Palm Beach Dramaworks presents Lee Hall's "The Pitmen Painters"
Opening February 17th West Palm Beach's only resident professional theatre, Palm Beach Dramaworks, continues its 12th Anniversary season with Lee Hall's play "The Pitmen Painters" on Friday, February 17th (8PM) at the new Don & Ann Brown Theatre (201 Clematis Street). Special priced preview performances are slated for February 15th & 16th with regularly scheduled curtain times through March 11th. From the writer of Billy Elliot comes the triumphant true story of a group of British miners who discover a new way to express themselves and unexpectedly become art-world sensations! On a quest for self-improvement, five underground working men enroll in an art appreciation course; soon they find their talents being recognized by the press and wealthy patrons alike, creating questions of social, economic, political and personal struggles in 1930s England. "The Pitmen Painters" take the audience on an unforgettable journey where individual expression flourishes and the collective spirit prevails. "The Pitmen Painters" debuted in London to sold out audiences before transferring to Broadway in 2010. "The Pitmen Painters" will be directed by Dramaworks' Resident Director J. Barry Lewis and will feature Kim Cozort, Dennis Creaghan, Rob Donohoe, Joby Earle, Betsy Graver, Colin McPhillamy, Declan Mooney, and John Leonard Thompson. The play will feature scenery designed by Michael Amico, costumes designed by Erin Amico, lights designed by Ron Burns and sound designed by Matt Corey. Lee Hall is an acclaimed English playwright best known for his screenplay and theatrical adaptation of the Oscar nominated film and Tony Award-winning musical, Billy Elliot. One of his earliest works, Spoonface Steinberg, originally written for BBC radio won him instant critical praise. Political and social themes are often explored in Hall's plays, introducing unfamiliar characters to audiences and highlighting the extraordinary of ordinary lives through wit and "razor-sharp humor." The season will continue with a distinguished roster of plays including "'Master Harold'...and the boys" by Athol Fugard (April 6 - April 29) and "Proof" by David Auburn (May 25 - June 17). Palm Beach Dramaworks is a non-profit, professional theatre and is a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the South Florida Theatre League, Southeastern Theatre Conference, Florida Professional Theatres Association, Florida Theatre Conference, and the Palm Beach County Cultural Council. The performance schedule is as follows: Evening performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 8PM; Sunday at 7PM; Matinee performances are on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2PM. Individual tickets are $55 for all performances. Student tickets are available for $10. Group rates for 20 or more, and discounted season subscriptions are also available. The Dramaworks' new Don & Ann Brown theatre is located in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach, at 201 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.