Riot Act revs up for season

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Riot Act, Inc. has raised the curtain on its 2018/2019 production schedule bringing drama, comedy and its annual series of shorts back to Jackson stages for the theater company’s 16th season.

The season kicks off in the autumn of 2016 with The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer. Performances will run in the late fall of 2018.

A searing drama about public and private indifference to the AIDS plague and one man’s lonely fight to awaken the world to the crisis. Produced to acclaim in New York, London and Los Angeles, The Normal Heart follows Ned Weeks, a gay activist enraged at the indifference of public officials and the gay community. While trying to save the world from itself, he confronts the personal toll of AIDS when his lover dies of the disease. (Samuel French).

Next up, Riot Act brings the popular musical, Chicago by Maurine Dallas Watkins, Fred Ebb, John Kander, and Bob Fosse, to life. The performances will run in the winter of 2019.

In roaring twenties Chicago, chorine Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap…until he finds out he’s been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another “Merry Murderess,” Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the “American Dream: fame, fortune, and acquittal.” (Samuel French).

 The final full-length production will be Fat Pig by Neil LaBute, running in the Spring of 2019.

Cow. Slob. Pig. How many insults can you hear before you have to stand up and defend the woman you love? Tom faces just that question when he falls for Helen, a bright, funny, sexy young woman who happens to be plus sized-and then some. Forced to explain his new relationship to his shallow (although shockingly funny) friends, finally he comes to terms with his own preconceptions of the importance of conventional good looks.

Neil LaBute’s sharply drawn play not only critiques our slavish adherence to Hollywood ideals of beauty but boldly questions our own ability to change what we dislike about ourselves.

Finally, Riot Act will close the season with its longstanding and popular series of Short Plays and their sixth annual New Play Festival. Always a community favorite, Shorts offers a sort of theatrical hors d’oeuvre for artists and audiences with multiple one-act plays sharing the bill.

In the past, Riot Act has produced not only well-known plays, but several original works by local playwrights, all while providing new actors and directors a chance to stretch their creative legs. In the 2013/14 season, the New Play Festival was introduced as a way for playwrights to submit work and get it produced. Shorts is scheduled for June 2019.

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