Let’s Put On A Show Productions, buoyed by the response to its inaugural single-play season, has announced its 2013-14 season with a tilt toward the humor of the extremes. Its first work will be “Afterlife of the Rich and Famous,” by a Naples playwright.
The group has partnered again with the Golden Gate Community Center to use its 150-seat Joan Jenks Auditorium, and has increased its season to four plays.
“We have a great group of people. We have these folks we have worked with over the past few years and they’ve really helped make this happen,” said Scott Lilly, a co-founder of the Naples-based company with Kevin Moriarty.
Its inaugural “Pageant Play” was fringe humor about mothers of child pageant contestants. But this season goes even further, digging into Hollywood relations and a variant on the beat-the-devil theme that pits a leading man against Satan’s leagues.
The founders’ unofficial hobby is reading new plays and seeing works at regional theaters whenever they travel.
“We have TONS of plays we’re reading,” Lilly said. “We see something and it intrigues us — we order it.”
He’s excited the opening play is the work of Laura Lorusso, who played Marge in “Pageant Play,” and the scary-funny “As Bees in Honey Drown.”
“It’s a kind of twisted ‘Auntie Mame,’ ” he said.
Let’s Put On a Show Productions doesn’t sell season tickets, but they’ll be available at $18 each before the season begins.
Here is the coming season:
“Afterlife of the Rich and Famous”: Oct. 18 — Nov. 2. An original premiere play by Laura Lorusso of Naples.
Rising star Alexander Lewis, had it all — looks, fame, fortune, and love ... or so he thought.
While on location shooting his latest blockbuster, an unfortunate accident, his own, brings Hollywood’s golden boy face to face with a devilishly appealing woman, Devela D’agon. Now, forced into a role he never imagined, as an afterlifer, Alexander must learn how to play by Death’s rules or face entrapment.
This “convoluted dark comedy,” as the season announcement calls it, probes whether Alexander can let go of his past and become the man he needs to be to outwit the reaper.
“As Bees in Honey Drown”: Jan. 23-Feb. 8, 2014. By Douglas Carter Bean.
This off-Broadway comedy hit pokes fun at the creation of the proverbial “hot new talent,” as Evan, a young novelist struggling to make it big, meets Alexa, a sexy, sophisticated agent and sometime actress eager to make him famous in Hollywood. It’s a satirical look at a society whose values center on fame and fortune, and what people will do for both. It contains strong language and mature subject matter, the company warns.
“The Lady With the Answers”: March 13-29, 2014.
This play depicts a short course on the life of renowned advice columnist Ann Landers. She has answered countless letters from lovelorn teens, confused couples and a multitude of others in need of advice, but late on a 1975 night, with a looming deadline, she must deal in her column publicly with her heartbreak of her upcoming divorce.
She shares her struggles in what Let’s Put On a Show calls a new perspective on the “wise, funny, no-nonsense woman whose daily dialogue with America helped shaped the social and sexual landscapes of the last half-century.”
Fourth show, to be announced: May 8-24, 2014.
Lilly said he and Moriarty are deciding among several plays and will have the final selection named within the next two months.