The quirky aspects of love, lust, class warfare, family, and crossword puzzles will be in abundance in the upcoming year as Fulton Community Theatre proudly announces its 2014 season.
For its 24th-anniversary year, FCT is planning productions of six productions, including a Central New York debut, return engagements of two musical events, and three classic plays by four of the most celebrated playwrights of the last century.
The community theatre is coming off a very successful 2013 season, which saw seven productions, increased audience attendance, and major improvements to the Jubilee Hall stage at Holy Trinity Church in Fulton where the theatre has performed for the last four years.
The 2014 season is as follows:
Up for first, just in time for Valentines Day, FCT will bring to the stage the Central New York debut of “2 Across” a romantic comedy by Jerry Mayer, whose writing credits include several stage plays, as well as writing for television shows such as M*A*SH, All in the Family, The Bob Newhart Show, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
The comedy tells the tale of two strangers who meet on a commuter train. They are alone in the car, each is married, and both are doing the New York Times crossword. She’s an organized, sensible, psychologist. He’s a free spirited, unemployed ad exec. She is a crossword pro, he always quits. They learn from each other, argue, laugh, reveal big problems, they kiss. Will they meet again?
FCT’s production of 2 Across, directed by Michael A. Bolio, will run weekends, February 15, 16, 22, and 23, 2014.
In April, the theatre will mount a return engagement of the rock and roll Easter Cantata “Tenebrae” that made its world debut in 2013. The musical piece, which features the talents of “The Sent Forth backing a chorale of voices and narration, will play for one night only on April 11, 2014.
In June, FCT will bring back to Central New York a production of “You Can’t Take It With You,” the classic comedy of family and social classes by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart.
The 1930s comedy, which has been dubbed the “funniest play every written” centers around the eccentric Sycamore family. Penny paints and writes risqué plays. Her husband Paul builds fireworks in the basement with an ice cream man who came one day and never left. Grandpa Vanderhof keeps snakes and doesn’t pay income taxes, since the government wouldn’t use the money properly if he did. When daughter Alice falls in love with Tony Kirby, the son of a wealthy family, more than fireworks ignite as families and social classes clash.
The production, directed by FCT Artistic Director William Edward White, will play weekends, June 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22, 2014.
Also returning for another season is the 13th edition of the theatre’s long-running “An Evening on Broadway” cabaret series. Directed by Kathleen DeGolyer, this year’s theme will explore the works of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Timothy Rice. Dates for the production have yet to be announced.
For September, FCT will bring to the stage Paddy Chayefsky’s “Marty,” the timeless classic about a lonely butcher who has given up on ever finding love, who stumbles upon a chance of happiness one night at a dance.
The story, which was adapted into the 1955 Academy Award-winning movie starring Ernest Borgnine, began life as a 1953 teleplay for the Goodyear Television Playhouse on NBC. For the FCT production, director White will draw upon the original teleplay, which has been seldom seen since its original live broadcast. The special event will run September 12, 13 and 14, 2014.
To cap off the 2014 season, FCT will present Neil Simon’s “Last of the Red Hot Lovers.” The comedy, which Simon wrote in 1969 for character actor James Coco, unravels the misadventures of Barney Cashman, a quiet, married man who wants to join the sexual revolution before it is too late. A gentle soul, with no experience in adultery, Barney’s quest for seduction brings him in contact with a sexpot, a free-spirit, and his wife’s best friend.
The production will run weekends November 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16, 2014.
For more information, including upcoming auditions for the season, please contact FCT at its website, www.fultoncommunitytheatre.org.