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Taproot Theatre’s new season on sale today

Single tickets for Taproot Theatre Company’s 2010 season are on sale, starting today. Taproot begins its 34th season in its newly-restored theater at 204 N. 85th St. The theater was heavily damaged by smoke and water in the Oct. 23 arson.

Opening the season is C.S. Lewis’ “The Great Divorce,” running Jan. 27-Feb. 27.

One drizzly afternoon our author embarks on a supernatural voyage with a cast of eccentric, humorous characters that bear a remarkable resemblance to us. Theatrical, imaginative and thought provoking. It’s a bus ride through heaven and hell that, in the grand C.S. Lewis tradition, leaves you breathless and wanting more. By C.S. Lewis, adapted by George Drance & The Magis Theatre.

Next up is “Brooklyn Boy,” which runs March 17-April 17.

Can we ever go home… and do we want to? Eric Weiss has finally made it big with a best seller and a shot at a Hollywood film. An inconvenient phone call brings him back to the Brooklyn neighborhood he grew up in and happily left behind. Witty and deeply touching, this story of growing up, coming home and making sense of it all is sure to warm your heart. A regional premiere. By Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies.

“Charley’s Aunt” runs May 12-June 12.

By George! This is splendid! A quiet afternoon luncheon turns into a hilarious masquerade when college chums attempt to woo a pair of charming young ladies. After persuading a classmate to impersonate their missing aunt (and chaperone), mischief, high jinks and shenanigans ensue. This hilarious classic has been delighting audiences for over 100 years. By Brandon Thomas.

“Man of La Mancha” plays July 7-Aug. 7.

Don Quixote is mad… mad enough to dream an impossible dream while tilting after windmills with his trusty sidekick, Sancho Panza. Taproot’s adventurous new staging of Cervantes’ immortal classic reunites you with a story and songs that will capture your imagination and set you dreaming again. Quixote’s romantic quest is as crazy as he is. But is his impossible dream madness or vision? The trial is about to begin. A musical play by Dale Wasserman with music by Mitch Leigh & lyrics by Joe Darion; original production staged by Albert Marre; originally Produced by Albert W. Selden and Hal James.

“Wedding Belles” runs Sept. 22-Oct. 23.

When a bedraggled bride is found stranded at an East Texas bus station in 1942, the determined ladies of the Eufala Springs Garden Club leap into action! Lemonade, wedding cake and a gown are easy enough to come by… but where’s the groom? This side-splitting comedy overflows with love, laughter and Southern hospitality at its best! From the creator of “Smoke on the Mountain.” A regional premiere. By Alan Bailey & Ronnie Claire Edwards.

Performances take place Wednesday through Saturday evenings, with matinees on Saturdays. Ticket prices range from $22 to $35. Taproot also offers a $10 ticket for ages 25 and under during its regular season, discounts for students and seniors, group rates for parties of eight or more, and one pay-what-you-can performance for each production. Subscription packages are still available. The 226-seat theatre is wheelchair accessible.

Tickets are available by phone at 206-781-9707 during box office hours (12-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday) and online. Due to the restoration efforts, walk-up sales are delayed until the theatre reopens in late January.

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