Geva Theatre Center Artistic Director Mark Cuddy unveiled the theater's 2014-2015 season Monday night, referencing the tagline, "Your theatre, home grown." That approach can be seen in both the Fielding Mainstage shows and the performances slated for the Nextstage, as many of next year's plays are newer, critically lauded works never before seen in Rochester, as well as several completely new works getting their world premieres on the Geva stage.
The 2014-15 Mainstage season will consist of the following shows:
-"Wait Until Dark" (September 9-October 15), the classic thriller by Frederick Knott ("Dial M for Murder"). The play follows a gang of criminals tormenting a young recently blinded woman in her apartment. The Geva production will be only the second production of Jeffrey Hatcher's recent adaptation of the work.
-"Good People" (October 21-November 16) is a Tony-nominated play David Lindsay-Abaire. The play, about a struggling single mother in South Boston, will be directed by Boston native Cuddy.
-"Little Shop of Horrors" (January 13-February 15, 2015), the classic doo-wop musical about a man-eating plant creature and a mild-mannered guy who finds love on Skid Row. Featuring songs by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, directed by Skip Greer.
-"Women in Jeopardy!" (February 24-March 22, 2015) is a world premiere by Rochester native Wendy MacLeod. Sounding a bit like "Thelma & Louise" crossed with "Rear Window," this is a comedy about two divorcees who suspect that their friend may be dating a serial killer.
-"The Mountaintop" (March 31-April 2016, 2015) by Katori Hall is a fictionalized account of what happened to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s on the night before his assassination.
-"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" (May 5-31, 2015) closes the season. The 2013 Tony winner for Best Play is Christopher Durang's Chekhovian comedy about a trio of sisters and a boytoy who can barely stay clothed.
The Fielding Nextstage Studio Series will host the following:
-"Katherine's Colored Lieutenant" (February 5-22, 2015), a world premiere play by actress Nora Cole, about the love story between Cole's aunt and uncle, a Louisville schoolteacher and a Tuskegee airman.
-"A Body of Water" (March 19-April 5, 2015), a fascinating-sounding play by Lee Blessing about a couple that awakes in a beautiful, serene location - but they have no idea who they are, or how they got there.
-"True Home" (April 23-May 10, 2015), a world premiere musical-theater piece by Rochester native and Broadway star Cass Morgan, inspired by her exploration of family roots in Ireland.
Other shows announced included:
-"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" (July 9-27, 2014), a Geva Theatre Conservatory production featuring college students that will take the Mainstage this summer. The 2004 Broadway musical features catchy song, charming characters, and ample audience participation.
-"'Til Death Do Us Part" (November 4-30, 2014), featuring Colleen Moore's return as Sister from Maripat Donovan's "Late Nite Catechism" series, this time acting as a marriage counselor.
-"A Christmas Carol" (November 26-December 27, 2014), Mark Cuddy's adaptation of Charles Dickens' holiday classic, again featuring Guy Paul as Scrooge.
Season tickets are now on sale, with six-show Mainstage packages starting at $138. Subscribers can purchase tickets to "Christmas Carol," "Spelling Bee," and "Death Do Us Part" starting on March 25. Non-subscribers can buy tickets to "Spelling Bee" as of April 15, and tickets to individual shows go on sale to the general public on August 5. For more information visit gevatheatre.org or call 232-4382.