A mystery by the author of “Rosemary’s Baby,” a new holiday tradition and a Pulitzer-winning story about drug addiction and recovery will appear in the 2014-15 season of Road Less Traveled Productions, the local theater company announced last week.
The RLTP season begins Sept. 12 with Ira Levin’s “Deathtrap,” a mystery about a pair of playwrights with a complex and potentially deadly relationship. Levin is known for his novels “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Stepford Wives,” as well as his many plays. The show runs through Oct. 12.
From Dec. 4 to 14, the company will produce David Sedaris’ popular piece “The Santaland Diaries,” which he adapted for the stage with the help of director Joe Mantello. It features the true story of Sedaris’ half-ridiculous, half-heartbreaking experiences as a Christmas elf in Macy’s department store.
“A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney,” by Lucas Hnath, runs from Jan. 23 to Feb. 15, 2015. It features the playwright’s interpretation of the famed Disney founder, described in a release as “violent, virulent and desperate for immortality” and out to burnish his reputation as “one of the most important people who ever lived.”
Next up is “After America: Wasteland 2015,” the latest effort from RLTP resident playwright Jon Elston, from March 13 to April 5, 2015. The show is Elston’s post-apocalyptic vision of Western New York, a place crawling with renegade mutants and ravenous zombies.
The season will wrap up with Quiara Algeria Huedes’ Pultizer Prize-winning play “Water by the Spoonful,” running from May 1 to 24, 2015. In it, the protagonist Odessa builds an online chat room for recovering addicts like herself, a place where, according to a release, “solitary human lives converge – intentionally and unexpectedly, disastrously and beautifully.”
The company also announced the playwrights it has chosen for its New Play Workshop, out of which full productions at the company or other local theaters often emerge. The 2014 class of playwrights in the workshop are Courtney Francis Fallon, Rosa Fernandez-Rivera, Joy Scime, Tracy Snyder and Winifred Storms.
This year’s class is half as large as in previous years, an attempt to give each playwright more attention and help with their work. Readings of the playwrights works-in-progress take place in the Road Less Traveled Theatre, 639 Main St., on Monday nights starting in September.