Beth Marshall Presents has announced its sixth season of shows, which will be full of world, national and local premieres.
Among the diverse show topics: high-school shootings, Beethoven's last days, sadomasochism and "Alice in Wonderland."
Here's the season lineup:
• 2013 Play-In-A-Day: In conjunction with Lake Howell High School and Penguin Point Productions, the annual event sees theater professionals and students work together to create 100 percent original plays written, rehearsed and performed within 24 hours. Proceeds partially benefit a high-school theater scholarship. Sept. 7 at Lake Howell High School, $15.
• Alice Lost in Wonderland: Rob Winn Anderson and Beth Marshall wrote this new adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic story, which will make its world premiere at the Garden Theatre in Winter Garden. The show will run Oct. 18-Nov. 3. Tickets: $21-$25.
• Beatnik: A Bohemian evening of poetry, music, dance and theater presented in collaboration with Blue's VarieTease troupe and Tod Caviness' Poetry Vending Machine. Marshall describes the show this way: "When the holiday season meets the '60s — and the audience gets to see both the process and the product of art collide." Dec. 3 at The Venue in Orlando. Tickets: Pay what you wish.
• 33 Variations: Moises Kaufman's drama will make its Central Florida premiere in a production directed by Aradhana Tiwari. The show follows both Beethoven's journey of his final years as he ekes out the "Diabelli Variations" and a present-day musicologist who is studying the piece while warding off Lou Gehrig's disease. It's a drama about memory, music, passion and parenthood. The show will run at the Garden Theatre from March 14-30, 2014. Tickets: $21-$25.
• Commencement: Clay McLeod Chapman's drama, set after a high-school shooting, has one actor portray three characters: The shooter's mother a victim, and a victim's mother. Brenna Nicely will direct Marshall in the production. It will be staged in the spring of 2014, either at the Orlando Fringe Festival or The Venue in Orlando before Marshall takes the show on tour. Tickets: $11-$15.
• The Books: Marshall will direct this offbeat love story that chronicles the developing relationship between a professional dominatrix, Mistress Chimera, and her agoraphobic client, Mark. This show, full of dark comedy, is also slated to tour after opening in the spring of 2014 at the Fringe Festival or The Venue. Tickets: $11-$15.
Season subscriptions will go on sale early in April. Individual tickets for non-touring shows (all but Commencement and The Books) will then go on sale in May. Touring-show ticket information will be available once tour details are finalized.
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