Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Smart; Book by Jeff Whitty
Directed by Richard William Kopf
September 23 - October 16, 2016
How do you get to Avenue Q? And what do you do once you get there? This particular street populated by puppets is no neighborhood for kids, but rather a place to learn about the struggles of adulthood – hilariously – through songs like "Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist" and "There's Life Outside Your Apartment"! This Tony Award winning Broadway smash hit, co-created by Robert Lopez (also co-creator of The Book of Mormon and composer of the songs in Frozen), is a breakthrough mix of puppetry, satire, and earnest life lessons that is definitely NOT for the whole family!
The Chameleon Theatre Circle's 17th Annual New Play Festival
Join us on Saturday, November 5 beginning at 9:15 a.m. for the cutting edge of theatre as we once again present staged readings of the winners of our annual New Play Contest! We have 10 plays of various lengths and styles for your enjoyment, featuring drama, comedy...! Where else are you going to find all that in one day? The New Play Festival features concert-style readings of this year's Contest winners, selected from hundreds of submissions from playwrights around the world.
Audience members are welcome to attend as much of the Festival as they like. The doors are open all day, so come and go as you please! We will also provide coffee, snacks, and sandwiches!
The Rest of Season 19
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
by Edward Albee
Co-Produced with Theatre Uncorked
Directed by Joe Hendren
November 4-20, 2016
There's something unsettling about George and Martha. Their marriage is not what it seems, as Nick and Honey find out when the older couple invites them home after a party. As a friendly gathering slides into mayhem and despair and relationships unravel, liquor and insults flow freely in an atmosphere fraught with tension, emotional manipulation, and seduction. Chameleon is proud to partner with Theatre Uncorked to present Edward Albee's Tony Award winning drama, widely viewed as a landmark achievement in American playwriting.
Wait Until Dark
By Frederick Knott, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher
Directed by Ben Layne
December 2 - 18, 2016
Is there anyone Susan can trust? Navigating life as a blind woman in 1944 in New York City is hard enough; getting innocently caught up in the competing schemes of con men and murderers is not a complication she needs! Tension mounts as Susan becomes increasingly aware of the danger she's in – but those who would manipulate her underestimate her at their own peril. Join us for an updated version of this suspenseful classic!
The 39 Steps
Adapted by Patrick Barlow
Directed by Kimberly Miller
February 10 - 26, 2017
Richard Hannay was not expecting any of this. He merely went to see a show, with no idea he would end up being drawn into a vast conspiracy, handcuffed to a femme fatale, and chased all around the English countryside. Cling to the edge of your seat and prepare to laugh yourself silly as Hannay tries to solve the mystery of The 39 Steps in this madcap mashup of suspense and comedy, based on the same novel as Alfred Hitchcock’s famous movie, with just four actors portraying dozens of different characters!
Book and Lyrics by Bill Russell; Music by Henry Krieger
Directed by Avian Jangula
March 31 - April 23, 2017
Ladies and gentlemen, step right up! See Siamese twins go from penniless freak show performers to vaudeville stars! Based on the true story of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, Side Show offers a complex look at love, race, and societal expectations in 1930s America through the eyes of its most marginalized outcasts. One plus one equals three in this heartfelt musical about what it means to always have someone by your side.
by Tom Stoppard
Directed by Duck Washington
June 2-11, 2017
There was a hermit at Sidley Park. And a genius. And a poet or two. And did someone fight a duel? Or not? In Arcadia, two stories overlap in the same room, almost 200 years apart. In what many regard as his finest play, Tom Stoppard (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Real Inspector Hound) bends time and space to bring abstract ideas of math, philosophy, and historical inquiry to vivid life, and irrevocably mixes comedy and tragedy. "You cannot stir things apart."
And Don't Miss These Two Incredible Special Events!
The 17th Annual New Play Festival
November 5, 2016
A free day of readings of new plays.
Mom! The Musical
Book by Judy Freed; Music and Additional Lyrics by Sari Miller; Lyrics by Randi Wolfe
Directed by Bradley Donaldson
May 11-14, 2017
Tickets for Mom are $25 for adults, $22 for students and seniors and $19 for groups of either or more.
Patrons can see six shows for the price of five by purchasing a Season Ticket for just $110! Season Tickets may be purchased at the Ames Center box office or by calling 952-895-4680. Individual tickets are $22 for adults; $19 for students, seniors, Fringe Button holders, and groups of 8-19; $16 for groups of 20 or more. Tickets will be available at the box office and through Ticketmaster online or at 1-800-982-2787 (additional service fees may apply).
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