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What A Do Theatre announces shows for its 8th season

Season Announcement August 30, 2017

SPRINGFIELD—What A Do Theatre will bring Tony and Pulitzer Prize award-winning playwrights to the community for its 8th season. Hand picked by artistic director Randy Wolfe and production staff, this season is set to delve into complex relationships between community members and families.

Charlotte’s Web—September 8–17. This show brings to life the classic book written by E.B. White. Adapted to stage by Joseph Robinette, all the characters are present from Wilbur the pig to Charlotte the spider.

Back County Crimes—September 29–October 15. Written by Lanie Robertson with music by Mel Marvin, this show tells the dark and twisted tales associated with a fictional town. Each vignette is important to understand the character of the town, and its stark contrast between comedy and murder. Strung together by the narrative of the town’s only doctor, this show reveals the hidden truths that can accompany small town life.

The Miracle Worker—December 1–17. Written by William Gibson, this classic play follows the story of Anne Sullivan and her work with Helen Keller in an attempt to teach her how to experience the world through American Sign Language and touch. Anne musters all of her patience in order to handle the doubts of the Keller family, and the frustrating behavior of Helen herself.

Almost, Maine—February 9–25. In the mythical town of Almost, Maine, things are always absolute, actually nothing is absolute as things never reach their full potential, including love. Each love story is brought to life in this comedy by John Cariani.

The Exonerated—March 16–25. Written by Erik Jensen and Jessica Blank, compilations of interviews, letters, transcripts, case files and the public record tell the stories of six wrongfully convicted death row inmates. These individuals were all able to survive death row, but not before the effects of a broken justice system afflicted their lives.

Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches—May 4–20. In the midst of the Reagan administration and the beginning of the AIDS crisis, young individuals in New York must deal with the lines that divide religion, love, and politics. Written by Tony Kushner, this show brings to light the harsh reality of this time.

New to What A Do this season, Senior Readers’ Theatre allows individuals to experience the thrill of the stage without the pressure of having to memorize lines. Readers theater is a creative way to bring a piece of art to life. Performances will last for one weekend only. Show announcements and audition details will be announced at a later date.

Specials on ticket pricing for the season to be announced. Flex 5-pack passes, or triple play can be purchased in advance and offer flexibility and savings up to 15% off of single ticket prices. These passes can be used for any main stage performance during any production. Tickets can be ordered in advance through www.whatado.org, or by contacting the box office at (269) 282-1953.