Centre Stage presents new season

UNIVERSITY PARK – Penn State Centre Stage is ready to raise the curtain on its 2013-14 season.

In the upcoming season, the professional arm of the Penn State School of Theatre will highlight award-winning plays and award-winning actors. Producing Artistic Director Dan Carter announces the Centre Stage season attractions:

GOOD PEOPLE – Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (June 12 to 22) – Kicking off the season is Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire’s comedy-drama set in Boston. Sharp-tongued single mom Maggie Walsh just lost her job, scrambles to make ends meet and looks up an old flame, hoping he’ll help her make a fresh start.

Heading the cast as Maggie Walsh is Broadway actress Amelia Campbell, who received a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actress for her performance in “Our Country’s Good.” The cast also includes R. Ward Duffy, recipient of the Suncoast Best Actor Award for his performance in “True West” and Penn State School of Theatre “faculty legend” Jane Ridley.

DOUBT: A PARABLE – Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (July 24 to Aug. 3) – Jane Ridley returns to star as Sister Aloysius Beauvier in John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner for Best Play. The stern nun principal of an elementary school suspects that the popular parish priest is sexually abusing young boys. Her confrontation with the priest, who vehemently denies any impropriety, is riveting drama.

NO PLACE TO BE SOMEBODY – Pavillon Theatre (Oct. 1 to 10) – The fall season begins with another Pulitzer Prize winning play by Charles Gordone and directed by “renowned faculty visionary” Charles Dumas. Set during the Civil Rights era, a black bartender matches wits with a white mobster with unexpected results.

GUYS AND DOLLS – The Playhouse (Nov. 5 to 20) – Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, this oddball romantic comedy has colorful characters of high-rolling gamblers, their patient girl friends and the Save-A-Soul missionaries. The classic score features words and lyrics by Frank Loesser. (“A Bushel and a Peck,” “I’ve Never Been in Love Before,” “Luck Be A Lady,” “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat”)

INTO THE WOODS – Pavillon Theatre (Feb. 18 to March 1) – Ste-phen Sondheim’s fairy tale musical asks the question “What happens after happily ever after?” A baker and his wife join forces with familiar characters, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and a witch who raps to bring down a revengeful giant. With many transitions and no chorus, Sondheim has crafted a timeless but always relevant musical classic.

BLOOD AT THE ROOT – Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (March 25 to April 5, 2014) – For the season finale, Penn State School of Theatre has commissioned a new play by Dominque Morisseau. Prejudice and injustice in the Deep south are at the forefront of this drama to be directed by Steve Broadnax. The trial of the Jena Six and the “white tree” provide the true-life background for this original award-winning playwright.

Subscription and individual tickets are available at the Downtown Theatre Center, Eisenhower Box Office, Bryce Jordan Center, or by calling 814-863-0255 or 1-800-ARTS TIX; or visit www.theatre.psu.edu.