Having just closed a charming production of Laurence Carr's "Vaudeville," the Willows Theatre takes on much more serious fare in Henrik Ibsen's tale of a marriage in trouble and a conservative society's limitations on women.
"A Doll's House" opens July 27, and runs through Aug. 18, at the Willows Mainstage in Concord. Director Eric Inman has shifted the story to modern time "to focus specifically on Nora's journey of discovering her true voice. We are departing from the usual presentation of 'A Doll's House' as a soapbox for women's rights to concentrate on what it means to be an individual who, through circumstance, never had an opportunity to discover who she truly is."
The Willows production uses Irish playwright Frank McGuinness' translation, which premiered in London in 1996, and opened on Broadway in 1997, winning four Tony Awards.
Lena Hart plays Nora, with Mark Farrell her husband, Torvald. For tickets, call 925-798-1300 or go to www.willowstheatre.org.
Butterfield 8 Theatre Company brings back its popular adaptation of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" Aug. 1-26, at Cue Productions Live, 1835 Colfax St., in Concord.
Adapted by local author and performer Donald L. Hardy, the show remains faithful to Austen's unique style while taking into account Butterfield 8's intimate performance space.
The work, which premiered last August,
The cast includes Becky Potter, Edwin Peabody, Alex Murphy, Alan Cameron, Maureen-Theresa Williams and Melynda Kiring.
For tickets, call 800-838-3006 or go to www.b8company.com.
Nanki-Poo, Yum-Yum and the Lord High Executioner Ko-Ko will soon populate the Lesher Center stage as the Lamplighters open their 60th season with Gilbert & Sullivan's popular "The Mikado."
A playful tale set in a make-believe Japanese town where flirting is a capital offense, "The Mikado" satirizes Victorian British society with flair.
In keeping with its reputation as one of the finest producers of Gilbert & Sullivan, the Lamplighters' production features a live orchestra, gorgeous sets and costumes and, as always, amazing voices. The show runs July 27—29. Call 925-943-SHOW (925-943-7569) or go to www.lesherartscenter.org.
Town Hall Theatre Company thanks everyone for their continued support with a special free event at 7 p.m. Aug. 4, at the company's Lafayette Theater.
Featuring a preview with directors and designers of the 2012-2013 Main Stage Season, the event also includes fun moments from Town Hall Education's summer programs, lots of music and comedy, plus surprises. Those attending should R.S.V.P. to 925-283-1557 or email email@example.com.
Attention performers and voice-over artists. Contra Costa County Superior Court needs warm, friendly and authoritative voices for the county's website. The voice-overs provide information on filling out court forms. The recordings take place in Martinez on either July 26, 27, 30 or 31. Contact Sherna Deamer at 925-957-5785 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In keeping with its unique offerings, Butterfield 8 Theatre Company, the group is offering a "devising" workshop Aug. 12—15, at Cue Productions Live, 1835 Colfax St., in Concord.
Visiting artist Leo Gene Peters will lead the workshop in creating original work using a collaborative group, usually improvisatory, process. The flexible process will challenge individual artists helping them create imaginative, playful and transformative theater.
Peters is an award-winning director, designer and artist from New Zealand. For tickets, go to www.brownpapertickets.com/event/258735.
We lost a lovely person and dedicated theater professional last week with the passing of costumer Barbara Galla. Generations of performers have relied on her trusty needle to create just the right costumes show after show.
But, she began her career more than 50 years ago on stage at what is now Lafayette's Town Hall Theatre. Her husband, George, designed the sets and her children played at the theater while Barbara rehearsed the popular revue Laf-Frantics. When she remarked to the director that the costumes were "just awful," she found herself as the costumer.
Barbara soon realized she was more comfortable behind the scenes and as her reputation grew, she began working for other theater companies -- at one point, costuming 13 shows in a row.
I feel very privileged to have worn many of her creations and to have enjoyed her company over the years. Rest well, dear friend.
Contact Sally Hogarty at email@example.com.