Very Truly Yours, Gilbert & Sullivan
September 2019-August 2022
Beginning a three-year run, Gayden Wren’s epistolary drama tells the story of Gilbert & Sullivan in excerpts from their letters and contemporary memoirs, letters and journalism. It was an Off-Broadway hit in 1997, and since then has been produced by various companies around the country, including productions in Ohio, upstate New York and Texas. The current production marks the company’s first since the original run of the show ended in 1999, except for a one-night-only special mounting in 2003 to kick off the company’s 50th-anniversary season. Directed by author/original director Gayden Wren, it features a quintet of the group’s finest singers and dancers with piano accompaniment.
A Gilbert & Sullivan Christmas Carol
The 25th-anniversary production of Gayden Wren’s popular holiday attraction is the company’s first since 2014. First presented in 1994, the show tells the story of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol through the music of Gilbert & Sullivan, featuring Wren’s original lyrics. Since the company staged the world premiere, A Gilbert & Sullivan Christmas Carol has been produced more than 60 times by companies throughout the United States and also in Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand and Macedonia. A 2001 Off-Broadway run sold out every ticket and was hailed by The New York Times as “Extremely funny … Sure to warm more than one cold heart” and by The New Yorker as “The old tale newly interesting—and a lot more fun!”