FLORIDA REP’S 2016-2017 SEASON LINE-UP!March 22, 2016
ERMA BOMBECK: AT WIT’S END
by Allison Engel and Margaret Engel • OCT 7–NOV 6, 2016
Previews: Oct 4–6 • In the ArtStage Studio Theatre
Hot off its world premiere in Washington, D.C., comes a witty and moving look at one of our country’s most beloved voices. Erma Bombeck captured the frustrations of her generation by asking, “If life is a bowl of cherries, what am I doing in the pits?” Discover the story behind the award-winning humorist who championed women’s lives with wit that sprang from the most unexpected place of all — the truth.
A Witty & Hilarious Florida Premiere!
“Full of wit and wisdom of the woman herself!” –DC Theatre Scene
OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS
by Joe DiPietro • OCT 28–NOV 16, 2016
Previews: Oct. 25–27 • In the Historic Arcade Theatre
A hilarious and warm-hearted family fiasco from the author of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and the Tony-Winning Broadway sensation, Memphis! See what happens when 29-year-old Nick tells both pairs of doting Italian-American grandparents he’s leaving Hoboken to take a dream job across the country. His grandparents are stunned! Why would he want to leave his family and New Jersey? Chaos ensues as his grandparents plot and scheme to find a way to keep him in Hoboken.
“A hilarious family comedy that is even funnier than DiPietro’s long-running musical revue I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE!” —BackStage
THE BEST OF ENEMIES
by Mark St. Germain • NOV 18–DEC 18, 2016
Previews: Nov 15–17 • In the ArtStage Studio Theatre
An electrifying and tense new play based on a true story that follows the relationship between a hate-filled leader of the KKK and a pioneering African-American civil rights activist. In this gripping story, the unlikely pair must work together during Durham, NC’s heated 1971 desegregation battle. The Best of Enemies is a stirring new play that exposes the poison of prejudice and the beauty of friendship.
A Gripping & Electrifying True Story!
From the author of the Florida Rep hit, CAMPING WITH HENRY AND TOM!
Agatha Christie’s THE MOUSETRAP
DEC 2–18, 2016
Previews: Nov 29–Dec 1 • In the Historic Arcade Theatre
Suspect everyone in this thrilling whodunit from the mind of Agatha Christie! Still running in London after 64 years, The Mousetrap tells the story of a group of strangers is trapped in a boarding house during a snow storm – with a murderer among them! Suspicion and intrigue abound as these strangers try to solve a murder and wonder who will be killed next. Revelations are made, shady pasts revealed, and alliances shift as Agatha Christie weaves a tangled web of deceit and suspense!
The World’s Longest Running Play!
A spine-tingling whodunit that is edge-of-your-seat fun!
THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES
by John Guare • JAN. 6–25, 2017
Previews: Jan 3–5 • In the Historic Arcade Theatre
This smart and outrageous black comedy follows the strangest day in the life of a New York zookeeper with big dreams! Artie Shaughnessy has aspirations of being a famous songwriter, but what his downstairs mistress, Bunny, won’t tell him, and his wife, Bananas (who is), tries to impart is that Artie’s songs stink. But today, Oct. 4th 1964, is different because the Pope is coming to town and miracles are in the air and anything is possible – or so they all think.
A Tony-Nominated BEST PLAY about Dreaming Big!
“An enchantingly zany and original farce!” –NY Times
by Paul Pörtner • JAN 20–MAR 12
Previews: Jan 17–19 • In the ArtStage Studio Theatre
Madness erupts at a not-so-typical hair salon when the old lady upstairs gets mysteriously murdered and everyone’s dying to know WHODUNIT? Unlike any other murder mystery, in Shear Madness the audience combs through the clues and questions the suspects! And with up-to-the-minute improvisation, the show is different every time you see it!
Seen by Over 11-Million People! America’s Favorite Comedy Whodunit!
Keeps audiences laughing as they try to outwit the suspects and catch the killer!
Harper Lee’s TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
Adapted by Christopher Sergel • FEB 17–MAR 8
Previews: Feb. 14–16 • In the Historic Arcade Theatre
This compelling and timeless story of racial injustice and loss of innocence is told through the eyes of six year old Scout, the tomboyish daughter of small-town lawyer Atticus Finch. As a tense tug of war between justice and bigotry heats up in their small town of Maycomb, Alabama, Atticus and his family must learn to temper violence and hatred with courage and compassion. Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird continues to inspire hope in the face of inequality.
A Poignant and Moving Drama!
The timeless American classic comes to vivid life onstage!
THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Music & Lyrics by William Finn • Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
MAR 24–APR 12
Previews: Mar. 21–23 • In the Historic Arcade Theatre
Six spellers enter the bee, but only one will walk away a winner in this Tony Award & Drama Desk-winning musical that has charmed audiences nationwide with its effortless wit and edgy humor! Hilarious and warm-hearted, this riotous musical comedy follows six adolescent misfits vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. As these tweens – and even the audience – spell their way through a series of outrageous words, they learn winning isn’t everything – but the loser gets a juice box!
A Tony-Award Winning Musical that Took Broadway by Storm!
“An entirely adorable new musical! Quirky, satirical, riotously funny!” –NY Times
A WORLD PREMIERE: To Be Announced this Summer
APR 14 – MAY 14
Previews: Apr. 11–13 • In the ArtStage Studio Theatre
Be among the first audiences in America to see an amazing new play! From the riveting drama, Split in Three to the zany farce, The Dingdong, Florida Rep promises a new play that will thrill and delight to close the 2017 Season!
*All Titles and Dates Subject to Change