Lyric Arts announces 2013-2014 season

At an artist appreciation event last night, we unveiled our 2013-2014 season. It is truly a season designed to entertain, to surprise, and to challenge...and sometimes all three at the same time.

The season is both fun and daring. Some of the selections will feel familiar and some will take us in bold new directions. We hope that you are as excited to be a part of the new season as we are to announce it! Season tickets on sale July 1!

Enthusiastically yours,

The Laramie Project September 6–22, 2013

By Moisés Kaufman and the Members of Tectonic Theater Project. Directed by Resident Director Robert Neu. In October 1998, a twenty-one-year-old student from the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten, tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming, and left to die. In the aftermath of the incident, a group of writers made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half and conducted more than 200 interviews with people directly connected to the case and other citizens of the town. The result is a “live documentary” constructed from these interviews and their own experiences. This deeply moving play is a breathtaking theatrical collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.

Hormel Girls October 11–27, 2013

Book & Lyrics by Laurie Flanigan Hegge, Music by Hiram Titus, Conceived by Perrin Post. Directed by Resident Director Scott Ford. A production commissioned by Minnesota’s own History Theater, Hormel Girls tells the story of the Hormel Girls Caravan, the all-girl sales organization formed by J.C. Hormel after World War II to pitch Hormel products and charm the nation with their musical talents. This light-hearted musical follows the adventures of the women across America and through the hearts of a healing country as they evolve from a G.I. Jill Drum and Bugle Corps to the glamorous stars of a nationally syndicated radio show "Music with the Hormel Girls."

A Christmas Story November 15–December 15, 2013

By Philip Grecian. This holiday perennial is based on humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940’s and follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself. The consistent response: "You'll shoot your eye out." All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family's temperamental exploding furnace, Scut Farkas the school bully, and (of course) Ralphie's father’s leg lamp.

Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells December 7–21, 2013

Script by Allison Gregory, Based on the book by Barbara Park. When Junie B. Jones is center stage, she knows it all... Christmas means you get presents, elf costumes are awesome, and May is a blabbermouth tattletale.But this first-grader really knows she is having a tough Christmas when she draws the name of a kid she doesn’t like for the Secret Santa gift party. Even though Junie B. is naughty enough to be tempted to give her classmate a lump of coal as a gift, this irrepressible character will steal your heart—and brighten your spirits—with her last-minute choice.

Picnic January 10–26, 2014

By William Inge. Directed by Resident Director Scott Ford. The play, winner of the 1953 Pulitzer Prize, takes place on Labor Day Weekend in the joint backyards of two middle-aged widows. One house belongs to Flo Owens, who lives there with her two maturing daughters, Madge and Millie, and a boarder who is a spinster school teacher. The other belongs to Helen Potts, who lives with her elderly and invalid mother. Into this female atmosphere comes a young man named Hal Carter, whose animal vitality seriously upsets the entire group. Flo is sensitively wary of temptations for her daughters. Millie finds her emotional balance for the first time through the stranger’s brief attention. And, her older sister, Madge, bored with being only a beauty, sacrifices her chances for a wealthy marriage for the excitement Hal promises.

Godspell February 14–March 16, 2014

Book by John Michael Tebelak, Music and New Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Conceived and Originally Directed by John Michael Tebelak. Directed by Resident Director Robert Neu. Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew, and featuring a sparkling score by Stephen Schwartz—the composer and lyricist behind both Pippin and WickedGodspell brings the parables of Jesus Christ humanly and hearteningly to life. Godspell premiered off-Broadway in 1972 and is one of the biggest Broadway successes of all time. Drawing from various theatrical traditions, such as clowning, pantomime, charades, acrobatics and vaudeville, Godspell is a groundbreaking and unique reflection on the life of Jesus, with a message of kindness, tolerance and love.

The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) March 28–April 13, 2014

Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield. All 37 Plays in 97 Minutes! In this irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays, three madcap men in tights weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter. Be warned...this show is a high-speed, roller-coaster-like condensation of all of Shakespeare’s plays, and is not recommended for people with heart ailments, bladder problems, inner-ear disorders, outer-ear disorders, degrees in Elizabethan history, or people inclined to motion sickness.

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type April 12–26, 2014

Adapted by James E. Grote, Music by George Howe, Based on the Book by Doreen Cronin, Illustrations by Betsy Lewin. The animals on Farmer Brown’s farm have had enough! They work all day to provide milk and eggs, but when their request for electric blankets to warm the drafty barn is ignored, action must be taken. Join the Cows, Hen, and Duck—and their trusty typewriter—as they engage in peaceful protest to improve their working conditions. Adapted from the prize-winning children’s book, the musical contains witty dialogue and irresistible song-and-dance numbers inspired by 1960’s pop music and sounds from the swing era. It even includes a stirring song of freedom that parodies a number in Les Miserables and an uproarious ballet spoof of Swan Lake.

The Red Velvet Cake War May 30–June 14, 2014

By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten. In this riotously funny Southern-fried comedy, written by Hope, Jones, and Wooten—also known for The Dixie Swim Club and Hallelujah Girlsthe three Verdeen cousins could not have picked a worse time to throw their family reunion. Gaynelle is one frazzled nerve away from a spectacular meltdown. Peaches is struggling to decide if it’s time to have her long-absent trucker husband declared dead. And Jimmie Wyvette is resorting to extreme measures to outmaneuver a priss-pot neighbor for the affections of the town’s newest widower. But the cousins can’t back out of hosting the reunion now. And, unfortunately, they face an uphill battle as a parade of wildly eccentric Verdeens gathers on the hottest day of July, smack-dab in the middle of Texas tornado season. As this fast-paced romp by barrels toward its uproarious climax, you’ll wish your own family reunions were this much fun!

RENT July 11–August 3, 2014

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson. 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the off-Broadway debut of this Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning musical. Set in the East Village of New York City, RENT is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Over the last two decades, RENT has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages. Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, Jonathan Larson's RENT follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.

*titles subject to change, based on rights and royalties