Musical Comedy “Urinetown” Coming to Stonehill
March 28, 2011
The Stonehill Theatre Company and Department of Visual and Performing Arts will present its spring production, a satirical comedy music called "Urinetown," on April 7th, 8th, and 9th at the Hemingway Theatre. Originally written by Greg Kotis and Mark Hollman, the musical comedy will start each night at 8 p.m.
Following a 20 year drought, the characters of the play are forced by the Urine Good Company (UGC) to "pay-to-pee." Those who cannot afford to pay the price for one of life's basic needs are sent to the penal colony "Urinetown". When a fee hike is enacted, a rebel worker leads a revolt against the UGC, demanding that people should be able to pee for free.
Kotis got the original idea for this most-unusual play topic while on a trip to Europe, where he discovered a pay-per-use toilet. He combined with Hollman and the play was developed, opening on Broadway on September 20, 2001. The work pokes fun at the legal system, capitalism, corporate power, and political mismanagement, and engages the audience to think of how a malevolent company profits off one of humanity's basic amenities.
"Urinetown" has been performed on and off since 2003, and with its modern wit and musical innovation, the Stonehill Theatre Company will highlight the unconventional plotline of the play, and produce gales of unbridled laughter for the audience.
In his stage debut, first-year student Chris Borelli will star as the hero Bobby Strong. Meg Quin Dussault, a graduate of the Trinity Repertory Conservatory, will direct this adaptation of "Urinetown." She is the co-founder of the theatre company InCharge Productions, and directed an adaptation of "Miss Saigon" that debuted in April of last year at Sharon (MA) High School.
The Stonehill Theatre Company will sing, act, and pee its way to the stage in this comedic romp for three nights only. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, and $8 for general admission. Tickets can be reserved from March 28th and April 9th by calling the STC box office at (508) 565-1458. They may also be purchased at the door on the nights of the play.
The Company supports Pennies for Peace, initiated by Greg Mortenson. A collection box will be located at the refreshment table during intermission. Please consider donating to this worthwhile cause. Also, visit the Stoneforge Grill on performance nights to receive a 10% discount off your meal. Show your ticket stub to receive the discount.
For more information, contact Communications and Media Relations at 508-565-1321.