Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Theatre Conspiracy celebrates 20 years; season opens with "All My Raisins in the Sun"

Theatre Conspiracy turns 20! Or as Bill says "we're almost old enough to drink!"

The 20th anniversary season begins Oct. 18 with the word premiere production of John Twomey's "All My Raisins in the Sun," the winner of Theatre Conspiracy's 15th Annual New Play Contest. Find out what happens inside one high school teacher's lounge - at one school where the teachers are just as bad as the students!

One eager new teacher gets quite the education when confronted with the quirky personalities and deadly serious politics of the public high school teacher's lounge.

Individual tickets are $20 each. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8PM with one Sunday matinée at 2 p.m. Oct. 27. Opening night is “pay what you will” and Thursdays are “buy one get one half off”. Tickets can be purchased by calling Theatre Conspiracy’s box office at 239-936-3239 or by visiting www.theatreconspiracy.org.




Complete press release below.


Theatre Conspiracy kicks off it's 20th anniversary season with the world premiere production of the comedy ALL MY RAISINS IN THE SON by John Twomey on October 18, 2013 at the Foulds Theatre, Alliance for the Arts.

Winner of Theatre Conspiracy's 15th annual new play contest ALL MY RAISINS IN THE SON tackles high school - or at least the teachers. An eager new teacher gets quite the education when confronted with the quirky personalities and deadly serious politics of the public high school teacher's lounge.

Individual tickets are $20 each. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8PM with one Sunday matinee on October 27 at 2PM. Opening night is “pay what you will” and Thursdays are “buy one get one half off”. Tickets can be purchased by calling Theatre Conspiracy’s box office at 239-936-3239 or by visiting www.theatreconspiracy.org.

To celebrate their 20th anniversary season Theatre Conspiracy is taking over 20% off of it’s regular season subscription price. You a get 5 shows for $72 or 4 shows for $60. Individual tickets are $20 each. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8Pm with one Sunday matinee for each show at 2PM. Tickets can be purchased by calling Theatre Conspiracy’s box office at 239-936-3239 or by visiting www.theatreconspiracy.org.

John Twomey's plays include Ball & Chain, a comedy about a groom-to-be who faces major hurdles in the final days before the wedding, that was part of an Off-Off Broadway festival. All the City Lights, a comedy/drama about a young cop whose brush with death triggers a clash of goals and values in his Irish/American family. Biff & Blanche, a one-act comedy about two second rate thespians, has appeared in numerous festivals throughout the country.

Mr. Twomey has degrees in English/Creative Writing from Queens College and Dramatic Writing from NYU. He is a member of The Dramatists Guild and works as a high school dean and English teacher at a NYC public high school.

Theatre Conspiracy is proud to continue it’s mission to produce and promote the work of the next generation of talented American playwrights. The theatre is a very difficult business for anyone involved but even more so for playwrights. The opportunities that were once present for having new works produced have, over time, continually declined. By producing new works we are not only providing a venue that will bring them to life, but, we will have created a more promising future for theatre in America by providing a more nurturing environment for the greatest asset theatre can have; great playwrights.



Theatre Conspiracy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Florida corporation, headed by Producing Artistic Director Bill Taylor. Funding is derived from ticket sales, advertising sales and donations. During it's 19 years it has been described as "innovative, exciting, daring," and "a treasured member of the area's theatrical community."



October 18-November 2. Matinee on October 27 at 2PM

ALL MY RAISINS IN THE SON by John Twomey

Winner! Theatre Conspiracy’s 15th annual new play contest.

Winner! Neil Simon 3rd Annual new play contest.

ALL MY RAISINS IN THE SON tackles high school - or at least the teachers. An eager new teacher gets quite the education when confronted with the quirky personalities and deadly serious politics of the public high school teacher's lounge.



November 22 – December 15. MATINEE on December 15 AT 2PM

BECKY SHAW by Gina Gionfriddo

Winner! Barrymore Award for outstanding play

Finalist! Pulitzer Prize

Becky Shaw was described by The New York Times as being "as engrossing as it is ferociously funny, like a big box of fireworks fizzing and crackling across the stage from its first moments to its last.”

When Suzanna decides to set her best friend Max up on a blind date with her husband's

mysterious co-worker, Becky Shaw, she sets into motion a series of cataclysmic events forever

changing all of their lives. Mixing sharp wit and humor with the taut suspense of a psychological

thriller, Becky Shaw is a comedy of romantic errors that keeps audiences at the edge of their seats

guessing what will happen next.



January 3 – 25. MATINEE January 19 AT 2PM

RELATIVELY SPEAKING three one-act comedies by Ethan Coen, Elaine May and Woody Allen

Four-time Oscar winner Ethan Coen and two-time Oscar nominee Elaine May join with Woody Allen for a one-of-a-kind evening of entertainment.

In TALKING CURE, Ethan Coen uncovers the sort of insanity that can only come from family.

In GEORGE IS DEAD, Elaine May explores the hilarity of death.

In HONEYMOON MOTEL, Woody Allen invites you to the sort of wedding day you won't forget.



February 7 – February 23. February 23 Matinee at 2PM

THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE by Martin McDonough

Winner! of 4 Tony Awards

Winner! Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play,

Winner! Drama League Award for Best Play

Winner! Lucille Lortel Award Outstanding Play

Winner! Outer Critics Circle Award Best Broadway Play

Nominee! BBC Play of the Year

Nominee! Tony Award for Best Play

Nominee! Drama Critics Circle Award for best play.

Set in the mountains of Connemara, County Galway, THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE tells the darkly comic tale of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early forties, and Mag, her manipulative aging mother, whose interference in Maureen's first and possibly final chance of a loving relationship sets in motion a train of events that leads inexorably towards the play's terrifying dénouement.

March 14 – 29. MATINEE ON March 23 at 2PM

THE WHALE by Obie Award winner Samuel D. Hunter

Winner! 2013 Lucille Lortel Award, Best Play
Winner! 2013 Drama Desk Special Award for Significant Contribution to Theatre
Winner! 2013 GLAAD Media Award, Outstanding New York Theatre
Nominee! 2013 Drama League Award, Outstanding Production of a Play
Nominee! 2013 Outer Critics Circle Awards, Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play
Nominee! 2013 John Gassner Award, Outstanding New American Play

Since the death of his boyfriend, morbidly obese 600 pound Charlie has confined himself to his small Idaho apartment and is eating himself to oblivion. With his health quickly failing, Charlie becomes desperate to reconnect with Ellie, his estranged and angry teenage daughter whom he has not seen in 17 years. He would give her anything: his love, his money….maybe even his life.

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