Giving Tree Theater in Marion has a mix of cool comedy, hot drama, sweet romance and a Tony-winning musical in store for the end of 2017, continuing into the new year.
“Heather and I are very excited about what we’ve come up with to fill the first half of 2018 in Marion, while complementing all of the tremendous theatrical happenings in the community,” co-owner Richie Akers said in announcing the shows.
Dec. 29 to Jan. 14: Romantic comedy by John Cariani. It’s a batch of feel-good love stories, set in a fictional town in Maine.
Jan. 26 to Feb. 11: This new comedy by Joshua Harmon is about friendship, love and laughs. As with “Fun Home,” Giving Tree is again one of the first producers for a show hot off Broadway. The story revolves around a single man, 29, reflecting on his situation with and without love, as his engaged girlfriends find their “significant others.”
‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’
Feb. 23 to March 11: It’s the third Tennessee Williams play Giving Tree has produced since opening in 2015. This hot, sticky Southern yarn spins off Big Daddy, his son, Brick, and Brick’s wife, Maggie “the cat.”
March 30 to May 6: Michael Frayne’s farce calls for a full audience view of both the front and back of the set being used by a wacky cast of characters. “People keep telling us it would be impossible — or crazy — to build ‘that set’ in our cozy space,” Akers said. The show also marks an experimental extended run.
‘The Secret Garden’
June 8 to July 1: This family musical, based on the 1911 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, will become fully immersive. Giving Tree will become an English Manor with a garden.
Tickets: Watch for information at Givingtreetheater.com