Palm Beach Dramaworks continues its 12th Anniversary season with Paul Zindel’s play “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds” on Friday, January 6th (8PM) at their brand new Don & Ann Brown Theatre (201 Clematis Street). Special priced preview performances are slated for January 4th & 5th with regularly scheduled curtain times through January 29th.
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds tells the story of Tillie, a hopeful and focused dreamer who struggles to keep her aspirations alive amidst the chaos of her home-life, controlled by a desperate mother wonting of love and a rebellious sister. Tensions are elevated on the night of the school science fair where Tillie is hoping to be acknowledged for her project on the effect of gamma rays on man-in-the-moon marigolds. First published in 1970, the play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, and the Obie Award for Best American Play.
Dramaworks’ Producing Artistic Director, William Hayes will direct the production featuring Laura Turnbull, Arielle Hoffman, Skye Coyne, Harriet Oser, and Gracie Connell. The play will feature scenery designed by Michael Amico, costumes designed by Brian O’Keefe, and lights designed by Sean Dolan.
Paul Zindel is a Pulitzer Prize winning author, playwright and screenwriter. He began his career as a high school chemistry teacher before changing paths in 1969 to write novels. Zindel wrote from his own point of view; coming from a difficult upbringing, he stated that he felt he could do more for teenagers by writing for them. His first novel, “The Pigman,” was followed by several other influential books for teen readers. His screenplays include “Marigolds,” the film adaptation of his award-winning play as well as “Up The Sandbox” starring Barbra Streisand, and “Mame” starring Lucille Ball.
The season will continue with a distinguished roster of plays including “The Pitmen Painters” by Lee Hall (February 17 – March 11), “’Master Harold’…and the boys” by Athol Fugard (April 6 – April 29) and “Proof” by David Auburn (May 25 – June 17).
Palm Beach Dramaworks is a non-profit, professional theatre and is a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the South Florida Theatre League, Southeastern Theatre Conference, Florida Professional Theatres Association, Florida Theatre Conference, and the Palm Beach County Cultural Council.
The performance schedule is as follows: Evening performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 8PM; Sunday at 7PM; Matinee performances are on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2PM.
Individual tickets are $55 for all performances. Student tickets are available for $10. Group rates for 20 or more, and discounted season subscriptions are also available.
The Dramaworks’ new Don & Ann Brown theatre is located in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach, at 201 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401. For ticket information contact the box office at (561) 514-4042, open Tuesday through Saturday from 10AM to 8PM, and Sundays from 11AM to 8PM, or visit their website at www.palmbeachdramaworks.org.
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