Scranton’s Theaters Plan Eventful November

Art — By on November 6, 2009 at 11:39 am

While the weather outside may be turning damp and rainy, the local theater scene is set to heat up with the start of the winter months. November will see a slate of exciting productions brighten up the Electric City, so take a look and grab a show when the curtain comes up…

Vintage Theater presents “Pride and Prejudice”

Among the many groups and companies assembling their lineups is Scranton’s Vintage Theater, now located at 119 Penn Avenue in downtown Scranton.

For the first two weekends in November, Vintage Theater will be combining the opening of their new café with the premiere of their version of the Jane Austin classic “Pride & Prejudice.” Adapted by London-based playwright Joanna Norland, the one-act show puts a witty new spin on this most classic theatrical work. The show is among the first for Vintage Theater since moving to their new location.

Adding to the excitement in the 100 block of Penn Avenue is the opening of the new in-house café at the Vintage Theater. Serving locally-produced Grateful Roast Coffee, the café will be opening on Friday evening, November 6, along with the premiere of “Pride & Prejudice.” The café will be open seven days a week, from 3 p.m. until midnight each day. Claiming to target the rush-hour crowds after work and school are out, the menu will feature not only the Grateful Roast Coffee, but also various blends of tea, fruit, milkshakes, and juices.

“Pride & Prejudice” will be showing Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., with Sunday shows at 3 p.m. Tickets are set at $7 for general admission, with $5 for students and senior citizens. For more information on upcoming events at Vintage Theater, visit the theater web site, or call 570-344-6344.

Electric Theater Company debuts “Rosa Loses Her Face”

Also adding to the theatrics around town is the Electric Theater Company, located on the second floor of the former Hotel Jermyn at 326 Spruce Street.

The story of a mother and daughter- separated by distance and divided over the future course of their lives- sets the stage for this revealing yet hilarious production. Rosa, a Chinese-born resident of Los Angeles, receives a visit from her daughter Amy, a New York City dweller who has long forgotten the ways of her ancestors. When Amy decides to pay her mother a visit, Rosa can’t help but try and fix her daughter up with an ideal match. The results lead to some hilarious mother-daughter moments in the process.

Rosa Loses Her Face is directed by Nancy Robillard, and stars Wai Ching Ho, Eileen Rivera, Matt Rashid, Nadia Gan, and Glenn Kubota. The show previews on November 11 and 12, with showings on November 13-15 and 19-22. Show times are 7 p.m. for November 12 and 19, 8 p.m.  for November  13, 14, 15, 21,and 22, and 3 p.m. for November 15 and 22. For tickets and information, call 570-558-1515 or visit their site.

Scranton Players present “Redwood Curtain”

Finally, a performance by the University of Scranton Players is a tough event to pass up, especially when it involves the powerful and epic storytelling of Lanford Wilson. Directed by New York City-based director Mary Catherine Burke, the show builds on the theme presented for Scranton Reads Month of the Vietnam War, and the personal stories of those involved in the conflict in various capacities.

Redwood Curtain tells the story of Geri, an Amerasian girl who was orphaned by her original parents, and is instead adopted and raised by a family in the United States. After the death of her adoptive father, Geri sets out on a quest to find her real father- a journey that takes her to the Redwood Forests of Northern California, and will bring her face-to-face with a man she never thought she would meet.

Showing at the McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts on the Scranton Campus, Redwood Curtain is showing on November 1, 6, 7, and 8. Showtime is 8 p.m. for Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. for Sunday. Tickets are available at the McDade Center, or at 570-941-4318. Tickets are priced at $8 for general admission, and $5 for students, faculty/staff, and senior citizens.

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