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Meet DTC:

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Delaware Theatre Company’s first season under the leadership of Executive Director Bud Martin quickly became one of institutional significance as the theatre attracted celebrity talent, presented a robust season of unsurpassed quality, and welcomed patrons to the theatre at record numbers. As we begin our 35th season as Delaware’s premiere professional theatre, we invite you to meet the NEW Delaware Theatre Company. Whether you’re new to our theatre or a longtime supporter, we look forward to entertaining, educating, and celebrating the power of live performance with programming designed to serve our community. This season will see us building on the successes of our past season as we continue to produce theatre of the highest quality while providing greater accessibility through more affordable pricing. Our flex passes are a fantastic way to enjoy all that DTC has to offer throughout the season while locking in our lowest single ticket price of $35. An order form has been placed at the back of this brochure for your convenience. As we continue to expand our offerings and strengthen our institution our transformation simply won’t be complete without you. We look forward to meeting you at the NEW Delaware Theatre Company!

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Our 2013/2014 Season Any Given Monday by Bruce Graham Directed by Bud Martin September 4, 2013 – September 22, 2013

Lend Me a Tenor by Ken Ludwig Directed by Bud Martin October 16, 2013 – November 3, 2013

The Story of My Life Music and Lyrics by Neil Bartram Book by Brian Hill Directed by Bud Martin December 4, 2013 – December 22, 2013

The Exonerated by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen Directed by David Bradley February 19, 2014 – March 9, 2014

Ain’t Misbehavin’ Music by Thomas “Fats” Waller Conceived by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby, Jr. Directed by Richard Maltby, Jr. April 2, 2014 – April 27, 2014

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Meet DTC:

In the community

The Delaware Theatre Company offers more than just high quality entertainment. The award-winning Department of Education and Community Engagement works diligently to bring theatre education and ensemble-building skills to the greater community.

TOTALLY AWESOME PLAYERS For over twenty years, DTC has fostered a troupe of actors with cognitive disabilities called the Totally Awesome Players (TAP). Their work culminates each spring in a performance of an original work that the troupe helps to create. DELAWARE YOUNG PLAYWRIGHT’S FESTIVAL The Delaware Young Playwrights Festival offers an opportunity for Delaware high school students to bring their writing skills and ambitions to the next level. This comprehensive program takes student-written work and provides curriculum-based feedback to students from the DTC education staff. Students learn to collaborate with theatre professionals and see their scripts come to life before their eyes.

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PLAYWRITING FOR SENIORS Through a partnership between DTC and Ingleside Retirement Apartments, the Ingleside Playwriting Workshop was born. Over a process of twenty weeks, senior residents of Ingleside meet and share stories of their past, while also learning the fundamentals of playwriting. YOUTH-AT-RISK Connecting with youth-at-risk in the community continues to be one of DTC’s priorities by providing teaching artist residencies in schools and facilities where youth are struggling academically, economically, or socially. DTC provides students with artistic workshops in the schools and opportunities to come to student matinees at the theatre throughout the season.

ACTING CLASSES For those who wish to learn new skills and refine existing ones, DTC offers fall and winter acting classes. No previous experience is required, and the classes are available for children, teens, and adults alike. For more information, or to register for one of these programs, visit www.delawaretheatre.org/education or call the box office at (302)-594-1100.

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by Bruce Graham Directed by Bud Martin September 4–22, 2013


Meet Lenny: The Perfect Husband…Stellar Father…

Huge Pushover

Lenny is a great guy: a good teacher, an excellent father and a loving husband. So when his daughter has a crisis of faith and his wife leaves him for a smooth-talking casanova who builds Walmarts, his life is shattered. While Lenny consoles himself with pizza and Monday Night Football, his best friend Mickey takes matters into his own hands. Now Lenny must contemplate what he will stand up for and who he will stand up to. A comedy about the curveballs life throws at you, Any Given Monday asks how far is “too far” when a family tries to get back on track to happily ever after?

“A dark comedy so offensive, so amoral and so generally unpleasant that you’ll hate yourself for laughing at it...you’ll hate yourself a lot!” – New York Post

The 2010 Barrymore Award Winner for Best Play, The Philadelphia Inquirer calls Any Given Monday

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Meet Tito: Renowned Opera Singer… Notorious Ladies’ Man…

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Check into this zany 1930’s hotel-stay complete with mistaken identities, misunderstandings, mixed signals and doors (lots of doors). This raucous farce follows the fierytempered, world famous Italian superstar, Tito Merelli, as he arrives in Cleveland to make his debut with the local opera company; then promptly goes missing. As the show’s producer conspires to cover for Tito’s absence, placate his hot-blooded wife, and distract his most passionate fans, chaos on a truly operatic level ensues.

“Glorious! A good-hearted show with real laughs!” – The Times

“A fantastical farce that delights in its own sense of abandon.” -Philadelphia Inquirer

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Meet Tom: Award Winning Author…Talented Speaker…

Lost For Words

A tale of two friends who couldn’t imagine life without each other—until one of them could and the once inseparable pair separate. Through the rich melodies of this heartwarming musical, the audience accompanies these two friends through their adventures, struggles, and discovery that love is what binds us together. Afterwards, see if you don’t find yourself Googling the name of some long-lost friend who you simply let fade away.

“A tender, yet strong musical. For everyone who’s ever shared with a friend a movie, a secret, or a hurt—and isn’t that indeed everyone? The Story of My Life might well change the story of your life.” – The Newark Star Ledger

“This gentle new show celebrates softly but with an emotional pull that slowly wins you over.” - Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press

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Meet Sunny: Nurturing Mother…Organic Farmer…

Convicted Murderer

Hear the shocking stories of six innocent death row inmates who were released from prison after their convictions were overturned. Your worst nightmare becomes a reality when the justice system fails, thrusting innocent people into the volatile depths of the prison system. Taken from actual interviews and infused with hope, join these six on their journey to the truth.

“Stark…riveting…cunningly orchestrated.” —The New Yorker

“A visceral reaction to stories of people unjustly sentenced to die.” – The New York Times

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Meet “Fats”: Rollicking Tunester…Naughty Lyricist…

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The 1978 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical; follow Thomas “Fats” Waller’s journey in this musical tribute to popular 1920’s and ‘30’s black musicians of the Harlem Renaissance. Five performers encapsulate this era of pride, creativity and cultural awareness, all while inviting us into this sometimes zany, sometimes sexy, always jazzy world.

“Fats Waller combined so many distinctive talents that to try to bring them all together in a brief two-hour presentation and stamp them with his boisterous personality is like trying to catch the rainbow in a cup.” -New York Times

“If you’re a fan of the music of the Harlem Renaissance, you won’t want to miss it.” – Terry Ponick, DC Theatre Scene

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Special Events These add-ons are not part of the Subscription package. Subscribers will receive discounts as listed.

Robert Dubac’s The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron? January 23–26, 2014 $30 regular/$25 subscriber

As he guzzles down beer, six characters from Bobby’s past emerge to help him discover the elusive answer to the same age-old question: what exactly do women want? Written and performed entirely by Robert Dubac, this show is 90 minutes of razor sharp wit and keen observation.

Why I’m Scared of Dance By Jen Childs • Directed by Harriet Power Choreography by Jennifer Childs with Nichole Canuso, Melanie Cotton, Karen Getz, and Emmanuelle Delpech February 6–8, 2014 $30 Regular/$25 Subscriber

A one-on-one lesson in jazz, hip-hop and ballet and why working at the barre is not quite as much fun as working at the bar. A moving and self-effacing comedy, Why I’m Scared of Dance by Jen Childs is about turning the choreography life gives you into the dance that only you were meant to do.

Burt & Me Music by Burt Bacharach • Lyrics by Hal David Book by Larry McKenna Musical Arrangements by Vince Di Mura Additional arrangements by Zach Wiseley & John Daniels May 7–18, 2014 $30 Regular/$25 Subscriber

Burt & Me is a musical comedy featuring the music of the legendary duo of Burt Bacharach & Hal David. In a special arrangement with Casa David Productions for the use of 20 of the most popular Bacharach/David songs, this show tells the story of two high school sweethearts who reconnect years later and try to rekindle their romance with the help of one Burt Bacharach. Sweet, smart, and funny, the music is full of nostalgia and great arrangements.

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Stand Up Comedy The Ivy League of Comedy October 5, 2013 $25 Regular/$20 Subscriber

For ages 16+

Clean and clever stand-up comedy performed by those best qualified to be snobby and brag about it— professional comedians who went to Ivy League schools. These three men continue to disappoint their parents by quitting Wall Street to tell jokes for less money than you can imagine.

Save theDate

November 16, 2013

A Benefit Performance Featuring Governor and Mrs. Markell Directed by Bud Martin

Bring the Family! Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham

The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant

(with music composed by Robert Kapilow)

(book by Jean de Brunhoff, with music composed by Francis Poulenc)

$20 regular/$10 children (15 and under)

Three actors...two books...one piano. You’re invited to spend the holidays with friends in this vaudevilleinspired celebration of two classic stories: Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham and Jean de Brunhoff’s The Story of Babar. Ages 4 and up. Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. 17


Meet up! Directions: From Philadelphia & North of Wilmington • 95 South to Exit 6 (Martin Luther King Blvd.) • At the fourth light, turn LEFT onto Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd • Turn RIGHT at Avenue of the Arts • Go under tracks and cross Water Street • Parking is on your right From Newark, DE and South of Wilmington • I-95 North to Exit 6 (Maryland Ave.) • At bottom of exit ramp, turn RIGHT at light onto Maryland Ave. • At first light, bear right onto Martin Luther King Blvd. • Turn Right at Avenue of the Arts • Parking is on your right Parking: In addition to the spaces available surrounding DTC, free parking is available in the Tatnall lot which runs adjacent to the theatre. Amtrak’s secured parking garage is also available for DTC patrons, and is located just two blocks from the theatre. Dinner Plans? Want to grab a bite before or after a show? With 10 restaurants within walking distance of our theatre, you’ll have all the variety you need to satisfy that hunger pang!

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Classic Subscription—If you would prefer a traditional subscription for DTC’s 2013–2014 Season, please contact our Box Office at (302) 594-1100 or visit delawaretheatre.org.

Celebrate our 35th with the $35 Flex Pass! 2013–2014 Flex Pass Renewals (additional passes $35 each) Lock in at our LOWEST SINGLE TICKET PRICE with a Flex Pass package! A Flex Pass subscription gives you four or more passes to see ANY show on ANY night (or day) of your choice. See the whole season and add a special performance or family series (or all 9 options). Feel free to share your passes with family and friends—a perfect gift! You can buy more single passes anytime for just $35. (Seating subject to availability).

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Meet all of these characters and more when you join us this season at DTC!

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