BrightSide Theatre plans 'Joseph,' 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' for new season

Updated 5/8/2018 4:51 PM

BrightSide Theatre announced its eighth season -- centered on the theme of "dreamers and schemers" -- will open Nov. 23 with a revival of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Artistic director Jeffrey Cass helms the biblical tale of Joseph, favorite son of Jacob. Sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, Jacob eventually rises to prominence when his ability to interpret dreams endears him to the Pharoah.

That's followed by Christopher Durang's sly domestic comedy "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" (March 8-24, 2019), about grown siblings -- all named after Anton Chekhov characters -- who are unhappy about the way their lives have unfolded. Masha, the most successful, is a famous actress who returns with her young lover Spike to the family nest that Vanya and Sonia have never left. Her visit upends the quiet household and reignites sibling rivalries.

BrightSide's season concludes with "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" (June 7-23, 2019) by writer Jeffrey Lane and composer/lyricist David Yazbek. Based on the 1988 film, the musical farce follows a pair of con men who practice their trade on the French Riviera.

Performances take place at the Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall at North Central College, 31 S. Ellsworth Ave., Naperville. Subscriptions are available by phone at (630) 447-8497 or online at Individual tickets go on sale July 15.

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