George Street Playhouse season 2015-16

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George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick has shuffled around its 2015-2016 season from its previous announced selection, which included a TBA in the last slot. “My Name is Asher Lev” was moved to the TBA spot and “The Second Mrs. Wilson” now will run in the November slot.

Here’s the revamped schedule:

Murder for Two/Oct. 6-25, 2015

The Second Mrs. Wilson/ Nov. 10 – 29, 2015

Nureyev’s Eyes/Feb. 2-21, 2016

Sex With Strangers/March 8-27, 2016

My Name is Asher Lev/April 12 – May 1, 2016

“This season’s selections span the gamut from uproarious musical farce to the touching interaction between two great artists in ‘Nureyev’s Eyes’, to a real commentary on today’s technology and the times we live in with ‘Sex With Strangers’,” said GSP Artistic Director David Saint said. “I always strive to select plays that are both thought-provoking and full of heart, and think this season achieves that.”

Five-play, three-play and flexible admission packages are available. Grab your 9 best friends and groups of 10 or more get discounted tickets. The theater is located at 9 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick.

For tickets and information, patrons may contact the Box Office directly at 732-246-7717 or may purchase online at GSPonline.org.  George Street Playhouse sponsors bus and theatre packages from many active adult communities in the area.  For information on bus and theatre packages, as well as pricing and reservation information for groups of ten or more, please contact the Group Sales office at 732-846-2895, ext. 134.

THE SEASON:

Murder for Two

Book and Music by Joe Kinosian, Book and Lyrics by Kellen Blair

Directed by Scott Schwartz

October 6 – 25, 2015/ Opening Night Friday, Oct. 9

Image of "Murder for Two" logo.Not exactly the happiest of birthdays!  Novelist Arthur Whitney is murdered at his own birthday party, and his killer could very possibly be one of the guests.  But this is not your ordinary whodunit.  The entire world of this hilarious musical is brought to life by two incredible performers: one plays the detective, the other plays all 10 suspects – and they both play the piano!

By Joe DiPietro
Directed by Gordon Edelstein

Nov. 10-29/Opening Night Friday, Oct. 13

Image for The Second Mrs. Wilson.It is April 1915. President Woodrow Wilson, reeling from the loss of his wife, meets, falls in love with and marries Edith Galt. She very quickly becomes important – and influential – to her husband, and inconvenient to his circle of advisors. With the first World War looming, the President falls ill, and Edith, with effortless ease, outsmarts the men of Washington who would derail her beloved husband’s dream of world peace and the League of Nations. But will her unstinting devotion to her husband’s ideals be their downfall? A fascinating look at the real life events in which a woman became the de facto President of the United States, from the author of “Clever Little Lies,” “Memphis” and “The Toxic Avenger.”

Nureyev’s Eyes

By David Rush

Directed by Michael Mastro

Feb. 2 – 21, 2016/ Opening Night Friday, Feb. 5

Image of Rudolf Nureyev,“It’s in the eyes,” says Jaime Wyeth (son of Andrew.   “They’re the hardest to get.”  The visual artist’s relentless pursuit of dancer Rudolf Nureyev to sit for him as subject of a portrait has resulted in a number of sessions in which two artists trade poses, barbs, jokes, and unrevealed truths.  A riveting fictional account of the very real interaction between two great artists.

Sex With Strangers

By Laura Eason

Directed by David Saint

March 8 – March 27, 2016/ Opening Night Friday, March 11, 2016

Discreet Image of naked couple on cell phone.In an increasingly digital world where images – and your persona – can be tweaked or even totally fabricated online, it can get tricky to figure out just who is lying in bed beside you.  Ethan is a hot young writer whose online accounts of his sexual escapades have garnered him likes and followers by the score – as well as a movie deal.  Olivia is an attractive teacher and erstwhile writer whose career never took off.  Trapped by a snowstorm in a Bed and Breakfast, opposites instantly attract, undeniable chemistry ignites and sex is imminent.   Sex turns to dating, which turns into something a bit more complicated.  “Sex with Strangers” explores what happens when our online and offline identities intersect.

My Name Is Asher Lev

By Aaron Posner (adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok)

Directed by Jim Jack

March 8-27/Opening Night Friday, Nov. 11, 2016

Image of logo for My Name is Asher Lev
Image of logo for My Name is Asher Lev

Faith – Tradition – Art.  Which wins out? Asher Lev is a young Hasid growing up in post-war Brooklyn.  He is a young painter of prodigious talent – he can’t imagine himself doing anything else.  He must create art at any cost, regardless of the will of his family, his community and tradition.  The Outer Critics Circle award-winning play by Aaron Posner based on the best-selling novel by Chaim Potok.

Recommended for mature audiences due to adult themes and nudity.

George Street Playhouse is a nationally recognized theatre, presenting an acclaimed mainstage season while providing an artistic home for established and emerging theatre artists.  Kelly Ryman was appointed Managing Director in 2013.  Founded in 1974, the Playhouse has been well represented by numerous productions both on and off-Broadway – recent productions include the Outer Critics’ Circle Best Musical Award-winner “The Toxic Avenger”; the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Drama League nominated production of “The Spitfire Grill”; and the recent Broadway hit and Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning play “Proof” by David Auburn, which was developed at GSP during the 1999 Next Stage Series of new plays.

In 2015, George Street Playhouse will be represented by two productions in New York: the current Broadway production of “It Shoulda Been You,” and Joe DiPietro’s “Clever Little Lies,” opening off-Broadway later this year.  Both shows received their premieres at the Playhouse.

In addition to its mainstage season, GSP’s Touring Educational Theatre features four issue-oriented productions that are seen by more than 40,000 students annually.

George Street Playhouse programming is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts

 

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