International City Theatre announces 2011 Season

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ict 2011 seasonInternational City Theatre, Long Beach’s Professional Resident Theater Company at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, has announced an engaging lineup of five plays for 2011.

In keeping with its mission to present affordable, quality, professional theater that is entertaining, intellectually stimulating and emotionally satisfying, ICT’s 26th season will feature a mix of two musicals – one edgy, West Coast premiere and one rare revival – and three character-driven comedies.

The season opens on January 21 with the West Coast premiere of the lush and lyrical Loving Repeating: A Musical of Gertrude Stein, adapted from Stein’s writings by Stephen Flaherty and Frank Galati. In March, Jules Aaron will direct Kathleen Clark’s witty, tender and poignant comedy, Southern Comforts. The gently humorous The Old Settler by John Henry Redwood follows in June. Noël Coward’s classic, Private Lives, will open at the end of August. Closing out the season in October will be a rare revival of the Tony-nominated musical fairy tale The Robber Bridegroom by Alfred Uhry and Robert Waldman.

“This is a very personal season for me,” says artistic director Shashin Desai. “I feel a strong connection to each of these plays. I was delighted to discover Stephen Flaherty and Frank Galati’s delightful new Gertrude Stein musical, and the other four are plays that I’ve always wanted to do. It’s a real treat to be able to present them all in one season.”

The ICT 2011 season schedule is as follows

January 21 through February 20 (previews January 18, 19, 20):
Loving Repeating: A Musical of Gertrude Stein
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Adapted from the writings of Gertrude Stein by Frank Galati
Directed by caryn desai [sic]

The West Coast premiere of a perplexing, exhilarating, hilarious, and emotionally giddy musical that is as unique as Gertrude Stein herself.  A musical about loving life, loving thinking, loving making art, and loving love, Loving Repeating explores Stein’s capricious love affair with language, self expression, and her lifelong companion, Alice B. Toklas. Following Stein from her student days in the late 19th century to the height of her artistic era in Paris as a member of the “lost generation,” the distinctive score illuminates Stein’s world, bringing fresh perspective to her poetic texts and illuminating her deep love of the way American language perpetually changes to reflect the voices of the people.

March 18 through April 10 (previews March 15, 16, 17):
Southern Comforts
By Kathleen Clark
Directed by Jules Aaron

In a sprawling New Jersey Victorian, a taciturn Yankee widower and a vivacious grandmother from Tennessee find what they least expected – a second chance at love. Their funny, awkward, and enchanting romance is filled with sweet surprise and unpredictable tribulation. Told with warmth and perceptive humor, this off-Broadway hit is an affecting, late-in-life journey of compromise and rejuvenation, of personal risk and the rewards of change.

June 3 through July 26 (previews May 31, June 1 & 2):
The Old Settler
By John Henry Redwood

John Henry Redwood’s sweet, gentle comedy is set in 1943 during the Harlem Renaissance, when hot music played and swing dancers ruled the floor of legendary nightclubs like the Savoy Ballroom. When a strapping young man fresh from the backwoods of South Carolina takes a room as a boarder in the Harlem apartment of two middle-aged sisters, romance blooms between lonely, 55-year old Elizabeth and the handsome young newcomer – and old hurts and new tensions surface between the sisters.

August 26 through September 18 (previews August 23, 24, 25):
Private Lives
By Noël Coward

Noël Coward’s stylish, savvy comedy about the people we can’t live with – or without. Divorcés Amanda and Elyot meet up again, quite by accident while on their second honeymoons, with brand-new spouses in tow. Fireworks fly as their reunion reveals just how quickly romance – and rivalry – can be rekindled.

October 14 through November 6 (previews October 11, 12, 13):
The Robber Bridegroom
Book and Lyrics by Alfred Uhry
Music by Robert Waldman
Based on the novella by Eudora Welty

A rare revival of the rousing Tony Award-nominated musical, a darkly comic Southern fairy tale about a charming gentleman bandit, the rich plantation owner’s daughter he loves, the wicked stepmother who wants her dead, and an evil thief who carries his brother’s head around in a trunk – all set to an infectious Broadway/bluegrass score.

International City Theatre was born in 1985 when Shashin Desai opened a 99-seat black box theater on the campus of Long Beach City College where he was Chairman of Performing Arts. From the beginning, the fledgling company attracted critical acclaim and multiple awards – including the Los Angeles Drama Circle’s prestigious Margaret Harford Award for “Sustained Excellence in Theater.” Determined to build a high-quality, professional, mid-size theater company in the City of Long Beach, Desai persuaded the City Council to give him space in the Center Theater of the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. By 1996, ICT was producing simultaneous seasons on the college campus and at the Performing Arts Center. In 1999, by a unanimous vote of 9 to 0, the Long Beach City Council proclaimed International City Theater the Professional Resident Theater Company of the City of Long Beach. In 2000, ICT made the choice to invest entirely in the downtown, mid-size theater with an annual five-play season.

International City Theatre is located in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 300 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802. For further information, the public should call International City Theatre at (562) 436-4610 or visit online.

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