Aaron Sorkin, Stephen Sondheim, Margaret Atwood - and of course, Scarlett O'Hara. These are just some of the big names Manitobans will see on stage next season at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.
MTC artistic director Steven Schipper announced the lineup this morning. Here's what's coming up at the John Hirsch Mainstage:
A Few Good Men by Aaron Sorkin (Oct. 18 - Nov. 10): The movie is far better known than the play, and Sorkin better known for TV dramas like The West Wing. But the military courtroom drama began on stage in 1989, and MTC will kick their season off with that version.
Miracle on South Division Street by Tom Dudzick (Nov. 22 - Dec. 15): A family comedy centred around a miracle and a statue of the Virgin Mary, from the playwright behind Over the Tavern (a lovely comedy which was part of MTC's 2006-2007 season).
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, adapted by Niki Landau (Jan. 10 - Feb. 2): The world premiere of a new adaptation of Mitchell's epic Civil War drama by Toronto playwright Landau. Will you, frankly, give a damn, my dear? We'll see next January.
Ed's Garage by Dan Needles (Feb. 7 - Mar. 2): A light city-meets-small-town comedy from a group of guys who are familiar with that premise - Dan Needles writes the remarkably popular Wingfield plays, and Rod Beattie - Walt Wingfield himself - will star.
Daddy Long Legs by Paul Gordon and John Caird (Mar. 14 - Apr. 6): A musical adaptation of Jean Webster's 1912 novel about an orphan and her mysterious benefactor.
Other People's Money by Jerry Sterner (Apr. 18 - May 11): Another play best known for the film version, this 1989 story of a corporate raider may resonate in today's economic climate.
And here's what we'll see at the Tom Hendry Warehouse:
Red by John Logan (Nov. 1 - 17): Logan's 2009 drama about the artist Mark Rothko was a major hit earlier this season for Canadian Stage in Toronto this season. Will MTC's co-production with Victoria's Belfry Theatre repeat that success? We'll see next fall.
Assassins by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman (Jan. 17 - Feb. 2): MTC's entry in the 2013 Master Playwright Fest is Sondheim's darkly comical musical about nine people who have attempted to kill the American president. Presented by BirdLand Theatre and Talk Is Free Theatre, two artist-run musical theatre companies from Toronto.
The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood (Feb. 21 - Mar. 9): The stage adaptation of Margaret Atwood's 2005 retelling of the myth of Penelope was a smash hit for Toronto's Buddies In Bad Times theatre earlier this year. We'll see what the fuss is about next February.
Ride the Cyclone by Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwell (Mar. 21 - Apr. 6): A quirky, dark musical from the much-lauded Victoria company Atomic Vaudeville - it features the final "from-beyond-the-grave" performance of a teenage chamber choir who are killed in a roller coaster accident. Yup, that's quirky and dark all right.