Theatre season is a celebration of diversity

Cy-Fair College's theatre season is a celebration of diversity from a Pulitzer Prize drama and holiday spectacular to blues and contemporary musicals and an evening of student-written short plays.

The season kicks off with Nilo Cruz’s “Anna in the Tropics” set Sept. 27 through Oct. 7. Winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this poignant and poetic play is set in Florida in 1929 in a Cuban-American family owned cigar factory in which cigars are rolled by hand and “lectors” are employed to educate and entertain the workers.

“The Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular,” a holiday treat for the whole family, is set Nov. 8 though Dec. 2. A sequel to the popular “The Honky Tonk Angels,” this musical comedy revue continues the comic escapades of three good ole country gals as they re-unite for a Christmas show like none other at “The Hillbilly Heaven” in Nashville.

The new year starts with “Blues in the Night,” a book by Sheldon Epps and including a variety of composers, set Feb. 28, 2008 through March 9, 2008. The universal language of the blues wails out full and strong in this dynamite “dramatic revue” of 26 songs exploring the lives of three dissimilar women and one male singer residing in a Chicago hotel.

A special “4 by 4” will be held March 13, 2008 through March 16, 2008 in the Black Box Theatre. Marking the college’s first foray into student created theatre, this will be four performances of an entirely student written, directed, acted, and produced evening of short plays.

Next is Shirley Lauro’s “A Piece of My Heart” set April 17, 2008 through May 4, 2008. This powerful drama about six women who served in the Viet Nam war - an Army intelligence officer, an American Red Cross volunteer, a Navy nurse and two Army nurses, and a USO entertainer - is a searing drama of epic proportions. 

In addition to two children’s summer shows (to be announced) is the Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida” set July 17, 2008 through July 27, 2008. A contemporary musical version on a classic tale of love and devotion, this gorgeous musical tells the tale of the forbidden love between an Egyptian soldier and an enslaved Nubian princess.

Preview nights are the first Thursday performances with tickets only $5. Other show times are typically 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets are generally $12, seniors $10 and students $5 with proper id, while musicals are $15, $12 and $5 respectively. Discounted group tickets and season tickets are also available.

Performance titles and dates subject to change. Most performances will be held in the Main Stage Theatre located in the Center for the Arts building, located at 9191 Barker Cypress at West Road.

For reservations and ticket information, call the box office at 281-290-5201or go to cyfair.lonestar.edu/goto/cfcboxoffice.