Celebration Company sets summer season
URBANA — The Celebration Company at the Station Theatre will present over its 42nd summer season a classic musical revue, a provocative Pulitzer-Prize finalist, and a warm-hearted drama.
— First up: "Putting It Together," June 5-21.
The revue showcases the songs of Stephen Sondheim, with music and lyrics by Sondheim and a book by Sondheim and Julia McKenzie.
Tom Mitchell will direct; music direction will be by Kent Conrad.
"Set at a cocktail party in New York City, two couples — one middle-aged and married, the other young lovers just starting out — reflect, through the songs of Sondheim, on the complexities that make up modern relationships."
— "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo," written by Rajiv Joseph and directed by Timothy O'Neal. July 3-19.
"In this Pulitzer Prize finalist, two U.S. Marines and an Iraqi translator are thrust into a world of greed, mystery and betrayal after an encounter with a now-deceased but still very angry tiger. The streets of war-torn Baghdad are filled with ghosts, riddles and wry humor in this groundbreaking play that explores the power and perils of human nature."
— "4000 Miles" by Amy Herzog, directed by Sara Boland-Taylor. July 31-Aug. 9.
"'4000 Miles' tells the story of 21-year-old Leo, who suffers a major loss while on a cross-country bike trip and seeks solace from his feisty 91-year-old grandmother, Vera, in her West Village apartment.
"Over the course of a single month, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately reach each other. '4000 Miles' offers a tender look at how two outsiders find their way in today's world."
Also this summer, the Station will host its annual Summer Benefit on June 14. Those who purchase tickets for it will be treated to food and live music at the home of Station artistic director Rick Orr, followed by a performance of "Putting It Together" at the Station, with dessert and champagne at intermission. For more information, call 384-4000.
All three summer shows start at 8 p.m. Standard admission is $10 on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays; $15 on Fridays and Saturdays. Reservations may be made by calling 384-4000 or by visiting stationtheatre.com.