7 Stages announces 2013-14 season
The current 7 Stages season has been one of transition, with Heidi S. Howard and Mack Headrick taking over the leadership roles of artistic director Del Hamilton and producing director Faye Allen, who co-founded the Little 5 Points company in 1979.
But for the recently announced 2013-14 season, the troupe’s 35th and first full one under the artistic guidance of Howard and new associate artistic director Michael Haverty, it’s even easier to see the fingerprints of the new leadership team.
Take, for instance, the fall season opener, “The Navigator,” adapted by Haverty from the young adult novel by Irish writer Eoin McNamee and to be staged in a roving, large-scale production utilizing multiple venues at the Goat Farm. Described as an “interactive adaptation” in which audiences are encouraged to become part of the show, the world premiere promises giant puppets, film and shadow projection, actors, music and otherworldly objects.
The lineup includes four original productions and two presentations:
Sept. 27-Oct. 13: “The Navigator,” adapted and directed by Haverty.
Nov. 15-17: “No(se)onenowhere” by the Israeli troupe Dimona in which “a single actor creates a universe made of gibberish, placards and wonderful theatrical effects,” according to a 7 Stages release.
Dec. 19-21: “Krampus Xmas: Krampus and Santa’s Excellent Adventure,” a world premiere directed by Howard featuring the Little Five Points Rockstar Orchestra and the 7 Stages hand bell choir.
Feb. 27-March 23, 2014: “Red Badge of Courage,” a co-production with Kennesaw State University, co-created by Haverty and Jane Barnette, associate professor and resident dramaturg in KSU’s Department of Theatre and Performance Studies. Their adaption of Stephen Crane’s Civil War novel merges puppets, object theater, animation and actors.
May 2-18, 2014: “Mass Transit Muse,” directed by Howard. 7 Stages artistic associate Michael Molina’s play, combining spoken-word poetry with live music and dance is described as “a hip-hop trip through the streets of New Orleans.”
May 29-June 1, 2014: “The Secret History of Love,” in which transgender choreographer Sean Dorsey “reveals the underground ways that LGBT people have managed to survive and love each other in decades past.” The piece was created through the “LGBT Elders Oral History Project,” in which Dorsey recorded the stories of LGBT elders around the country.
Information: 404-523-7647, www.7stages.org. HOWARD POUSNER
Aurora Theatre finalizes lineup with musical
Lawrenceville’s Aurora Theatre has completed its 2013-14 lineup with the addition of “The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown. To run March 13-April 13, 2014, the musical tells the tale of a seemingly well-adjusted teen whose bags are packed for college but who’s stalled at the crossroads to adulthood. The book and lyrics are by Kait Kerrigan, music by Brian Lowdermilk.
Aurora boldly says it plans to reach 5,000 season ticket holders with its 18th season, up from 3,600.
A reminder of the shows previously announced: “Les Miserables” (July 25-Sept. 8), the regional premiere of Joseph Zettelmaier’s comedy “All Childish Things” (Oct. 3-27), the 17th encore of the musical revue “Christmas Canteen” (Nov. 29-Dec. 22), Eric Simonson’s “Lombardi” (Jan. 16-Feb. 9, 2014), Marc Camoletti’s comedy “Don’t Dress for Dinner” (May 1-25, 2014).
Information: 678-226-6222, www.auroratheatre.com. HOWARD POUSNER
11th Madison festival launches May 21
May 21’s opening concert of the 11th annual Madison Chamber Music Festival by the string ensemble Time for Three is sold out, but tickets are available for most of the concerts running through June 16.
The diverse slate presented at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center and other sites around historic Madison includes these artists making their festival debuts: vocalist Sylvia McNair (May 31), the Amernet String Quartet with guest violist Michael Tree (June 1), violinist Chee-Yun (June 6) and the Vega Quartet (June 9).
Most concerts are $25, $5 students, with free concerts planned June 4 (children’s) and 7 (Dixieland). 1-877-233-0598, www.mmcc-arts.org. HOWARD POUSNER