The Bay Street Theatre’s 2013 season was announced tonight at a party at the theatre in Club One and now on Facebook.

Bay Street Theatre has had some stellar productions over the last couple of years, including Rent and Avenue Q (my reviews are here and here).

The old show bar on the 2nd level, above Club One’s dance floor, has some limitations, but there’s a wonderful, somewhat aging intimacy to the space, with every seat close to the stage.

The next production is in 2012:
The Eight: Reindeer Monologues by Jeff Goode
December 20, 21, 22, & 23

Here’s Bay Street Theatre’s 2013 season, which looks challenging, edgy, and fun [all quoted from Facebook tonight]:

Shel’s Shorts by Shel Silverstein
January 24, 25, 26, & 27

Lauded poet, songwriter and author of children’s books, the incomparable Shel Silverstein also wrote dozens of short plays, which are deeply infused with the same wicked sense of humor that made Silverstein famous.

A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, & A Prayer by Various Authors, edited by Eve Ensler
February 15, 16, & 17

This groundbreaking collection, edited by author and playwright Eve Ensler, features pieces from “Until the Violence Stops,” the international tour that brings the issue of violence against women and girls to the forefront of our consciousness.

Reefer Madness by Kevin Murphy & Dan Studney
April 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, & 28

Inspired by the original 1936 film of the same name, this raucous musical comedy takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the hysteria caused when clean-cut kids fall prey to marijuana, leading them on a hysterical downward spiral filled with evil jazz music, sex and violence.

Speech & Debate by Stephen Karam
June 27, 28, 29 & 30

Three teenage misfits in Salem, Oregon discover they are linked by a sex scandal that’s rocked their town. When one of them sets out to expose the truth, secrets become currency, the stakes get higher, and the trio’s connection grows deeper in this searching, fiercely funny dark comedy with music.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Stephen Soundheim & Hugh Wheeler
August 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, & 25

Sweeney Todd’s wife was abducted by the Judge and his daughter abandoned, while he himself was deported on a false charge. He returns to avenge his family, setting up with Mrs. Lovett, the pie maker, and providing her with fillings for her pies. He proceeds with his vengeful plans but the outcome is bitterly ironic.

The Rocky Horror Show by Richard O’Brien
October 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, & 31

A newly engaged couple, Brad Majors and Janet Weiss, get caught in a storm and find themselves at the castle of a Dr. Frankenfurter just as he and his minions are about to unveil his masterpiece… Rocky.

Hedwig & The Angry Inch by John Cameron Mitchell & Stephen Trask
November 21, 22, 23, & 24

A transexual punk rock girl from East Berlin tours the US with her rock band as she tells her life story and follows the ex-boyfriend/bandmate who stole her songs.

The Santaland Diaries & Season’s Greetings by David Sedaris
December 19, 20, 21, & 22

The Santaland Diaries is based on the outlandish, and true, chronicles of David Sedaris’ experience as Crumpet the Elf in Macy’s SantaLand display. Season’s Greetings follows Jocelyn Dunbar, a housewife who tries desperately to hang onto her holiday traditions.

Bookmark the Bay Street Theatre website for future reference.

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