Springfield Contemporary Theatre has slated a new season of productions for its home SCT’s Center Stage, located at 431 S. Jefferson, Suite 136 (on the corner of Pershing St & Robberson Ave). Also SCT is thrilled to announce that Albert Pertalion has been brought on board to take on the new position of Director of Development.
Albert Pertalion ran Chicago’s historic Body Politic Theatre. He has taught Acting or Directing at Penn State, Ohio State, University of Michigan and the University of Nebraska. He was a resident Director at the Missouri Repertory Theatre (now KC Repertory Theatre) in the early 80’s. Albert has also served as the Executive Director of both the Germantown Performing Arts Center in Germantown, TN and Georgia State University’s Performing Arts Center in Savannah. An occasional writer, he has had several poems and short stories published. Pertalion will also join SCT as a director this season. He will helm the one mainstage show that is not yet announced. It’s a title so hot, SCT can’t release any details until the current Broadway production closes in the coming months.
SCT will launch its 22nd season of theatre in downtown Springfield with Peter Shaffer’s illuminatingly hilarious Black Comedy. Set almost entirely during a power outage, sculptor Brindsley Miller is frantically preparing for first time meetings with not only a wealthy art collector but also his fiancé’s father. As the characters stumble around in the darkness, the audience glimpses the outrageous evening as everything teeters on the edge of collapse.
Broadway actress and Springfield favorite Kim Crosby returns to Springfield Contemporary Theatre as well as to the show in which she made her Broadway debut. Having premiered on the Great White Way in the chorus, Kim now leads the company of Jerry’s Girls, a celebration of the music of legendary theatre composer Jerry Herman. This Broadway hit features all the best songs for women from such immortal musicals as Mame, Hello Dolly!, Milk and Honey, Mack and Mabel, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine and La Cage Aux Folles.
Director Robert Bradley will direct the warm family comedy Morning’s at Seven about four aging sisters living in close proximity with their husbands and one bachelor son to round out the summer offerings. Later in the season Bradley will also direct the award-winning Broadway play Other Desert Cities concerning a show business family split open by the scandalous revelations that surface when one of their own writes a tell-all memoir.
The fall opens with Stephen Sondheim’s controversial musical Assassins which lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, Assassins takes us on a roller coaster ride in which assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is the central character of Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop. On April 3, 1968 after delivering one of his most memorable speeches, an exhausted Dr. King retires to his room at Memphis’ Lorraine Motel. When a mysterious beautiful woman arrives with some surprising news, King is forced to confront his destiny and his legacy to his people.
The season also contains the Springfield area premiere of Lorraine Hansberry’s 1957 groundbreaking American drama A Raisin in the Sun. The play revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of an African-American family living in one tiny apartment on Chicago’s Southside. Sacrifice, trust and love among the Younger family and their heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration.
After the success of last season’s Solo Play Festival, SCT will hold a second series of three solo plays in November and December. The series opens with The Gospel According to Mark a piece that captures Mark Twain during two different periods of his life a decade apart. This play is written and performed by visiting guest professional J.R. Stuart. Next up will be SCT regular David Rice starring as the larger-than-life actor, comedian and painter Zero Mostel, original star of Fiddler on the Roof and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, in the biographical play Zero Hour. Finally, the series will conclude The Santaland Diaries, based on David Sedaris’ hilariously caustic tale of working as an elf at Macy’s during the crazy holiday season.
The season concludes with the southern-fried hijinks of the bluegrass-infused musical The Robber Bridegroom. A Mississippi Robin Hood tale, the show centers on bandit Jamie Lockhart as he falls for Rosamund, the rich planter’s daughter.
Springfield Contemporary Theatre will continue its music series of intimate concert events, SCT’s Sunday Songbook. With music styles as varied as the performers themselves, audiences can expect presentations of musical theatre, jazz, rock and much more. The Songbook Series will begin in September 2016 and the line-up will be announced later this summer.
BLACK COMEDY – June 3-19, 2016
MORNING’S AT SEVEN – July 8-24, 2016
JERRY’S GIRLS – August 12-28, 2016
ASSASSINS – September 16-October 2, 2016
THE MOUNTAINTOP – October 14-30, 2016
SCT SOLO PLAY FESTIVAL
- THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MARK – November 18-27, 2016
- ZERO HOUR – November 25-December 4, 2016
- THE SANTALAND DIARIES – December 1-11, 2016
Title to Be Announced – January 6-22, 2017
A RAISIN IN THE SUN – February 10-26, 2017
OTHER DESERT CITIES – March 17-April 2, 2017
THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM – April 21-May 7, 2017
Springfield Contemporary Theatre is celebrating its 22nd season of productions. SCT presents a wide variety of productions year round, from the landmark Hair and The Rocky Horror Show to The Goat or, Who Is Sylvia? and Avenue Q. SCT is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to the production of works that can be re-energized through a contemporary view and through an intimate staging while using outstanding directors and local actors and guest professionals throughout the season.