2023-2024 SEASON: Raise your voice!

Contemporary Classics is proud to announce the three productions that will comprise its first-ever theatre season under its new name and leadership.  The line-up includes a re-imaged, contemporary world premiere based on a play from the 1930's, a contemporary “revenge” comedy based on Shakespeare’s most famous stage direction, and closes with an outdoor production of Shakespeare’s quintessential rom-com featuring a witty battle of the sexes.  Oh, and karaoke! Did we mention  karaoke? All performances will be presented in partnership with local companies.

Events Included in this Season

Mark your calendars! Auditions start in July and tickets go on sale about six weeks before each event. Be sure to follow us on social media for the latest updates! 

 

A Karaoke Riot - October 20 & 21, 2023 at Sweetwater Bar and Grill in Duluth (21 years old+ only), conceived and directed by Michael Weiselberg; created by the cast through character-based improvisation (as taught by Avery Sharpe).  The first performance of Clifford Odets’ agit-prop “Waiting for Lefty” in 1935 started a riot and made him America's most popular playwright.  Based on the themes in Odets' play, our “Riot” gets an update to current times as ride-share drivers meet to discuss a strike, perform scenes, and SING KARAOKE!  Audience members will even get the opportunity to stick around afterwards and sing themselves!   A unique experience, not to be missed.  TWO NIGHTS ONLY!

 

Exit, Pursued by a Bear - February 23-25, 2024 at Lawrenceville Arts Center.  In Lauren Gunderson’s smart, dark revenge comedy, Nan plans to leave her abusive husband Kyle duct-taped to a chair, covered in meat and honey, for the Georgia bears to find.  But while she has him tied up, why not teach him a lesson first?  With the help of her friend Simon (acting as her emotional—and actual—cheerleader), a stripper named Sweetheart, and the words of personal hero Jimmy Carter, Nan makes her husband watch re-enactments of scenes from their painful past before the strangely hopeful end.  A very funny play about a very serious subject.

 

Much Ado About Nothing - Fridays through Sundays, May 3-12, 2024 at Autrey Mill Nature Preserve.  One of Shakespeare’s most beloved romantic comedies, director Susanna Wilson’s version of Much Ado is set in Italy during a 21st century film festival.  Love at first sight, jealousy and confusion, an illegitimate sibling, mixed-up lovers, three weddings and a funeral – Much Ado About Nothing is an amusing look at timeless truths about love, betrayal, and acceptance. All performances will be outside at the Autrey Mill amphitheater (or covered barn in case of rain).

 

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 Our programming is made possible, in part, through grants from The Gwinnett Creativity Fund through Explore Gwinnett.