Fine Arts Center releases 2018/19 theater season


February's Intimate Apparel was one of our favorite shows from the FAC's 2017/18 season. - JEFF KEARNEY
  • Jeff Kearney
  • February's Intimate Apparel was one of our favorite shows from the FAC's 2017/18 season.
On Friday, March 30, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College released the lineup for its 2018/19 theater season. Though the 2017-2018 season wraps up this spring with Fun Home (through April 22), Fully Committed (April 27-May 20), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (May 24-June 17) and Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind (June 29-July 21), we're already looking forward to fall. True to form, the FAC’s mainstage, studio and family productions promise a variety of themes and styles, some musical, all regional premieres.

Among them, Shakespeare in Love (Sept. 27-Oct. 21, 2018), adapted from the popular 1988 film. While the Springs' enjoys occasional productions of Shakespeare's work (with TheatreWorks' annual summer Shakespeare production, a recent creative spin on MacBeth by Counterweight Theatre Lab, and Shakespeare in the Alley set to premiere this summer) this creative and whimsical romance follows William Shakespeare himself and the noblewoman-turned-actor who inspires his most famous play, Romeo and Juliet. It employs plenty of Shakespearean tropes, making it a must-see for fans of the bard, or for anyone who wants to enjoy a devastatingly good romance. It's a solid season opener, thanks to its accessibility and acclaim.

Another intriguing mainstage production (that couldn't land thematically farther from Shakespeare in Love): Hands on a Hardbody (March 28-April 14), a musical with a country and roots-rock vibe. The premise: In a profound expression of American materialism, 10 Texans spend days on end with one hand on a brand new truck, hoping to win it by being the last one standing. It’s a ridiculous concept, and even better once you learn that it is, in fact, a true story — if somewhat embellished for the stage.

In the studio series, Church & State (Nov. 2-25) sounds like it will address some relevant social issues regarding religion, politics, and “how politics has become a religion.” While the show certainly has its comedic elements, the topic alone makes it a more sober choice for the season, and should start some interesting conversations — always a sign of good theater.

Special theatrical events abound, as well. Before the mainstage productions start in September, the FAC will host PIE, a touring production by Theater Grottesco, a Santa Fe-based troupe that has created 13 full-length plays and more than 30 short pieces since its founding in 1983 in Paris, France. PIE was jointly inspired by the Carl Sagan quote “If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe," and the Kate Tempest Poem “Brand New Ancients.” Theater Grottesco says of PIE: “Simply put, four lovable fools arrive at a panel discussion where the moderator doesn't show up. They have a collective nervous breakdown, unleashing their inner gods, and accidentally destroy and reinvent the universe.” It will run only four dates: Aug. 30-Sept. 2.

See below for the full season lineup, and look for subscription packages on the FAC website.

Shakespeare in Love: Sept. 27-Oct. 21, 2018
Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical: Dec. 6, 2018-Jan. 6, 2019
Anna in the Tropics: Feb. 7-24, 2019
Hands on a Hardbody: March 28-April 14, 2019
Barnum: May 23-June 16, 2019

Family & Studio Series
Go, Dog. Go!: Sept. 14-Oct. 14, 2018
Church & State: Nov. 2-25, 2018
Ben and the Magic Paintbrush: March 8-April 7, 2019
Bad Dates: April 26-May 19, 2019

Special Theater Events
PIE: Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2018
An Evening with Paul Reiser:Aug. 17, 2018
An Evening with Paula Poundstone: Nov. 1, 2018
Happy Hour Stand-Up: July 6, 2018; Aug. 3, 2018; Dec. 7, 2018; Jan. 4, 2019; Feb. 1, 2019; June 7, 2019

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