Get ready, get set and make plans to go to Old Town Eureka's Redwood Curtain Theatre. Once you see the exciting, eclectic and intriguing shows they've selected for their upcoming 2013 season, you'll definitely want become a season ticketholder so you won't miss a thing.
All of the plays chosen will be first-time productions on the North Coast of scripts that -- like all Redwood Curtain shows -- are always out-of-the-ordinary, outspoken and entertaining.
Feb.15 to March 9
”The Pitmen Painters” by Lee Hull (inspired by a book by William Feaver). Peggy Metzger is the director.
The script is based on the triumphant true story of a group of British miners who discover a new way to express themselves, and unexpectedly become art world sensations.
Redwood Curtain describes it as “an arresting and witty salute to the power of individual expression and the collective spirit that takes you on an unforgettable journey from the depths of the mine to the heights of fame.” Critics have called the play “heartbreakingly funny...intellectually engaging...and rollicking good fun.”
April 25 to May 18
”Skin Deep” by Jon Lonoff. Cassandra Hesseltine is the director.
The plot revolves around Maureen Mulligan who decides to give romance a last shot on a blind date with the awkward and sweet Joseph Spinelli.
She hides her insecurities by peppering her conversation with jokes about weight and
July 4 to 27
”The Heir Apparent,” adapted by David Ives from the play by Jean-Francois Regnard. Kristin Mack is the director.
This uproarious comedy is Ives' brilliant adaptation of Regnard's classic 1708 French farce. It follows the madcap effort of an ardent but poor young man who cannot hope to marry his lovely intended without somehow acquiring an inheritance from his stingy old uncle.
Hilarious schemes abound to score some wealth -- aided by the young man's crafty servant and sassy serving wench. And, by the way, all of the dialogue is written and wittily delivered in verse. The tale has delighted critics for centuries.
Sept. 5 to 28
”Becky's New Car” by Steven Deitz. Gail Holbrook is the director.
The play explores the plight of Becky Foster. She's a middle-aged woman who works in middle-management at a car dealership and is trapped in a middling marriage -- all with no prospects for anything different on her personal horizon.
However, that all changes one night when “a socially-inept, grief-struck millionaire stumbles into her work place and offers her nothing short of a new life.” The result, critics say, is “a thoroughly original comedy...a devious and delightful romp down the road not taken.”
Oct. 31 to Nov. 23
”Far East” by A.R. Gurney. Craig Benson is the director.
Vaunted and prolific playwright Gurney wrote a “deliciously wry and poignant play” that centers on the intertwined lives of three U.S. Navy personnel and one Navy wife stationed on a base in Japan in the mid-1950s. Critics have agreed that his beautifully written approach is “a little bit Kabuki, a little bit 'From Here To Eternity' and sure to enchant and delight.” It's also been lauded as Gurney's best work.
Redwood Curtain is located at 220 First St., Eureka. For more information, visit www.redwoodcurtain.com. To purchase season tickets for the 2013 season, call 443-7688 or visit redwoodcurtainboxoffice.com.