Adventurous new plays, including the pre-Broadway tryout of "One Night with Janis Joplin," will be the stars of San Jose Rep's 2013-2014 season.
"It is truly our season of innovation," said artistic director Rick Lombardo in a release, "just right for the flagship theater of the capital of Silicon Valley."
The Rep hopes to take another little piece of your heart with "One Night with Janis Joplin." This Boomer magnet musical charts the rise and fall of the rock star with the raspy voice and the poet's soul. Steeped in a lineup of unforgettable hits, this jukebox musical is slated to open on Broadway after its Rep run.
Created, written and directed by Randy Johnson, the tribute to the Texan blues singer
"Game On," a new play by Dan Hoyle and Tony Taccone, takes a bite out of the Silicon Valley zeitgeist with a tale of fantasy baseball, venture capital and global warming. Hoyle, who has created such searing monologues as the Glickman Award winner "Tings Dey Happen" and "The Real Americans," is also notable for his parentage. He is the son of Bay Area clown prince Geoff Hoyle.
Taccone, best known as the leader of Berkeley Rep, wrote the Moscone memoir "Ghostlight." Directed by Lombardo, the world premiere of "Game" runs March 20-April 13, 2014.
Geoffrey Nauffts' "Next Fall," starring Bay Area favorite Danny Scheie,
Joe Penhall, who wrote the explosive "Blue/Orange," examines the politics and ethics of drone warfare in the hot-button drama "Landscape with Weapon." Directed by Lombardo, it runs June 19 through July 14 in its American premiere.
The season also includes the always fascinating "R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe." D.W. Jacobs' exploration of the iconoclastic scientific genius behind the geodesic dome and the concept of "spaceship earth" was a huge hit in San Francisco's back in the '90s. The homage to Bucky makes its South Bay debut Jan. 23-Feb. 16, 2014.
For the holidays, the Rep will present a new stage adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Snow Queen." Adapted by Lombardo and associate artistic Director Kirsten Brandt, this piece features music by Haddon Givens Kime. "Snow" falls Nov. 27-Dec. 22.
One show remains to be announced in the seven-show line up.
All Rep shows take place at 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose. Subscriptions, which range $63-$390, are on sale now. Single tickets, priced $10-$74, go on sale in August. www.sjrep.com