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Aurora Theatre announces diverse 15th season

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

Aurora Theatre’s just-announced 2010-11 season, its 15th, offers a slate of six Main Stage productions and an expanded second season of its lab series in the smaller studio theater. Here’s what’s in store at the Lawrenceville theater:

Main Stage

  • “Singin’ in the Rain,” Aug. 5–Sept. 5. Onstage precipitation is promised to complement the original choreography by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen.
  • “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” Oct. 7- 31. Jeffrey Hatcher’s new adaption of the chilling Robert Louis Stevenson tale.
  • “Aurora Christmas Canteen 2010,” Nov. 26–Dec. 23. Gwinnett County’s longest-running theatrical holiday tradition gets its 15th production.
  • “Sirens,” Jan. 13–Feb. 16. Deborah Zoe Laufer’s (“End Days,” “The Last Schwartz”) comedy that opened the Humana Festival of New American Plays in February tells the story of a husband and wife, the hit love song he wrote for her years ago, and their missing spark.
  • “Academy,” March 17–April 10. John Mercurio’scq pop chamber musical, a tale of academic and personal survival at a prestigious boarding school for boys, is inspired by “Faust.”
  • “Over the River and Through the Woods,” May 12–June 5. Joe DiPietro’scq Italian-American generational comedy.

Main Stage tickets: $20-$35 single; $72-$176 season.

GGC Lab Series

  • “Circumference of a Squirrel,” Sept. 16–Oct. 3. John Walch’scq darkly comic one-man show about a self-diagnosed “rodentophobe,” an obsessive played by Daniel May.
  • “Fat Pig,” Feb. 10–27. Neil LaButecq has described his satire about the emotional crisis of a guy unable to accept his plus-sized girlfriend as “a study in weakness.”
  • “Barrio Hollywood,” April 14–24 (in Spanish), April 28–May 1 (in English). Elaine Romero’s play about a Mexican-American boxer who dreams of fighting his way out of poverty.

Holiday show in studio theater

  • “A Christmas Carol,” Dec. 2-19. Fourth year for the one-actor adaption of the Dickens classic.

Lab series and “Christmas Carol” single tickets: $15.

Aurora Theatre is at 128 Pike St. in downtown Lawrenceville. Information: 678-226-6222,

www.auroratheatre.com.

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