Center Stage Playhouse Announces An Exciting New Season

On Tuesday night, Center Stage Playhouse in the Bronx had its first General Meeting, outlining its new 2010/2011 season with three exciting Main Stage productions and a focus on reinvigorating its membership and making new efforts to reach out to the community.

The season will begin with the Neil Simon comedy, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, directed by Tal Aviezer.  Auditions will be held on September 14 and 15, with performances scheduled for November. Inspired by the playwright's youthful experience as a staff writer on Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows, the play follows a team of comedy writers in television's Golden Age. Simon re-creates the mayhem, neuroses, nonstop gags and constant one-upmanship of a team of brilliantly funny social misfits as they write The Max Prince Show, a weekly variety program.

Next up in February is a production of an award-winning drama called The Exonerated, written by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, and directed by Holland Renton. Culled from interviews, letters, transcripts, case files and the public record, it tells the true stories of six wrongfully convicted survivors of death row in their own words. Moving quickly between first-person monologues and scenes set in courtrooms and prisons, the six interwoven stories paint a picture of an American criminal justice system gone horribly wrong --and of six brave souls who persevered to survive it.

Finally, the Main Stage season will conclude in April with a bold new dramatization of The Diary of Anne Frank, by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman, and directed by Ed Bartosik. In this transcendently powerful new adaptation, Anne Frank emerges from history as a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination. An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, it captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence--their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief.

The season will also offer members of Center Stage the opportunity to participate in a stage reading series and also help select a "Members Choice" production for next season.

Check out their Web site, designed by the talented Joseph D'Alesandro, at http://www.centerstageplayhouse.org/ for more information.

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