OUR 2016 SEASON!
The Attic Theatre is proud to announce its 2016 summer season: A recent Broadway smash comedy, a funny, touching and original work by one of America’s most prolific playwrights, and a provocative and engaging political drama by Gore Vidal.
The season opens with “Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike” by Christopher Durang, one of America’s most honored and entertaining dramatists. In this story, middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie star sister, Masha swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to Masha threatening to sell the family home. Sassy maid Cassandra (who can predict the future) meddles with her predictions, while aspiring actress Nina serves as a constant foil for Masha throughout the play, with her youth and beauty. The action takes the audience on a merry tangle to resolve.
“Becky’s New Car” by Steven Dietz is on the bill as the second offering of the season. Caught in middle age, middle management, and in a middling marriage (with no prospects for change on the horizon), Becky shares her lament with the audience. Then one night, a socially inept and grief-stricken millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where Becky works. Offered nothing short of a new life, Becky provides the audience with a chance to ride shotgun in a way most plays would not dare! It is a devious and delightful romp down the road not taken.
Gore Vidal’s “The Best Man” will close the season. William Russell, the ex-Secretary of State is a wit and scholar with high liberal principles, beloved by intellectuals and suspected by practical politicians. Joseph Cantwell is a ruthless and hard-driving young man, a dirty fighter who will let no scruples stand in the way of his ambitions. Arthur Hosckstader, is the ex-president who loves politics for its own sake; and a man who admires arough-and-tumble battler more than a chivalrous one, is determined to have the final say in the selection of his party’s candidate. This all provides the perfect framework for vivid scenes, as Vidal contrasts the minds, emotions and battling spirits of a two presidential candidates, and two political parties. What an incredible offering for an election year!
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CREATING EXCELLENT COMMUNITY THEATRE
Attic Theatre was founded in 1950 in the attic of the Cloak family home on North Union Street in Appleton, Wisconsin. What began as an acting class has become the longest running community theatre in the Fox Valley. In the early days, Attic performed in a variety of venues such as Jefferson School and local church basements. When Lawrence University opened the Music-Drama Center, Attic began its lengthy partnership with LU, employing both theatres during the summer months. Our newest venue, the beautiful UW Fox Valley Communication Arts Center, affords the opportunity to produce a wider array of plays with greater audience appeal.
From simple beginnings, Attic has grown to produce hundreds of full-scale shows over a span of more than 60 years. In addition to a full summer season, Attic currently offers a popular children’s workshop in the spring and a weeklong day camp in the summer.
Each year, thousands of people participate in Attic Theatre on stage, backstage, as volunteers, or as audience members. Ticket sales exceed 5,000 annually. Attic truly does create excellent community theatre.
BOX OFFICE AND PERFORMANCES
UW-Fox Valley Communication Arts Center, 1478 Midway RD, Menasha, WI
4 WAYS TO PURCHASE TICKETS:
CALL: Attic Theatre Box Office - 920-734-7887
MAIL: 2016 ticket order forms will be posted in Spring 2016
ONLINE: 2016 online tickets will be posted in Spring 2016
NOTE: Student tickets are $10 with ID. Select "student ticket" from the dropdown menu. We offer a 10 per cent group discount for sales of 10 or more tickets per performance.