American Theatre Company brings classics, zombies for new season
BY JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
7/31/12 at 6:28 AM
The American Theatre Company plans to spend much of its theatrical time next year among the classics - with a few zombies tossed in for good measure.
The company's 43rd season will open with a new work, "Any Day Now" by Nat Cassidy, to be directed by Robert S. Walters.
"Maybe the best way to describe it is that it's a little like 'August: Osage County' with zombies," Walters said. "It takes your basic American family drama - all the characters have their individual problems - and adds people who have come back from the dead.
"It walks a fine line between being a post-apocalyptic drama and a post-apocalyptic comedy," Walters said.
"Any Day Now" will be presented Oct. 18-27.
ATC's musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' beloved tale, "A Christmas Carol," will be presented Dec. 6-23. It will be the 35th anniversary of this production, written by Robert Odle and Richard Averill.
John Steinbeck's timeless tale "Of Mice and Men" will be performed March 1-9. Steinbeck's original novella is at once one of the most popular and most banned books of the 20th century because of its frank language and its portrayals of certain ethnic types. But the story of two friends trying to find some small measure of happiness in a cruel world continues to resonate.
The songs of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II will be the subject of "A Grand Night for Singing," May 3-11. Devised by Walter Bobbie, who directed the revival of "Chicago," this musical revue draws from the scores of such hit shows as "The King and I," "The Sound of Music," "Oklahoma!" and "South Pacific," as well as lesser-known musicals "Allegro," "Me and Juliet" and "Pipe Dream."
All performances will be in the Williams Theatre of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. Second St.
ATC will present Shakespeare's comedy "The Merry Wives of Windsor" as its summer 2013 presentation on the lawn at the Philbrook Museum of Art.
Season tickets purchased by Aug. 31 are $58 to $71. Season tickets purchased after Aug. 31 will be $116 and $142. To purchase season tickets, call 918-596-7109 or go to tulsaworld.com/atc
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American Theatre Company's schedule includes the musical "A Christmas Carol" at the Tulsa PAC from Dec. 6-23. Tulsa World file