PRESS RELEASE: Keegan Theatre’s 16th Season – 2012-2013
June 22, 2012—The Keegan Theatre is thrilled to announce its line-up for the 2012-2013 season, the company’s sixteenth. All performances will be at the Church Street Theater in Washington, DC. Artist and production information, performance dates/times, and ticketing information will be available all season long at www.keegantheatre.com.
September 21 – October 14, 2012
A COUPLE OF BLAGUARDS
by Frank McCourt and Malachy McCourt
directed by Colin Smith
A COUPLE OF BLAGUARDS, a two-man show by literary greats Frank and Malachy McCourt (ANGELA’S ASHES, A MONK SWIMMING), is a bubbling stew of their well-known humor with a dash of poignancy to sharpen the flavor. Flavored with incidental music from the great Irish tradition, BLAGUARDS follows the trials of the young McCourts in poverty-stricken Limerick, Ireland, through their journey to the U.S. and Brooklyn, New York – where the young men learn to apply the day-to-day lessons from their hardscrabble Irish past. A story of immigration, triumph over hardship, and the love among family, A COUPLE OF BLAGUARDS is a theatrical event that will find a place in the heart of every audience member. Featuring Keegan company members and audience favorites Timothy S. Lynch and Robert Leembruggen.
November 3 – December 1, 2012
ALL MY SONS
by Arthur Miller
directed by Susan Marie Rhea
Joe Keller and Herbert Deever were partners in a machine shop during World War II that turned out defective airplane parts, causing the deaths of many men. Deever was sent to prison, while Keller escaped punishment and went on to freedom and financial success. Years later, Joe’s surviving son Chris embarks on a love affair with Herbert’s daughter, Ann, setting of a string of encounters and admissions that will change all of their lives forever. A devastating work of tremendous and timeless truth, ALL MY SONS established Arthur Miller as a leading voice in the American theater, winning the Drama Critics’ Award for Best New Play in 1947. Kevin Adams stars as Joe Keller. Featuring company members Peter Finnegan, Michael Innocenti, Brianna Letourneau, and Bradley Foster Smith.
December 14- December 31, 2012
AN IRISH CAROL
by Matthew J. Keenan
directed by Mark A. Rhea
Quickly becoming a yearly holiday tradition, AN IRISH CAROL by Dublin native – and Keegan company member — Matthew Keenan premiered in 2011 to sold out houses and rave reviews. The story, an homage to Dickens’ classic, is told as only the Irish can. AN IRISH CAROL follows one evening in the life of David, a wealthy pub owner who has distanced himself from others and lost touch with his own humanity in the interest of self protection and material success. But on this Christmas Eve — challenged by a voice from the past, provoked by those in this present, and faced with the reality of lonely future – David’s life may change forever. AN IRISH CAROL is a modern fable, told with the biting humor and incisive candor of its Irish playwright. Back by popular demand, AN IRISH CAROL reunites its original cast and artistic team.
January 26 – February 23, 2013
by John Kander and Frank Ebb
directed by Christina A. Coakley and Michael Innocenti
Step into the Kit Kat Klub, a place teeming with seedy nightlife on the eve of Hitler’s rise to power in Weimar Germany. This 8 time Tony Award-winning musical classic, based on Christopher Isherwood’s BERLIN STORIES, depicts the interlocking stories of a cabaret singer, a writer from America, and the denizens of Berlin, all caught up in the swirling maelstrom of a changing society. Led by the enigmatic Emcee, allow the denizens of Berlin to entertain you with “Don’t Tell Mama,” “Maybe This Time,” and of course “Cabaret”.
March 16 – April 6, 2013
A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE
by Martin McDonagh
A mysterious stranger is on the hunt for his missing appendage and two bungling crooks along with one devious hotel receptionist are caught up in his dangerous machinations. Another dazzlingly macabre tale from Martin McDonagh, A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE skewers many facets of American daily existence, exposing the obsessions, prejudices, madness, horrors, and — above all — the absurdities that crawl beneath it. Scathingly funny and biting, BEHANDING is McDonagh at his best.
May 4 – June 1, 2013
The Full Monty
by Terrence McNally & David Yazbeck
directed by Mark A. Rhea and Susan Marie Rhea
The Americanized musical stage version of the 1997 British film, THE FULL MONTY boasts a book by Terrence McNally and a score by David Yazbeck and was nominated for nine Tony awards, including Best Musical, when it shimmied its way onto Broadway in 2000. Relocated to Buffalo, New York, THE FULL MONTY follows group of unemployed steelworkers who are desperately seeking employment and a paycheck to support their families – until they come up with a bold way to make some quick cash. As the guys work through their fears, self-consciousness, feelings of worthlessness and anxieties, they come to discover that not only are they stronger as a group, but that the strength they find in each other gives them the individual courage to face their demons and overcome them. Keegan ‘bares all’ when this Broadway smash hot takes the Church Street stage.
June 28 – July 21, 2013
by David Lindsay-Abaire
A story of loss, heartbreak, and forgiveness—told through daily moments and emotional hurdles—as a family moves on after the accidental death of their four-year-old. David Lindsay Abaire’s critically acclaimed winner of the Pulitzer Prize, RABBIT HOLE explores the human fallout that comes after tragedy.
August 10 – September 7, 2013
A Few Good Men
by Aaron Sorkin
directed by Jeremy Skidmore
First produced on Broadway in 1989 and inspiring an Academy Award-nominated film of the same name, Aaron Sorkin’s A FEW GOOD MEN tells the story of military lawyers at a court-martial who uncover a high-level conspiracy in the course of defending their clients, two United States Marines accused of murder. Based on events that took place at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in July 1986, A FEW GOOD MEN is a riveting courtroom drama that investigates both the nature of our military mentality and the Marine code of honor.
The Keegan Theatre is in its 15th season and is the resident company at Church Street Theater in Dupont Circle.
DATEJune 22, 2012