Quadracci Powerhouse Theater

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The Color Purple

Book by Marsha Norman
Music and Lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray
Directed by Mark Clements
September 23 – November 2, 2014 — Quadracci Powerhouse

Following the success of last year’s Ragtime, Mark Clements and his creative team reunite to bring you the hit musical based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. This glorious musical saga, spanning four decades, tells the unforgettable story of a woman who finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her own unique voice in the world. With a joyous Grammy-nominated score featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues, The Color Purple captures the hearts of young and old, and reminds us that “it only takes a grain of love to make a mighty tree.”

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Comedy

Harvey

By Mary Chase
Directed by KJ Sanchez
November 18 – December 21, 2014 — Quadracci Powerhouse

Elwood P. Dowd has a friend in Harvey—a six-foot-tall rabbit “pooka,” visible only to him. Elwood’s behavior relating to his invisible friend is a constant source of frustration for his long-suffering family. When his social-climbing sister attempts to have him committed to an asylum, she learns she’d rather have Elwood just as he is—kind, caring, genial at peace with the world and his place in it—than turn him into something he’s not. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and made famous by Jimmy Stewart’s performance in the iconic 1950 film, Harvey is the perfect comedy for the holiday season!

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Good People

By David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Kate Buckley
January 20 – February 15, 2015 — Quadracci Powerhouse

In South Boston, gossiping and bustin’ chops is the name of the game. You can bet your weekly BINGO winnings that everyone knows your personal business. Southie native, Margie, has found herself in tough times – no job, overdue rent, and a difficult family. With very little left to lose, Margie turns to an old flame for help, and ends up finding out that sometimes it only takes a few good people to help you succeed in life. An insightful piece about class and culture, this recent Broadway hit is darkly funny and surprisingly touching.

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World Premiere Event!

Five Presidents

By Rick Cleveland
Directed by Mark Clements
March 10 – April 5, 2015 — Quadracci Powerhouse

From Emmy Award-winning writer, Rick Cleveland (Six Feet Under, The West Wing and House of Cards), comes a funny and incisive new drama about the meeting of America’s most exclusive club – the ex-presidents. Obliged to gather together on the day of Richard Nixon's funeral, four "exes" and one "current" vent frustrations, revisit old grievances, and reveal the toll it takes on any person foolish enough to seek the highest office in the land.

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Peter and the Starcatcher

A Play by Rick Elice
Adapted from the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Music by Wayne Barker
Directed by Blake Robison
April 21 – May 24, 2015 — Quadracci Powerhouse

Join a swashbuckling, mad-cap adventure aboard the good ship Neverland! Before Peter was Pan, he was just an orphan who didn’t like grownups. But his future changes forever when the lost boy boards a pirate ship, and we’re whisked away on a breathtaking adventure to answer the question: How did a boy named Peter become The Boy Who Never Grew Up? Fun for the whole family, the five-time Tony Award-winning show features a dozen actors playing more than 100 unforgettable characters. The New York Times called it “the most exhilarating…storytelling in decades! You must experience it for yourself.” This innovative, hilarious and imaginative prequel to Peter Pan will have you HOOKed the moment you let your imagination take flight.

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