Staging a hit
Theater for grownups: Alley Theatre gets two world premieres, Osage County &violence for its new season
Alley Theatre's reputation for staging bold new works is evidenced in its just-announced 2010-2011 season.
The Alley will be the setting of not one but two world premieres. A Weekend With Pablo Picasso (January 28, 2011 -February 27, 2011) is Herbert Siguenza's exploration into the mind of one of the most charismatic and celebrated artists of the century. Later, Pulitzer-nominated Rajiv Joseph (of Alley's 2009 world premiere Gruesome Playground Injuries) returns to the Neuhaus Stage with the psychological thriller The Medusa Body (April 29, 2011 - May 29, 2011), about an artist commissioned by a global corporation and the chaos that ensues.
When it comes to classics, the Alley likes to always find an unexpected approach, like the rare production of J.M. Barrie's original Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (October 1-31, 2010), as well as the famous basis for beloved musical My Fair Lady, George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion (May 20, 2011 - June 11, 2011).
There are also award-winners in spades, like Tracy Lett's August: Osage County (February 18, 2011 - March 11, 2011), which earned a Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play in 2008 and is a tale of a dysfunctional extended family in Oklahoma that must confront its demons; Peter Schaffer's Tony-winner Amadeus (April 1, 2011 - May 1, 2011) is the story of obsession, murder and beautiful music that was later made into an Oscar-winning film; and Academy Award-winner Martin McDonagh's newest work, A Behanding in Spokane (August 27- September 26), is a send-up of guns, the West and a man searching for his hand.
Let's be clear: This is theater for grownups.
With the exceptions of all-ages fantasy Peter Pan and Pygmalion as well as perennial favorite A Christmas Carol, this season has enough violence, strong language and brief nudity to earn a parental advisory sticker.
In other words, we can't wait.