A preview of the Hippodrome’s 41st season
Published: Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, May 10, 2013 at 3:34 p.m.
This August, the Hippodrome Theatre will begin its 41st season with a crop of plays arriving straight from Broadway and London's West End.
Hippodrome Theatre 2013-14 mainstage season
Aug. 30-Sep. 22: “Don't Dress for Dinner” by Marc Camoletti, adapted by Robin Hawdon
A major hit on Broadway and in London, this wildly funny sequel to “Boeing-Boeing” is an affair to remember.
Oct. 11-Nov. 3: “Zombie Town: A Documentary Play” by Tim Bauer
Join the walking dead of Harwood, Texas, as a theater troupe attempts to interview the survivors of its zombie apocalypse.
Nov. 23-Dec. 22: “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, adapted by Mary Hausch
A timeless message of redemption in this heartwarming tale now in its 37th consecutive year at the Hippodrome.
Nov. 22-Dec. 22:“A Tuna Christmas” by Ed Howard, Joe Sears and Jaston Williams
Seasons greetings from Tuna, Texas, where the Lion's Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. Now in its 11th year at the Hipp.
Jan. 10-Feb. 2, 2014: “Good People” by David Lindsay-Abaire
Welcome to Southie, where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, where this month's paycheck covers last month's bills, and where Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job.
Feb. 21-March 16, 2014: “Leveling Up” by Deborah Zoe Laufer
Award-winning playwright Deborah Zoe Laufer is back. This time she explores the addictive world of online gaming.
April 11-May 4, 2014: “The Tempest” by William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare's adventure features a raging storm, shipwrecked royalty, a magician and an island of spirits.
May 30, 2014: Summer musical, to be announced
General admission: $30-$33
Senior citizens: $25
These packages include tickets for six shows.
Season Ticket Package: $150-$175 depending on the day of the week, $125 senior citizens/teachers, $75 students
Preview Showing Package: $90 general admission and senior citizens/teachers, $75 students
Sunday Talkback Series: $175 for general admission, $125 for senior citizens/teachers, $75 for students
Opening Night Series: $245
Artistic director Lauren Caldwell said audiences can expect the same diversity and quality of plays they have come to expect over the last few decades.
"The Hippodrome is known throughout the country for always having one of the most exciting seasons of any regional theater in the country," she said. "We remain very proud of this accomplishment."
The season begins Aug. 30 with "Don't Dress for Dinner," the comedic sequel to "Boeing Boeing," which was part of the Hippodrome's 2010 season.
Mary Hausch, Hippodrome co-founder and producing director, said, "The characters from ‘Boeing Boeing' are back, and this time they are creating even more intense and hilarious confusion than the last as they try to improvise their way through a collision course of assumed identities and outrageous infidelities."
She said other highlights from this season include the Halloween mockumentary "Zombie Town," the wildly popular "A Tuna Christmas," and Shakespeare's "The Tempest" in April.
She said the Hippodrome staff begins choosing plays for the upcoming season about a year in advance.
"We scour theater publications and play festivals to keep our finger on the pulse of what is new and for plays (that) fit our mission," she said.
Caldwell said after reading hundreds of plays, the staff narrows it down to a select few they hope audiences will enjoy.
"This takes months," she said. "We, of course, want well-written pieces. We consider our demographic of patrons. We craft the slotting so that we have a variety throughout the season."
She said above all, the Hippodrome staff aims to create lasting experiences for audiences.
"We love our audiences and want them to continue to find a way to create memories for their lives by attending the miracle of live theater."