Theatre Pro Rata’s 2016-17 Season

We are thrilled to announce the plays we will be producing as part of our 2016-17 season! The season will feature Henry V by William Shakespeare; a remount of 44 Plays for 44 Presidents by Andy Bayiates et al., Goodbye Cruel World by Robert Ross Parker, and Up: The Man in the Flying Chair by Bridget Carpenter.

Henry V
By William Shakespeare, directed by Matt Sciple
November 5 – 20, 2016
Shortly after he become King Henry V, former playboy prince Hal decides to prove his seriousness and increase his popularity with conquests abroad. Shakespeare’s superb history play brings political intrigue and the thrill of battle to the stage. This timeless story, retold during an election year, reflects even more potently on today’s global stage.

44 Plays for 44 Presidents
By Andy Bayiates, directed by Carin Bratlie Wethern
November 6 – 8, 2016
A chronological, biographical survey of each of the 44 men who have held one of the most revered and regrettable positions of power on earth. Their miracles and misfires are celebrated by a fistful of actors while moving through comedic and tragic moments, revelations, reconstructions, and mini-musicals. Where has the presidency gone since its fall from paradise? Where will it continue on to? And how much responsibility do we-the people-hold?

Goodbye Cruel World
by Robert Ross Parker, directed by Andrew Chambers
March 11 – 26, 2017
Penniless and jobless, Semyon makes an offhand remark about dying following a marital spat over leftovers. Soon half the town thinks he has announced his intent to end his life. As word spreads, an increasingly ridiculous series of powerbrokers urge him to commit the deed in the name of their own ignoble causes. Based on “The Suicide” by Nikolai Erdman–a satire banned by Stalin on the eve of its premiere and written by a man who would be exiled for writing it–this colloquial adaptation begs us to consider who is the highest bidder when a man has nothing to lose.

Up: The Man in the Flying Chair
by Bridget Carpenter, directed by Carin Bratlie Wethern
May 25 – June 11, 2017
Performing at Park Square Theatre’s Andy Boss Thrust Stage
20 years ago Walter Griffin attached 45 helium-filled weather balloons to a lawn chair and found himself 16,000 feet above the world. Today he’s furiously holding onto his dreams and the faded memory of that glorious day, doing everything he can to keep his feet from touching the ground.