Hordes of the undead haven’t been able to stop Ash in the “Evil Dead” franchise, but what about a virus?
The final show of the Rochester Repertory Theatre’s 2019-20 season, "Evil Dead The Musical" is still set to open July 31 — for now.
Auditions were conducted virtually, with actors submitting to director Annie Landkammer a video of themselves performing a monologue and singing a song. Those were due Wednesday.
“Our fingers are crossed we can still do the show,” said Sue Schnell, managing director of the Rochester Rep. “We’re not a thousand percent sure, but we’re moving forward the best we can right now.”
The outbreak of the novel coronavirus forced the theater company to cancel “Strange Snow” halfway through its run and cancel the entirety of “Red” and “Comedy of Tenors.”
Tickets for those shows will be good for shows the rest of the 2020 calendar year, Schnell said.
The remaining shows of 2020 are the first shows of the Rep’s 2020-21 season — the company’s 37th season.
The season starts with Sarah Ruhl’s “Stage Kiss” on Oct. 9, directed by Cheryl Frarck. The show is about two former lovers reuniting years later cast as romantic interests in a theater production.
“The question becomes, how do two strangers who really are not strangers act intimately in front of a group of strangers?” Frarck said.
Is a kiss real if it’s an act? When does it become an act? Frarck describes the show as honest, “refreshing, honest, unexpected, hilarious, touching and thought provoking.”
For the holiday, Bill Schnell directs Patrick Barlow’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” The show opens Nov. 27 — Black Friday — and calls for a cast of five. One actor plays Ebenezer Scrooge, while the other actors play the dozens of other characters.
Dawn Farr will direct “Lucy,” a play by Damien Atkins about a woman reconnecting with her autistic daughter. The show explores autism and how a society defines what’s normal.
“It explores the subject with tension and possibilities, but not with any easy answers,” Farr said. “ Lucy opens Jan. 22.
The musical “Ten November” opens March 5. The show looks at the 1975 sinking of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald during a storm of Lake Superior. The show was written by Steven Dietz, with music by Eric Peltoniemi.
Director Jeanne Skattum said the show is a reminder that despite our technology, humans aren’t above the power and whims of nature.
“Ultimately, nature refuses to be just beautiful scenery,” Skattum said.
Merritt Olsen directs “The Liar” by David Ives, which opens April 23.
“Moonglow” by Kim Carney will be directed by Mary Pyfferoen and opens June 11.
Kami Sim directs “The Moors,” a dark comedy set in the 19th century by Jen Silverman. That opens July 30.