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Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte announces 27th season

Actor's Theatre of Charlotte’s executive direcor Dan Shoemaker, right, and artistic director Chip Decker.
Actor's Theatre of Charlotte’s executive direcor Dan Shoemaker, right, and artistic director Chip Decker. ogaines@charlotteobserver.com

Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte had better retire Diana Grisanti’s number.

First the Kentucky-based playwright won the 2013 nuVoices festival with “River City,” a play about race relations in her hometown. Now, on the heels of its rolling world premiere this season, the Louisville slugger has won the 2015 nuVoices festival with “Inc.”

That drama will be part of ATC’s 27th season, which has a female-centric lineup: Three of the five announced plays are written or conceived by women, and ATC is on the brink of adding a sixth that fits that group. (A seventh, which will be revealed when the company obtains the rights, remains a mystery for now.)

The company has held the line on costs for Early Bird season tickets, which let you save up to 35 percent on single tickets: $180 for seven shows on any day, $131 for five shows on any day, $154 for seven shows on weekdays, $112 for five shows on weekdays. Early Bird pricing ends May 15. And the first time, ATC has decided to make tickets available to any musicals right now: Those are $17.50 to $35.

Here’s the lineup for 650 E. Stonewall St., not including potential preview dates on weekends before official openings:

Musical TBA show, July 29-Aug. 15: They pretty much know what it is but haven’t dotted the “i”s and signed the “t”s on the contract.

“Inc.,” Sept. 9-26: Call center representative Ada can’t sleep, gets a call at her job from a woman in need and takes a trip to help her – but things go wrong. Now Ada must confront regrets past and present, if she's ever going to sleep again.

“Bad Jews,” Oct. 28-Nov. 14: Joshua Harmon’s comedy asks questions about religious belief, as Daphna Feygenbaum – a “real Jew” with an Israeli boyfriend – battles cousin Liam and his gentile girlfriend Melody over grandfather’s Chai necklace, not to mention the family’s heritage.

“The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical,” Dec. 2-27. Book by Betsy Kelso, music and lyrics by David Nehls, cornball humor by Texas residents of Armadillo Acres trailer park. Last year’s Christmas cash cow comes back for another milking.

“nuVoices 4,” Jan. 14-17, 2016: Four finalists get staged readings; judges, audiences and staff pick one play to be developed into a full production.

Nonmusical TBA show, Feb. 24-March 12: Actor’s Theatre expects to be among the first to produce this drama, which it believes will contend for a Pulitzer, if the rights come through.

“Fly By Night,” April 20-May 7: Kim Rosenstock conceived this musical and wrote it with Will Connolly and Michael Mitnick. It’s a darkly comic rock fable, in which a melancholy sandwich maker intersects with two entrancing sisters around the time of the Northeast blackout of 1965.

“Stage Kiss,” June 8-25. ATC has done four Sarah Ruhl plays in nine years. (The others were “In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play),” “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” and “Clean House.”) In “Stage Kiss,” two actors with a history are thrown together as romantic leads in a 1930s melodrama and lose touch with reality, as the story onstage follows them offstage.

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