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• Cabaret will be directed by Peter Hinton. It is the story of Sally Bowles, an American cabaret singer living in Berlin who meets American Cliff Bradshaw just as the Nazi movement is being to take hold in Germany.
• The Philanderer by George Bernard Shaw will be directed by Lisa Peterson. The plot focuses on members of a group called the Ibsen Club. To become a member, men must prove they are unmanly and women that they are unwomanly. One of the members of the Ibsen club is the city’s leading philanderer who has two women in love with him. Yazbeck says, “It’s a love triangle with a twist as only Bernard Shaw can do.”
• The Philadelphia Story was written by playwright Peter Barry with Katherine Hepburn in mind to play the lead. The story focuses on socialite Tracy Lord whose plans are complicated when her ex-husband and a journalist show up at her home as she prepares for her wedding. It will be directed by Theatre Calgary’s artistic director, Dennis Garnhum, who will take the play to Calgary after the Shaw season ends.
Court House Theatre
• The Charity That Began at Home will be directed by Christopher Newton. A mother and daughter, who are under the influence of a priest, begin reaching out to people on the fringes of society. They put together a dinner party and “all hell breaks loose” as Yazbeck says.
• The Sea is written by British playwright Edward Bond, and it is the first time Shaw will be performing one of his works. The story is about a young man who was in a boating accident; he survived, but his friend was killed. Yazbeck says, “It’s strange, it’s interesting and it’s dark.”
• A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur is by playwright Tennessee Williams. It was just recently announced as Shaw’s Lunch-time, one-act play for this season. The festival has yet to release more details.
Royal George Theatre
• Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw is about a soldier who escapes a battle by slipping through the window of a Bulgarian woman’s bedroom. The soldier and the woman wait out the battle together. At first, she thinks he is a coward, especially when she finds out that instead of carrying bullets, he has chocolates in his holster, but then she gets to know him. It will be directed by Morris Panych.
• When We Are Married will by directed by Joseph Ziegler. Three couples are dining out when they are visited by an attorney who informs them that they are not legally married; the person who performed their marriage ceremonies was not legally allowed to do so.
• Juno and the Paycock will by directed by Shaw Festival’s Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell. June, nicknamed Juno, and her husband, nicknamed the Paycock, have a daughter who marries a cavalier lawyer, and son who was injured in the Easter Rebellion. Their son finds out his friend is executed and it may have been because of information he gave to the government. Yazbeck says that it’s “a look at the notion of war and rebellion through the eyes of these people in this village.”
• The Mountaintop is about the last night Martin Luther King Jr. was alive. He comes to Lorraine Motel after his speech, he orders room service and a maid delivers it. The play shows the discussion between King and the maid about their world. Yazbeck says the play “looks at the man Martin Luther King Jr. as opposed to the iconic figure.” The director will be Philip Akin.
Casting for the 2014 season has yet to take place.