TAP Announces 2017 Winter/Spring Season

Photo by Heidi Hodges 
Third Avenue Playhouse announces the 2017 Winter Spring Season, beginning with a WINTER PLAY READING FESTIVAL (February 16- 26), continuing with Sam Shepard’s TRUE WEST (March 16 – April 9) and ending with the world premiere of VELVET GENTLEMAN by James Valcq (May 18 – June 4).
The WINTER PLAY READING FESTIVAL (Febrary 16-26) brings to the stage an eclectic selection of new and classic plays in this brand-new reading series TAP hopes will become an annual event. Admission is on a pay-what-you-can donation basis. Each play will be followed by a talk back with the cast and director.
Selected plays include CONSTELLATIONS by Nick Payne, DEAR ELIZABETH by Sarah Ruhl, THE EFFECT by Lucy Prebble, DOLORES by Edward Allen Baker, and BIRTHDAY BOYS, a new play written by TAP’s co-artistic director Robert Boles.
Readings will be directed by Richard Carlson, Alan Kopischke, James Valcq, Mark Moede, Paulette Laufer, Robert Boles and Amy Ensign.
Door County favorite Doug Mancheski returns to TAP from March 16-April 9 in TRUE WEST, a modern American  classic by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard. Estranged brothers claw for their piece of the American Dream in Sam Shepard’s deeply personal iconic play. In their Mother’s house, amidst the surreal terrain of the California desert,screenwriter and family man Austin is confronted by brother Lee whose reckless nature threatens to obliterate everything he has been working towards. Envy fuels a wild and side splitting attempt to escape into each other’s lives.
Joining Doug in the cast will be Jonathan Wainwright, Mark Moede, and Laurel Brooks.  The director is Robert Boles, TAP’s co-artistic director.
From May 18 to June 4, TAP will present the world premiere of VELVET GENTLEMAN, a colorful journey into the mind and music of the witty and eccentric composer Erik Satie whose music ranges from comically bizarre to hauntingly beautiful. Created and performed by TAP’s co-artistic director James Valcq, this multimedia theatre piece featuring Satie’s music, words, and drawings will transport audiences to fin de siécle Paris.