The regional premiere of Theresa Rebeck's satirical play, "O Beautiful" will kick off the 2012-13 season at Connecticut Repertory Theatre on the UConn campus in Storrs.
Described as "a theatrically inventive mash up of contemporary American life and the history that got us to this politically polarized age, it explores the lives of high school students, teachers, and their families as they cope in a world of real personal problems and extremist ideological rhetoric that gets so heated that Jesus, Saint Paul, Joan of Arc, John Adams, Patrick Henry and Benjamin Franklin, among others, show up to weigh in and mix it up."
The show, directed by Joseph Hanreddy ("Pride and Prejudice" at CRT), will run Oct. 4 to 14 at the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre.
Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynne Nottage's "Intimate Apparel," about a modest African-American seamstress who fashions delicate undergarments for women across social strata in the New York City of 1905, will follow.
Michael Bradford directs the work which plays Oct. 25 tyo Nov. 4 at the Studio Theatre.
Vincent J. Cardinal directs William Shakespeare's "Rome and Juliet" Nov. 29 to Dec. 9 at the Nafe Katter Theatre.
Next up will "His Girl Friday," John Guare's adaptation based on the play "The Front Page" by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur and the Columbia Pictures Film. The production runs Feb. 28 to March 10 at the Nafe Katter Theatre.
Kristen Wold will direct British playwright Simon Stephens' "Punk Rock." Set at a British boarding school the work "explores the underlying jittery tensions, hormonal headiness and potential violence in a group of affluent, articulate seventeen-year-old students as they begin to plan for college and the rest of their lives." The play was nspired by the 1999 Columbine shooting, which Stephens says, "felt like the start of the 21st century."
The production rujns March 28 to April 7 at the Studio Theatre.
The season will end with the musical "Hairspray," directed by Paul Mullins (CRT's "I'm Connecticut"). The production will run April 245 to May 5 at the Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre.