In my rabid critique of all things Intiman, I of course need to update about the Intiman’s next theatre festival. Andrew Russell announced that, officially, the theatre company will be back in the summer/fall of 2013 with four more plays. I will say, based on the press release, I am much more interested in the line up.
“Stu for Silverton,” a world-premiere musical by writer Peter Duchan and composer Breedlove. Directed by Russell, who calls it “swift, quirky and fun,” the show is based on the real-life saga of transgender businessman Stu Rasmussen’s campaign to become mayor of Silverton, Ore.
Sheila Daniels will stage “Lysistrata” by Aristophanes, a freewheeling version of the ancient Greek comedy about women who withhold sex from their husbands to end their warring.
“Trouble in Mind,” a topical, Obie Award-winning 1955 comedy by Alice Childress, focuses on racial tensions that surface among black and white theater artists rehearsing a play on Broadway. To be directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton, Russell says the play “is about issues we’re still addressing today in American theater.”
The fourth offering: “We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!,” a satirical comedy by Italian farceur Dario Fo (“Accidental Death of an Anarchist”), about housewives trying to conceal their larcenous protest against the high price of groceries.
“Lysistrata” is actually one of my favorite plays. I think the local playwright offering sounds fantastic. It’s a really balanced season of interesting and rarely-performed work, which I appreciate much more than, “We’re doing Shakespeare cuz everyone loves Shakespeare! Also, Dan Savage is controversial, let’s see how that works for us!”
Hopefully I will actually be able to make the festival this year. I’m still disappointed I didn’t go to the last one, as much as the lineup made me roll my eyes.