PORTLAND — Good Theater, the professional theater company in residence at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress Street, has announced its 12th anniversary season. The company will host two Maine premieres, a Portland premiere and a New England premiere for 2013-2014.

The company will kick off the season with “Clybourne Park” by Bruce Norris. Opening October 2 and running through October 27, Clybourne Park won the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play and was also awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for drama. Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” is the inspiration for Clybourne Park.

“Clybourne Park” explodes in two outrageous acts set 50 years apart. Act one takes place in 1959 as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification.

Noelle LuSane, who was featured in Good Theater’s production of Good People will return to Maine for Clybourne Park.

“The Grand Manner” by A.R. Gurney will open November 6 and continue through November 24. This Maine premiere will star two Good Theater favorites, Denise Poirier and Tony Reilly, plus two other actors. Set in 1948, a young boarding-school student travels to New York to attend a performance of Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra.” Going backstage afterward, he meets the production’s star, Katharine Cornell, who was dubbed “The First Lady of the American Stage,” and her husband, the volatile director, Guthrie McClintock. A mix of remembrance and imagination, “The Grand Manner” is a love letter to this fabled actress and a heartfelt look back at the glorious heyday of the Broadway theater.

Opening January 29 and continuing through February 23 will be the Portland premiere of “Becky’s New Car” by Steven Dietz. Becky is caught in middle age, middle management and in a middling marriage with no prospects for change on the horizon. When Becky is offered nothing short of a new life, the audience is offered a chance to ride shotgun on this rollicking adventure. “Becky’s New Car” is a thoroughly original comedy – a devious and delightful romp down the road not taken. Featuring a cast of seven, “Becky’s New Car” is the perfect feel-good show for the winter blues.

The final show of the season will be the New England premiere of Bruce Graham’s “The Outgoing Tide.” Broadway veterans Will Rhys and Florence Lacey star along with local favorite Brent Askari. This beautiful and touching play premiered in Chicago and recently played off Broadway. Set on Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay, “The Outgoing Tide” is about two generations of family dealing with choices, getting older and accepting the past.

In addition to the four main stage productions, Good Theater will produce its annual Broadway at Good Theater concerts December 5-8. These popular performances feature a Broadway star along with many Good Theater favorites as they perform a mix of holiday tunes and songs from the Great White Way.

For more information, call the Good Theater box office at 207-885-5883 or visit www.goodtheater.com.

Good Theater is in the final weeks of its 11th season. Already this year, audiences have seen “Good People” by David Lindsay-Abaire, the musical “Striking 12,” the East coast premiere of “Death by Design” by Rob Urbinati, the New England premiere of Amy Herzog’s hit play, “4000 Miles” and running April 3-14 will be a return engagement of A.R. Gurney’s “Ancestral Voices.”


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