Central Square Theater and its resident companies, The Nora Theatre Company and Underground Railway Theater, have announced their 2012-2013, and 5th anniversary, season.
CAR TALK: THE MUSICAL
Book & Lyrics and directed by Wesley Savick
Original music by Michael Wartofsky
June 14 - August 12, 2012
Presented by Underground Railway Theater and Suffolk University
A new musical comedy inspired by the legendary NPR Radio show, performed only blocks from where Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers, opened their Good News Garage in Central Square, Cambridge, MA. Rusty Fenders, a hapless middle-aged owner of a terminally ill ‘93 Kia, falls in love with Miata C. LaChassis, who guides him to the Emerald Garage, home of the Wizard of Cahs. Exploring the romantic obsession with the automobile, ultimately, the world of CAR TALK: THE MUSICAL is just like the radio show: More than auto repair, it’s about life, love, laughter, and the American Dream.
“We are thrilled about the audience response anticipating Car Talk: The Musical!!! It is only fitting that we will be premiering this wonderful celebration of an NPR Treasure and Click and Clack, from the imaginations of Wesley Savick and Michael Wartofsky in Our Fair City!” commented Underground Railway Theater Artistic Director, Debra Wise.
Originally scheduled to be the final production of the 2011-2012 Season, CAR TALK: THE MUSICAL has been extended due to popular demand with some performances already sold out. Performances from June 18 through August 12 will be exclusively available to 2012-2013 Season Subscribers before single tickets go on sale to the general public. 2012-2013 Season Subscribers may reserve tickets to any performance from July 1 through the end of the run.
Wesley Savick (Book, Lyrics, and Director; CAR TALK: THE MUSICAL) served as Artistic Director of the internationally acclaimed experimental company, Theatre X in Milwaukee, and was Interim Artistic Director of the Drama League of New York’s Directors Project. Mr. Savick has directed or acted in over 80 professional productions, almost all new works, including world premieres by Christopher Durang, Shel Silverstein, Derek Walcott, Howard Zinn and Robert Brustein. He has also written, co-written or adapted 20 produced plays, including Yesterday Happened: Remembering H.M.; part of Central Square Theater’s 2011-2012 Season. Mr. Savick is a tenured Professor at Suffolk University.
Michael Wartofsky (Original Music, Car Talk: The Musical!!!) Music/lyrics, The Man In My Head (New York Musical Theater Festival 2006 starring Darius de Haas) and Running Back, co-written with Marcus Gardley (2010 NAMT showcase; New Dramatist Benefit 2011). Composer, Boston 2012 premiere Cupcake at Boston’s Club Café featuring Karen MacDonald (lyrics: David Reiffel; book: Bradley Seeman). For North Shore Music Theater, Michael composed The Navigator and Friendship of the Sea (book/lyrics: Kathleen Cahill). The Broadway Boys regularly perform "Possibilities" and many have performed Michael’s songs at Birdland, the Triad, Joe’s Pub, and Berklee College. Professor, Berklee College; adjunct faculty/alumnus, NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.
THE HOW AND THE WHY
By Sarah Treem
Directed by Daniel Gidron
September 27 – October 21, 2012
New England Premiere
Presented by The Nora Theatre Company
On the eve of a prestigious conference Zelda (Underground Railway Theater Artistic Director, Debra Wise), an acclaimed evolutionary biologist, is visited by Rachel, an ambitious graduate student. The two women share a zeal for science, a bold and contrarian approach to the male-dominated field, and much more. During the course of the visit, the young scholar challenges the older woman’s “grandmother hypothesis” with a radical theory of her own that she believes will change the way people regard sex. Emotion and evolution collide with humor and passion in Sarah Treem’s (HBO’s In Treatment) new play about the competitiveness and sacrifices needed to succeed as a woman in science.