Welcome to the newly revived Park Square Theatre blog! We’ve gathered a great team of bloggers, including our new Artistic Programming Associate Jamil Jude, actor/social media maven Vincent Hannam, and Matthew Glover, Sandbox Theatre whiz.
Revival is in the air –what’s old is new served up fresh with an unexpected twist. On the Boss Stage this month, we are proud to host Theatre Pro Rata’s production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane directed by Carin Bratlie Wethern. (Did you know she stage managed the Eye of the Storm production of this show? It’s a script that sticks with you.)
We’re also terribly excited to have the ever-inventive Joel Sass back on the Proscenium stage for another fresh look at the original social justice firebrand, Charles Dickens. Joel’s adaptation of Great Expectations has its world premiere this month.
The New Year always starts with a toast, and in the fine tradition of John Middleton, I have one to recommend: the Bergamot Blazer, a reviving hot toddy that keep even a Wild ticket scalper warm in this weather. With its mid-nineteenth century roots, it harkens back to Dickens’ era, while capitalizing on the current madness for metal drinking cups and bourbon. “The Blazer is a simple drink which just happens to entail rolling flaming whiskey back and forth between two metal mugs…This variation comes from Seattle bartender Andrew Bohrer, who added earl grey tea and elderflower liqueur to the mix (Punchdrink.com).” Of course, the addition of Elderflower and Earl Grey just make it an even more perfect fit for Dickens.
If you attempt this at home, you’ll have to work on your technique to make sure you don’t wind up like Miss Havisham. Please write us if you pull this off (and post your photos!). If you do, you’ll know what it feels like to be in this production with its sharp lines, musical notes, sound effects and simultaneous actions hurled back and forth in a successful blend of memory play, mystery and aching love story. Who among us does not aspire to greatness with each New Year?
Now, I can’t give away trade secrets, but Park Square’s new season to be announced next month includes the return of the elegant and affable Mr. Sass, this time directing on the Boss stage. A world premiere mystery, a major musical co-production, the return of Girl Friday Productions, along with our other Theatres in the Residence, Sandbox Theatre and Theatre Pro Rata, and at least five regional premieres mean you’ll want to stay tuned to this channel.