Life on the Margins of Polite Society

The “Wonderful Bag” contains many things.  In the past, it has held the world’s most dangerous mountain, a katana, the Soady Ridge buck, a can of Spam, and many, many other items. Its contents are the imaginations of all of the artists that are part of The Fox. On the Ides of March, 2016, we opened up our “Wonderful Bag” and found an interesting theme for our 32nd Season: “Life On The Margins of Polite Society.”

Nowhere else but in Aurora will you find a vampire, a disabled beggar with a goat cart, an obsessed explorer of an undiscovered species, a Midwesterner trying to build a business in China and three drag queens traveling across the Australian Outback–all under one roof!

Season 32 explores “Life on the Margins of Polite Society”-–how does mainstream society work consciously and unconsciously to exclude groups of people, and how do those excluded groups find the strength to survive and succeed? Be prepared to be amazed and entertained!

Season 32 begins on October 7, 2016. You won’t want to miss it!

Music by Frank Wildhorn
Book and Lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton
Conceived by Don Black, Christopher Hampton and Frank Wildhorn
On the Aurora Fox Mainstage
October 7 – November 6, 2016

Dracula is a thrilling drama of suspense and a Gothic romance, set in Europe at the end of the Victorian Age. The story follows the famed vampire as he lusts for new blood. Jonathan Harker and Mina Murray fall victim to Dracula’s unnatural charm, and along with Doctor Van Helsing, must fight Dracula’s supernatural powers. Dracula will enthrall audiences with its powerful score and its potential for bringing the undead to life in this haunting musical of unrequited love.

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
By George Gershwin, Dubose and Dorothy Heyward and Ira Gershwin
Book adapted by Suzan-Lori Parks
Musical Score Adapted by Dierdre L. Murray
On the Aurora Fox Mainstage
November 25 – January 1, 2017

This operatic adaptation of Heyward’s play, Porgy and Bess, follows the lives of the inhabitants of Catfish Row, an African-American section of Charleston, South Carolina. We follow the crippled Porgy and his beloved Bess, who is under the thrall of the dangerous Crown, and the sinewy drug dealer Sportin’ Life.

Myth (World Premiere)
By Charles Wefso
In the Aurora Fox Studio Theatre
January 20 – February 19, 2017

Jason’s small campfire and videocamera strain to penetrate the darkness of the remote woods outside of Yellow Knife, Canada. Jason is doggedly searching for the definitive proof of an undiscovered species he is certain exists, and must exist in this place.

Chinglish (Regional Premiere)
By David Henry Hwang
On the Aurora Fox Mainstage
March 24 – April 9, 2017

A hilarious comedy about the challenges of doing business in a country whose language and underlying cultural assumptions can be worlds apart from those of the West. The play tells the adventures of Daniel, an American businessman from the Midwest, who hopes to establish his family’s sign-making business in China. Through a comic exchange, he learns what is lost and found in translation.

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
(Regional Premiere)
Book by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott
Arranged by Stephen “Spud” Murphy
On the Aurora Fox Mainstage
April 21 – May 28, 2017

Based on the popular 1994 film of the same name, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert follows two drag queens and a transsexual who buy a run-down old bus (they call it Priscilla) and set out on a road trip across the Australian Outback. During their journey, the trio encounters an array of Australian citizens, some of whom aren’t receptive to their lifestyle, but they persevere, while strengthening their own friendships.

Season tickets are available by calling the box office at 303-739-1970.

Renewals are available at last season’s price, new subscribers get all five shows for as low as $85 (opening nights) or $120 (pick your dates) for all five shows PLUS Phamaly’s production of Pygmalion.