George Bernard Shaw's "Candida" Opens 11th Anniversary Season!
West Palm Beach's oldest professional theatre, Palm Beach Dramaworks, will launch its 11th Anniversary Season with Candida, the acclaimed play by the Nobel Prize winning playwright George Bernard Shaw on Friday, October 8th (8PM) at their intimate downtown theatre (322 Banyan Boulevard). Special priced preview performances are slated for October 6th & 7th (8PM) and the production will play through November 21st. "We are very excited about our upcoming 2010-11 season. Starting with Candida it represents another captivating season of productions that continue our mission to present Theatre to Think About, and showcases seldom produced classic and contemporary plays" stated Dramaworks' Producing Artistic Director William Hayes. In this brilliantly witty exploration of love and marriage, Candida, a beautiful Victorian woman, finds herself caught in a romantic triangle between her husband, Reverend James Mavor Morell and a young poet, Eugene Marchbanks, whom she meets on her way back from London. Infatuated with Candida, Marchbanks feels is it necessary to rescue her from her life of domesticity. Rev. Morell, who adores his wife, believes Candida needs his love and protection. Candida, in the end, must choose which gentleman needs her most. Candida is considered by some to be one of Shaw's most captivating works. Resident Director, J. Barry Lewis will direct the production featuring Kim Cozort, John Leonard Thompson, Will Connolly, John Felix, Cliff Burgess, and Margery Lowe. The play will feature scenery designed by Michael Amico, costumes designed by Brian O'Keefe and lights designed by Ron Burns. George Bernard Shaw won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925. Beginning as a theatre and music critic in London in the 1880's, Shaw soon decided to turn his attention from novel writing to play writing as a way to express his criticism of the British stage. His works include Plays Pleasant and Unpleasant, Mrs. Warren's Profession, Caesar and Cleopatra, The Devil's Discipline, Major Barbara, and Pygmalion. The Palm Beach Dramaworks' season will continue with a distinguished roster of plays including the southeast premiere of Freud's Last Session by Mark St. Germain (December 17th- February 6th), Dinner With Friends by Donald Margulies (February 25th - April 17th), and The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh (May 6th - June 19th).