Taproot Theatre Company have just announced their 39th season. With five mainstage shows, the season runs the gamut from drama, to comedy, to beloved classics.
The season opens with The Explorers Club by Nell Benjamin. A comedy about wacky scientists, it tells the story of a woman who has been nominated for membership in the famed London Explorers Club. Set in 1879 – she’s discovered a mythical city, but will the admittance of a woman in the club wreak havoc throughout the British Empire?
Based on a true story, the regional premiere of The Best of Enemies, by Mark St. Germain, will be staged next. It’s the story of a racially segregated school in North Carolina in 1971, until the Ku Klux Klan and a Civil Rights activist are forced to work together.
Jeeves returns to Taproot in the spring (he was last seen in Jeeves in Bloom in 2013). In a regional premiere, Jeeves Intervenes, by Margaret Raether, is based on P.G. Wodehouse’s classic Jeeves and the Hard Boiled Egg. It’s a comedy. It involves weddings and love and schemes and, of course, the quick-witted Jeeves.
Their summer offering will be Godspell, a musical conceived and originally directed by John-Michael tebelak with music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Inspired by the Gospel of Matthew, it boasts a Tony Award-nominated score.
The season ends with a world premiere of Nathan Jeffrey’s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic tale, Dracula.