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Lifeline's Theatre's 2012-2013 Season

Join us for our 30th ANNIVERSARY SEASON of unforgettable BIG STORIES, UP CLOSE!

In its award-winning and audience-acclaimed style, Lifelineís 30th Anniversary season will feature six unforgettable books brought to life: sprawling, classic stories as well as thrilling contemporary titles, as Lifeline retains its reputation for fresh, imaginative interpretations of beloved favorites and embraces the challenges of new, thought-provoking works.

The MainStage season begins with the classic tale of suspense, The Woman in White, followed by the contemporary detective story, The City & The City, and concludes with the epic adventure of Bridge of Birds: A Tale of an Ancient China That Never Was. Lifelineís KidSeries season begins with the bestselling musical about farm politics, Duck for President, followed by the fun and adventure of, The Mystery of the Pirate Ghost, and ends with the irreverent hit musical, The Emperor's Groovy New Clothes: A Fashion Statement.

PLUS: continuing its dedication to the art of storytelling in all its forms, Lifeline Theatre is thrilled to produce the sixteenth annual Fillet of Solo Festival, a three-week, multi-venue solo performance festival.

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The Woman in White
September 7 - October 28, 2012

Based on the novel by Wilkie Collins
Adapted by Robert Kauzlaric
Directed by Elise Kauzlaric

"My own love! With all your wealth, and all your beauty, how friendless you are!"

Trapped in a loveless marriage and threatened by a conspiracy of ruthless men, young heiress Laura Fairlie faces a future of sorrow and misery. Her only hope lies with her true love, the poor artist Walter Hartright, and her sister Marian Halcombe, both of whom will risk everything to protect her. Without the law, society, or money on their side, Walter and Marian must race against time to free their beloved Laura and uncover the truth behind the mysterious woman in white that shares her face. A dark tale of romance and suspense, in a world premiere adaptation.

Based on the 1889 novel by Wilkie Collins (The Moonstone, Armadale), considered among the first mystery novels in the English language.

The City & The City
February 15 - April 7, 2013

Based on the novel by China Miéville
Adapted by Christopher M. Walsh
Directed by Dorothy Milne

"There's more going on here than you know."

Inspector Tyador Borlú of the Extreme Crime Squad is assigned to a seemingly open-and-shut case: an American student found dead in the gutters of the city of Beszel. But soon this deceptively simple crime reveals ties to powerful political and corporate factions at the heart of both Beszel and its twin city, Ul Qoma. Forced to cross the divide between two city-states coexisting in the same geographical space yet separated by irreconcilable cultural differences, Borlú must bring to justice the mastermind of the most unusual and dangerous case of his career. A thrilling crime story set in a location both fantastical and eerily real, in a world premiere adaptation.

Based on the 2009 novel by China Miéville, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the Hugo Award for Best Novel.

Bridge of Birds: A Tale of an Ancient China That Never Was
May 31 - July 21, 2013

Based on the novel by Barry Hughart
Adapted by Chris Hainsworth
Directed by Katie McLean Hainsworth

"Fable has strong shoulders that carry far more truth than fact can."

The children of Ku-fu have fallen victim to a deadly plague, and their fate rests in the hands of a stalwart young man named Number Ten Ox. Together with the irascible Master Li, an ancient scholar with "a slight flaw in his character," this simple peasant must set out on an unforgettable quest to secure the Great Root of Power, the only hope for his dying village. Explore a legendary land of magic and mystery with an unlikely pair of heroes, and do battle with ghosts, monsters, mercenaries, an evil Ancestress, and a very wicked Duke. A rousing adventure with humor and heart, in a world premiere adaptation.

Based on the 1984 novel by Barry Hughart, winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel.

Illustration by Betsy Lewin

Duck for President
October 20 - November 25, 2012

A musical based on the popular bestseller by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin
Adapted by James E. Grote
Music and lyrics by George Howe
Directed by Shole Milos

"My name is Duck, and I approved this message..."

Life on the farm is hard: too much work, not enough sleep, and no time for swimming. And who put Farmer Brown in charge, anyway? When the chores get out of control, itís time for a charismatic young Duck to run for office. And once heís running the farm, itís only a few more steps before heís running the whole country. With Cow and Henís help — and with Pig as his campaign manager — nothing can stand in Duckís way! The smash hit musical about the pitfalls of politics returns, just in time for the election.

Based on the 2004 bestseller by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin (Click, Clack, Moo; Dooby Dooby Moo).

Illustration by Geoffrey Hayes

The Mystery of the Pirate Ghost
January 12 - February 17, 2013

A world premiere based on the beloved whodunit by Geoffrey Hayes
Adapted by Scott T. Barsotti
Directed by Paul S. Holmquist

"There's a ghost on the loose... and we're going to catch it!"

A burglar is at large in Boogle Bay and the prime suspect is none other than the ghost of the infamous pirate Blackeye Doodle. Hungry for adventure, young Otto and his Uncle Tooth set out to capture the mischievous thief and recover the stolen goods. But all is not as it seems, and soon Otto must reach out to a troubled outsider and help him learn the value of honesty and hard work. A heartwarming adventure for children of all ages, with music, swashbuckling, and spooky fun!

Based on the 1985 book by Geoffrey Hayes (Bear by Himself, A Poor Excuse for a Dragon).

Illustration by Charles Riffenburg (www.grabbagmedia.com)

The Emperor's Groovy New Clothes: A Fashion Statement
March 23 - April 28, 2013

A musical based on the classic folktale by Hans Christian Andersen
Adapted and directed by Frances Limoncelli
Music and lyrics by George Howe
Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. (www.playscripts.com)

"Being a hero isn't quite as simple as it seems in the books..."

The Emperor is beloved as a chic trendsetter, but his ridiculous fashion tax is bankrupting the country. Determined to be a hero for the ages, one young girl travels to the royal palace to confront the superficial ruler and teach him a lesson about what really matters. Soon, however, a devious con man hatches a sinister plot to send the Emperor out among the people in nothing but his birthday suit, and only our heroine can save "His Royal Groovyness" from a world of embarrassment — but should she? The hilarious hit musical returns!

Based on the 1837 folktale by Hans Christian Andersen (The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling).


The 16th Annual Fillet of Solo Festival
January 3 - 20, 2013

Participants, scheduling and full pricing details for the 2013 Fillet of Solo Festival will be announced in Summer 2012.

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