2023 brings with it two very different one-woman shows: “acts of faith” and “The Year of Magical Thinking.” The U.S. premiere of “acts of faith” by David Yee follows a young woman named Faith (played by Colorado-based powerhouse, Betty Hart) from the African Copperbelt to the backwoods of Muskoka. When Faith is mistaken for a prophet, she begins to use her ‘gift’ and influence to right wrongs and to punish the wicked. It is a story about the eternal struggle between good and evil; the disillusionment of youth; and the power of belief. “The Year of Magical Thinking” is Joan Didion’s spellbinding adaptation of her bestselling memoir about her path to healing after the sudden loss of her husband and their only daughter.
Those two shows will run back-to-back on the same set, and will mark the official reopening of the Aurora Fox’s Studio Theater, that was been mostly out of commission since the Arts Center shut it down during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Aurora Fox will welcome in baseball season with the Colorado premiere of Lydia Diamond’s biographical play, “Toni Stone.” Stone was a trailblazer and the first woman to play ball in the Negro Leagues. She also has the distinction of being the first woman to play professionally in any men’s league, anywhere in the United States.
The Aurora Fox will close out its 38th season with a new musical adaption of the beloved classic by Robert Louis Stevenson, “Treasure Island.” Subtitled “A New Musical for a New Generation,” this incarnation by Carla Vitale and Brett Smock with music and lyrics by Corinne Aquilina is being further developed at the Aurora Fox under the direction of Helen R. Murray who says this swashbuckling musical about adventures on the high seas will be perfect for the whole family!
In addition to the six productions in Season 38, the Aurora Fox will also be presenting a couple community events: an open house on June 4, 2022 and its first in-person gala in more than two years.
“Planning is still underway, but I can tell you that were are excited to have Black Iris Collective performing for our speakeasy themed event,” says Murray of the typically annual fundraising event that has left a giant hole in the theater’s operating budget since its indefinite postponement in 2020.
The Fox is also piloting a new arts-in-education program by partnering with area schools to present Thursday matinees of “Futurity,” “Toni Stone,” and “Treasure Island.” This will be the first time the theater has set aside certain performances specifically targeting young learners, and already those performances are nearly sold out.
“I am so excited to share next season’s shows with our community,” says Murray. “They all celebrate the joyous and heart-changing moments that we collectively experience in a story well-told and a life well- lived.”
For more information on the Aurora Fox’s 38th season, including information on special season ticket packages and our student matinees, please visit AuroraFox.org.
COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE June 4, 2022
GALA NIGHT 2022
September 17, 2022
FUTURITY – A New Indie-Rock Musical
Directed by Helen R. Murray | Music Direction by Angela Steiner October 7 – October 30, 2022
Student matinees: Thursdays Oct. 13 & 27 at 10:00 a.m.
THE JEDI HANDBOOK
Directed by Geoffrey Kent November 25 – December 18, 2022
acts of faith
Directed by Helen R. Murray and starring Betty Hart January 20 – February 5, 2023
THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING
Directed by Christy Montour-Larson February 9 – February 26, 2023
Directed by Kenny Moten
March 10 – April 2, 2023
Student matinees: Thursdays March 23 & 30 at 10:00 a.m.
TREASURE ISLAND – A New Musical for a New Generation
Directed by Helen R. Murray | Music Direction by David Nehls April 28 – May 21, 2023
Student matinees: Thursdays May 4 & 11 at 10:00 a.m.
Other ancillary programming includes:
New Year’s Cabaret
Monthly Cultural Concerts for Young Audiences Athena Project Play Festival
Little Foxes Summer Theater