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Tony Amendola and Laura Heisler in Julia Cho's "The Language Archive," at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, Calif., in 2010. (Photo by Henry DiRocco/SCR)

Bristol Riverside Announces Its 2015–16 Season

The slate ranges from Neil Simon to Julia, from a bio-drama about Justice William O. Douglas to ‘Man of La Mancha.’

BRISTOL, PA.: Bristol Riverside Theatre has announced its 2015–2016 season, including five shows ranging from classics to contemporary work, drama to musical theatre.

The season kicks off with a revival of William Inge’s Bus Stop (Sept. 29–Oct. 18). Susan D. Atkinson will direct this romantic comedy about a busload of travelers stranded at a Kansas diner during a snowstorm.

Douglas Scott’s Mountain: The Journey of Justice Douglas, a bio-drama about the controversial Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, is next (Nov. 3–22). Atkinson again directs, and Keith Baker stars as the FDR-appointed judge who was the court’s longest-serving justice ever, and by many accounts most consistently civil libertarian.

Ringing in the new year is the Philadelphia premiere of Julia Cho’s The Language Archive (Jan. 26–Feb. 14), about a linguist consumed with preserving the dying languages of far-flung cultures while struggling with communication in his own personal life. Adam Immerwhar directs.

Next is Neil Simon’s Rumors, to be directed by Keith Baker (March 22–April 17), about a scandalous party at a deputy mayor’s home.

The season concludes on May 10–June 5 with the beloved musical Man of La Mancha, with music by Mitch Leigh, lyrics by Joe Darion, and book by Dale Wasserman, also directed by Baker and starring Robert Newman as Don Quixote.

BRT will also feature a series of special pre- and post-performance programs, including post-show discussions the first Tuesday and Wednesday of each run; an opening night post-performance reception the first Thursday of each run; a Friday Festival  on the first Friday of each run, in which guest speakers provide background information on the production; a Wine-Down Wednesday, the second Wednesday evening of each run, featuring preshow crudité, desserts and complimentary wine; a Thirsty Thursday, the third Thursday of each run, featuring unique beer selections from local breweries; and Theatre Theology, the third Sunday of each run, featuring a post-show discussion of the Jewish themes and issues in each production.

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