Now that the new year is in full swing, The Ringgold Playhouse (TRP) announces that 2017 season tickets are on sale so theatergoers can see the entire mainstage lineup for one streamlined price.
TRP has four mainstage shows slated for its 2017 lineup from February through September, with tickets costing $10 each. With the 2017 season ticket package, audience members can get a ticket to all four productions for only $30.
"It's something we do every year to take care of the folks that repeatedly come out to see us throughout the year," said TRP Executive Director Adam Cook. "Audiences have really been great to us since we began this theatre, so it's the least we can do to essentially give them one of the shows for free."
TRP’s 2017 season
"Southern Fried Funeral" by Osborne and Eppier
Dewey Frye is dead and the rest of his family is left to pick up the pieces -- that is if they don't kill each other first. Not only does matriarch Dorothy have to contend with sudden widowhood, but she’s also faced with church committee harpy Ozella Meeks sticking her nose in the family business, Dewey’s snake-in-the-grass brother making a grab for her house, and two grown daughters reliving their childhood rivalry. Funerals bring out the worst, the best, and the funniest in peopl -- and the Fryes are no exception. Penned by the duo of Osborne and Eppier, "Southern Fried Funeral" is a big-hearted comedy about family -- Southern-style.
Performance dates are Feb. 23-25 and March 2-4.
"Rabbit Hole" by David Lindsay-Abaire
David Lindsay-Abaire’s 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a couple’s struggle to deal with the loss of their young son. Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. "Rabbit Hole" charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day.
Performance dates are April 20-22 and 27-29
"Lend Me a Tenor" by Ken Ludwig
This Ludwig farce is set in September 1934. Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is primed to welcome world famous Tito Morelli, II Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as "Otello." The star arrives late and, through a hilarious series of mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. His pulse is so low that Saunders and his assistant, Max believe he’s dead. In a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, Saunders persuades Max to get into Morelli’s "Otello" costume and fool the audience into thinking he’s II Stupendo. Max succeeds admirably, but Morelli comes to, and gets into his other costume ready to perform. Now two Otellos are running around in costume and two women are running around in lingerie, each thinking she is with II Stupendo. A sensation on Broadway and in London's West End, this madcap, screwball comedy is guaranteed to leave audiences teary-eyed with laughter.
Performance dates are July 20-22 and 27-29
"Buried Child" by Sam Shepard
Shepard’s 1979 Pulitzer Prize winning story is set in a squalid farm home occupied by a family filled with suppressed violence and an unease born of deep-seated unhappiness. The characters are a ranting alcoholic grandfather; a sanctimonious grandmother who goes on drinking bouts with the local minister; and their sons, Tilden, an All-American footballer now a hulking semi-idiot; and Bradley, who has lost one of his legs to a chainsaw. Into their midst comes Vince, a grandson none of them recognizes or remembers, and his girlfriend, Shelly, who cannot comprehend the madness to which she is suddenly introduced. The family harbors a dark secret—years earlier the grandfather, Dodge, buried an unwanted newborn baby in an undisclosed spot. Will the family continue to suppress their past, or will the truth finally be unearthed?
Performance dates are Sept. 14-16 and 21-23.
2017 season tickets can be purchased online at cityofringgold.com., in person at Ringgold City Hall, or over the phone at 706-935-3061.