... including the name, the leadership, and the new season.
From its 29th season henceforward, what's been known as Spokane Interplayers Ensemble will be known as Interplayers Professional Theatre, or IPT.
Reed McColm is the new artistic director.
The 2009-10 season will feature small-cast dramas and just one musical:
Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, Sept. 17-Oct. 3
Karen Kalensky (now "artistic associate") and her husband, John Henry Whitaker, in Terence McNally's play about working-class lovers
Doubt, Oct 22-Nov 7, by John Patrick Shanley
dir. Roger Welch, with Aaron Murphy, Bethany Hart, Rebecca Davis, and Ann Russell Whiteman
Underneath the Lintel, by Glen Berger, Nov. 25-Dec. 12
Reed McColm in a one-man show
Honky-Tonk Highway, Jan. 28-Feb. 13, 2010
country-western band reunites after death of their leader
Yasmina Reza, Art,
March 11-27, 2010
Eleemosynary, by Lee Blessing, April 15-30, 2010
Psychopathia Sexualis, by John Patrick Shanley, May 13-29, 2010
[photo: John Patrick Shanley, from vassar.edu]
... and yes, Patty Duke will make an appearance too. No date yet, but the actress (now appearing as Madame Morrible in Wicked in S.F.) will sit for an "Inside the Actors Studio"-style interview, right here in Spokane.