Gaslight Theatre Company, traditionally known for its unique use of venues and pop-up performance spaces, is taking root this season in a year-long rental of a commercial space in the East End Centre located on Heinz Road in Wilkes-Barre Township.
“Producing all of our shows in one space this year will make for some fun design possibilities. The location is convenient to our audiences from Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, and the surrounding communities and will allow Gaslight to provide evenings of improv theatre, poetry readings, workshops, musical acts, and additional programming between our major shows. In all, it will be an exciting season, rich with art for and from Northeastern Pennsylvania,” noted Gaslight’s Artistic Director, Matthew Hinton.
In addition to finding a more permanent home, Gaslight has also expanded their season to include four major productions, something the Company has not yet explored before. To start, Gaslight presents its fifth installment of the original one-act series, Playroom, created by Hinton. Playroom uses the same set design to inspire a handful of playwrights to craft individual one-acts around the same space, resulting in an evening of short-form theatre that quickly ebbs and flows through thought-provoking and laugh-out-loud moments. This year, the Company moves to the garage for eight fascinating stories written by the region’s most talented playwrights including Okla Elliott, Emily Halbing, Jennifer Hill, Lori M. Myers, B. Garret Rogan, Rachel Luann Strayer, Lukas R. Tomassacci, and Hinton, himself. Playroom: Garage will run July 14-17 and 21-24, 2016.
Following Playroom, Gaslight will present Toast! Conceived by local author, playwright, and director David Parmelee, the play is composed entirely of online reviews of products purchased on a popular shopping site. Not a word has been added—only cuts made for brevity. The depth of human experience revealed in 175 short evaluations of toasters, coffee makers, juicers, mousetraps, condoms, and toilet plungers is almost incredible, resulting in a hysterical, pathos-filled look into the modern human condition. Gaslight returns to the Scranton Fringe Festival (Sept. 29 - Oct. 2) to premiere Toast! with an additional weekend of performances Oct. 6-9, 2016.
In January, Gaslight will again present an original piece written by Eastern Pennsylvanian writer and educator B. Garret Rogan. The Pallbearers is a darkly comic take on social growth and decay and is the fourth collaboration between Rogan and director David M. Reynolds. The Pallbearers runs Jan. 19-22 and 26-29, 2017.
Gaslight will close out the season with Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts under direction of Brandi George. This 2010 Tony nominated play takes a witty and provocative look at faith, commitment, and unconditional love. While the play's central story focuses on the five year relationship between Adam and Luke, Next Fall goes beyond a typical love story. This timely and compelling new American play forces us all to examine what it means to "believe" and what it might cost us not to. Next Fall will run May 18-21 and 25-27, 2017.
Tickets for all four shows will go on sale July 4 and can be purchased online at www.ticketfly.com. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students/seniors. Seating is general admission and limited so advanced purchases are highly recommended. For more information, please visit www.gaslight-theatre.org.