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Theatre Aspen sets ’08 summer season

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” Theatre Aspen’s 2008 summer season will include “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Crimes of the Heart” and “Rounding Third,” presented in rotating repertory at the Theatre Aspen tent in Rio Grande Park. Also to be presented is the children’s theater production, “Seussical the Musical.”

The season runs June 27 through Aug. 23.

“Little Shop of Horrors,” opening June 27, is composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman’s off-Broadway adaptation of Roger Corman’s 1960 B-movie about an evil plant with intentions for world domination. Frank Oz’s film remake, from 1982, earned a pair of Oscar nominations.

“Rounding Third,” opening July 10, is a comedy by Richard Dresser about two mismatched men who end up coaching the same Little League team.

“Crimes of the Heart,” opening July 24, is the story of three sisters from a dysfunctional family who reunite at their grandmother’s Mississippi home. It earned the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for playwright Beth Henley. A 1986 film adaptation earned Henley an Academy Award nomination for best adapted screenplay.

Opening July 12 is “Seussical,” a musical based on the stories and drawings of Dr. Seuss that opened on Broadway in 2000.

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Also, Theatre Aspen announced in October the hiring of Paige Price as artistic director, and Shirley Tipton as executive director. Price appeared onstage last summer in Theatre Aspen’s production of the musical, “The Last Five Years.” Tipton previously served as the organization’s operations manager.

For further information on Theatre Aspen, go to http://www.theatreaspen.org.