The Gallery Players’ 2011-2012 Season

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The Little Dog Laughed

by Douglas Carter Beane
September 10-25, 2011

First New York City revival.

Love will either cost Mitchell Green $200 an hour, or his entire Hollywood career…

Mitchell is on the brink of superstardom with the role of a lifetime, but something isn’t right. One lonely night, Mitchell hires Alex, a male prostitute, and unexpectedly falls in love. Cut to Diane, Mitchell’s power-player agent, who will stop at nothing to set Mitchell “straight” and keep him from making a decision that could derail both of their lives, and more importantly, their careers.

Three-time Tony® nominee Douglas Carter Beane’s “bitingly funny” play is a pull-no-punches look at the film biz, and what it takes to be a movie star when coming out of the closet is the farthest thing from being in.

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Little Shop of Horrors

Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken
October 22-November 13, 2011

One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time, this affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies has become a house-hold name thanks to a highly successful film version and a lively Motown rock ‘n’ roll score by the legendary songwriting team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. Charming, tuneful, and hilarious, Little Shop of Horrors is campy, tongue-in-cheek fun.

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Reckless

by Craig Lucas
December 3-18, 2011


At home on Christmas Eve, Rachel is informed by her guilty husband that he has hired a hitman to kill her and she must flee for her life, which she does by scrambling out the kitchen window and into the snowy night. She then begins a series of picaresque escapades involving numerous psychiatrists, a TV game show and her own increasingly shaky sanity.

“A bittersweet Christmas fable for our time. Reckless has an emotional pull akin to that of a Crosby ballad born of the lonely World War II home front.” —NY Times

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A Man of No Importance

Music by Stephen Flaherty, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Book by Terrence McNally
January 28-February 19, 2012


This musical by the Tony Award®-winning team behind Ragtime tells the story of Alfie Byrne, a bus driver in 1964 Dublin who is struggling with a secret he can’t even admit to himself. When he’s not driving his route, Alfie pursues his artistic passion and directs theatrical productions for a local troupe in a church hall. He is soon forced to confront his fears, shame and the bigotry of others. Winner of the 2003 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, A Man of No Importance is a tender and beautifully woven tale of family, friendship and acceptance, teaching us that it really is a wonderful thing to “love who you love.”

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A Raisin in the Sun

by Lorraine Hansberry
March 17-April 1, 2012


This groundbreaking play set on Chicago’s South Side revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family. When her deceased husband’s insurance money comes through, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, her son, has other plans, however: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha, herdaughter, dreams of medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face form the backbone of this seminal American drama about retaining one’s dignity within a harsh and changing world.

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Wonderful Town

Music by Leonard Bernstein, Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Book by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov
April 28-May 20, 2012


This delightful staple of the musical theatre canon is about the adventures and misadventures of two sisters who move from small-town Ohio to the bohemia of 1935 Greenwich Village. Eileen is gorgeous, sweet and an aspiring actress with men falling at her feet. Ruth, while a gifted writer, is average, brazen and has a talent for repelling gentlemen callers. With a glorious score of swinging tunes by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Wonderful Town is the quintessential New York musical comedy about tackling your dreams and finding love in the most unexpected places. Winner of five Tony Awards in 1953 including Best Musical.

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The 15th Annual Black Box New Play Festival

May 31-June 24, 2012

The Black Box New Play Festival is The Gallery Players’ signature season-ending festival of new works by both new and established playwrights. More than 400 plays have graced our stage in the 15 years of producing the festival, including Nat Cassidy’s The Reckoning of Kit and Little Boots, a New York Innovative Theatre Award-winner for Best Play in 2008. Every year is formatted differently, and you’re bound to discover something new and exciting in this year’s “Box”!

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Othello

July 19-August 5, 2012

The country is in crisis. Diplomacy failing. Conflict certain. Leadership not. Enter the perfect soldier, a brilliant general with a noble heart, whose very honor blinds him to treachery. Can someone be completely moral or is virtue always suspect? Shakespeare spotlights our innate distrust of goodness and the ways we seek to undermine and destroy it. Leaders, lovers, warriors, wives, we look for the flaw in goodness, expecting the dark side and more comfortable there. Othello’s tragic flaw turns out to be an absence of dark. He loves not wisely, but too well. Shakespeare gives us no comic relief in this brutal, bloody broth of villainy, prejudice and sexual jealousy, but with this tour-de-force challenge for two remarkable actors, we won’t miss it.

NOTE: This show is an addendum to the regular season and is not part of our subscription packages.

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