Korda Artistic Productions Announces Dynamic 2019 Season

KordazoneKorda Artistic Productions has just announced its 2019 Season offering up a dangerous and decadent classic musical; a darkly comedic Canadian play; a modern translation of a Brecht classic; a drag-comedy that brings us back to the beach in campy fashion; an award winning Broadway musical; a classic melodrama; another summer season with Extension-Korda artists; and a holiday panto for the entire family to enjoy.

This will be Korda’s 16th Season and their 12th in The KordaZone Theatre on Seminole Street.

CABARET
February 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 28 and March 1 & 2, 2019

Book by Joe Masteroff
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Based on the Play by John Van Druten and Stories by Christopher Isherwood
Directed by Andres Hausmann

 In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920s draw to a close, a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret. With the Emcee’s bawdy songs as wry commentary Cabaret explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Cliff, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, is immediately taken by English singer Sally Bowles. Meanwhile, Fräulein Schneider, a proprietor of Cliff and Sally’s boarding house, tentatively begins a romance with Herr Schultz, a mild-mannered fruit seller who happens to be Jewish.

GIRL IN THE GOLDFISH BOWL
April 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 & 20, 2019

Written by Morris Panych
Directed by Sarah Jane FitzGerald

Set in Steveston, British Columbia near Vancouver in the 1960s, Morris Panych’s Canadian Comedy-Drama, Girl In The Golden Fish Bowl tells the story of a young girl who is preoccupied with the events leading up to what she describes as “the last few days of my childhood.” After the death of her goldfish, Amahl, she finds a man washed up on the beach and thinks he is the reincarnation of her beloved pet. She brings the stranger back to her home thinking he can bring her divided family together again. It is into the goldfish bowl of this dysfunctional family of lethargic piranhas, existential bottom-feeders, and aggressive guppies that the audience peers with incredulity, acute recognition, hysterical laughter, and an overwhelming sense of the creative healing power of the imagination.

MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN
May 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 & 18, 2019

Written by Bertolt Brecht
Translated by Tony Kushner
Directed by Tracey B. Atin

Mother Courage was first performed in Zurich in 1941 and is usually seen as Brecht’s greatest work. Remaining a powerful indictment of war and social injustice, it is an epic drama set in the seventeenth century during the Thirty Years’ War. The plot follows the resilient Mother Courage who survives by running a commissary business that profits from all sides. As the fighting brings her unbearable tragedy, the play poignantly demonstrates that no one can profit from the war without being subject to its terrible cost also.

PSYCHO BEACH PARTY
June 27, 28, 29 and JULY 4, 5 & 6, 2019

Written by Charles Busch
Presented by Extension-Korda’s Youth Players
From the Korda Vault – Originally Produced in 2004
Director TBA

“Gidget”, Frankie and Annette beach party epics, and Hitchcock psychological suspense thrillers such as “Spellbound” and “Marnie” are given a shotgun marriage in Charles Busch’s brilliantly funny, and wildly innovative Psycho Beach Party. The Extension-Korda Youth Players are tackling this comedy (previously produced as part of Korda’s first season in 2003/2004). Chicklet Forrest, a teenage tomboy, desperately wants to be part of the surf crowd on Malibu Beach in 1962. One thing getting in her way is her unfortunate tendency towards split personalities. Among them is a black check out girl, an elderly radio talk show hostess, a male model named Steve and the accounting firm of Edelman and Edelman. Her most dangerous alter ego is a sexually voracious vixen named Ann Bowman who has nothing less than world domination on her mind.

EXTENSION-KORDA SUMMER CAMPS & PRODUCTION
July and August 2019

Korda’s summer tradition will continue in 2019 with the Extension-Korda Summer Sessions program to include summer camps, musical performances, productions, cabaret nights and special events. Stay tuned for more information in Winter 2019.

A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER!
September 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20 & 21, 2019

Book and Lyrics by Robert L. Freedman
Music and Lyrics by Steven Lutvak
Based on the novel, Israel Rank by Roy Horniman
Director TBA

Getting away with murder can be so much fun… and there’s no better proof than the knock-‘em-dead hit show that’s earned unanimous raves and won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical – A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder.A distant heir to a family fortune sets out to speed up the line of succession by using a great deal of charm… and a dash of murder. When the low-born Monty Navarro finds out that he’s eighth in line for an earldom in the lofty D’Ysquith family, he figures his chances of outliving his predecessors are slight and sets off down a far more ghoulish path. Can he knock off his unsuspecting relatives without being caught and become the ninth Earl of Highhurst? And what of love? Because murder isn’t the only thing on Monty’s mind… This is a murderous romp filled with unforgettable music and non-stop laughs – a truly original and fresh comedy that will delight audiences and leave them begging for more. Korda will seek a director for this production.

THE GLASS MENAGERIE
October 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 31 and November 1, 2 & 3, 2019

Written By Tennessee Williams
Directed by Andres Hausmann

A drama of great tenderness, charm and beauty, The Glass Menagerie is one of the most famous plays of the modern theatre. Tennessee Williams’ memory play premiered in 1944 and catapulted the author from obscurity to fame. The play has strong autobiographical elements, featuring characters based on its author, his histrionic mother, and his mentally fragile sister. In writing the play, Williams drew on an earlier short story, as well as a screenplay he had written under the title of The Gentleman Caller. This is the story of Amanda Wingfield – a faded, tragic remnant of Southern gentility who lives in poverty in a dingy St. Louis apartment with her son, Tom, and her daughter, Laura. Amanda strives to give meaning and direction to her life and the lives of her children, though her methods are ineffective and irritating. Tom is driven nearly to distraction by his mother’s nagging and seeks escape in alcohol and the world of the movies. Laura also lives in her illusions. When Tom invites a young man to dinner with the family, which threatens the world of illusion that Amanda and Laura have striven to create in order to make life bearable.

ROBIN HOOD – ORIGINAL HOLIDAY PANTO
December 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 & 22, 2019

Book and Lyrics by Tracey B. Atin
Music by Robert Godden
From the Korda Vault – Originally Produced in 2008
Director TBA

Korda’s traditional December family offering will be an original holiday panto that gives a fresh take on the familiar tale of Robin Hood. Expect silliness for the kids, naughty jokes for the grown-ups, bad drag, great music, and loads of audience participation for everyone in a goofy, delightful, all-ages musical production to close out the season in style. This play was written and first produced at Korda in 2008, and returns to the stage From the Korda Vault. Don’t miss it! Korda will seek a director for this production.

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