci
by Peter Donaldson
January 18 – February 10, 2007
Meet Leonardo da Vinci: artist, scientist, inventor, scholar and teacher. Peter Donaldson (Salmonpeople) brings this astounding character to vivid life, sharing his passion for inquiry, unique vision and radical perspectives. Leonardo was not only there when 1000 years of “Dark Ages” yielded finally to the Renaissance, he was a major catalyst for the transformation of western culture. A mesmerizing celebration of curiosity, imagination, and the nature of the relationship between ourselves and the world in which we live. As an educator and community facilitator, Mr. Donaldsondelivers outstanding educational programs for local schoolsand colleges and facilitates the New Renaissance Forumraising the intriguing question, “Are we at the cusp of a New Renaissance today?” Dozens of fascinating parallels exist between the Italian Renaissance 500 years ago and the patterns at play today. See 20 Questions for a New Renaissance.
The Ladies of the Camellias
by Lillian Groag
March 8 – 31
The beautiful French actress Sarah Bernhardt was the first international superstar. Her arch rival was the exotic Italian Eleanora Duse. Both divas were lauded for their (very different) portrayals of the consumptive Marguerite in Alexander Dumas’ popular play, The Lady of the Camellias. One day in June of 1897, both find themselves and their companies held for ransom by a Russian anarchist in Sarah’s Parisian theater. Lillian Groag’s hilarious comedy on the meeting of the two brilliant uber-egos is an insightful look at art, politics, and what it means to “Act.”
by Luigi Pirandello, translated by Robert Cornthwaite
April 26 – May 19, 2007
A young aristocrat suffered an accident during an extravagant historical pageant, and awakened from unconsciousness believing himself to be the character he was portraying: Henry IV of Germany. For 20 years his family has humored him, and he lives secluded in a mock-throne room surrounded by his pretend court counsel. At last, a psychiatrist is hired to cure “Henry” of his illness, but everyone–including the audience–is in for some illuminating surprises. Pirandello’s tragicomedy brilliantly explores the realm between sanity and madness, reality and perception.
Soul on Fire!
A summer musical celebration of the soul and R&B hits of the 60’s and 70’s
June 7 – July 14, 2007
Summer’s here and the time is right for MORE SOUL MUSIC! Harlequin Productions’ Summer R&B shows have become traditional Summer celebrations in the south Puget Sound region. In 2007, look forward to more great hits from James Brown, Sly & the Family Stone, Ike & Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, the Isley Brothers, the O’Jays, the Spinners, the Righteous Brothers, Spencer Davis Group and more! Put on your dancin’ shoes and bring your soul mates! We’re celebratin’ summer!
by Rupert Holmes
August 23 – September 15, 2007
An isolated English country house. A rainy night. Love, lust, jealousy, greed, revenge. Who is killing whom? For whom? And who is whom, anyway? Rupert Holmes’ (The Mystery of Edwin Drood) audacious twist on the twisted mystery plot is a plot within a plot within a play within a plot. Or is it a play within a plot within a plot within a play… or is it… Oh, just give up on guessing and enjoy this wickedly funny ride! It would be a crime to miss it! (Violence, partial nudity and sexual innuendo make this play inappropriate for most small children and some adults.)
by William Shakespeare
October 4 – 27, 2007
“Double, double, toil and trouble.” That’s what lies in store for Macbeth, a celebrated soldier whose brief taste of success has planted a dark seed of yearning in his brain. Though he struggles with his conscience, “vaulting ambition” drives him toward ever ghastlier action. “O, full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife,” for there is no return to innocence. Macbeth is among Shakespeare’s most compelling characters. Join us as we explore the twisted highway down which a good man discovers the depths of his own evil.