One of the much-anticipated highlights of Gulfshore Playhouse’s 2014-2015 season comes straight from its inaugural New Works Festival. The Butcher by Gwydion Suilebhan will make its full-production debut February 28, 2015. The play, a finalist from the 2013 festival, depicts the powerful story of two strangers from dramatically different religious backgrounds who witness an event that makes them question their firmly-held beliefs and the cultures that have defined their choices. Artistic Director Kristen Coury and the playwright spent the summer refining the production in New York City.
|Productions on the way from Gulfshore Playhouse include The Butcher, by Gwydion Suilebhan (below), to be directed by Kristen Coury.|
“That’s the beauty of working on a new play; you have the ability to work directly with the playwright and to influence the direction,” Coury says. Suilebhan will join audiences for a series of in-person discussions following the show’s opening.
There is a different kind of conflict taking place in Body Awareness, which focuses on the struggles of a nontraditional American family. The play, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker, runs November 1-16.
During the holiday season, theatergoers will marvel at Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, which offers a fresh twist on the much-beloved Christmas classic, when it takes the stage December 6-21. Another hilarious production sure to be an audience pleaser is the Tony Award-winning play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, which focuses on the complicatedly funny lives of three middle-aged, single siblings.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, by Christopher Durang (right), will also be directed by Kristen Coury.