With the 2013-14 theater season little more than half over, two local companies already have finalized plans for their upcoming seasons.
Torn Space Theater, the experimental company known for its unorthodox and often site-specific productions, claims that it is “redefining the theater season” by launching its new spate of shows in March rather than September.
On March 20 in the Adam Mickiewicz Dramatic Circle and Library on Fillmore Avenue, Torn Space will open a production of Maria Irene Fornes’ “Mud,” a play in 17 scenes about a poor girl’s attempt to rise above her station. The show runs through April 13.
Next up, from July 17 to 27, the company will produce an adaptation of Martin Goldsmith’s noir film “Detour,” described in a release as a “stage experiment.”
On Aug. 22, Torn Space will return to the gritty surroundings of Silo City for a three-day run of “Storehouse,” a new, site-specific piece by company co-founder and artistic director Dan Shanahan. A release promises that the production, which follows last summer’s popular “Motion Picture” at Silo City, will “expose a new, unexplored corner of the monolithic elevators while continuing our investigation of civic ritual.”
Torn Space’s “redefined” season wraps up with Frank Wedekind’s “Lulu,” in which men try to contain the play’s wild protagonist “but soon learn their ingenue energy cannot be restrained by convention.” That show runs from Sept. 18 to Oct. 12.
MusicalFare Theatre, which is nearing completion on a major project to expand its lobby and add a cabaret performance venue, will kick off its 25th anniversary season Sept. 10 with the cheeky musical “The Drowsy Chaperone” directed by Chris Kelly. The show runs through Oct. 12.
On Nov. 5, the theater will open the Fats Waller revue “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” running through Dec. 7. The new year at MusicalFare will kick off with a remount of “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” which the company produced to great popular and critical acclaim in 2008, from Feb. 4 to March 8, 2015.
“Carousel,” the Rodgers and Hammerstein show that is a favorite of musical theater aficionados, runs from April 15 to May 17, 2015. And the season closes out with another MusicalFare fan favorite, “Sisters of Swing: The Andrews Sisters Musical,” from July 8 to Aug. 9, 2015.
The theater’s new cabaret space will feature an extensive series of readings and performances to be announced at a later date.