Some 20th Century classics, a 21st Century gem by an acclaimed master, and a 1997 thriller you’ve likely never heard of form the backbone of Palm Beach Dramaworks’ 14th season announced this week.
Oct. 11-Nov. 10: Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck wrote a moving theatrical version of his tragic 1937 novel about two itinerant workers trying to find a home on a ranch while dreaming of a better life in the depths of the Great Depression.
Dec. 6–Jan. 5: The Lion In Winter – James Goldman penned an enthralling tale written in fire and blood about the most dysfunctional family of the Dark Ages, King Henry II of England; his estranged wife, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their three ambitious sons, all of them scheming to gain, keep or regain power. It’s better known as a movie but many theatergoers say the original play is just as good with the right cast. The last major production was mounted by the Caldwell Theatre in 2007.
Jan. 31-March 2, 2014: Old Times – Despite his international reputation as one of the 20th Century’s great playwrights, few local companies ever tackle Harold Pinter’s difficult and challenging work. In this opus, Kate’s old friend, Anna, unexpectedly visits after 20 years. Conflicting memories give way to intimations of a mysterious past and an uncertain present.
March 28-April 27, 2014: Dividing the Estate – A relatively recent play for Dramaworks (premiered in 1989 and produced in New York in 2007), this comedy-drama by the late Texas bard Horton Foote won the Obie Award for playwriting. The play is described as: “Times are tough for the Gordon family, but the matriarch of the clan has no intention of dividing her 100-year-old estate — even if her greedy children have other ideas.”
May 16 – June 15: Tryst – Karoline Leach’s 1997 play may not have a widespread reputation, but its been a successful entry around the country and England. The story few follows the calculating and handsome con man George Love who woos and marries vulnerable women, then takes all their money and runs – until he meets his match in lonely milliner Adelaide Pinchin.
Subscription packets are being sent to patrons, but individual tickets do not go on sale until September.
Dramaworks’ Don & Ann Brown Theatre is located downtown at 201 Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach. For more information call (561) 514-4042 or visit http://www.palmbeachdramaworks.org.