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THE THEATRE @ BOSTON COURT ANNOUNCES 10th ANNIVERARY 2013 SEASON

October 9, 2012

October 8, 2012 Pasadena, CA – The Theatre @ Boston Court announces its 10th Anniversary 2013 Season.  The season begins January 26 with “Cassiopeia,” by David Weiner.  The spring production is the World Premiere of “American Misfit,” a play with rockabilly music, by Dan Dietz.  The summer brings a co-production with Critical Mass Performance Group on a World Premiere “Alcestis,” inspired by the Euripides original. The season closes in the fall with “R II,” based on Shakespeare’s “Richard II.” All productions will appear on the Main Stage at Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 North Mentor Avenue.

Opening January 26, 2013 is the World Premiere of “Cassiopeia,” by David Wiener, directed by Boston Court Co-Literary Manager Emilie Beck.  “Cassiopeia” is a rare piece of theatre, highly poetic and idiosyncratic, about the chance meeting on an airplane of a math prodigy and a maid from the rural south. Both social misfits, they discover a common past and a shared profound connection that they lost decades ago. A gravitational pull reunites these two old souls amid scientific theory, nighttime constellations, and a moment of serendipity that electrifies their mutual desire.

Opening April 13, 2013 is the World Premiere Play with Music, “American Misfit,” by Dan Dietz, directed by The Theatre @ Boston Court’s Co-Artistic Director, Michael Michetti. Based on a chapter of American history they never taught us in school, this fierce, funny fantasia with music tells the post Revolutionary War story of the Harpe brothers, who launched a murderous rampage as a counterrevolution against the new democracy. “American Misfit” explores our addiction to revolution as the story skips like the needle on a record through our American rebels from Washington to Reagan, viciously skewering the big American idea of change — all swinging to the rhythms of Rockabilly music!

Opening June 29, 2013 is a co-production with Critical Mass Performance Group on a World Premiere of “Alcestis,” inspired by Euripides, written & directed by Nancy Keystone, created in collaboration with Critical Mass Performance Group. Nancy Keystone’s “Alcestis” is a muscular, visceral investigation of the literal life-and-death struggle of a woman who volunteers to die to save her husband’s life, and the deals people make the with the gods to avert the death decree. Hilarious, heartbreaking, highly stylized and physical as only Keystone and Critical Mass can be, this piece freshly investigates the nature of sacrifice, death, and the overpowering will to live.

Opening September 14, 2013 and closing the season is “R II,” text by William Shakespeare, conceived & directed by The Theatre @ Boston Court’s Co-Artistic Director, Jessica Kubzansky. Stripped to its very essence, Kubzansky’s Richard II is theatrical, raw and performed with only three actors. As Richard says “thus play I in one person many people – and none contented.” Shakespeare’s tale still resonates deeply today, posing the ultimate identity crisis. When arrogant King Richard is deposed by Bolingbroke, who has good reason to lead a rebellion and seize the crown, Richard is left bewildered as he struggles to find a new identity, and Bolingbroke is overwhelmed by how hard it is to be king. After all, who are we without our names or titles?

Each play previews for six performances prior to its opening date and runs for four weeks, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.  Season memberships are available now through http://www.BostonCourt.org or by calling 626-683-6883.  A special season discount is available through December 31, 2012.

The Theatre @ Boston Court is the non-profit company that programs the state-of-the-art 99-seat Main Stage theater in Boston Court Performing Arts Center at 70 North Mentor Avenue at Boston Court.  Z. Clark Branson is the developer of the center and founding director of The Theatre @ Boston Court. Michael Seel is the executive director of Boston Court Performing Arts Center. Eileen T’Kaye is the Founding Producing Director.

The Theatre @ Boston Court is supported in part by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, The Edgerton Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The American Theatre Wing, Founding Director Z. Clark Branson, and the generous contributions of Boston Court supporters.

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