NORRISTOWN, PA – Theatre Horizon is gearing up for an exciting 9th Season and the second in their new home. Their season begins with Doug Wright’s Pulitzer Prize winner I Am My Own Wife, continues with Annie Baker’s OBIE winning Circle Mirror Transformation, and closes with Tony® winner Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps. All shows take place at the company’s new home at 401 DeKalb St. Individual tickets cost $20-$31. Subscriptions start at $55 and go as high as $90 per person. More information can be found at http://www.theatrehorizon.org.
The season will also include the new Diverse Voices Reading Series. This new series is designed to advance Theatre Horizon’s commitment to showcasing a diversity of voices on its stage and encouraging dialogue on race. The plays featured are all being considered for inclusion in future seasons. The readings are intimate one-night only events where audiences and actors explore the plays together.
“This season we’ll showcase the broad range of performance styles that are possible on our new stage,” said Theatre Horizon Artistic Director Erin Reilly. “Audiences will be treated to a memory play that exists across space and time, then to a very contemporary comedy, and finally to a 1935 film parody driven by uproarious costume changes.”
The 2013-2014 Season
I Am My Own Wife
By Doug Wright
Directed by Kathryn MacMillan
October 31 – November 24, 2013
Opening Night, Thursday November 7, at 7:30 p.m.
Based on a true story, this Pulitzer Prize winning play tells the tale of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a German man who lived under the noses of the Nazis and the Communists dressed as a woman. Enduring two of history’s most repressive regimes, Charlotte’s is the tale of an underdog who survives with grace and beauty. This show is directed by Kathryn MacMillan, who returns after directing Theatre Horizon’s How I Learned to Drive and The Laramie Project.
Circle Mirror Transformation
By Annie Baker
Directed by Matthew Decker
February 20 – March 16, 2014
Opening Night: Thursday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m.
In this OBIE Award recipient for Best New Play, four lost New Englanders enroll in Marty’s six-week-long community-center drama class. Each week, they begin to experiment with harmless games and as they do, hearts are quietly torn apart, and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged and won. With hilarious detail and clarity, this new work shows regular people undergoing titanic transformation.
Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps
By Patrick Barlow
Directed by Matt Pfeiffer
May 15 – June 8, 2014
Opening Night: Thursday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m.
A mix of an Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece and a juicy spy novel, with a dash of Monty Python The 39 Steps, is a fast-paced whodunit filled with theatre magic. This two-time TONY® Award and Drama Desk winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a cast of four), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance.
Diverse Voices Reading Series
Theatre Horizon introduces a new series of readings. In its inaugural year, the series will showcase plays that bring the experiences of African Americans to light. At each reading, audiences can hear each play, interact with the actors, and participate in community discussions moderated by experts from local colleges. Dates and times are to be determined.
The series will feature:
Having Our Say
By Emily Mann
The two Delany sisters, ages 101 and 103, were on the frontlines of the twentieth century. In this beautiful work, the sisters’ indomitable spirit and colorful family lore showcase that ordinary lives can become extraordinary.
In The Blood
By Suzan-Lori Parks
Hester and her five fatherless children live in hopeless poverty as she struggles to find help in this shocking tragedy based on The Scarlet Letter. Pulitzer Prize winner and MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient Suzan-Lori Parks is one of the most celebrated playwrights of the last decade.
By Thomas Gibbons
A young editor sets out to meet a reclusive black author in this work by Thomas Gibbons, a local playwright. Her investigation leads to unexpected confrontation, played out on the edge of the racial divide.
This program has been supported in part by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the Federal-State Partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
About Theatre Horizon
Theatre Horizon is a professional non-profit theatre company headquartered in Norristown that performs in Montgomery County. The company was co-founded by Matthew Decker and Erin Reilly.
Theatre Horizon produces challenging dramas and inspiring and memorable musicals. The company has also created and presented original works, and has an extensive education program that reaches hundreds of students in our region.
Through theatre, we create a community of artists, students and audiences in which each member is encouraged to grow.
Contact: Carrie Gorn