"Our 37th season of professional artistic programming is the most ambitious upon which Delaware Theatre Company has ever embarked," says Executive Director Bud Martin, "as DTC continues to be the only theatre in the State of Delaware developing and producing new works for Broadway."
• September 16 - October 4, 2015: "MAURICE HINES IS TAPPIN' THRU LIFE", written and performed by Maurice Hines, and directed by two-time Tony Award®-winner Jeff Calhoun. With song and dance, Hines pays tribute to his brother, Gregory, and the singers who have inspired him, from Frank Sinatra to Lena Horne. To help bring the history of American tap to life, Hines brings The Diva Orchestra, an all-female nine-piece big band.
• October 21-November 8, 2015: PLAYING THE ASSASSIN by David Robson (a Wilmington native). This gripping new play is a compelling drama inspired by the devastating true story of an NFL star's career ending injury at the hands of a player known as "The Assassin". Directed by Joe Brancato.
• December 2-27, 2015: DINER. Book by Barry Levinson. Music and Lyrics by nine-time Grammy Award®-winner Sheryl Crow. Three-time Tony Award®-winning director and choreographer Kathleen Marshall joins Crow and Levinson to transform the 1982 movie DINER into a groundbreaking new musical evocation of burgeoning adulthood and friendship. Currently scheduled for four weeks of performances at Delaware Theatre Company, DINER will surely be the largest production ever to be mounted on DTC's stage.
• January 29-31, 2016: WOMEN OF WILL by Tina Packer. A special presentation that is not included in the subscription package, can be added for only $25 a ticket for subscribers! Funny, fierce, deep and accessible, Women of Will is the bonus content to Shakespeare's plays that you have been searching for. Join master Shakespearean actor/dramaturg, Tina Packer as she deconstructs and conjures William Shakespeare's most famous female characters.
• March 2-20, 2016: NUREYEV'S EYES by David Rush. During the 70's the American painter, and Delaware resident, Jamie Wyeth (son of Andrew Wyeth) did a series of studies and paintings of Rudolf Nureyev, the legendary ballet dancer who defected from Russia and revitalized western ballet. Written with the express permission and support of Jamie Wyeth, this new play by David Rush imagines what their eclectic encounters may have been like, what secrets were revealed about the world of painting and international dance, and how their relationship evolved...changing each of them. Working in conjunction with the Brandywine River Museum, the Nureyev collection will be on display during the run of the production. A co-production with George Street Playhouse. Directed by Michael Mastro.
• April 27-May 15, 2016: THE EXPLORERS CLUB by Nell Benjamin (playwright of last season's record breaking hit BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE). The prestigious Explorers Club is in crisis: their acting president wants to admit a woman, and their bartender is terrible. True, this female candidate is brilliant, beautiful, and has discovered a legendary Lost City, but the decision to let in a woman could shake the very foundation of the British Empire, and how do you make such a decision without a decent drink? Grab your safety goggles for some very mad science involving deadly cobras, irate Irishmen and the occasional airship. Directed by Bud Martin.
Performances and readings are held at DTC's intimate, 315- seat theatre, located at 200 Water Street in Wilmington, DE, just feet from the beautiful Riverfront. Subscriptions to the 2015/2016 season are on sale and start as low as $140 for a five-show package, a 15% savings off the cost of individual tickets.
For no added cost, patrons can select to attend Wednesday's VIEWPOINTS programs, a behind-the-scenes look into the creation and themes of the production, or Thursday's artistic talkbacks with the cast and crew of the show.
Single tickets will go on sale by August 1st and prices start at just $30 a ticket for select performances. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more and students. For information on bringing a group to the theatre, call DTC's Patron Experience Manager Carolina Millard at 302-594-1100 x215.
To purchase a subscription, or for further information, visit Delaware Theatre Company's website at www.DelawareTheatre.org or call 302-594-1100.
Delaware Theatre Company's season is made possible by the Delaware Division of the Arts, with the support of Governor Jack Markell and the Delaware State Legislature. Delaware Theatre Company also gratefully acknowledges the support of Capital One, Corporation Service Company, the DuPont Corporation, M&T Bank, PNC Bank, and the Shubert Foundation.
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