SLIGHTLY ASKEW THEATRE ENSEMBLE ANNOUNCES ITS 2016-2017 SEASON, SEASON OF ADAPTATION

SATE celebrates its tenth year producing theatre in St. Louis with the Season of Adaptation. The season will examine the state of being adapted: what it means to change something; to become relevant to a new or special application or situation by both adapting previously known works into stage adaptions and by exploring themes within scripted plays that deal with characters adapting to some kind of environment.

 The Season of Adaptation includes:

Mary Shelley Monster Show by Nick Otten (August 18-20, 2016)

Cuddles by Joseph Wilde (November 2-12, 2016)*

Aphra Behn Emerging Artists’ Showcase (March 10-12, 2017)*

First Impressions by Edie Avioli (May 17-27, 2017)*

The Color of August by Paloma Pedrero, translated by Will Bonfiglio (August 9-19, 2017)*

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (November 8-18, 2017)*

*Descriptions available below after information concerning Mary Shelley Monster Show.

For its first production of the Season of Adaptation, SATE will remount its original play, Mary Shelley Monster Show, by Nick Otten. Mary Shelley: the impulsive teen in a runaway love triangle, the precocious novelist, the daughter of revolutionaries, the lover and wife of philosopher-poet. Mary Shelley: the grieving mother, the martyr-widow, the hack writer. Mary Shelley: the monster and monster’s mother. Was Mary Shelley’s most famous novel, “Frankenstein” really an autobiography? Is she the creator or the creature? SATE originally produced Mary Shelley Monster Show in August 2014. This remount will adapt the full scope of the play into a production that is adaptable for touring purposes. The remount will include the original actors; Carl Overly, Jr., Ellie Schwetye and Rachel Tibbetts, and the original production team; Kelley Weber (director), David Blake (set design), Bess Moynihan (lighting design) and Michael Perkins (video design). The original production was nominated for two St. Louis Theatre Circle Awards including “Best New Play” and “Best Design in Lighting.”

SATE presents Mary Shelley Monster Show, August 18-20 (ThursdaySaturday) at 8:00pm, at The Chapel, 6238 Alexander Drive.

A talk-back will follow the performances on Thursday, August 18 and Friday, August 19. Immediately following the performance on Saturday, August 20 (approximate time 9:00pm), SATE will host a party in The Chapel to celebrate its 10th anniversary of producing theatre in St. Louis. There is no charge to attend the party.

Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased with cash, check or at Brown Paper Tickets.

Please call (314) 827-5760, email info@slightlyoff.org or visit the SATE website at slightlyoff.org for more information.

SATE’s production of Mary Shelley Monster Show is made possible by funding from the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission and the Steve Nelson Memorial Playwrights Fund through St. Louis Community Foundation.

Cuddles
by Joseph Wilde
directed by Joe Hanrahan

November 2-12, 2016 at The Chapel

Eve is a young vampire. Tabby is her sister. Tabby makes the rules. Eve has never left her room. All she knows about the world comes from Tabby and from Eve’s storybook characters. Eve does everything a good little vampire girl should do; including drinking Tabby’s blood when she has to. But one day, Tabby tires of opening her veins, her heart, and in a breath, Eve’s world changes. SATE’s production will be a St. Louis premier. Cuddles is produced by special arrangements in St. Louis, Missouri, with Berlin Associates London.

 Aphra Behn Emerging Artists’ Showcase
March 10-12, 2017 at TBD

A new festival of new plays written and directed by promising female artists including Shualee Cook, Erin Renée Roberts, Alyssa Ward, Kate McAllister, Hannah Ryan, and Kristin Rion. The initiative is named for the British playwright, poet, translator and fiction writer from the Restoration era. As one of the first English women to earn her living by her writing, she broke cultural barriers and served as a literary role model for later generations of women authors. The short plays, ranging between 10 and 30 minutes, will be presented on each day of the festival.

First Impressions
by Edie Avioli, conceived by Rachel Tibbetts and Ellie Schwetye
directed by Rachel Tibbetts

May 17-27, 2017 at The Chapel

SATE will adapt Jane Austen’s beloved Pride and Prejudice to the stage. The title is taken from the novel’s working title when it was in epistolary form. SATE’s original play will incorporate recollections from a variety of women’s first impressions upon reading the novel, examining why women from Pakistan to Paris to St. Louis still love this book 200 years on.

The Color of August (El Color de Agosto)
by Paloma Pedrero, translated by Will Bonfiglio
directed by Lucy Cashion

August 9-19, 2017 at The Chapel

Two female artists who have been friends since childhood, are reunited after an eight-year separation, during which Maria finds artistic success. Both women must lay it all on the line in order to reconnect while questioning their prejudices, love, sexuality, triumphs, failures, society, marriage, art, and what it means to be a woman. SATE’s production will be a St. Louis premier.

Of Mice and Men
by John Steinbeck
directed by Jacqueline Thompson

November 8-18, 2017 at The Chapel

George, an affable migrant farm worker, and Lennie, a towering simple-minded pleasantly humble young man, have just arrived at a ranch to work for enough money to buy their own place. They are bound by George’s devotion and Lennie’s “pathetic helplessness”. George’s guardianship keeps Lennie out of trouble, but we soon see this is a slippery slope. Lennie’s displays of love result in several deaths ranging from mice and puppies to a beautiful woman. Eventually, in the face of a lynch mob, George is faced with a moral question: how should he deal with Lennie before the ranchers find him and take matters into their own hands. The production will feature Adam Flores and Carl Overly, Jr. and is directed by Jacqueline Thompson. Of Mice and Men is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.