Leave the kids at home for this one.
With their next production, the Collective Face Theatre Ensemble will stretch into their season theme of “Ruptured Romances” by featuring the Savannah debut of the adults-only musical “Hello Again,” with music by acclaimed Broadway composer, Michael John LaChiusa.
All performances are in partnership with the Savannah State University drama group Players by the Sea and begin on March 1. There will be no performances during St. Patrick’s weekend.
Artistic Director David I.L. Poole says he believes this is the first time “Hello Again” has been performed in Savannah.
“I was looking for something fresh,” he says. “This season we are trying to do works that may have never been done in our area … and that are edgy and exciting.”
He explains he first happened upon this musical many years ago in New York when he spotted a poster for the performance at the Lincoln Center Theater.
“I just happened to see the poster again recently and the memory came up and I said, that’s the one.
“I’m shocked it isn’t done more often,” he adds. “The music is just beautiful.”
While he notes some people may be afraid of the content—the musical does explore the depths of sexuality and sexual attraction among 10 characters in a musical fantasy spanning multiple generations—he says the storyline is focused on lusting, looking and longing.
“The sexual content is not the heart of the story,” Poole explains. “It’s about longing and trying to be fulfilled. There are scenes in this play that are just heartbreaking.”
Poole serves as director and designer for this show and says the performance is an hour and a half. It features what Poole calls a kaleidoscope of sexual encounters through a series of time periods—almost like taking a trip through a time machine that picks up and drops off in whatever order of history it chooses.
Scenes take place on a revolving set to give the audience an idea of a merry-go-round and peep show. If the storyline, music and set design doesn’t pull you in, the cast Poole has assembled for this performance will. It includes some of the best voices and talent in Savannah—and several are making their Collective Face debut.
The cast includes Kim Patrick Limehouse as the Senator; Adam Casey Dunn as the Whore and the Young Thing; Dennis Lopez as the Soldier; Cecilia Tran Arango as the Nurse; Brandan Howell as the College Boy; Emily Grainger as the Young Wife; Gary Shelby as the Husband; Tyler Price as the Writer; and Abigail Eller as the Actress. Diane Houseman is musical director and lighting design is by Michael Moynihan.
The Collective Face always kicks off opening night with a special treat. The March 1 performance will include a post-show reception with light hors d'oeuvres and a meet-and-greet with the cast and crew.
Poole will host David’s Dish, a pre-show talk about Poole’s vision for “Hello Again” on March 2 at 6:30 p.m. prior to the performance. Refreshments will be served and a $5 donation is requested.
The show is rated “R” due to language and sexual content, so it’s 18 and older only. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at www.collectiveface.org or you can get them at the door.