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DAC Stage Announces Its 2016-2017 Season

posted Aug 5, 2016, 8:18 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Sep 2, 2016, 11:35 AM ]

DAC Stage, the Darien Art Center’s community theatre group, has announced its 2016-2017 season, featuring four shows: an original production featuring Beatles music played by a live band, a comedy, which is a one-night staged reading by a local playwright, a musical and a drama. The works will run in the DAC Weatherstone Studio from September 2016 through May 2017. “We are very excited to build on the momentum that DAC Stage has recently gained as a noteworthy theatre group,” said Amy Allen, executive director. “There is something for everyone in the upcoming season.”
The new season will begin with Beatles Night, a DAC Stage original production, on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 8 p.m. Audience members will be transported back to the Beatles frenzy of 1964 at this fun-filled event featuring a live band performing the band’s popular favorites. There will be a brief history lesson and audience sing-alongs included in the family-friendly evening that is all about the Beatles.

The second production of the DAC Stage season is a quirky new comedy that takes place on February 25, 2017 at 8 p.m. Wordsmith is a one-night staged reading by local playwright Rocco Natale about life, love and the pursuit of a dog. Phillip Bosch, is many things: a professor of English Literature, renowned waffle-expert, and cross-word puzzle award-winner, but he's not what you would call a "dog person." Then Houdini, an orphaned bulldog comes into his life. Phillip comes to notice strange coincidences and becomes convinced that his beloved dog is sending him messages through the daily crossword puzzle.

Rounding out the season in the spring of 2017, is Baby by Richard Maltby, Jr and David Shire. Carin Zakes directs this production with performances on April 21, 22, 28, 29, May 5, 6 at 8 p.m., and April 23 & 30 at 2 p.m. The musical examines how parents-to-be experience the emotional stresses and triumphs, as well as the desperate lows and the comic highs that accompany the anticipation and arrival of a baby. Three couples work their way towards parenthood under three very different circumstances. There are college students, barely at the beginning of their adult lives; thirty-somethings, having trouble conceiving but determined to try; and middle aged parents, looking forward to seeing their last child graduate from college when a night of unexpected passion lands them back where they started.