The Warehouse Theatre has built a reputation for not shying away from challenging topics, and that doesn’t change in the theater’s 2016-17 Main Stage season.
The season’s five shows deal with corporate greed, political corruption, the destructive power of lies and bitterness and coming of age.
The season opens with “Urinetown (the Musical)” on Sept. 16.
Season tickets are on sale at warehousetheatre.com or by calling 864-235-6948.
Urinetown (the Musical)
Sept. 16-Oct. 8
This musical satire takes on the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and more. A terrible water shortage has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. Instead, citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Somebody who has had enough plans a revolution.
Why was it chosen? “This is a Tony Award-winner with fun songs giving a fresh take on things we face as a society. It is a perfect musical for our current times in America,” said Jason Johnson, Warehouse interim executive director and marketing director.
In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)
This Pulitzer Prize finalist written by Sarah Ruhl is set in the 1880s at the dawn of electricity where an innocent and gentlemanly scientist named Dr. Givings invents a new device – the vibrator — to treat “hysteria “in women and men. When his latest patient brings her own complicated marriage and sufferings to the Givings’ home, Dr. and Mrs. Givings confront the fragility of their own union and discover the true depths of real love.
Why was it chosen? “Sarah Ruhl is one of our favorite playwrights. It’s a laugh-out-loud comedy that explores human relationships with grace, humor and heart.”
Important Hats of the Twentieth Century
Jan. 29-Feb. 18, 2017
This sci-fi farce explores the battle between Sam Greevy, the hottest fashion designer in 1930s New York, and upstart rival Paul Roms, who releases strange but popular pieces like sweatshirts, tracksuits and skater pants. Greevy soon discovers the secret behind Roms’ design inspirations and learns from where and, more importantly, from when the wild styles are coming from. The rivalry turns into a battle for the future of humankind, and more importantly, fashion.
Why was it chosen? “This is a regional premiere of an absurd sci-fi comedy full of unforgettable characters, time travel and absolutely insane fashion choices with humankind hanging in the balance.”
All My Sons
March 24-April 15, 2017
During World War II, two businessmen sent faulty airplane engine parts to the military, resulting in the deaths of 21 pilots. One went to prison for the crime, while the other lied about the incident, remained free and built a successful business. Now, years after the war, their families are left to uncover the truth and face the damage that was done.
Why was it chosen? “This post-World War II drama explores what lies, bitterness and denial can do to family and community.”
May 19-June 17, 2017
This musical is based on Frank Wedekind’s controversial 1891 play that tells the story of teenagers making their way through the thrilling, complicated and mysterious time of sexual awakening.
Why was it chosen? “This winner of eight Tony Awards rolls on a rock score that belies the frustrations of the characters as they come of age and experience true friendships, puberty and love for the first time.”