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Theatre Albany set for 78th Season

ALBANY, Ga. -- Fools in love, family feuds, penny-pinching misers, wily con artists, New York City gamblers and a bloody murder mystery are all in store for Theatre Albany's 78th season.

Mark Costello, Theatre Albany's Artistic Managing Director, said the summer will kick-off with performances of "Why do Fools Fall in Love?" scheduled for August 13 - 28.

The musical comedy set in the late 1960s, is centered around four girlfriends that have come together to celebrate the upcoming wedding of one of their own. As drinks begin to flow, the women begin sharing secrets about their respective love lives and discover more about each other than they had ever imagined.

"It's a fun story," said Costello of the play. "All the songs are from the 60s, so people will get to revisit that era."

Songs in the play include: "Why Do Fools Fall In Love", "I Will Follow Him", "My Boy Lollipop" and "Hey There Lonely Boy".

In time for the chill of autumn, the hair-raising comedic mystery "Bloody Murder" by Ed Sala will be performed.

"It's a very interesting take on the Agatha Christie type mysteries," said Costello of Ed Sala's play. "There is an interesting twist at the end."

"Bloody Murder" is a comedic spoof of the popular "whodunits" with a cast of the typical British murder mystery types and a plot thick with gun shots, poison, knives, hidden identities and a pile of dead bodies.

In the play, a group has assembled together for a weekend retreat at Lady Somerset's lavish country estate when suddenly one of her guests dies of poison.

When Lady Somerset refuses to call the police and tells the group that she will not go through this charade again, the play unexpectedly takes a turn that will leave audiences wondering what the true mystery is.

After a decade of absence, "A Christmas Carol" will be returning to Theatre Albany during the holiday season -- but with a twist.

"We haven't done "A Christmas Carol" in 10 years and it's a story everyone is familiar with, but this is a little different version of the story," said Costello.

The Artistic Managing Director said the classic story of Scrooge's journey on Christmas Eve will be narrated by a group of strolling carolers.

"The carolers are going to be the ones that introduce the characters to the audience," explained Costello.

A dysfunctional family is at the center of Horton Foote's "Dividing The Estate", which will also be performed this season.

The story begins with the declining wealth and looming financial crisis of the Gordon family. Matriarch Stella Gordon is determined to not divide her 100-year-old Texas estate, despite the benefit it would entail the clan who is on the brink of financial ruin.

Stella's three children have other plans, however, and what ensues is a comedic tirade of old resentments, sibling rivalries and downright greed as the family squabbles about who might receive the biggest piece of the pie.

Another comedy on this season's list is "Scapino!" by Frank Dunlop and Jim Dale. "Scapino!" is the story of two young Italian men, Octave and Leandre, who have fallen in love with two women while their fathers are away. Upon their fathers' unexpected return and fearing the harsh reprimands they may receive for their actions, the sons beg Scapino -- Leandre's servant and known trickster -- to help them. Scapino's efforts manage to scramble the situation into an even worse mess.

"'Scapino!' is just a fun show, it is based on Moliere but it is very updated and modern," said Costello.

Closing out Theatre Albany's 78th season will be the musical "Guys and Dolls" with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and the book by Jo Swerling and Abe Borrows.

"It's just one of the great musicals," said Costello of "Guys and Dolls."

The classic is set in the colorful world of New York City in the mid 20th century, and is populated with gangsters and gamblers, missionary dolls and scantily clad showgirls, and one the great musical scores in the history of American theatre.

The plot begins with a bet and the story unfolds into a fable of about what happens to gambling men and the women who long to tame them.

The Theatre Albany Box Office will be open for "subscribers week only" August 3 -6 for subscribers to purchase tickets. On August 10 - 28, tickets will be available for purchase by the general public.

For more information visit theatrealbany.com