Ignite Theatre, the newly formed company under Lucent Arts, that represents the next step in the evolution of Gravity Defied, announced its exciting 2012 season! See below for descriptions of each.
The Busy Word is Hushed – Directed by Bernie Cardell
From DPS: Hannah, a minister and Bible scholar, finds her faith at odds with that of Thomas, her estranged, wayward son. But when an inquisitive young writer hired to assist Hannah with her latest publication learns painful secrets from Hannah’s past, she spies a risky, unconventional opportunity for reconciliation. “…intricacies of faith—as well as issues of sexuality, love and loss—are addressed in this provocative and moving new play…a refreshing take on the overlap between religion and homosexuality.” —TheaterMania.com.
The Great American Trailer Park Musical – Directed by Pam Clifton
From theatrewiki: Norbert and Jeannie have been married for 20 years, and there is little electricity left in their relationship, a situation exacerbated by Jeannie’s agoraphobia, in which she refuses to leave their trailer. Norbert is drawn by Pippi the Stripper, who comes to town. His moral conundrum is commented by a Greek chorus of trailer park neighbors.”David Nehl’s music, a blend of pop idioms ranging from country balladry to R & B to rockabilly, is appealing and raises a hearty chuckle.” -Charles Isherwood, NY Times
Spring Awakening – Directed by Amy S. Osatinski
From MTI: Winner of 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Spring Awakening celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, poignancy, and passion that you will never forget. Adapted from Frank Wedekind’s 1891 expressionist play about the trials, tears, and exhilaration of the teen years, it has been hailed as the “Best Musical of the Year” by the New York Times, New York Post,Star Ledger, Journal News, New York Observer, andUSA Today.
Sweeney Todd – Directed By Bernie Cardell
From MTI: The rare instance of a musical thriller, Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s chilling, suspenseful, heart-pounding masterpiece of murderous barber-ism and culinary crime tells the infamous tale of the unjustly exiled barber who returns to 19th century London seeking revenge against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. His thirst for blood soon expands to include his unfortunate customers, and the resourceful proprietress of the pie shop downstairs soon has the people of London lining up in droves with her mysterious new meat pie recipe!