CATCO Announces 2014-15 Season

30th Anniversary Highlighted by Collaborations with Central Ohio Arts Groups

Gallery Players, SRO, Opera Columbus and Columbus State Community College Theatre Department, are among the central Ohio arts organizations that CATCO and CATCO is Kids will collaborate with during its 30th anniversary 2014-15 season, which will also include the world premiere of a new play written by Columbus playwright Herb Brown.

"We can think of no better way to celebrate CATCO's 30 years of bringing professional theatre to central Ohio than to collaborate with other arts organizations in our community and produce a world premiere of one of our community's most revered and celebrated playwrights," said Steven C. Anderson, CATCO's producing director. "All of our collaborations make this a not-to-be-missed season."

Brown's new play, The Final Table, is a historical-based comedy that profiles five former presidents – Eisenhower, Nixon, Johnson, Harding and Truman – in a high-stakes poker game. It will be presented April 8-26. CATCO presented Brown's highly acclaimed play, You're My Boy, about the contentious relationship between Nixon and Eisenhower during the 2005-06 season.

Continuing CATCO's trend of summer musical programming, the season opens July 23-Aug. 10 with David Yazbek and Jeffrey Lane's smash Tony Award nominated musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which highlights the antics of two conmen living on the French Riviera. It will be followed Oct. 22-Nov. 9 by My Name is Asher Lev, a new play by Aaron Posner, adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok, about the conflict between tradition and passion. It will be co-produced with Gallery Players.

For the holidays, Dec. 3-21, CATCO will present a revival of A Christmas Carol, a new adaptation by Patrick Barlow, featuring CATCO favorite Ken Erney once again in the title role as Scrooge.

CATCO will collaborate with Opera Columbus Feb. 4-22 to produce Master Class, a play by Terrence McNally, which treats the audience to a master class taught by opera sensation Maria Callas. The season will close with the off Broadway sensation Murder for Two, music and lyrics by Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair, respectively, May 22-June 14. Dueling pianists will star in this marathon musical murder mystery.

At CATCO is Kids, formerly known as The Phoenix Theatre for Children, the season will open with Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet's Revenge of the Space Pandas, first produced on the CATCO stage in the early days at its original Park Street Theatre. The play will be produced in association with the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department, Davis Performing Arts Programs, at the Columbus Performing Arts Center. Next up will be A Christmas Carol, which is also part of the CATCO season.

During Jan. 16-25, CATCO is Kids will bring P.D. Eastman's classic to the stage with Go, Dog, Go! It will be followed by Anderson's adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book produced in association with Columbus State Community College March 6-15.

The children's season will end May 1-10 in a co-production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice with SRO and the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department, Davis Performing Arts Programs.

"We're excited to collaborate with our theatre colleagues at SRO and Columbus State to bring a mixture of theatre – musicals, classics and contemporary works – that will delight our young theatre fans and their families," said Joe Bishara, CATCO associate producing director.

New subscriptions for the 2014-15 at CATCO range from $69 to $195 per person for the six-show season. At CATCO for Kids, subscription prices are $60 for adults for the five-show season and $40 for children. Subscription renewals begin March 28, 2014; new subscriptions will be processed beginning May 27.

Flex Ticket subscriptions are available for $210, a minimum of six tickets at $35 each.

Single ticket prices are $11.50 for $11@11 matinees; $30 for Thursday performances; $41 for Sunday performances; and $45 for Friday and Saturday performances. Single ticket sales for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the season opener, begin June 16, 2014.

CATCO's 30th season is sponsored by support from The Ohio Arts Council, which helps fund the theatre with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, education excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. CATCO also appreciates the support of the Herbert Peterson, Nina B. Pohlman, and Grace K. and Robert L. Rohe Funds of the Columbus Foundation, assisting donors and others in strengthening our community for the benefit of all of its citizens, and the Greater Columbus Arts Council, supporting the city’s artists and arts organizations since 1973.

CATCO 2014-2015 Season:

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Music and lyrics by David Yazbek and book by Jeffrey Lane
July 23–August 10, 2014 | Studio One

This Tony Award nominated musical highlights the high jinx of two huckster conmen living the high life on the French Riviera. (Think laughter and music with an irreverent tilt.)

My Name is Asher Lev
Co-produced with Gallery Players
By Aaron Posner 
Adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok
October 22–November 9, 2014 | Studio Two

Asher Lev is a Hasidic Jew. He is also a prodigy who must be a painter though it flies in the face of family, community and tradition. His gift must be realized, but at what cost?

A Christmas Carol
By Patrick Barlow
Adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens
December 3–21, 2014 | Studio One

This twenty-first century retelling of the yuletide classic delighted audiences with merriment, redemption and song last season. Ken Erney will return to play the coldest of misers—a Scrooge who delights in his own Scroogeiness.

Master Class
In association with Opera Columbus
By Terrance McNally
February 11–March 1, 2015 | Studio One

Maria Callas was a controversial diva of the mid-century opera world. She was lauded and scorned; cheered and booed; she was what the world desires... a legend. In this imagining of her giving a Master Class to three neophyte singers, we get a glimpse into genius.

The Final Table
by Herb Brown
April 8–26, 2015 | Studio Two

Imagine Richard Nixon, Warren G. Harding, Dwight Eisenhower, Harry S. Truman and Lyndon B. Johnson in a cut throat game of poker in the after life. Don't look now but the dealer periodically talks to God through her bluetooth. History, satire, and black comedy ultimately lead to an understanding of the desire for power.

Murder for Two
Book, music and lyrics by Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair
May 27–June 14, 2015 | Studio Two

Everyone is a suspect in this musical comedy with a twist—one piano player is the detective while the other plays all of the suspects. It's a 90 minute whodunit with killer laughs.

 

CATCO is Kids 2014-2015 Season:

Revenge of the Space Pandas
Produced in association with Davis Performing Arts Center
of the Columbus Recreation and Parks
By David Mamet
August 29–31, 2014 | Shedd Theatre, CPAC

Time travel abounds in this science fiction romp which was first produced on the CATCO stage in the early days of its original Park Street Theatre. Only a very serious playwright could produce such an insane comedy!

A Christmas Carol
By Patrick Barlow
Adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens
December 3–21, 2014 | Studio One

This twenty-first century retelling of the yuletide classic delighted audiences with merriment, redemption and song last season. Ken Erney will return to play the coldest of misers—a Scrooge who delights in his own Scroogeiness.

Go, Dog. Go!
Adapted for the stage by Steven Dietz and Allison Gregory
From the book by P.D. Eastman
January 16–25, 2015 | Studio One

"Why are they going fast in those cars? What are they going to do?" P. D. Eastman's questions are answered in music and movement in this thoroughly enchanting adaptation for canine lovers young and old.

The Jungle Book
In association with Columbus State Community College
By Steven C. Anderson
Adapted from the book by Rudyard Kipling
March 6–15, 2015 | Studio Two

Mowgli is a man cub wandering the jungle. He is adopted by the wolves and taught the ways of the jungle by the wise Bear Baloo. It is Mowgli's destiny to grow from a man cub to a man and when he does he becomes the master of the jungle.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Co-produced with SRO and Davis Performing Arts Programs
of the Columbus Recreation and Parks
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Book and lyrics by Tim Rice
May 1–10, 2015 | Shedd Theatre, CPAC

Joseph was Jacob's special son—so much so that he had a beautiful coat of many colors tailored just for him. His brothers resented their father's favoritism and finally took revenge by selling him into slavery to the Egyptians. The rest is Biblical history. This multigenerational production of Webber and Rice's very first musical together is a delight.