Theatre Lawrence Proudly Announces 2023-2024 Season
Adapted by Regina Taylor from a book of the same name
A moving and celebratory musical play in which hats become a springboard for an exploration of black history and identity. In the show, a young black woman comes to stay with relatives after her brother is killed. Weaving together faith, fashion and family, CROWNS traces the tradition of hats back to African rituals and forward to current fashion. Filled with gospel music and a little rap, the show pulses with energy and was hailed by the New York Times as “a show that seems to arise out of spontaneous combustion…”
SEPTEMBER 22, 23, 24 ; 28, 29, 30 | OCTOBER 1
THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW
Book, Music and Lyrics by Richard O’Brien
The original kitsch rock ‘n’ roll sci-fi gothic musical returns! The cult classic deals with mutating identity and time warps, as innocents Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters as they sing and dance their way to Frank-N-Furter’s latest creation.
OCTOBER 26, 27, 28
A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL
Book by Joseph Robinette | Music and lyrics by Benj Pask and Justin Paul
Based on the Warner Brothers movie and the book by Jean Shepherd
The perennial Christmas favorite! Set in the 1940’s, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder BB gun. Watch for the tongue stuck to the flagpole; the snowsuit; the bullies, the leg lamp award; the bunny suit; the Christmas dinner, and other iconic moments.
DECEMBER 1, 2, 3; 7, 8, 9, 10; 14, 15, 16, 17
DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE
A dramatic comedy by Sarah Ruhl
An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man – with a lot of loose ends. `A wildly imaginative new story about how we memorialize the dead – and how that remembering changes us, as we confront assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world
JANUARY 19, 20, 21; 25, 26, 27, 28
AGATHA CHRISTIE’S A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED
A mystery by Agatha Christie | Adapted by Leslie Darbon
An announcement in the local paper states the time and place of an imminent murder. When an unknown visitor to Miss Blacklock’s Victorian home dies under the prescribed circumstances, Miss Marple turns up to solve the case in a classic Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, twists and turns.
MARCH 1, 2, 3; 7, 8, 9, 10
I HATE HAMLET
A comedy by Paul Rudnick
A young and successful television actor relocates to New York where he is offered the opportunity to play Hamlet onstage. The problem: He Hates Hamlet. His dilemma deepens with the entrance of John Barrymore’s ghost, who arrives intoxicated and in full costume to the apartment that once was his. The contrast between the two actors leads to a wildly funny duel over women, art, success, duty, television, and the apartment.
APRIL 19, 20, 21; 25, 26, 27, 28
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
Book by Joseph Stein | Music by Jerry Bock | Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
A musical theatre tradition! This is a tale of Tevye and his family in a changing Russia. The plight of traditional values in the face of changing social mores and ethnic prejudice cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion to touch audiences on a universal level with laughter, sadness and joy.
JUNE 7, 8, 9; 13, 14, 15, 16; 20, 21, 22, 23