Seasons: 2018 – 2019 at Open Stage Theatre, Fort Collins

The 46th season of OpenStage Theatre in Fort Collins features five plays and one musical. The plays and musical will be performed at the Magnolia Theatre in the Lincoln Center, except for Fool For Love, which will be at the ArtLab Fort Collins, and Much Ado About Nothing, which is an outdoor production at The Park at Columbine Health Systems.

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The Mystery of Love and Sex: September 14 – October 6, 2018

Bathsheba Doran, playwright, spent many years as a comedy writer for various BBC programs. She has had several plays produced, including Kin (2011).

The Mystery of Love and Sex made its debut at the Lincoln Center in New York in 2015. “A compelling story of intricate relationships, The Mystery of Love and Sex is an explosive and contemporary look at race, sexual identity, and family dynamics.” It contains mature language and themes.

Frankenstein: October 27 – November 24, 2018

The classic Mary Shelley novel Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus, first published in 1818 and widely considered as the first science fiction novel, has been adapted for the stage many times.

OpenStage’s production of Frankestein was written by Nick Dear, an Englishman whose version of Frankenstein premiered at the Royal National Theatre in 2011.

“This thrilling and deeply disturbing retelling will leave you asking, “Which is the man, which is the monster.” It contains mature themes.

Steel Magnolias: January 19 – February 16, 2019

Steel Magnolias was written by Robert Harling, and debuted off-Broadway in 1987. It is perhaps most well known in its 1989 movie incarnation starring Sally Fields and Julia Roberts.

Steel Magnolias is a touching story of love, loss, and enduring friendship.”

Fool for Love: March 1 – 23, 2019

“Pulitzer Prize-winning Sam Shepard shines some big on how crazy love can make you – even if your squeeze isn’t a blood relative.” Contains mature language and themes.

Sam Shepard was playwright-in-residence at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco in the 1980s. Fool for Love debuted there in 1983. A movie was filmed in 1985 with Shepard as “Eddie” and Kim Basinger as “May.”

Avenue Q: March 20 – April 27, 2019

The book is by Jeff Whitty. The music and lyrics are by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez. Avenue Q won the 2004 Tony Award “Triple Crown” – Best score, best book, and best musical.

“Filled with gut-busting humor, biting satire, and a delightfully catchy score, Avenue Q is likely the most irreverent musical you’ll ever see.” Mature audiences only due to language and sexual humor.

Much Ado About Nothing: June 1 – 29, 2019

“A lively showdown between the sexes with razor sharp wordplay, romantic hijinks, and robust hilarity. It’s time for Shakespeare in the park and under the stars. Featuring nightly food trucks.”

Much Ado About Nothing, by William Shakespeare, was written and produced between 1598 and 1599. A popular film adaption by Kenneth Branagh was released in 1993.

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