KORDA 2018

KORDA ARTISTIC PRODUCTIONS’ EXCITING AND DIVERSE 2018 SEASON OFFERS UP A CLASSIC MELODRAMA; A WELL-LOVED SONDHEIM MUSICAL; A HEART-WARMING CANADIAN DRAMEDY; A CAMPY DRAG-ROMP TAKE ON THE LIFE AND DEATH OF AN HISTORIC QUEEN; THE WINDSOR PREMIERE OF A STUNNING NEW HIT BROADWAY MUSICAL; A DARK AND TERRIFYING SHAKESPEARE PLAY; A HOLIDAY PANTO FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY; AND ANOTHER SUMMER SEASON WITH THE EXTENSION-KORDA ARTISTS. JOIN US TO CELEBRATE KORDA’S 15TH SEASON - OUR 11TH IN OUR HOME, THE KORDAZONE THEATRE ON SEMINOLE STREET…

2018 - GLASS MENAGERIE

January 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28 and February 1, 2, 3 & 4, 2018
Written by Tennessee Williams

The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams’ strongly autobiographical memory play catapulted him from obscurity to fame when it premiered in 1944. Set in St. Louis in 1937, the action is drawn from the memories of the narrator, Tom Wingfield – an aspiring poet who toiles in a shoe warehouse to support his mother, Amanda, and sister, Laura. The family struggles to cope with the harsh realities of the Great Depression and the bitter memories that haunt them. The characters are based on Williams himself, his histrionic mother, and his mentally fragile sister. Chicago critics championed the play, allowing the producers to move it to Broadway where it won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. This was Williams’ first successful play; he went on to become one of America’s most highly regarded playwrights. A 2013 Broadway revival (starring Cherry Jones and Zachary Quinto) received seven 2014 Tony Award nominations (winning one), including Best Revival of a Play; and three Drama Desk Award nominations (winning two). Seven revivals and more than seventy years later, Williams’ most personal work continues to captivate and overwhelm audiences around the world. First-time Korda director, Andres Hausmann will direct Korda’s production of this theatre classic.

“As a piece of theater… it is appealing and unusual, clothing an uneventful family history in plenty of stage colour… It is the more touching, too, for not being cheaply sentimental.” – Times Magazine.

“… an enchanting play… it is as quiet as can be – yet, when one leaves the playhouse and meets reality… one realizes that some kind of hypnotism has been at work. It is the hypnotism of good playing by four actors; the hypnotism of a dramatist who can show you four very unimportant, very undramatic people and make you live with them and feel for them… It is, in short, the hypnotism of the theatre when the theatre is used for its proper purpose of enchantment.” Daily News.

Awards
New York Drama Critic’s Circle Award for Best American Play
Drama League Award for Distinguished Revival of a Play
Drama League Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play

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2018 - COMPANY

March 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31 and April 5, 6, 7 & 8, 2018
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim / Book by George Furth

Company is a 1970 musical comedy with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth. The original production was nominated for a record-setting fourteen Tony Awards® – winning six. Originally titled Threes, its plot revolves around Bobby (a single man unable to commit fully to a steady relationship, let alone marriage), the five married couples who are his best friends, and his three girlfriends. This concept musical is composed of short vignettes, presented in no particular chronological order, and linked by a celebration of Bobby’s 35th birthday. Company was among the first musicals to deal with adult themes and relationships. As Sondheim says: “Broadway theatre has been for many years supported by upper-middle-class people with upper-middle-class problems. These people really want to escape that world when they go to the theatre, and then here we are with Company talking about how we’re going to bring it right back in their faces.” The star-studded 2011 New York Philharmonic concert version, directed by Lonny Price, featured Neil Patrick Harris, Stephen Colbert, Jon Cryer, Cristina Hendricks, Anika Noni Rose and Patti LuPone. David Burrows directs the production, fresh off helming Korda’s 2017 comic masterpiece Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.  

“Brilliant.” – Boston Evening Globe.

“… masterpiece of the gentle art of musical theater…” – Chicago Tribune.

Awards 
Tony Award for Best Musical
Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical
Tony Award for Best Original Score
Tony Award for Best Lyrics
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music
Tony Award for Best Revival
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival

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2018 - STRANGERS

May 25, 26, 27, 31 and June 1, 2 & 3, 2018
Written by Aaron Bushkowsky

In Bushkowsky’s beautiful Canadian Play, Strangers Among Us, Gabrielle and Michael meet by accident, fall in love, part, meet again and fall in love all over again. Every time they meet, they forget each other’s name because they suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Eventually, they end up at a long-term care facility where they meet other people suffering from the same malady, extraordinary people who live and die with courage and hope. Michael and Gabrielle find love again and again and, in the process, change the lives of the people around them. The director of this production will be determined at a later date.

“Brings tears and laughter… it is a drama with humour.” – Ingersoll Times.

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2018 - CLEOPATRA

July 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 & 21, 2018
Written by Charles Busch

The turbulent life of Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile, is told, viewed through the outrageous comic lens of master parodist Charles Busch. In his latest drag romp, Busch evokes both 1930’s Hollywood epics and the grand 19th Century romantic theatre of Sarah Bernhardt. This version of the life of the ill-fated Egyptian Queen takes her from her teenage seduction of the Roman leader Julius Caesar through her volatile romance with Mark Antony and to her ultimate death. Charles Busch’s Cleopatra has echoes of the many great stars that have played her on stage and on film, such as Claudette Colbert, Elizabeth Taylor, Vivien Leigh and several who thankfully didn’t, including Jean Harlow, Barbara Stanwyck and Mae West. Korda has previously staged hilarious and unforgettable Busch plays including Psycho Beach Party, Theodora: She-Bitch of Byzantium, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Die, Mommie! Die!, The Divine Sister, and Pardon My Inquisition. As with Korda’s other Busch offerings, Cleopatra will be directed by Jeff Marontate. *Strong language and mild adult themes.

“… always smartly campy, often over-the-top, occasionally very raunchy, and always hilarious – with an infinite all-you-can-eat-buffet of priceless lines and situations running throughout... It’s amazing that… modern culture is still fascinated with a certain Egyptian queen named Cleopatra… If the Queen of the Nile is yet again ready for reinvention, who better to do it than award-winning gender-bending actor and playwright Charles Busch?” – The Huffington Post.

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2018 - FUN HOME

September 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 & 29, 2018
Music by Jeanine Tesoro / Lyrics & Book by Lisa Kron
Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir

Welcome to a musical about a family that is nothing like yours… and exactly like yours; about looking back, and moving forward; about making sense of our parents, and ourselves. The winner of five 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, Fun Home is based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir. This groundbreaking production introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family that connect with her in surprising new ways. The story concerns Bechdel’s discovery of her own sexuality, her relationship with her gay father, and her attempts to unlock the mysteries surrounding his life. It is the first Broadway musical with a lesbian protagonist. David Burrows directs this thrilling musical for its Windsor Premiere.

“… speaks universally about big things that matter: life, love, family, surviving.” – Daily News.

“Exquisite. An emotional powerhouse that never lets you out of its embrace for a moment. No wonder the audience sprang as one from its seats at the ending, and the start of living.” – Chicago Tribune.

“Fun Home is an instant classic of the American musical theater, and a monumental piece of art… This is musical theater at its best… an emotional roller-coaster ride, a grippingly heartwarming story mixed with some of the most smart and joyful musical numbers presently on Broadway. Seekers of provocative, invigorating and entertaining theatre will find it. You’ll be surprised, and thrilled, and enthralled.” – The Huffington Post.

Awards
Tony Award for Best Musical
Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical
Tony Award for Best Original Score
New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical
Lucille Lortell Award for Best Musical

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2018 - MACBETH

October 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27 and November 1, 2 & 3, 2018
Written by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s unforgettable tragedy - thought to have been first performed in 1606 - dramatizes the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake. A brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth commits crime after crime to claim the throne and protect himself from enmity and suspicion becoming a tyrannical ruler. The bloodbath and consequent civil war take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of madness and death. In the backstage world of theatre, some believe that the play is cursed, and will not mention its title aloud, referring to it instead as The Scottish Play. Over the course of many centuries, the play has attracted some of the most renowned actors to the roles of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. It has been adapted to film, television, opera, novels, comics, and other media. Korda takes on The Scottish Play under the direction of Jeff Marontate, whose past Korda presentations of Shakespeare’s works include Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Comedy of Errors, Titus Andronicus, and As You Like It.

“… taut, thrilling and, at times, terrifying.” – The Globe and Mail.

“… not for the faint of heart… in a country where even now we are debating how much we as a nation should engage in the world… Macbeth offers a chilling narrative of how this influence, and the siren call of power, can be used for evil.” - DC Metro Theatre Arts.

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KORDA’S 2018 HOLIDAY PANTO - TO BE ANNOUNCED
December 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15 & 16, 2018
Book & Lyrics by Tracey B. Atin (with Jeff Marontate) / Music by Robert Godden

Korda’s traditional December family offering will be an original holiday panto that gives a fresh take on a familiar tale. Expect silliness for the kids, naughty jokes for the grown-ups, bad drag, great music, and audience participation for everyone in a goofy, delightful all ages musical production to close out the season in style. The director of the holiday panto will be determined at a later date.

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EXTENSION-KORDA SUMMER CAMPS + PRODUCTION
July & August 2018

Korda’s summer tradition will continue in 2018 with the Extension-Korda Summer Sessions program to include summer camps, musical performances, productions, cabaret nights and special events. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

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2018 SEASON INFO & CONTACT 

All performance of all shows in the 2018 Season will take place at The KordaZone Theatre, 2520 Seminole Street, Windsor, Ontario. 

For media inquiries, further information, or to arrange an interview or photo, please contact Tracey B. Atin at 519-562-3394, email kordazone@gmail.com, or visit www.kordazone.com

Korda’s 2018 Season is brought to you by Allegra Print + Mail Downtown Windsor, Cardinal Music, Nancy Johns Gallery & Framing, The River 93.9FM, and Juniper Used & Rare Books.

© Korda Artistic Productions 2015. The KordaZone Theatre, 2520 Seminole St. Windsor, ON. P: 519-562-3394. E: kordazone@gmail.com