Marjorie Lyons Playhouse at Centenary College Announces 2000-2001 Season

SHREVEPORT, LA -- Marjorie Lyons Playhouse at Centenary College of Louisiana will present seven productions during the 2000-2001 season.

 They are:

  • GROSS INDECENCY: THE THREE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE by Moises Kaufman; Director: Robert Buseick;  Dates: Sept. 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 and Oct. 1

  • About the play: Winner of the 1997 New York Drama Critics Circle Award,
    and the Obie Award for Best Play, GROSS INDECENCY uses trial transcripts, personal correspondence, interviews and other source materials to tell the story of the downfall of the great man of letters, Oscar Wilde, whose artistic genius has long been overshadowed by the scandal surrounding his imprisonment for acts of "gross indecency".  Written by Moises Kaufman, this drama examines Wilde at the height of his fame, when he chose to sue his lover's father for slander.  Thus began Wilde's descent from the most celebrated playwright in the English language to a condemned and broken man.
  •  AS BEES IN HONEY DROWN, a comedy by Douglas Carter Bean;  Director: Patric McWilliams;  Dates:  Nov. 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 and 19               About the play:  A smash off-Broadway hit, AS BEES IN HONEY DROWN, has at its center a self-invented socialite/con woman, Alexa Vere De Vere.  A campy diva who claims Auntie Mame as her chief inspiration, Aleya is a self-described promoter of rock stars who's now in the market for an even greater dose of exploitation.  When she sees a magazine photo of a young novelist named Evan Wyler, Alexa is certain she's found her prey.  Tracking him down, Alexa wines and dines Wyler, creating visions of fame and fortune in his head.  What he doesn't know is that Alexa is not at all who she says she is and his life is about to change in ways he never thought possible.

  • ROMANTIC NOTIONS, an original musical cabaret by Brian Bradley; Directors: Robert Buseick and Patric McWilliams;  Dates:  Dec. 7, 8, 9 and 10

  •  About the cabaret:  Marjorie Lyons Playhouse follows up its enthusiastically received TONY TUNES from last season with the premiere of the musical cabaret, ROMANTIC NOTIONS, a joyous and tuneful celebration of romance and love.  ROMANTIC NOTIONS chronicles the romantic relationships of several couples, from the first blush of love to marriage and beyond, through a song cycle culled from many of the greatest Broadway love songs and it offers a holiday season songfest.

  • PRIDE'S CROSSING by Tina Howe; Director:  Patric McWilliams;           Dates:  Feb. 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 and 18, 2001

  •  About the play:  At 90, Mabel Tidings Bigelow, insists on celebrating her daughter and granddaughter's annual visit with an archaic croquet party. As this acclaimed drama unfolds, Mabel relives her past in vignettes, subtly interweaving past and present to reveal the moments of opportunity lost and love rejected that define her life.  Bit by bit, a vibrant portrait of Mabel takes shape.  Her Boston blue-blood family expected daughters to applaud from the sidelines, but Mabel had her shining moment when she became the first woman to swim the English Channel.
  • THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN by Martin McDonagh; Director: Robert Buseick; Dates: March 29, 30, 31, and April 5, 6, 7 and 8, 2001

  •  About the play: With this uproariously funny yet bleak play, Martin McDonagh fills the promise of his Tony Award-winning, THE BEAUTY OF QUEEN OF LEENANE.  In 1934, the people of Inishmaan learn that a Hollywood director is coming to a neighboring island to film a documentary.  No one is more excited than Cripple Billy, an unloved boy whose chief occupation has been gazing at cows and yearning for a girl who wants no part of him.  Billy is determined to cross the sea and audition for the Yank.  As the news of his audacity ripples through his community,  THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN becomes a portrayal of a world where hope is an affront to its order.
  • ART, a comedy by Yasmina Reza; Director: Robert Buseick; Dates: May 24, 25, 26 and 31 and June 1, 2 and 3, 2001

  • About the play: How much would you pay for a white painting?  Would it matter who the painter was?  Would it be art?  One of Marc's best friends, Serge, has just bought a very expensive all-white painting.  To Marc, the painting is a joke but Serge insists Marc doesn't have the  proper standard to judge the work.  Another friend, Ivan, allows himself to be pulled into the disagreement.  Lines are drawn and these old friends square off over the canvas, using it as an excuse to relentlessly batter one another over various failures.  ART was the winner of the 1998 Tony Award for Best Play.
  • CABARET, Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb, Book by Joe Masteroff; Director: Robert Buseick; Dates:  July 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 and 22, 2001

  • About the musical: A classic of the American Musical Theatre, CABARET is the well-known story of Sally Bowles, a young, not-too-talented headliner at the Kit Kat Club in 1930's Berlin.  This musical was given a radically rethought revision in 1998, adding songs from the acclaimed movie version.  The score contains some of musical theatre's best known songs: "Maybe This Time," "Money Makes The World Go Round", "Willkommen" and, of course, the title number.

Season tickets are on sale at the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse Box Office, corner of Wilkinson and Woodlawn Streets, or by writing to Theatre Department, Season 2000-2001, Centenary College, 2911 Centenary Blvd., Shreveport, Louisiana 71134-1188. Season tickets are priced at $85 each and include a single ticket for each of the season's productions.

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