THE GRAPES OF WRATH
February 26 - March 7
Directed by Jon Meyer
By Frank Galati
A powerful and deeply affecting stage version of one of the masterpieces of American literature. Holding to the simplicity and directness of the original novel, the play uses the sparest of technical means to convey its timeless message of the persistence and strength of the human spirit as it battles against the adversities of nature and an uncaring society. // Desperately proud, but reduced to poverty by the loss of their farm, the Joads pile their few possessions on a battered old truck and head west for California, hoping to find work and a better life. Led by the indomitable Ma Joad, who is determined to keep the family together at any cost, and by the volatile young Tom Joad, an ex-convict who grows increasingly impatient with the intolerance and exploitation that they encounter on their trek, the Joads must deal with death and terrible deprivation before reaching their destination—where their waning hopes are dealt a final blow by the stark realities of the Great Depression. And yet, despite the anguish and suffering that it depicts, the play becomes in the final essence a soaring and deeply moving affirmation of the indomitability of the human spirit and of the essential goodness and strength that—then as now—reside in the hearts and minds of the "common man,"
throughout the world.
Winner of the 1990 Tony Award & Outer Critics Circle Award
. "…majestic…leaves one feeling that the generosity of spirit he saw in a brutal country is not so much lost as waiting once more to be found." —NY Times.
"This is, overall, a thrilling theatrical achievement that gets its power from the still sharp relevance of its human message…" —NY Post.
"THE GRAPES OF WRATH is a lesson in history, stagecraft, and truth that we cannot afford not to learn." —NY Magazine.
April 9 - 18
Directed by Layla Tenney
By Robert Harling
Concerned with a group of gossipy southern ladies in a small-town beauty parlor, the play is alternately hilarious and touching—and, in the end, deeply revealing of the strength and purposefulness which underlies the antic banter of its characters. // The action is set in Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town's rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, ("I'm not crazy, I've just been in a bad mood for forty years"); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M'Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a "good ole boy." Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and forfeits her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.
"Harling has given his women sharp, funny dialogue…The play builds to a conclusion that is deeply moving."
—NY Daily News.
"…a skillfully crafted, lovingly evoked picture of eccentricity in the small-town South…Robert Harling is a new voice in the theatre and the qualities of STEEL MAGNOLIAS suggest he may be an important one." —Drama-Logue.
"…suffused with humor and tinged with tragedy." —NY Post.
June 4 - 20
Directed by Bruce Lanning
Book and Lyrics by Eric Idle
Music by John Du Prez
Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy, MONTY PHYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, Spamalot retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a very of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. Did we mention the bevy of beautiful show girls?
Winner of three Tony Awards, including “Best Musical” Spamalot received a total of 14 Tony Award nominations.
NEED HOTEL ACCOMODATIONS?
PCA has partnered with Marriott Spring Hill Suites to assist you with hotel reservations at a discounted rate should you be travelling to Prescott from out of town and need a reliable and comfortable place to spend the night. The hotel is located within easy walking distance (one block) from PCA and very close to the heart of downtown Prescott.
As with Dinner reservations, CALL THE PCA BOX OFFICE for hotel reservations, which are available at anytime during the 2013 - 2014 Season. Currenty, the special discounted rate runs through December 2013. If the discounted rate changes, it will do so at the turn of the year and the box office will have the new informaiton.
BOX OFFICE 928-445-3286