Enthralling Theater Series (2012-13 Season)

Series Prices: $160.00, $128.00, $80.00 for 5 events | ORDER

Aquila Theatre: The Taming of the Shrew

  • October 7, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Concert Hall

One of Shakespeare’s most adored comedies is brought to the stage by this outstanding British-American touring company. Set in Northern Italy, this enduring tale is the classic battle for power between the sexes. Bianca, the beautiful youngest child of a lord, cannot marry until her elder sister, Katherina, finds a husband. The older girl’s fierce temper and caustic wit frightens away every prospective suitor, until she meets her match in Petruchio, a newcomer who is hired to seduce and tame her. This timeless play with its controversial depiction of marriage and domestic life told in Shakespeare’s sharp, witty language, has inspired countless imitations from Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate, to the modern retelling, 10 Things I Hate About You. This superb production is presented by Aquila Theatre, the theater company described by the New York Times as “extraordinarily inventive and disciplined.”

$40, $32, $20

L.A. Theatre Works: Pride and Prejudice

  • November 4, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Concert Hall

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife;” and so begins this revered literary work by one of Britain’s great authors. To celebrate the 200th anniversary of this masterpiece, America’s premier radio theater company brings Jane Austen’s glorious novel Pride and Prejudice to life with this rich adaptation by Cristina Calvit. Set in the English countryside, the story navigates through the intricacies of marriage, manners, and morals among polite British society as it follows the Bennets, a family of five daughters and their meddlesome mother. At the heart of this cherished story is the turbulent courtship between the spirited and independent Elizabeth, who wishes to marry for love, and the arrogant but honorable Mr. Darcy. Broadway and television veterans Jane Carr and Nicholas Hormann join this talented cast as Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. Experience this classic as never before through the live radio drama format of this esteemed Los Angeles company.

$40, $32, $20

Aquila Theatre: Cyrano de Bergerac

  • January 18, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

One of the most vibrant characters in literature comes to life in Aquila Theatre’s stunning production of Edmond Rostand’s classic tale of unrequited love. A man of many talents and with a notoriously large nose, Cyrano longs for the beautiful Roxane who he believes could never have feelings for him. Suffering in silence, he instead expresses his love by helping a handsome but simple-minded suitor win her heart, thus beginning a decades-long love triangle. Based on an historical figure, this famous French play still delights today and has attracted some of the world’s most renowned actors for the lead. “Beautifully spoken, dramatically revealing, and crystalline in effect,” raves the New Yorker about this inventive British-American touring troupe, whose mission is to present the classics in a style that delights modern audiences.

$40, $32, $20

Walnut Street Theatre: Around the World in 80 Days

  • February 23, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

The mother of all adventure stories, this epic tale by Jules Verne is jam-packed with exotic locales, narrow escapes, death-defying adventure, and extreme excitement. Set in 1872, the play follows the eccentric English gentleman Phileas Fogg, who on a bet attempts to circumnavigate the globe in a mere 80 days. Accompanied by his trusty valet, Passepartout, they race across continents and oceans, evading danger and destruction as he tries to beat the clock. Adding to this whirlwind is a Scotland Yard detective in hot pursuit, who suspects Fogg of a massive bank robbery. Performed by Walnut Street Theatre, the critically acclaimed touring company from America’s oldest continuously operating theater, this exhilarating stage adaption by Mark Brown is “a wildly whacky, unbelievably creative, 90-miles-an-hour, hilarious journey! A ton of fun for all ages.” (The Tolucan Times)

$40, $32, $20

The Acting Company: Of Mice and Men

  • April 28, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Concert Hall

This leading American touring company brings the literary masterpiece Of Mice and Men to the stage for a memorable theatrical experience. Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winner John Steinbeck’s tragic tale tells of two drifting migrant workers in California during the Great Depression: George, a smart yet cynical man, and Lennie, a gentle giant with the mind of a child. Lifelong friends who are devoted to each other, they nurture a hopeless dream of someday saving enough money to buy a farm. This deeply moving work explores themes of loneliness and companionship, the imbalance of power and victimization, and most of all, the impossibility of the American dream. Hailed as “the major touring classical theater company in the United States,” by The New York Times, this legendary ensemble was founded by John Houseman and Margot Harley in 1972 and has helped launch the careers of many well-known actors.

“The Acting Company’s ‘Of Mice and Men’ Packs a Punch!”

- Backstage News (Read the full review here)

This tour engagement of The Acting Company is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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$40, $32, $20

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation