CAST Announces New Season

CAST has announced its 2013-14 season and it features several well known and interesting selections. See the full breakdown, with synopses of each performance below. Which of the performances are you most excited for? Tell us in the comment section.

To help defray the cost for some of next season's shows, CAST will host a fundraiser May 4 at the 2424 N. Davidson St. theater where guests will get a chance to see backstage and will be entered into a drawing for flex passes for next season. Information can be found here.

Donations are also being accepted as well. Anyone interested in being named a "producer" for Angels in America or help costume actors in Elemeno Pea can donate at Power2Give.org.

CAST will finish out this season with the 2001 Pulitzer Prize winning Proof and the Stephen Sondheim musical Assassins.


Elemeno Pea

Aug. 29-Sept. 21, 2013

CAST presents the regional premiere of Elemeno Pea by Molly Smith Metzler, an outrageously funny comedy and lesson on wealth, relationships and why not to wear white after Labor Day.

SYNOPSIS
It’s Labor Day on Martha’s Vineyard. Simone has invited her estranged sister Devon to come and visit her at the ridiculously lavish beach-side guest villa where she works as an executive assistant to Michaela Kell. The only problem is Michaela has returned from her New York trip unexpectedly, having been dumped by her wealthy husband Peter.  To complicate matters, the forty-something Ethan, the Kell’s best friend (but really Peter’s best, best friend) wants to whisk Simone away on his yacht, The Ethan II. Devon, who lives in her mother’s basement isn’t having any of this ludicrous behavior and just wants time alone with her sister.  Refereeing the whole comedy clambake is Jos-B, the property caretaker…. named Jos-B because the Kells already had a servant named Jose (Jos-A)!

INFO
Performances are Aug. 29-Sept. 21, 2013. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 p.m.

This show contains mild profanity, expensive liquors and the destruction of a perfectly good gas grill.


Recent Tragic Events

Sept. 12-Oct. 12, 2013

CAST presents the regional premiere of Craig Wright’s Recent Tragic Events, a dark comedy about the day after the 9/11 attacks.

SYNOPSIS
It is September 12, 2001 and Waverly, a young advertising executive, lives in the Twin Cities.  Preparing for her first blind date amidst the television coverage of the 9/11 attacks, Waverly becomes preoccupied when she discovers that her twin sister, Wendy, a student in New York, has not been heard from. Waverly reassures herself that Wendy had no reason to be in the Twin Towers and so the awkward assignation unfolds. But Andrew, an airport bookstore manager brings more than a bottle wine when he shares a succession of bizarre coincidences about meeting Wendy, Waverly’s twin at the World Trade Center only days before. The night gets even more complicated by visits from the hippie crazed musician neighbor  Ron, his barely clothed girlfriend Nancy and a startling appearance from Waverly's great aunt, Joyce Carol Oates — played by a sock puppet!

INFO
Performances are Sept. 12-Oct. 12, 2013. Opening Night is Thursday, Sept. 12; subsequent performances are Friday and Saturday only; all shows begin at 8 p.m.

This show contains adult language, partial nudity and an intelligent, very literary sock puppet. 


Good People

Oct. 17–Nov. 9, 2013

CAST presents the regional premiere of Good People by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire. 

SYNOPSIS
Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, where this month's paycheck covers last month’s bills and where Margie Walsh has just been let go from the Dollar Store. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks Mike, an old fling who's now a doctor, might be her ticket to a fresh new start. But Mike is married to Kate, an African American and Margie is willing to risk everything to get what she needs, including blackmailing Mike about his checkered, violent and allegedly racist past.  With his signature humorous glow, Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America.

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Performances are Oct. 17-Nov. 9, 2013. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 p.m. Select Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Select performances offer Community Talk-Backs.

This production contains dirty dishes, bad jokes, church basement bingo and a lot of Good People.


O Guru Guru Guru, or why I don’t want to go to yoga class with you

Nov. 22–Dec. 14, 2013

CAST presents the Regional Premiere of O Guru Guru Guru fresh from the Humana Festival of New American Plays. 

SYNOPSIS
Mallery Avidon tells this marvelously funny story in a way that suits CAST’s brand of experiential theatre to a tee!  Mirroring some of Avidon’s childhood, our hero Lila grew up in an ashram.  If Lila has learned anything in life it is that attending yoga classes does not make you a guru!  Or a Yogi. Or even a person prepared for the future. Or at least Lila wasn’t prepared for her future and she isn’t shy about sharing that fact with anyone who will listen!  Take this unusual journey with a spiritual cast of characters including all the extras from the movie Eat Pray Love. Oh – and there is a special appearance by Julia Roberts!

INFO
Performances are Nov. 22–Dec. 14, 2013. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Select Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.

This performance contains occasional profanity, luminous chanting, wonderfully soft pillows, relaxing music, a puppet show and touching base with the inner self …. whether the inner self wants to get in touched or not!


A Tuna Christmas

Nov. 29-Dec. 22, 2013

CAST brings back its comedy classic A Tuna Christmas with the same zany antics that make audiences roar holiday season after holiday season.

SYNOPSIS
It's Christmas in the third smallest town in Texas. Radio station OKKK news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report on various Yuletide activities, including hot competition in the annual lawn display contest, the voracious Joe Bob Lipsey's production of A Christmas Carol jeopardized by unpaid electric bills and … visitors from Outer Space! Many colorful Tuna denizens join in the holiday fun with two actors performing 22 roles in this quick-changing comedy suitable for the entire family.

"A hoot!" — The New York Times

"So funny it could make a raccoon laugh affectionately at Davy Crockett…It's far too good for just Christmas.” — The New York Post

"The hilarity…never lets up." — The Village Voice

INFO
Performances are Nov. 29-Dec. 22, 2013. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. Select Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.

This production contains silliness, the inappropriate handing of sheep, politically incorrect radio broadcasts and ALIENS!


Boeing Boeing

Jan. 16 – Feb. 9, 2014

Winner of the Tony Award for Best Revival Play, CAST is proud to present the regional premiere of Marc Camoletti’s classic French farce Boeing Boeing.

SYNOPSIS
It’s the 1960s and Bernard has been successfully juggling his three fiancees using strict time management for their arrivals and departures to and from his Paris apartment. The only trouble is that all three girls are stewardesses and the airline has just introduced the new Boeing jet aircraft: its speed and efficiency is wreaking havoc with Bernard’s timetable.  Layovers will never be the same as Bernard tries to keep, “one up, one down and one holding.” This is a maddeningly funny French door comedy which prompted a movie by the same name starring Tony Curtis.

“This play … soars right out of its time zone and into some unpolluted stratosphere of classic physical comedy. Propelled by the same gusty spirit that animated Commedia dell'Arte and the silent films of Keaton, Chaplin and Lloyd, {this} may be earthy, but it's seldom earthbound.” — The New York Times
 

INFO
Performances are Jan. 16-Feb. 9, 2014. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Select Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.

This performance contains mild adult themes, frequent laughter and first class seating.


Sizwe Banzi is Dead

Feb.  21-March 15, 2014

CAST presents the regional premiere of Athol Fugard’s classic Sizwe Banzi is Dead.

SYNOPSIS
In Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Sizwe Banzi, an African worker whose passbook is not in order, walks into the photograph studio of Styles, another African. Without a proper passbook, Banzi cannot work and therefore cannot support his wife and four children. Returning drunk from a bar one night, Banzi and his friend, Buntu, stumble across the body of a dead man whose passbook is in order. Styles attaches Banzi's photo to the dead man's passbook. Banzi "dies" by taking on the dead man's identity and so, too, lives again so he can support himself and his family.

"A joyous hymn to human nature." — The New York Times

"Hypnotic…Overwhelming compassion…Powerful." — The New York Post

INFO
Performances are Feb.  21-March 15, 2014. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Select Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.

This play contains strong language and deals with the political and social upheaval of the apartheid system in South Africa.


Reasons To Be Pretty

March 6-29, 2014

CAST presents the regional premiere of Neil LaBute's latest comedy/drama Reasons To Be Pretty — a love story about the impossibility of love!

SYNOPSIS
The play introduces us to Greg, who really, truly adores his girlfriend, Steph. Unfortunately, he also thinks she has a few physical imperfections, and when he casually mentions them, all hell breaks loose. A hopelessly romantic drama about the hopelessness of romance, it is a gorgeous play… and a reminder (warning!) never to tell your girlfriend another girl is pretty – the reasons of which a smart boyfriend would have already known!

INFO
Performances are March 6-29, 2014. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

This play contains a lot of profanity, sacrificial fish in a bowl, inappropriate behavior in a mall and seriously stupid boyfriend behavior.


The Other Place

March 28-April 27, 2014

CAST presents the regional premiere of The Other Place. Fresh from Broadway, The Other Place, a brilliantly crafted drama by Sharr White, was recently featured in an hourlong program on National Public Radio. This eloquent and moving experience was originally developed in association with Matt Olin, who is now a Charlotte resident.

Synopsis
Juliana Smithton is the foremost scientist in America and as her research into the cure for dementia leads to a potential breakthrough, her life takes a disorienting turn during a lecture to colleagues at an exclusive beach resort.  She glimpses an enigmatic young woman in a yellow bikini amidst the crowd of business suits and then time stands still … and goes backwards as we flash back into an unraveling mystery of contradictory evidence, blurred truth and fragmented memories all colliding in a cottage on the windswept shores of Cape Cod … The Other Place.

“Sudden flares of uncontrolled feeling appear like lightning flashes from a sky that was clear just moments before…Gradually our faith in this seemingly most reliable of narrators is undermined by deftly disclosed pieces of information.” — The New York Times

“…a haunting drama…so cleverly constructed that the nature and depth of the problem isn't revealed until the last shattering scene.” — Variety

“[A] wonderful surprise…in which we the audience collectively discovered we'd been had. And that we'd liked it.” — Village Voice

“Four stars…[an] engrossing new drama.” — Bloomberg News

"…you can't avert your eyes from [this] slowly unfolding drama.” — The New York Post

INFO
Performances are March 28-April 27, 2014. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Select Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.

This production contains profanity and frank portrayals of dementia which may disturb some viewers and elicit extreme compassion and understanding in others.


The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

April 10-May 3, 2014

CAST presents The Last Days of Judas Iscariot  with special talk-back performances.

SYNOPSIS
Set in a time-bending, seriocomically imagined world between heaven and hell, Stephen Adly Guirgis’s The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is a philosophical meditation on the conflict between divine mercy and human freewill that takes a close look at the eternal damnation of the Bible’s most notorious sinner, Judas Iscariot. This courtroom drama is set in a surrealistic purgatory where the testimony of the central characters —  as well as expert witnesses such as Sigmund Freud, Satan, Mother Teresa and Pontius Pilate — set up a wildly entertaining and thought-provoking case that gives the audience the opportunity to judge for themselves what is right/wrong/good/bad and everything in between.

“Confirms Guirgis’s place as one of the most electric young dramatists.” — The New Republic

“An ambitious, complicated and often laugh-out-loud religious debate.” — The Philadelphia Inquirer

“A real jaw-dropper. [Guirgis’s] imagination is dazzling and his command of language downright thrilling.” — Variety

“This ain’t your grandmother’s gospel.” – The Village Voice

INFO
Performances are April 10-May 3, 2014. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

This story contains strong language set in a time-bending, darkly comic world between heaven and hell. “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” reexamines the plight and fate of the New Testament's most infamous and unexplained sinner and may be challenging for some viewers.


Angels In America

May 7-31, 2014

CAST presents Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize- and two-time Tony Award winning play Angels In America.

SYNOPSIS
Perhaps Jack Kroll of Newsweek explains it best when he says that “Angels in America” is "Daring and dazzling! The most ambitious American play of our time: an epic that ranges from earth to heaven; focuses on politics, sex and religion; transports us to Washington, the Kremlin, the South Bronx, Salt Lake City and Antarctica; deals with Jews, Mormons, WASPs, blacks; switches between realism and fantasy, from the tragedy of AIDS to the camp comedy of drag queens to the death or at least the absconding of God."

INFO
Performances are May 7-May 31, 2014. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

This play contains strong language, adult themes and relevant socio-political commentary.


Gruesome Playground Injuries

June 6-July 12, 2014

CAST presents the regional premiere of Gruesome Playground Injuries, by Rajiv Joseph, author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. Joseph, one of today’s most acclaimed young playwrights, is the recipient of numerous accolades, including an NEA Award for Best Play and a Whiting Writers’ Award.

SYNOPSIS
“Gruesome Playground Injuries” charts the intersection of two lives using scars, wounds and calamities as the mile markers to explore why people hurt themselves. This story breaks from convention by having two actors playing characters from ages eight to 38 and, instead of following a chronological, cause-effect order, tells an episodic tale through large gaps in time and place.

“Up-and-coming dramatist Rajiv Joseph is an artist of original talent.” — The New York Times

INFO
Performances are June 6-July 12, 2014. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

This play contains adult themes, profanity and some seriously gruesome playground injuries, the makeup for which is performed in front of the audience.

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