ICCT’s 60th Season (2015-2016)
Book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop, music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross
September 18-27. Directed by Katie Boothroyd with Musical Direction by Wes Habley. Die-hard baseball nut Joe Boyd is sick of watching his beloved Washington Senators flounder at the bottom of the league, so he does what every sports fan has thought of at one time or another: he sells his soul to the devil. He becomes the young slugger Joe Hardy and leads his team in the pennant race against the hated Yankees. Joe has to put everything on the line to reach the highest heights, and it’ll all come down to the bottom of the ninth in this much-loved musical classic that’s packed with great songs.
Written by Charles Busch
October 23-November 1. Directed by Louis Doerge. A fun combo of Hitchcock drama and teen surfer film, this cheeky play tells the story of Chicklet, a perky Malibu girl who loves the beach and wants the boys to teach her to surf. But this teenage tomboy has a dark side: a tendency toward split personalities, including the voracious vixen Ann Bowman, who has her mind set on world domination. Equal parts parody and campy comedy, this play offers a cockeyed look at those classic sun-drenched films of the 1960s.
Written by Matthew Burnett, based on the book Thornton Wilder
December 4-13 Directed by Kehry Anson Lane. Nominated for the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play, this charming piece is based on Thornton Wilder’s 1973 novel of the same title, and it features its titular character on his journey of self-discovery in 1920s Providence, Rhode Island. He must navigate this seaside New England town and its cast of upper-crust characters (like the sweet and precocious Eloise Fenwick and the diplomat-turned-shut-in Dr. James Bosworth), and along the way he learns as much about himself as he does about them.
Book by Larry L. King and Peter Masterson, music and lyrics by Carol Hall
January 22-31 Directed by Susan Hamel with Musical Direction by Jeffrey Allen Mead. Award-winning songs and big Texas charm fill this classic musical about a small-town brothel that plays host to senators, mayors and football stars. Miss Mona runs the show at the Chicken Ranch, but trouble comes to town when the puritanical reporter Melvin P. Thorne descends on the bordello with his cameras, trying to shut down the fun. When the political heat gets to be too much, the governor has to step in, and life in Gilbert, Texas will never be the same.
Written by Neil Simon
March 11-20 Directed by Nate Sullivan. When teenage brothers Arty and Jay find themselves moving in with their strict, Old World grandmother, they can’t help but feel a little lost. This charming coming-of-age comedy—set against the backdrop of 1940s Yonkers—tells us the story of these two boys and the rest of the Kurnitz family as they come to terms with their shared history. The winner of the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this play is a classic look at what it means to be a family and what it takes to grow up.
Book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer, music by Green Day, Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong
April 22-May 1 Directed by Jaret Morlan with Musical Direction by Eric Burchett.
This Grammy-winning musical is based on Green Day’s 2004 album of the same name, and it’s infused throughout with that same punk spirit. Filled with anthemic music, this show centers around a trio of young men who are sick of their suburban lifestyle and set their sights on the city, but it’s not long before they’re wrapped up in drugs, love and trouble. One sets off for war, one cleans himself up and the other just wants to get home; but all three find themselves longing for something else.
The Past Seasons of Iowa City Community Theatre are available to view here.