Troy Heard, the artistic director of the Chattahoochee Shakespeare Co., announced the third season of his company yesterday.
ChattShakes also has a new home for his company. It's 1242 Broadway, across the street from the Bradley Theatre.
"We're working furiously to get the building in shape for a very busy year," he wrote in the e-mail announcing the season. "I'm thrilled to have a space that is flexible enough to create a brand-new environment for ech production."
Of course, he knows he's got challenges growing an audience, especially young people.
"Instead of trying to compete with the Internet and interactive gaming, we're going to embrace it. The intimacy the new space provides between the actor and the audience is unmatched by a computer screen. But our audiences will find us creating a stronger presence through Facebook and our Web site."
Besides getting the space ready, he's also applied for a beer and wine license.
Heard is excited, but also nervous. But he has lots of ideas.
"There are also going to be some tricks I've pulled out from Las Vegas. It's all part of creating a comfortable, relaxed theater/lounge atmosphere. After all, there's nothing pretentious about a theater with an Elton John pinball machine in its lobby."
Heard spent three years working at "KA," one of the Cirque du Soleil shows in Las Vegas before moving back to Columbus.
Here's the season:
"The Rocky Horror Show," July 23-Aug. 15. Heard directed this show a few years ago in the Studio Theatre, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, where it was very well received. Innocent Brad and Janet are lured into a spooky castle ruled by Dr. Frank N. Furter. Of course, there will be midnight shows. For mature audiences.
"The Tempest," Sept. 10-26. This may be Shakespeare's most fantastic fairy tale. Survivors of a shipwreck wash up on a Caribbean island.
"Cannibal! The Musical," Oct. 22-Nov. 14. Based on the movie by Trey Parker ("South Park") and adapted for the stage by Heard, who directed it when he was a senior working on his master's degree in directing at the Savannah College of Art and Design. It's the true story of a group of miners who follow their dreams of riches and end up trapped in the Rocky Mountains. It's "Friday the 13th: Part 2" meets "Oklahoma!"
"The Santaland Diaries," Dec. 3-19. Based on the book by David Sedaris, it's about a man who finds the world's worst temporary job: An elf at Macy's Santaland. Despite the holiday theme, it's for mature audiences.
"Oleanna," Jan. 14-30. Written by David Mamet, it's about a college professor and his female student whose conversation turns into something much worse. For mature audiences. Come on, it is Mamet!
"Romeo and Juliet," Feb. 18-March 6. The most famous love story in the world. Two families, a feud, a boy and a girl, sword fights. What more do you want?
"The 24-Hour Plays," March 20. Again, 10 writers, five directors, actors, technicians and volunteer spend 24 hours creating five new plays with celebrity guest stars. And the ticket price is determined by a roll of the dice.
"Betty's Summer Vacation," April 1-17. Written by Christopher Durang, Betty looks forward to a quiet vacation, until she meets her roommates — overly chatty Trudy, oversexed Buck and sweet, quiet Keith.
"The Merry Wives of Windsor," May 6-9. This is the third RiverShakes Weekend presentation. Sir John Falstaff is a womanizing, drunk lout. And the women of Windsor are not safe from his attentions. This one will be in the Riverfront Amphitheatre.
For more information, go to www.chattshakes.com or call Heard at 702-423-6366.