City Circle Acting Company of Coralville is excited to announce Urinetown as an addition to its 2012-13 season. Directed by Jesse Jensen, the uproariously funny musical is scheduled to take the stage Feb. 1-10, 2013, at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.
“We chose this musical because we felt it was cutting-edge, interesting, new, and particularly interesting in our current political climate,” said Dawn Clark, chair of City City Circle’s Board of Directors. “We chose Jesse as the director because he has an exciting vision for this show. He is relatively new to the area and brings an energetic voice.”
Urinetown is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he’s had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom.
Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Urinetown is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be, it catapults the “comedic romp” into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit, and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter.
The characters of Bobby Strong and Hope Cladwell were both included on New York Theatre Monthly’s list of “The 100 Greatest Roles in Musical Theatre”.
Written by Greg Kotis and Mark Hollman, members of Chicago’s fringe theatre scene, Urinetown opened during the 1999 New York Fringe Festival and transferred to Broadway in 2001. It won three Tony Awards among its 10 nominations.
Jensen is a recent transplant from Chicago where he spent many years acting, directing, and teaching theatre. He studied acting and new play development at the University of South Dakota, where he received his BFA. In addition to directing musical mainstays like Damn Yankees, Jensen has work-shopped and directed many original works featuring a variety of age groups. Urinetown’s grittiness, edge, commentary, and irreverence appeal to his interest and background in developing works that challenge the theatre’s conventions.