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August 26, 2014 > Wonder of the World opens theatre season

Wonder of the World opens theatre season

Submitted By Susan E. Evans

The Douglas Morrisson Theatre opens its 35th Season with the comedy ÒWonder of the WorldÓ by David Lindsay-Abaire. Directed by Dale Albright, ÒWonder of the WorldÓ is a wild and wacky tale of one womanÕs quest for happiness and self-fulfillment. DMTÕs season-opener features an ensemble of local performers: Eden Neuendorf as Cass; Diahanna Davidson as Lois; Drew Reitz as Kip; Jeffrey Hoffman as Captain Mike; Kendall Tieck as Glen; Michaela Greeley as Karla; and Tina Rutsch as Barbara, Janie, and many others.

ÒWonder of the WorldÓ is a serio-comic mixture of the funny and farcical and the dark and disturbing, achingly sad and real and outrageously silly and absurd, all at the same time. The story follows Cass as she embarks on a wild adventure of self-discovery, leaving her home and husband Kip after finding out he is not the man she thought she married. At Niagara Falls, Cass encounters other equally eccentric and compelling characters, each with a dark secret, each on his or her own personal quest: Lois, a suicidal alcoholic appointed by Cass to be her sidekick; a pair of elderly madcap detectives; white knight Captain Mike of the Maid of the Mist sightseeing tour boat; a clown therapist; and, last but not least, CassÕ sad-sack, sweater-clad husband, Kip. By the time the curtain comes down, the coincidences are piled one atop the other, life is revealed to be a series of happy and unhappy accidents and the randomness of the universe is the only certainty.

Lindsay-Abaire is a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, screenwriter, lyricist and librettist. His most recent play, ÒGood People,Ó premiered on Broadway and was awarded the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play and The Horton Foote Prize, among others, and received two Tony nominations. His previous play, ÒRabbit Hole,Ó received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, five Tony nominations, and the Spirit of America Award. He also wrote the book and lyrics for ÒShrek the Musical,Ó which was nominated for eight Tonys, four Oliviers, a Grammy, and earned Lindsay-Abaire the Ed Kleban Award as America's most promising musical theatre lyricist.

Director Dale Albright was most recently seen in ÒTake Me OutÓ at Dragon Productions in Redwood City. This past year he directed the Bay Area premiere of ÒThe Pain and the ItchÓ at Custom Made Theatre and ÒVampire Lesbians of Sodom/Sleeping Beauty (or Coma)Ó for Virago Theatre Company. Albright has previously directed shows for Dragon Productions, theatre Q, Bus Barn, Ianiro Productions, and the SF Fringe Festival.

Tickets are $10 for the Thursday, August 28 Preview; $32 Opening Night; and $29 for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, Saturday, September 13 matinee and Sunday matinees. Discounts are available for seniors, students, TBA, KQED members, and groups (10+). A Pre-Show Talk will be held at 7:10 p.m. Friday, September 5, and a Post-Play Discussion will follow the Saturday, September 13 matinee.

Wonder of the World
Thursday, Aug 28 Ð Sunday, Sep 21
8 p.m., matinees at 2 p.m.
Douglas Morrisson Theatre
22311 N. Third St, Hayward
(510) 881-6777
Tickets: $10 - $32

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