Connecticut Repertory Theatre announces 2014-15 lineup

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The Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) has announced its 2014-15 season, filled with classic comedies and challenging, engaging new work.

"There is a point in life when each of us must give up the luxury of being 'nobody,' if only for a moment, to become 'somebody' – no matter how dreary, exciting or frightening. These self-defining moments – some comic and some tragic – are the subject of the plays we are offering in the 2014-15 season," said artistic director Vincent J. Cardinal.

The 2014-15 season begins with a new play, "Olives and Blood," by UConn Professor Michael Bradford. It investigates Spain's search for national identity following the Spanish Civil War through one man, Juan Luis Trescante Medina. He has defined himself as the heroic executioner of the playwright Federico Garcia Lorca. Now, late in life, he faces a trial by memory for a 60-year-old killing, an event whose truth may define him as a champion or silence him as a coward. Gary English will direct.

Caryl Churchill's "Cloud 9," directed by Cardinal, is described as "a wild, erotic, gender-bending story that crosses oceans and centuries as Betty journeys to embrace her identity while managing her off-kilter family." CRT calls the play "a hilarious, obscene romp populated with unforgettable characters, situational foolishness, and sight gags that leave room for a bittersweet conclusion of love and acceptance."

CRT welcomes back the team of director Paul Mullins and choreographer Gerry McIntyre to stage "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." This award-winning musical comedy from William Finn, Rachel Sheinkin and Rebecca Feldman "is a joyously embellished tale of the public school system in a head-on collision with brainy puberty and self-discovery through the amped-up competition of a spelling bee," according to a CRT press release.

Aristophanes' ribald comedy "Lysistrata" comes to the Nafe Katter Theatre in February and March. The play's heroine, Lysistrata, rallies the women of Athens, Sparta and Corinth to discover their power to end the Peloponnesian War "with great comic consequences and startlingly current commentary," according to a press release.

The world premiere of "Band of the Black Hand" comes to the Studio Theatre stage guided by Split Knuckle Theatre's Artistic Director Greg Webster and Puppet Arts Professor Bart. P. Roccoberton. This noir-style journey of one man's search for justice will combine movement theatre, modern Indonesian shadow puppetry and jazz music to create a sensual, dark and mysterious world.

The final offering for the season is Associate Artistic Director Dale AJ Rose's staging of William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." This magical comedy, set in Victorian times, "ends the yearlong search for self, as we follow four young lovers into the fairy forest to discover their hearts' true desires," according to a press release.

Current CRT subscribers have been sent a subscription renewal form. New subscriptions are on sale now. Single tickets go on sale Aug. 1. Please call 860-486-2113 for information on subscribing and general ticket information. The CRT box office is located at the Nafe Katter Theatre, 820 Bolton Road, on the Storrs campus. The box office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m.

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