Among the most important American dramas of the 20th century, Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie opens the summer in the beautiful Solvang Festival Theater, June 16 – 26. Amanda Wingfield, a faded remnant of Southern gentility, lives in a dingy St. Louis apartment – abandoned by her husband – and prefers the memory of her earlier and more gracious life when she was pursued by gentlemen callers. Her son Tom longs to escape from his mother’s suffocating embrace while Amanda’s shy and crippled daughter tends to her glass menagerie. Williams’ poetic drama of internal and familial conflict is a masterpiece of deep tenderness and fragile beauty.
“..a grand scope of emotive power.” – Sun
“Powerful performances.” – Santa Maria Times
“..explosive exchanges, bright with bitter wit and black humor…consistently entertaining.” – Tribune
Based on the Oscar-winning animation film, Shrek The Musical is the Tony Award-winning fairytale adventure playing in the Marian Theatre June 22 – 25 then June 30 through July 31 in the Solvang Festival Theater. An unlikely hero, Shrek finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside the wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Featuring fantastic songs from Jeanine Tesori and a sidesplitting script by David Lindsay-Abaire, Shrek The Musical brings the beloved characters you know from the film to life on their way to discovering the big bright beautiful world at the end of this fabulously fresh fairytale. Shrek The Musical is irreverent fun for the whole family and proves that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre.
“Shrektacular. A great show for all the family.” – Sunday Telegraph
“Glorious. Hysterically Funny.” – The Independent
“Joyous. The most fun you’ll ever have. A monster hit!” – The Mirror
Jane Austen’s timeless novel, Sense and Sensibility, swirls to the stage in a new adaptation by Joe Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan July 21 – 30 in the Marian Theatre and August 5 – 21 in the Solvang Festival Theater. The story unfolds in romantic Regency England following the death of Mr. Dashwood, whose inheritance has gone to his son but whose greedy wife convinces him he doesn’t need to honor his father’s wish that he care for his step-mother and half-sisters. As the mourning Dashwood ladies take refuge in a cousin’s cottage, daughters Elinor and Marianne, who have very different sensibilities about life and love, find that their lack of fortune and complicated romantic attachments puts a strain on their marriageability. Austin spins the perfect mix of humor, romance, and happy endings.
“…a consistent pleasure – and a frequent delight… [Hanreddy and Sullivan] not only preserve the essential narrative, they manage to capture Austen’s sassy attitude and memorable characters.” – Las Vegas Review Journal
“Hanreddy and Sullivan have captured the character nuance and witty repartee that makes Austen fans, fans.” – Deseret News
“… frequent laughter at the witty dialogue, tears of empathy for the sufferings of the characters, and ultimately tears of joy for their well-earned happiness. This is an uplifting crowd-pleaser.” – Meridian Magazine
Exhilarating dance to a hip and joyful score propel the new musical In the Heights, Broadway’s Tony winner for Best Musical, which plays in the Marian Theatre August 11 – 20 then under the stars in Solvang August 26 – September 11. Set in New York City’s vibrant Washington Heights, where the coffee from the corner shop is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, and full of hopes and dreams, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. The groundbreaking music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda (the creator of Hamilton) and book by Quiara Alegría Hudes tell the universal story of chasing your dreams and finding your true home.
“In the Heights pulses to a joyful new beat, and youthfulness has its advantages.” – The New York Sun
“A groundbreaking 21st-century musical. This extraordinary blend of old and new pushed the sound of Broadway deeper into new territory.” –New York Magazine
“Blending hip-hop, rap, jazz, pop, salsa, and merengue, this buoyant musical also nods reverently to the traditions of the show tune.” – Variety
Playing in rotating repertory in the Severson Theatre September 8 – 25 are two thought-provoking dramas. Gidion’s Knot by Johnna Adams and Trying by Joanna McClelland Glass. Gidion’s Knot is about a tragedy involving a child. The mother is emotionally overwhelmed as she shows up for a parent teacher conference. As the mother and teacher try to reconcile the tragedy we are unsure if the student in question may have been bullied severely, or, if he may have been the abuser. Audiences will be hanging on to every plot twist.
“Articulate, implacable, and insinuatingly snarky…” – The Hollywood Reporter
“Thought-provoking drama about bullying, teacher/parent responsibility and school system failures is a gem!” – Chicago Critic
“Nothing turns out to be straightforward about the answer a mother seeks for why her son has been suspended from fifth grade. Questions about bullying, parental responsibility, tween sexuality, blame, over-reactive protectiveness, art, and freedom of expression lurk beneath…” – SFGate
Trying by Joanna McClelland Glass explores the relationship between a cantankerous elderly judge in the last year of his life and his young Canadian secretary. The story is drawn from the playwright’s personal experience working for Judge Francis Biddle, who had been U. S. Attorney General under Roosevelt and was named by President Truman as Chief Judge of the American Military Tribunal at Nuremberg. Trying is filled with wit and poignancy as two opposites are trying to understand each other.
“…theater goers will find nothing trying about watching this affectionate memory play…” – Curtain Up
“Exquisitely literate, moving, and compelling.” – Variety
“Trying is a portrait of generational reconciliation. It is enormously bracing theatre.” – New York Daily News
PCPA summer season…just the facts
6 productions in three venues.
The Marian and Severson Theatres are located on the Allan Hancock College Campus
800 S. College Dr., Santa Maria (GPS 870 S. Bradley Rd.)
The solvang Festival Theatre is located at 420 2nd Street, Solvang
Performance Times Santa Maria: 1:30 and 7pm
Performance Times Solvang: 8pm
Tickets Santa Maria: $29.50 – $39.50
Tickets Solvang: $38.50 – $49.50
Ticket Discounts: Preview Performances, Students, Children, Seniors, Military
Box Office Santa Maria: Wednesday – Sunday 12:30 – 7:00 pm
Box Office Solvang: Wednesday – Sunday 4:00 – 8:00pm
Non show days: Wednesday – Sunday 4:00 – 7:00pm
Box Office Phone: (805) 922-8313