A Stardust Homecoming
by Harlowe Reed
November 27 – January 2, 2010
It’s Christmas Eve, 1942, and a mysterious man from the Fulton Street Fish Market makes an unexpected delivery to the Stardust Club. The fish are fresh, but he’s long overdue and has a story to tell and a song to share. The 15th in the Stardust series, south Puget Sound’s favorite holiday tradition, Stardust Homecoming brings a new installment of 1940s music, comedy and romance for Christmas.
This is the fifteenth in the Stardust series. Over 80 performers and musicians have taken part in the shows over the years, singing, dancing, and laughing the 1940s back to life. The artist most often seen in the series? Bass player Rick Jarvela, who has been a regular in Harlequin musicals since 1993.
by Deborah Zoe Laufer
January 28 – February 20, 2010
Sixteen-year-old Rachel Stein is having a bad year. Her father won’t change out of his pajamas. Her born again mother is so devoted to Jesus that He’s moved in with the family. Her new neighbor, a sixteenyearold with an Elvis fixation, has fallen for her. And the Apocalypse is coming on Wednesday. Her only hope is that Stephen Hawking will save the day.
“…rapturously funny play about a family trying to survive in a world hurtling toward Armageddon, proves that the right playwright can inspire healing laughter in even the most sobering subjects.”
–The Miami Herald
by David Lindsay-Abaire
March 11 – April 3, 2010
by Israel Horovitz
May 6 – May 29, 2010
Harlequin Productions again teams up with New York playwright Israel Horovitz (Sins of the Mother) for the premiere production of his newest play. Four actors play 22 characters in six separate stories that take place in six different hotels all over the world. It’s a rollicking mix of art, politics, love, jealousy, comedy, drama, and the general struggle to become actual human beings. Hang on tight. The elevator is going UP!
Playwright Israel Horovitz has written over 70 plays that have been translated and performed in over 30 languages worldwide. He approached Harlequin in 2008 about a collaboration on one of his newest “blue collar” plays. Sins of the Mother (January 2009) was a big hit with our audience, the playwright was delighted the production, and an ongoing creative relationship with Mr. Horovitz was forged.
a Harlequin Original
June 17 – July 18, 2010
“Get your motor runnin’…” with the music, the politics, the love, and the “fun, fun, fun” of the sixties! This sequel to last summer’s smash hit, Sixties Chicks, continues the celebration of sounds that rocked a generation and gave a new voice to a new world. The sixties brought us folk rock, surf rock, the British invasion, psychedelic rock, heavy metal and new ways to experience and express the uniquely American dream. Sixties Chicks packed houses and brought cheering audiences to their feet, night after night. The beat goes on with Sixties Kicks!
“The Sixties, of course, was the worst time in the world to try and bring up a child. They were exposed to all these crazy things going on.”
“The thing the sixties did was to show us the possibilities and the responsibility that we all had. It wasn’t the answer. It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility.”
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from the novella by Robert Louis Stevenson
August 26 – September 18, 2010
Hang on tight! You’re about to be swept into a torrential current of mystery, desire, science and corruption. In this stirring new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic thriller, six actors play 21 characters. Four of them play Mr. Hyde, the monstrous alter ego of the civilized and respected scientist, Dr. Henry Jekyll. Dr. Jekyll’s experiment to separate his civilized character from his baser nature is empowering at first. But the scarcity of rare ingredients and a growing addiction result in unexpected complications. And when a naive young woman finds herself strangely attracted to the evil Mr. Hyde, a battle of wits ensues for which the stakes are monstrously high. Oh, and by the way, it’s funny, too.
“[A] psychological thriller that makes an old hat horror story scary again. The dark intensity of the drama is unrelenting, even through the well timed laugh lines. While paying homage to Stevenson, this remixed version makes his Victorian concerns relevant in the 21st century. It would be a sin to miss it.”
The Taming of the Shrew
by William Shakespeare
October 7 – October 30, 2010
Yippy-ti-yi-yo! Welcome to Tombstone, Arizona, circa 1880. Everyone wants to marry the beautiful Bianca, but her Father won’t consider any of her suitors until he’s successfully married off her cantankerous older sister, Kate. Along comes Petruchio, strummin’ his way from St. Louie, seeking his fortune… and a rich wife. Bianca’s desperate suitors hire Petruchio to woo and tame “Kate the curst,” and the battle of wills is on. But human will–of either the male or female variety–is no match for the boy Cupid. A classic love story of rootin’ tootin’ proportions… with original old timey cowboy songs!
“Ain’t I never heard the coyote howl / Ain’t I never heard the grizzly growl / Ain’t I heard the wind and thunder / Tryin’ to rend the sky asunder / You can’t fright me with a woman’s tongue.”