Taproot Theatre’s 2013 Season Announced

Rooted in Action, this season will delight and entertain

SEATTLE – October 17, 2012 – Taproot Theatre Company announces the lineup for its 37th season that promises audiences laughter, wit, romance, trickery, reflection and ultimately downright enjoyable entertainment. Featuring a regional premiere, a clever twist on a beloved classic and new approaches to gripping ideas, this season will not disappoint. Taproot Theatre Company’s 2013 Season runs from January through October. Resubscriptions and new subscriptions are currently being accepted.

Taproot Theatre’s 2013 Season opens with Jeeves in Bloom. Based on characters created by author P.G. Wodehouse, this confectionary treat is a delightful respite from the daily grind as Bertie Wooster’s trail of mischief and mayhem is set right by his unflappable valet, Jeeves.

Next comes The Whipping Man, an evocative tale of loyalty, diversity and self-exploration. In Matthew Lopez’s highly acclaimed script, a Jewish Confederate soldier and two of his former slaves are left to observe Passover together in the wake of the Civil War, prompting the challenging examination and reconciliation of the past while revealing the fear and uncertainty of venturing into a new future. This is a poignant play that The New York Times experienced as, “Haunting, striking, and powerful” and will ask questions of faith, freedom and identity.

In the spring, Taproot Theatre takes you to Germany, 1722 in Bach at Leipzig as the search for the next organist and music director extraordinaire is underway. Rooted in history but reveling in flights of fiction, it is deliciously scored with wild and witty revelations.

Summer brings Illyria, the musical adaptation of Twelfth Night. Complete with all the hilarious hijinks and unrequited love of Shakespeare’s famous comedy; be transported to a mythical land of love as these classic characters sing of romance and shenanigans.

Taproot Theatre wraps up its 2013 Season in the fall with The Matchmaker, Thornton Wilder’s hit comedy about love, money and the love of money. Unlikely circumstances and hilarious complications bring surprises at every corner in this play that inspired Hello, Dolly! and is described as a romantic comedy for the incurably unromantic.

Taproot Theatre Company’s 2013 Season

Jeeves in Bloom
Adapted by Margaret Raether from the stories of P.G. Wodehouse
Feb 1 – Mar 2 |
Previews January 30 & 31
Peace. Tranquility. The English countryside. Ahhh … Then Bertie Wooster pays a visit. While ducking romance, fleeing a cleaver-wielding chef and burgling his uncle, Bertie’s trail of mischief and mayhem is set right by his unflappable valet, Jeeves. Based on characters created by author P.G. Wodehouse, this confectionary treat is a delightful respite from the daily grind.

The Whipping Man
By Matthew Lopez
Mar 29 – April 27 |
Previews March 27 & 28
Can loyalty and freedom coexist? A Jewish Confederate soldier returns from war to his house in shambles. Two former slaves greet him, one who stayed and one who is returning. As they observe Passover and remember the Jewish exodus from Egypt their shared pasts and secrets threaten the freedom of all three men.

Bach at Leipzig
By Itamar Moses
May 17 – June 15 |
Previews May 15 & 16
Leipzig, 1722. Germany’s most renowned music director is dead at the keyboard. As the country’s greatest organists descend to vie for the job, melodies of rivalry, trickery, and blackmail compose a fugue of plots and counterplots. Rooted in history but reveling in flights of fiction Bach at Leipzig is deliciously scored with wild and witty revelations.

Illyria
Book, Music and Lyrics by Peter Mills
Adapted by Peter Mills and Cara Reichel from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night
July 12 – Aug 10 |
Previews July 10 & 11
This musical adaptation of Twelfth Night has all the hilarious hijinks and unrequited love of Shakespeare’s famous comedy. A mistaken identity sets off a chain of events that has everything topsy-turvy. As these classic characters sing of romance and shenanigans, you’ll be transported to a mythical land of love.

The Matchmaker
By Thornton Wilder
Sept 20 – Oct 19 |
Previews Sept 18 & 19
Thornton Wilder’s hit comedy about love, money and the love of money has matchmaking busybody Dolly Levi brokering true love for a wealthy businessman. Will anyone get what their heart desires? Unlikely circumstances and hilarious complications bring surprises at every corner in this play that inspired Hello, Dolly!.

Ticket and Subscription Information:
Performances take place Wednesday through Saturday evenings, with matinees on Saturdays. Taproot Theatre is currently accepting resubscriptions and new subscriptions; single tickets go on sale in January 2013.

Subscribers save up to 30% over single ticket prices, plus enjoy great benefits like priority seating, discounts on additional tickets, free ticket exchanges, a subscriber rewards card and more. Subscribers have a number of packages to choose from, including three- and five-play season subscriptions and a Flex Pass subscription, which gives patrons more flexibility when scheduling their tickets.

For more information about subscriptions and single tickets, visit www.taproottheatre.org or contact the box office at 206.781.9707 or box@taproottheatre.org.  The box office is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 pm, and until show time on performance nights.

All performances are held at Taproot Theatre, located at 204 North 85th Street in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood. The 226-seat theatre is wheelchair accessible and is equipped with assisted listening devices.

ABOUT TAPROOT THEATRE COMPANY
Taproot Theatre Company is a professional, non‐profit theatre company with a multi‐faceted production program. Founded in 1976, Taproot Theatre serves the Pacific Northwest with Mainstage Productions, Touring Productions and the Acting Studio. Taproot exists to create theatre that explores the beauty and questions of life while bringing hope to our search for meaning. Taproot Theatre Company is a member of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), Theatre Puget Sound (TPS), Phinney Ridge Neighborhood Association (PNA) and the Greenwood‐Phinney Chamber of Commerce.

Support for Taproot Theatre’s 2013 Mainstage season is generously provided by 4Culture, AmericanWest Bank, ArtsFund, ArtsWA, National Endowment for the Arts, Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, The Seattle Foundation, and St. John’s Lodge No.9.

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