By Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel Arts Writer
2:21 PM PDT, August 1, 2012
Mad Cow Theatre's next season will combine classic plays such as"Death of a Salesman" with the big-name musical "Dreamgirls" and the just-closed Broadway offering"Other Desert Cities."
It's a season high on name recognition with works by Neil Simon, George Bernard Shaw and Stephen Sondheim. Even lesser-known titles such as "Mass Appeal" and "Collected Stories" come with Broadway pedigrees.
The season will be the first to be presented by Mad Cow Theatre in its new home at 54 W. Church St. The two theaters of the new complex are similar in size to those at Mad Cow's current home. The larger theater on Church Street will be named the Harriett, in honor of donor Harriett Lake, and the smaller one is a black-box theater, which can be configured in multiple ways for a more intimate experience.
Mad Cow programs both theaters virtually year round, so there are 10 shows in the season. The company's annual Orlando Cabaret Festival will return for an 11th year.
Here's the lineup:
•Sunday in the Park With George: Sondheim and James Lapine'sPulitzer Prize-winning musical about an artist and the characters in a work he's painting. In the Harriett, Oct. 6-28.
•Other Desert Cities: Jon Robin Baltz's drama about family dynamics and secrets. In the Black Box, Oct. 19-Nov. 11.
•August: Osage County: Another story of family. In Tracy Lett'sPulitzer Prize-winning dark comedy, a family begins to fall apart after its patriarch disappears. In the Harriett, Nov. 30-Dec. 23.
•Mass Appeal: Adapted as a 1984 film starring Jack Lemmon, Mass Appeal is a two-man play about a priest and a deacon who don't see eye to eye. In the Black Box, Dec. 7-30.
•Laughter on the 23rd Floor: Simon's comedy about the goings-on behind the scenes of a 1950s variety show. In the Harriett. Jan. 25-Feb. 17, 2013.
•Mrs. Warren's Profession: Shaw's 1902 play about the fallout from the revelation that Mrs. Warren runs a brothel. In the Black Box, Feb. 8-March 3.
•Enchanted April: The romantic comedy by Matthew Barber is based on Elizabeth von Arnim's novel about four dissimilar Englishwomen who refresh their lives while on vacation in Italy. The story also has been filmed and stars Joan Plowright and Miranda Richardson. In the Harriett, March 22-April 14.
•Orlando Cabaret Festival: April 25-May 12.
•Dreamgirls: Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen's Tony-winning musical about a 1960s girl group a la The Supremes. Jennifer Hudson won an Oscar for her role in the 2006 movie. In the Harriett, June 7-30.
•Collected Stories: A teacher and student ponder the moral implications of using someone's life experiences in creative writing in Donald Marguiles' two-woman play. In the Black Box, June 21-July 14.
•Death of a Salesman: Arthur Miller's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic about the Loman family. In the Harriett, Aug. 2-25.
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