|Justin Gregory Lopez in Paint Your Wagon at the 5th Avenue Theatre (Mark Kitaoka)|
June has a smaller group of theater openings than usual for this city. Maybe that means you can make it to each one of these before the month is out!
9 Circles, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, 6/2-25/16
9 Circles is based on the infamous case of former 101st Airborne Division Pfc Steven Dale Green, convicted in a federal court in 2009 of raping and killing an Iraqi fourteen-year-old girl and murdering her family. Green was discharged from the military in May 2006 after being found to have a personality disorder. He was sentenced to multiple life sentences in civilian court and hung himself in prison. 9 Circles won the 2011 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award.
Paint Your Wagon, 5th Ave, 6/2-26/16
This may look like a classic musical, but it’s being billed as a “revisal” – a reworking of an old version. The music remains, with classics like They Call the Wind Maria, but the book (script) has been rewritten by Jon Marans. It’s the story of the rise and fall of a remote mining town during the height of the Gold Rush. Men and women from around the world take a leap of faith and journey to California to seize hold of the American dream, only to find themselves swept up in a clash of culture, passion, greed and romance. Filled with local veteran performers and a few imported powerhouses, this is an exciting opportunity.