We theatre folk tend to be a superstitious lot. We have all sorts of irrational traditions. For example, it’s bad luck to wear the color blue or to have three lit candles on stage. No peacock feathers or mirrors or whistling or good-luck wishes, and you’d better not say Macbeth in the theatre. Did you know we can ward off the theatre ghost just by keeping a light burning on an empty stage?   

Lisa Gillespie in Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge

We call our season Lucky 2013.  

Jamey Green, BRT’s artistic director, the luckiest man alive, laughs in the face of the unknown. “We call our season Lucky 2013. We thought that ironic with the baggage that number 13 has. I almost never come up with a theme for a season first. When we choose shows, it’s to fulfill our mission of bringing an eclectic, edgy mixture of shows: musicals—some rarely done like Floyd Collins, some much better known like The Producers, some in the middle like Promises Promises, classic plays like Virginia Woolf, some not so often performed like Jeff Daniels’ Escanaba in da Moonlight . . . and it hit us that almost all of these present characters in rather unlucky predicaments.”  

But while we are still in 2012, BRT has a couple of Christmas offerings sure to warm your heart. Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge (November 30–December 22, 2012) is a playful, cracked look at the perennial Dickens Christmas classic. In Duran’s giddy version, the Ghost’s magic is off, and Scrooge and the Ghost keep showing up at Bob Cratchit’s house way too early. Mayhem! Then Arnold Lobel‘s well-loved characters hop from the page to the stage in Robert and Willie Reale‘s musical A Year with Frog and Toad (November 24–December 23, 2012). Conceived by Mr. Lobel’s daughter, Adrianne Lobel, A Year with Frog and Toad remains true to the spirit of the original stories as it follows two great friends, the cheerful and popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad through four fun-filled seasons.  

Sondra Morton and Flynt Foster in A Year with Frog and Toad


And when the calendar does finally turn 2013, BRT will present a choice collection of the unlucky in its Lucky 2013 Season. Featuring Noises Off February 8–March 2, Floyd Collins April 19–May 4, Escanaba in da Moonlight May 24–June 19, Promises Promises June 28–July 20, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf August 23–September 14, The Producers October 18–November 16, and Scrooge the Musical December 6–22. 

Donna Driver, Ashley Partridge, Morgan Driver and Heather Lannan in City of Light


Also, congratulations to City of Light by Michael McFaden (no luck here, just talent), this year’s winner of BRT’s inaugural Pressure Cooker new works festival. Next year’s Pressure Cooker will be held March 21, 22, and 23. 

For more information on tickets, go to ww.boilerroomtheatre.com or call 615 -794-7744.

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