2019 Season at Towle Theater

  The Towle Theater is excited to announce its 16th Season.  The 2019 Season opens with the Midwest Premiere musical, “Swing State” by Dana Yeaton & Andy Mitton.  What if the people who are ruining this country were your only friends? In SWING STATE, Bonnie has promised God she’ll save every little soul in her Appalachian Kindergarten class, and if that means risking her job, or happens to trigger her chronic back pain  well, so be it. Neil, the new chiropractor in town, sees things differently. A gay, new-age transplant from Brooklyn, Neil is over the moon when his first treatment turns out to be a miracle cure. But Bonnie is feeling things she hasn’t felt in years and has a different response: “Put me back.” The moment Neil refuses, they’re off…and another epic battle in the Culture Wars is ON. With both of their professional lives now in flux, Neil is determined to help Bonnie recover and return to a normal life, no matter what the cost…”Swing State” runs February 22-24, March 1-3, 8-10, 2019. 
     The second show of the season is the drama “Mama’s Boy” by Rob Urbinati.  It is the riveting story of Lee Harvey Oswald and his complex relationship with his overbearing mother Marguerite.  Mama’s Boy follows Marguerite’s reckless attempts to reunite her family, from Lee’s return to the U.S. from Russia, through the assassination of Kennedy, to her son’s own murder and her defense of his innocence in the months that follow. A fascinating examination of family dynamics and obsessive maternal devotion played out in the shadow of history. Performances are May 3-5, 10-11, 17-19, 2019.   
     The summer musical at the Towle is a Midwest Premiere of “String.” This show was recently released to us for producing after its world premiere in Washington.  The show was written by Sarah Hammond and music was written by Adam Gwon.  Adam Gwon wrote Ordinary Days which was produced at the Towle in 2012.  The musical revolves around three sisters, goddesses known as the Fates.  They spin, measure, and snip the strings of life for every human on earth. After angering Zeus, they find themselves banished to a modern office building in the mortal world, where they continue their work hidden among the mortals whose destinies they weave. When the eldest sister meets a security guard in the building and falls in love, she bends the rules of Fate to keep him at her side — but can the fabric of the Universe stand a flaw? An original musical about fate, love, and the imperfections that make us human. This musical runs July 12-14, 19-21, 26-28, 2019.
     The final show of the 2019 season is the dark comedy, “The Smell of the Kill,” by Michele Lowe .  Take three delicious, malicious wives, add three miserable, unloving husbandsand chill. That’s the recipe of Michele Lowe’s tantalizing comedy that had Broadway audiences cheering. The Smell of the Kill revolves around Nicky, Debra and Molly who have tolerated one another during once-a-month dinners for years. While their unseen spouses talk golf in the dining room, the women exchange confidences for the first time revealing that all three marriages are on the brink of disaster and all three women are facing the challenges of their lives. When the men mistakenly lock themselves in a basement meat locker the women are faced with a life-or-death decisionshould they leave the men out in the coldpermanentlyor let them thaw? 
The performances for The Smell of the Kill are September 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 2019.
     Don’t miss out on all four shows at the low price of only $65. Order your Season Tickets today and lock in that $65 price for 2020. In 2020, Season Tickets will have a price increase.  For more information on purchasing season tickets, please visit www.towletheater.org or call the box office at 219-937-8780.


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