An Other Theater Company, known for producing work outside of the regular offerings in Utah County, has announced their 3rd season, keeping with their mandate to produce work by, and about, women and the LGBTQ+ community.
Opening the 2019/20 season is the regional premiere of The Moors by Jen Silverman, Sept. 6-28. Two sisters and a dog live out their lives on the bleak English moors, dreaming of love and power. The arrival of a hapless governess and a moor-hen set all three on a strange and dangerous path. The Moors is a dark comedy about love, desperation, and visibility.
“With its quizzical tone, The Moors establishes a world of shifting possibility — nothing is as it seems, and nothing will change, but everything will be different. Slyly fascinating, The Moors is first-rate entertainment.” — New Haven Review
John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Doubt follows, Nov. 1-23. Picture this: A Catholic school in the Bronx, New York, 1964. A time of uncertainty: the assassination of John F. Kennedy, civil upheaval. Sister Aloysius, a ruler-swatting teacher prone to old-school thinking and a fear of progression, suspects an inappropriate relationship between Father Brendan Flynn and Donald Muller, a 12-year-old “negro” student/altar boy.
Through thick manipulation, Sister Aloysius recruits Sister James, a naive aims-to-please type, to report any improprieties forged by Father Flynn. Then one questionable incident provokes Sister Aloysius to confront Father Flynn under false pretenses, and soon truths and half-truths are revealed in a test of superior control.
Then over the Christmas holiday the company stages gay humorist David Sedaris’ The Santaland Diaries, Dec. 6-21. Out of work, our slacker decides to become a Macy’s elf during the holiday crunch. At first the job is simply humiliating, but once the thousands of visitors start pouring through Santa’s workshop, he becomes battle-weary and bitter. Finding consolation in the fact that some of the other elves were television extras on One Life to Live, he grins and bears it, occasionally taking out his frustrations on the children and parents alike.
The piece ends with yet another Santa being ushered into the workshop, but this one is different from the lecherous or drunken ones with whom he has had to work. This Santa actually seems to care about and love the children who come to see him, startling our hero into an uncharacteristic moment of goodwill, just before his employment runs out.
Then opening the new year is the world premiere of Safe by local playwright Chelsea Hickman, Jan. 24-February 15. The show is about a pair of women BYU students coming to terms with their feelings for one another.
Up next, Trifles and A Number, March 20-April 11. Susan Glaspell’s Trifles is a one-act play was first performed in 1916; a murder mystery abreast women’s oppression. Caryl Churchill’s A Number is set in the near future, and structured around the conflict between a father and his three sons — two of whom are clones of the first one.
David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People, runs May 15-June 6. Life in Boston’s Southie neighborhood is no joke for single mother Margaret Walsh. Fired from her job and facing eviction, she doesn’t know whether to risk it all on a game of bingo, or join a drunken old classmate on a warm bit of sidewalk.
Will she catch a break from the cranky young manager at the Dollar Store or the landlady with a craft business selling googly-eyed rabbits? Or the man from her past, now a successful doctor, who left town at a crucial moment long ago? With wry humor and astonishing realism, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire creates both a loving portrait of his hometown and a widely relatable tale of socio-economic struggle.
And closing the 2019/20 season is The Normal Heart, an enduring work by Larry Kramer, July 10-Aug. 1. The show chronicles the rise of the HIV/AIDS crisis in New York City between 1981 and 1984. It was literally written in real time by Larry Kramer as he documented what was happening to himself and his friends before anyone knew what HIV was.
“It’s so exciting to be able to produce new LGBTQ+ work,” says AOTC Co-artistic Director Kacey Spadafora. “After taking on such juggernauts as Angels in America and Hedwig and the Angry Inch in the past, it’s a new thrill to be able to produce work that is both so immediately relevant to our specific area in Safe as well as bring such a landmark script like The Normal Heart to Utah Valley.”
Individual tickets are not yet available, but season tickets are $75 (or less) and are currently available at anothertheatercompany.com. Also, for a limited time, catch the remaining shows of the 2nd season for $25 more: The Rapture Happens at Midnight, The Flick, Mr. Burns: a post-electric play.