Summer theater season runs through Aug. 16
Princeton Summer Theater will open its 2009 season on Thursday, June 18, with a production of "Urinetown," the Tony Award-winning satirical comedy about greed, corruption, love and revolution.
The show, featuring a live, five-piece band, will be performed at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, June 18-20, June 25-27 and July 2-4, and at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, June 20-21, June 27-28 and July 4-5, in the Hamilton Murray Theater.
Based on the book by Greg Kotis with music by Mark Hollmann and lyrics by both, the story revolves around a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year draught, which has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. A hero decides he's had enough, and plans a revolution to lead the citizens to freedom.
The Princeton production will be directed by Sara-Ashley Bischoff, with music direction by Brian Gurewitz. Both are members of the class of 2009.
Other mainstage season shows this year will be:
- Tennessee Williams' masterpiece "The Glass Menagerie," July 9-19.
- "No Time for Comedy," which was adapted by S.N. Behrman into a blockbuster film featuring Princeton's own Jimmy Stewart, July 23-Aug. 2.
- Steve Martin's retelling of the German classic, "The Underpants," Aug. 6-16.
All shows are at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Season subscriptions for mainstage shows give patrons four tickets, which they may use however they wish. All shows are family-friendly.
Princeton Summer Theater also will once again offer a series of family programming, including two children's shows and a series of six weekly children's workshops.
The two children's shows are:
- "East of the Sun and West of the Moon" by Nancy Willard, 11 a.m. July 2-4 and July 9-11.
- "Rumpelstiltskin" by Mike Kenny, 11 a.m. July 23-25 and July 30-Aug. 1.
All children's shows are $6, and admission is free for children 3 years of age and younger.
In the six children's workshops, which run weekly beginning Friday, July 3, children ages 7 through 12 will work closely with Princeton Summer Theater company members to explore various aspects of theater. Workshops run weekly from 1 to 4 p.m. Fridays, and cost $30 per workshop or $135 for the six-workshop series.
Season subscriptions are available for purchase until June 25, and can be obtained online or by calling the box office at (609) 258-7062.
Single show tickets also are by calling the box office between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, or at the door 45 minutes before the performance. Princeton Summer Theater has been completely student-run since 1968 and strives to share world-class theater at affordable prices with the community.