Change Is Good at Mad Cow

Orlando’s Mad Cow Theater has had a run of bad luck, with plays they had planned becoming unavailable But artistic director Alan Bruun is making the best of it.

Here’s the letter I got from him:

Dear Friends and Patrons of Mad Cow Theatre:

Years ago I worked with a choreographer who always wore a T-shirt that said on the front “This is a Change”, and on the back, “Change is Good”. I use that phrase a lot in rehearsal, and now I am using it again as I write to you: This is a Change – Change is Good.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, two of our previously announced productions have become unavailable: Jane Wagner’s The Search For Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe has been restricted in our area, and Mary Chase’s Harvey has become unavailable pending resolution of a legal dispute between the author’s estate and the licensing company.

Needless to say we are unhappy to have to postpone these two fine plays, but as the saying goes – Change is Good. We have been able to replace both plays with exciting new offerings that we believe will please and excite you, our patrons:

First, the Stage Right Season will open with Irish playwright Brian Friel’s remarkable Molly Sweeney, featuring Mad Cow favorites Katrina Ploof (The Cherry Orchard) and Sam Hazell (Galileo). This haunting and hypnotic work tells the story of a blind woman who is given a chance to regain her vision, and the consequences to her, her husband, and the doctor who treats her. Molly Sweeney will open November 14 and play for 4 weeks.

The final play in our Stage Left season brings back one of my all-time favorite playwrights – Thornton Wilder. His hilarious comedy The Matchmaker (the play that inspired Hello, Dolly!) will take over the dates originally held by Harvey. This turn-of-the-century romance features the quick-witted Dolly Levi manipulating love-matches with everyone she meets, including herself.

I am sorry to have to make these changes after we had announced our season to you, and rest assured we will be producing both The Search For Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe and Harvey once they become available to us. However, I feel sure you will enjoy Molly Sweeney and The Matchmaker, and we are proud to be adding them to our 2008-2009 season.

If you have any questions or concerns about these changes please feel free to contact me. I look forward to seeing you soon at Mad Cow Theatre.

He’s sure right about one thing. Molly Sweeney is “remarkable.” I saw the original New York production with Jason Robards and Alfred Molina. It still haunts me.

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