45th Studio Season Set To “Titillate and Invigorate” at Long Beach Playhouse

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Season includes works by Samuel Beckett, Bert V. Royal, Athol Fugard, Steve Martin,
& Steven Dietz

Artistic Director, Andrew Vonderschmitt announces the 2011 season of plays and he states it will “titillate our current audience as well as attract a new base that will invigorate the Playhouse for years to come.”  He goes on to say, “We are fortunate at the Playhouse to have the Studio Theatre — a space that was built in order to offer contemporary, provocative theater which better suits our diverse community. This next season will be nothing less.”  The Season opens with Samuel Beckett’s tragicomedy Waiting for Godot and continues with Bert V. Royal’s Dog Sees God – Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead; Athol Fugard’s Master Harold and the Boys; Steve Martin’s The Underpants; and closes the season with Steven Dietz’s adaptation of Dracula.

In discussing the season, Lauren Morris, Managing Director of the Long Beach Playhouse noted, “Our studio season is the chance to see something daring, smart and different on stage at the Playhouse.  Coming off of one of our most successful studio shows in recent history, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, we are focusing on introducing the Long Beach Playhouse to new audiences with contemporary plays in a hip environment.”

The Long Beach Playhouse presents…

Waiting for Godot
by Samuel Beckett
APR 9 – MAY 7
Voted “the most significant English language play of the 20th century.” Two dilapidated men wait by a tree for the enigmatic Godot. With nothing but each other and a tree to occupy their time, questions of the nature of man arise.

Dog Sees God – Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead
by Bert V. Royal
MAY 21 – JUNE 18
When timeless and beloved childhood characters actually grow up, it turns out that life is not a comic strip after all. CB is mourning the death of his lifelong canine companion when a chance connection to a bullied childhood friend sends him on a humorous and moving journey to understand the bigger questions of love, life, and death.

Master Harold and the Boys
by Athol Fugard
JUL 2 – JULY 30
Set against the backdrop of apartheid and family dysfunction, this award-winning drama paints a picture that is at once ugly and endearing. A white teen that has grown up in the affectionate company of two black waiters learns that his viciously racist father is coming home. A moving look at the way prejudices are passed from generation to generation and how we can stop the cycle of hate.

The Underpants
by Steve Martin
AUG 13 – SEP 10
When the mere drop of panties can shatter conservative values, what happens when everyone wants more? After an ‘unmentionable’ incident leaves Louise with her bloomers around her ankles in public, her husband Theo thinks his reputation and career is on the line. The ensuing shenanigans are fodder for Steve Martin’s genius wit and timing.

Adaptation by Steven Dietz
Based on the novel by Bram Stoker
OCT 1 – OCT 29
Experience the suspense and seduction of Bram Stoker’s classic novel live on stage. Lucy has been infected with an inexplicable illness. Dr. Van Helsing has taken up the case only to discover the illness is in fact caused by a vampire in their midst. As Count Dracula begins to exert his will upon the residents of London, they try to piece together the clues of his appearances – in a valiant attempt to save themselves from a hideous fate.

The 2011 season will begin with a preview of Waiting for Godot on April 8 and opens the weekend of April 9, 2011.  Season Tickets will go on sale to the general public on March 27. 2011.

Long Beach Playhouse is located at 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, CA, 90804, right across from the Long Beach Recreation golf course. The Playhouse is community-supported theatre that cuts across age, gender, ethnic, and cultural boundaries.  Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20-$25. The box office is open Wednesday-Saturday from 3:00-8:00 pm & Sundays from 1:00-2:00 pm on scheduled matinées only. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.lbplayhouse.org or call 562-494-1014.

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