CAT Theatre announces 2015-16 schedule, new partnership

CAT Theatre’s final show of its 51st season – Quartet by Ronald Harwood – will open May 22 and run through June 6. It will be the show’s Richmond-area premiere.

The theatre also announced its four-show schedule for its 52nd season, which will begin in October and continue into June 2016, and announced a new partnership with The Bifocals Theatre Project, an outreach program into senior communities in the Richmond region.

Quartet (pictured) is the comical and poignant story of three people who live together in a home for retired opera singers in England. Their preparation for an annual concert to commemorate the birthday of composer Giuseppe Verdi is interrupted by the ex-wife of one of the three residents. CAT has partnered with Capitol Opera, and members of that company will perform at the Opening Night VIP reception.

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CAT’s 52nd season will open with Private Lives, by Noël Coward, Oct. 24-Nov. 7 and continue with Unexpected Tenderness, by Israel Horovitz, Jan. 23 through Feb. 13; Moon Over Buffalo, by Ken Ludwig, from Mar. 19 through Apr. 2; and Don’t Cry for Me, Margaret Mitchell, by V. Cate and Duke Ernsberger, from May 21 through June 4.

Private Lives is a comedy that follows the story of spouses who divorce, then meet again five years later at a French seaside resort with their new spouses.

Unexpected Tenderness is the story of a dysfunctional Jewish family in Massachusetts and its patriarch who, though a loving man, is at the same time violently paranoid and pathologically jealous.

Moon Over Buffalo is the comedy of a couple and their not-so-illustrious stage career, which receives a final shot at stardom when Frank Capra comes to town to see their matinee.

Don’t Cry for Me, Margaret Mitchell is a comedy based upon actual events from the spring of 1939, when the movie public anxiously awaited the release of Gone with the Wind. With filming for the movie already underway, the producer realizes the script is a dud and calls on a screenwriter to save the day – but he has never read the book.

CAT Theatre is seeking directors and artists who are interested in becoming involved with next season’s shows (though a director for Unexpected Tenderness has been selected). Those interested should contact Michael Fletcher at (804) 317-8934 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

CAT’s partnership with Bifocals (formerly associated with Virginia Repertory Theatre) will cast senior actors in plays that tour senior centers, taking theatre to patrons who might not otherwise be able to participate and enjoy. The group will perform under the name Bifocals at CAT.

“We are delighted with this new partnership with Bifocals,” said CAT Theatre President H. Lynn Smith.

Bifocals Producers Ellen Bode and Pat Walker have announced a four-show season beginning in November and running until June 2016):

Thanks, Mitch, by Pat Walker (Nov. 9 and 13 at CAT Theatre, then touring the region);

Luau at Acorn Acres, by Margie Langston (Feb. 16 and 19, 2016 at CAT Theatre, then touring);

• Reader’s Theatre, titles TBA (Apr. 5 and 8, 2016 at CAT Theatre, then touring);

A Passing Fancy, by Caitlin Patricia Kelly and Brianna Kimberly Morgan (June 7 and 10, 2016 at CAT Theatre, then touring).
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