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Guys and Dolls
November 18-January 1
Previews November 15, 16, 17
A Musical Fable of Broadway
Based on a Story and Characters of Damon Runyon
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
Choreographed and Directed by Josh Rhodes

“The show that defines Broadway dazzle."

—The New York Times

When it comes to wit, style, and sheer exuberant joy, Guys and Dolls is the odds-on favorite as the best musical comedy of all time. Set under the bright lights of Broadway and bustling with gamblers, gangsters, and sassy showgirls, Guys and Dolls features one of the greatest scores ever written by the legendary Frank Loesser, masterfully witty book and lyrics by Joe Swerling and comedy legend Abe Burrows, and those glorious Damon Runyon characters who have become classics in the world of musical theatre. The plot involves the unlikeliest of romantic pairings: a high-rolling gambler and a save-your-soul missionary, a showgirl dreaming of the straight-and-narrow and a crap game manager who is anything but. Place your bet on love conquering all in this hilarious classic that defined Broadway’s Golden Age.

The Great Society
January 13-April 2
Previews January 11 & 12
By Robert Schenkkan
Directed by Nicole A. Watson 

“Pure, breathtaking entertainment”
–Seattle Seattle Weekly

On the heels of Asolo Rep’s wildly successful All the Way, The Great Society continues Robert Schenkkan’s profound exploration of Lyndon Johnson’s turbulent years in the White House. In his second term as president, besieged by political opponents, Johnson summons all his political wiles to try to push through Congress some of the most important social programs in U.S. history. His vision of a Great Society became the most ambitious effort ever to test what American government is capable of achieving. And in doing so, to discover what it is not. Actor Nick Wyman returns to the Asolo Rep stage to reprise his role as L.B.J. in this unflinching examination of the morality of power.

Contains strong language including historical racial epithets, as well as mature themes.

The Originalist
January 20-March 5
Previews January 18 & 19
By John Strand
Directed by Molly Smith

“A timely, almost revolutionary work”
—The Economist

Justice Antonin Scalia’s unexpected death at age 79 has thrown a wrench into the political arena, but has brought intense interest in this daring new stage play that had its world premiere at Arena Stage last spring. When a bright, liberal law school graduate embarks on a nerve-wracking clerkship with Justice Scalia, she discovers him to be both an infuriating sparring partner and unexpected mentor. Written by Charles MacArthur Award-winning playwright John Strand and starring four-time Helen Hayes Award winner Edward Gero (who bears an uncanny resemblance to Scalia), this powerful work depicts passionate people risking heart and soul to defend their interpretation of the truth.

Contains mature language and themes.

Born Yesterday
February 10-April 15
Previews February 8 & 9
By Garson Kanin
Directed by Peter Amster

"As much fun as if born today"

—Curtain Up

A Broadway triumph and 1950 Academy Award-nominated film, this deliciously witty comedy is also a biting commentary on politics and the power of female persuasion. With his ex-showgirl girlfriend Billie Dawn in tow, junkyard magnate Harry Brock moves to Washington D.C. where he hopes to break into some “special interest” business with an ethically-challenged senator. When Billie’s lack of social graces embarrasses even him, Harry hires a young reporter to give her the polish she needs to get ahead in D.C. society. But Harry gets more than he bargained for when, in a deliriously funny turn of events, he discovers a little bit of learning can be a dangerous thing.

The Little Foxes
March 17-April 15
Previews March 15 & 16
By Lillian Hellman
Directed by Frank Galati

“Absolutely delicious"

—Chicago Sun Times

Relevant, ruthless and gripping, Lillian Hellman’s chronicle of the dark side of the American Dream is a masterpiece of 20th century drama. In the facially stratified South of 1900, Regina Giddens and her two brothers are nouveau-riche cotton growers who have a chance to become mega-riche by investing in a new mill. But the siblings still need $75,000 to seal the deal, which they attempt to swindle from Regina’s ailing husband. And so the sinister games begin as the siblings scheme, connive, and exploit to gain control of the family business and fortune. A skewering social critique of greed and corruption first produced in 1939, Hellman’s portrayal of class and power remains as potent and compelling as ever.

Contains strong language including historical racial epithets, as well as mature themes.

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity
April 7-30
Previews April 5 & 6
By Kristoffer Diaz
In the Cook Theatre

“A culturally explosive knockout!”

—D.C. Metro Theatre Arts

Ladies and gentlemen, in this corner, weighing in with a unique combo of powerful physicality and wickedly smart comedy, please make some noise for this vibrantly entertaining play about – wait for it – professional wrestling. “Mace” Guerra is a really good professional wrestler, but he isn’t the champ – that’s the impossibly charismatic Chad Deity. When Mace discovers an Indian-American Brooklyn kid whose charisma rivals Chad’s, he decides to recruit him as the perfect foil. But when their rivalry is used to exploit racial stereotypes and raise ratings, all three men find themselves fighting for more than the title belt. Winner of the 2011 Obie for Best New American Play and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, this no-holds-barred comedy slams together thrilling spectacle, incredible characters and political allegory for an invigorating theatrical experience.

Contains strong language including racial epithets, as well as mature themes and simulated violence. Not recommended for small children.

World Premiere
May 5-28
Previews begin April 27
Book by Glenn Slater
Music and Lyrics by Wendy Leigh Wilf
Directed by Bill Berry
A co-production with Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre

“Wow! These guys are talented!”
—American Theatre

Dig this. One of the most highly anticipated new musicals from one of the hottest writing teams on the planet, Beatsville has its world premiere at Asolo Rep next spring. It’s Greenwich Village, 1959 – the world of subterranean coffee shops, goateed artists, turtle-necked poets, and bongo-playing jazzbos. Tragically square busboy Walter Paisley wants nothing more than to be one of the beatniks, but he has no artistic talent whatsoever. When he accidentally kills a cat and hides it in a lump of clay, “Dead Cat” is declared a masterpiece, and Walter a genius. More “sculptures” bring more acclaim – but will the world discover Walter’s secret? From the writers of Galavant, School of Rock and Tangled comes this hip and hilarious new musical, hang onto your berets – we’re headed to Beatsville!

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea
June 7–July 2
By Craig Francis and Rick Miller | Based on the book by Jules Verne

Magnificent sea creatures! A spectacular submarine! Time travel! Take a plunge into the pages of Jules Verne's classic science fiction story and get swept away in this dazzling multisensory experience. Our modern day storyteller Jules finds himself transported on board the Nautilus submarine, where he joins the mysterious Captain Nemo on a journey to the depths of the sea... and the edge of your seat. Brought to stunning life through a mix of unforgettable characters, eye-popping projections and interactive technology, this time-honored tale explores our place in time and space, and illuminates the mysteries of the deep blue sea.

Recommended for ages 8+.


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