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2013-2014 Season

Join us for our 25th Anniversary Season as we present our company's trademark mix of bold productions of Shakespeare, absorbing new works that explore our modern world, popular stories for children of all ages, and the hottest shows from Broadway featuring Central Florida's most compelling actors and artists.

2013 - 2014 Season Subscriptions and Flex Passes are ON SALE NOW.

SIGNATURE SERIES
Show Dates

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
By William Shakespeare

Sweet-tempered daddy’s girl Bianca can have her pick of suitors—but not until her sister, the fiery-tongued Kate, is married off. Rising to the challenge is fortune-seeking Petruchio, but can he match Kate jab for jab? Shakespeare’s most outrageous comedy bursts onto the Margeson Theater stage in a vibrant, high-energy battle of the sexes as a couple hell-bent on confusing and outwitting each other right up to the play’s controversial conclusion.

September 11 - October 6, 2013
Margeson Theater

DRACULA: THE JOURNAL OF JONATHAN HARKER
By Jim Helsinger | Adapted from the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker

Centuries before True Blood and the Twilight Series, the original Prince of Darkness reigned over the shadowy world of the undead. Experience the celebrated gothic scream fest in a one-man tour-de-force that uses Stoker’s original text of journal entries, letters, and newspaper clippings. Jam-packed with plenty of thrills and chills, Dracula’s spellbinding originality and inventive theatricality is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat, while remaining true to the core of a legendary story that launched a thousand teeth.

October 9 – November 10, 2013
Goldman Theater

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY
By Joe Landry

Inspired by Frank Capra’s cinematic classic, this beloved holiday treat brings the spirit of the season to life right before your eyes.  Performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience, five actors play the dozens of characters in Bedford Falls as well as produce all the sound effects.  A nostalgic blend of Christmas cheer and theatrical magic, you will fall in love all over again with George Bailey and the angel named Clarence who saves his life on Christmas Eve.

December 4 – 29, 2013
Margeson Theater

THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF NICHOLAS NICKLEBY
By David Edgar
Adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens
Produced in Collaboration with Theatre UCF

A cast of 30 actors plays over 150 characters in this exhilarating two-part play following a virtuous young Nicholas as he meets and masters the challenges of poverty and corruption in Victorian England. Winner of both the Tony Award ® for Best Play and The Olivier Award for Play of the Year, this epic event has never been produced in Central Florida. We're pulling out all the stops for an incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience that captures Dickens' genius for combining exuberant characters, theatrical spectacle, and genuine emotion.

January 22 – March 9, 2014
Margeson Theater

JULIUS CAESAR
By William Shakespeare

When men feel they can no longer trust their leader, where is the line between patriotism and personal ambition?  In this profoundly moving, thrilling, and deeply human play, Shakespeare shows us a world spinning out of control igniting the fiery power of the most enduring political assassination in history. Julius Caesar is a dazzling masterpiece of betrayal, violence, and perhaps most surprisingly — love.

March 19 – April 20, 2014
Goldman Theater

 

HARRIETT'S NEW PLAY SERIES
Show Dates

THE CORTEZ METHOD
By Rob Keefe

Sara and Bill will do whatever it takes to prepare for their new arrival, but an unexpected visit from Bill's brother Walter unravels their plans and makes it clear their shiny future has been built on the troubled foundation of their past. What happens when you make a bad decision for all the right reasons? Fertility, home improvement, and family collide in this darkly comic roller coaster ride.

August 29 – September 22, 2013
Mandell Studio Theater

PLAYFEST!
Annual New Play Festival

A fast-paced weekend packed with world premiere plays, lively parties, and networking events. If you are an artist, a playwright, or just a lover of theater, it is the perfect opportunity to absorb ground-breaking new works.

November 7 - 10, 2013
Mandell Studio Theater
& The Santos Dantin Studio Theater

PLUTO
By Steve Yockey

In the wake of a local tragedy, single mother Elizabeth Miller and her withdrawn son Bailey try to jump-start their relationship across the breakfast table. But with berserk appliances, shifting astronomy, the talkative new family dog, and some noisy, angry forces threatening to invade her kitchen, Elizabeth might not be able to really 'see' the person she needs to see most.

February 27 – March 23, 2014
Mandell Studio Theater
   

 

THEATER FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES
Show Dates

SLEEPING BEAUTY
By Brandon Roberts | Adapted from the story by the Brothers Grimm

It’s Princess Rose’s birthday and the entire kingdom is rejoicing! But the bitter wise woman, Wartsuch, disrupts the celebration and casts a wicked curse on the little princess dooming her to sleep for 100 years. Will good triumph over evil? Complete with a brave, handsome prince, a beautiful princess, and a magical kiss, this quirky retelling of Sleeping Beauty will introduce the classic fairy tale to a new generation of kids and families. 

June 20 – July 28, 2013
Goldman Theater

A NIGHT IN NEW ORLEANS: A MAGIC TREE HOUSE ADVENTURE
Book and Lyrics by Murray Horwitz and Will Osborne | Music and Additional Lyrics by Allen Toussaint | Based on the books by Mary Pope Osborne

On the eve of All Saints Day – the most haunted night of the year – beloved Magic Tree House characters Jack and Annie must find a young Louis Armstrong and put him on the path to becoming the king of jazz. Featuring a live band, a cast of skilled performers, and a powerful message about dreams, race, and possibilities, this new jazz musical will transport audiences back to 1915 New Orleans, where the streets are filled with music – and the night is filled with ghosts!

October 17 – November 23, 2013
Margeson Theater

THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS
Script and Lyrics by Robert Kauzlaric | Music by Paul Gilvary & William Rush
Based on the book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

Alexander T. Wolf, a.k.a. the Big Bad Wolf, finally gets to tell his side of the story in Piggsylvania’s Trial of the Century and YOU help decide the Wolf’s fate: guilty or not guilty! Parents and children will delight in this hilarious courtroom rock musical that is based on Jon Scieszka’s wildly popular book.

March 27 – April 27, 2014
Margeson Theater
   

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