The Aurora Fox

Season 34 at The Aurora Fox Arts Center includes an extended line up and some exciting new work including “Songs for a New World,” “Twist Your Dickens,” “Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies,” “Life Sucks,” “The Happiest Place on Earth” and “Caroline, or Change,” largely new productions to the Aurora area.
This season will be Helen R. Murray’s debut season as the Aurora Fox executive producer.
“It is so thrilling to announce the Aurora Fox’s 34th season, and my first with them,” said Murray. “In selecting work for the Aurora Fox I wanted to honor the history of beautiful work that has been on display here for so long, but to also use that foundation to celebrate pieces that may not have made it to this area as of yet. My hope is that Aurora Fox audiences will find shows this season that speak to what they best loved about us, as well as enjoy the next chapter in our progression.”

The Aurora Fox opened its 2018-2019 season in September with “Songs for a New World,” written and composed by Jason Robert Brown. This unique musical centers on the idea of life changing decisions that lands us in a place we never expected, a metaphorical and sometimes literal “new world.” There are moments in our lives where we pass the point of no return and can only step boldly into the future and this musical encompasses that journey. Helen R. Murray will direct this show, which runs through October 14th.

In December, The Aurora Fox will turn the holidays upside down with Second City’s “Twist Your Dickens.” After successful runs in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Portland and Chicago, the Aurora Fox brings to life Second City’s irreverent and interactive seasonal satire. A madcap, and adult, send-up of the holiday classic, “Twist Your Dickens” finds Scrooge, Tiny Tim and those know-it-all ghosts hopelessly mixed up in zany holiday sketches. Deemed by the Chicago Sun-Times as a “fresh and bountiful feast of funny,” Second City alums and veteran “Colbert Report” writers Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort dreamt up this new take on “A Christmas Carol.”

The new year brings Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm’s explosive, funny and searing look at being a young black teenager in America today with “Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies.” This brilliant new comedy was called “breathtakingly on-point” by the Washington Post and spurred rigorous discussion about the life and death issues dealt with in this wildly insightful piece.

Moving into February 2019, the Aurora Fox will continue to make its foray into life changing moments with “Life Sucks” by Aaron Posner. This enlightening reworking of Uncle Vanya finds a group of old friends, ex-lovers, estranged in-laws and lifelong enemies as they gather to grapple with life’s thorniest questions—and each other. Called “sassy yet heartfelt” by The Washington Post and “altogether wise, profoundly humane, and hilarious” by the Chicago Sun Times, this is not any Chekov you know.

March will bring a special limited-run performance of Philip Dawkins’ “The Happiest Place on Earth.” One actor plays every role in this heartwarming play that takes us to the magical kingdom and one family’s reckoning with life after the death of their beloved father and husband. More than 50 years after their journey, Philip (as the central character in his own true life story) retraces and illustrates how the women of his family grew up and moved on while asking if there really is a place where dreams can come true.

The Aurora Fox will close out Season 34 with a thought-provoking musical that gives a grounded human context for the historical watershed that was America in 1963, “Caroline, or Change” by Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori. Set in the heat of the Civil Rights Movement, the Tony-nominated “Caroline, Or Change” follows a black maid working for a middle-class Jewish family in Louisiana. When a small amount of money goes missing, buried tensions threaten to rip two families, and the struggling Caroline, apart. Loosely based on Kushner’s provocative and personal story, Caroline features a virtuosic score that blends blues, gospel, and traditional Jewish melodies into a magical, show-stopping musical masterpiece.

In addition to the Season 34’s full scale productions, the Fox will continue with its Cabaret Series featuring intimate performances by local and national talent, and will add a Staged Reading Series to look at new plays in development throughout the year.

The Fox is very excited to be giving back to the theatrical community this season. They will host a workshop reading of David Nehls’ and Zac Miller’s “Killer Wigs From Outer Space” followed by a Halloween Party; and all proceeds from this event will go to the Denver Actor’s Fund.
The Fox will also host show-affiliated panel discussions and talk backs with each production this season in their ‘Beyond The Show’ programming.

Executive Producer Helen Murray invites you to experience all the amazing productions at the Aurora Fox. “The season contains something for everyone. If you have been to the Fox regularly, we will keep you coming back. If you haven’t been in a while, or have yet to take the trip, then this is definitely the season you should join us!”

Songs for a New World
September 14 – October 14, 2018
Killer Wigs From Outer Space
October 31, 2018
Twist Your Dickens
November 23 – December 23, 2018
Hooded, Or Being Black for Dummies
January 18 – February 10, 2019
Life Sucks
February 22 – March 17, 2019
The Happiest Place on Earth
March 8 – March 24, 2019
Caroline or Change
April 5 – May 12, 2019

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