44 Plays for 44 Presidents: Fast-Paced Historical Play, Just in Time for Election Season
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As much a cultural phenomenon as a theatrical event, Cats enjoyed a record-breaking run on Broadway and in London, thanks to its feline-inspired costumes, memorable songs by famed composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and fun character names like Grizabella and Rum Tum Tugger. Now the play is being brought to life by Children's Musical Theater San Jose, starring actors age 14 to 20. The story, inspired by a collection of poetry from T.S. Eliot, revolves around a tribe known as the Jellicle cats, and their leader Old Deuteronomy, who'll choose one of their group to be reborn that night after their annual ball. The longest-touring Broadway musical in history, Cats features 20 of Webber's timeless melodies, including the hit song "Memory," and was the winner of seven 1983 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Learn More
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44 Plays for 44 Presidents is written by members of Chicago’s Neo-Futurists, and in their signature style, is made up of 44 separate plays told in rapid succession. It’s an evening of tragedy and comedy unlike anything we’ve done before!
Director **Kit Wilder is currently in his eighth season as Associate Artistic Director of City Lights Theater Company. Kit is a graduate of Santa Clara University and has received training in London from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and with members of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Directing credits range from Shakespeare and the classics to Musical Theatre and contemporary drama, and he has appeared with countless Bay Area companies in such roles as Hamlet, Richard III, Mercutio, Petruchio, Athos, Jesus, Judas, Bill Sykes, Henry Higgins, Jerry Lukowski, Dr. Frank’n’furter, and many others. For City Lights, Kit has directed String of Pearls, Wise Women, both parts of Angels in America, A Few Good Men, The Who’s Tommy, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Frank Langella’s Cyrano, and Equus, and his own adaptation of Hamlet. A member of AEA, SAG, and AFTRA, Kit is also an acclaimed fight director, and has penned adaptations of Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers and Twenty Years After, and several original short plays.
Cast – **Ken Boswell __(August: Osage County) William Davidovich (The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Equus)__ Karen DeHart (Dead Man Walking, Distracted), RuthE Stein __(Nine)
Designers – **Ron Gasparnetti (Scenic), Kimberly Johnson (Props), Nick Kumamoto (Lighting) George Psarras (Sound and Original Music) Hector Zavala (Costumes) City Lights and the Plays for Presidents festival is working with Rock the Vote to encourage voter registration – voter registration forms are available at every performance! City Lights recognizes its donors, without whom this production would not be possible. 44 Plays for 44 Presidents is supported as a part of City Lights 2012-2013 Season by Arts Council Silicon Valley, the City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and by the contributions of many generous individuals.
About the Ticket Supplier: City Lights Theater Company
The City Lights Theater Company (CLTC) is San Jose’s Off-Broadway theatre company and presents adventurous live stage productions in an intimate flexible environment. CLTC is committed to the community by providing their audiences with affordable, quality theatre and opportunities for local artists.