Edge Theatre focuses on character in 2014

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The Edge is getting smaller, but no less provocative.

With a high premium on new works and regional premieres, the theater is delving into new comedic and dramatic territory.

The season features “Orphans” by Lyle Kessler, “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” by Martin McDonagh, “A Round Heeled Woman” by Jane Prowse, “The Graduate” adapted by Terry Johnson, On The Edge: A Festival of New Plays, “A Steady Rain” by Keith Huff, “Buried Child” by Sam Shepard and Holiday on the Edge.

“This is our fourth season, and second in our new space, and we’re really excited about what’s happening here,” said Rick Yaconis, executive producer and artistic director of The Edge. “We’ve had bigger cast shows in 2013, as high as 16 in ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ and ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ but we really want to focus on smaller, simpler shows.”

Of the new shows, Yaconis said that three shows have a small cast — two to three actors — and the largest cast will have seven people.

Yaconis said one of the major themes for the season is plays with strong leading lady roles.

“’Beauty Queen’ and ‘Round Heeled Woman’ have fantastically interesting women,” Yaconis said. “And of course ‘The Graduate’ has one of the most iconic female roles of all time in Mrs. Robinson.”

Since its inception the theater has been devoted to promoting new work, and in 2014 The Edge will feature On the Edge, which is a festival of new plays.

The theater’s holiday show will be specially commissioned for the theater by a local playwright Ellen K. Graham.

“’Round Heeled Woman’ and ‘Steady Rain’ are both regional premieres, as well,” Yaconis said.

Yaconis said that the show is split pretty evenly between comedy and drama, although some of the comedies — specifically “Orphans,” “Beauty Queen of Leenane” and “A Steady Rain” — are pretty dark.

The theater is already going full steam ahead on the new season — the first two shows have already been cast, and they are currently working on casting the following two shows.

“The nice thing about the space we have now is there is so much flexibility to do different things,” Yaconis said.

For more information, visit www.theeproject.org.

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