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For this week’s “Coronavirus Edition” of “Arts News,” we checked in with Rick Dines, Managing Artistic Director of Springfield Contemporary Theatre, to hear how SCT is weathering the stay-at-home order.            

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Bob Bradley, who directed Springfield Contemporary Theatre’s new production of Tom Morton-Smith’s drama “Oppenheimer,” said he was inspired to look for a play on the subject of J. Robert Oppenheimer and the development of the atomic bomb while attending a production of another major recent treatment of the subject: John Adams’s award-winning 2005 opera “Doctor Atomic.”

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Springfield Contemporary Theatre at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza (corner of Robberson & Pershing) celebrates the 90th birthday of Stephen Sondheim, the leading composer of American musical theatre for over fifty years, with a production of "Side By Side By Sondheim" January 10-26.  It’s an award-winning revue of Sondheim’s work up to the mid-1970s.                                                                              

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Contemporary playwright Lucas Hnath’s comic “sequel” to the classic Ibsen drama “A Doll’s House”—Hnath calls it “A Doll’s House, Part 2”—picks up 15 years after the original, introducing a decidedly contemporary attitude to late 19th-century Norway. Springfield Contemporary Theatre opens a new production of the multiple Tony-nominated comedy opens tonight at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza.  We heard from director Jack Laufer and actor Erika Nadir, who plays the lead role of Nora, on “Arts News.”                                                                                     

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For their 25th anniversary, Springfield Contemporary Theatre reunites with longtime collaborator Sandra Asher to present the world premiere of her newest play, "Death Valley: A Love Story." This production is directed by Jefferson Award nominated guest director Alan Souza from New York, and stars Andie Bottrell, Rachel Jamieson and Sarah J. Wiggin. It runs October 25-November 10 at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza, corner of Pershing and Robberson downtown.

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Springfield Contemporary Theatre Managing Artistic Director Rick Dines, and actor Matt Huebner, joined us on “Arts News” to talk about the company’s current production, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” We also discussed SCT’s upcoming 25th Anniversary Gala.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet tackles America’s most controversial topic in Race, a provocative new tale of sex, guilt and bold accusations. It receives its Springfield-area premiere by Springfield Contemporary Theatre at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza July 26-August 11.  We were joined on “Arts News” by the production’s director, L.J. Summers, and two of the actors, Tom Baker and Darryl Clark.

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Springfield Contemporary Theatre's 25th season opens with the winner of the 1986 Tony Award for Best Musical, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza. Performances are June 14-30.  We talked on “Arts News” with the show’s director Rick Dines and actor Heath Hillhouse.

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“So I think anybody who sees it will be quite pleased and quite impressed with what these actors have created in these roles.”

That’s George Cron, director of Springfield Contemporary Theatre’s new production of Mark St. Germain’s play “Freud’s Last Session”, which opens this weekend at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza.  Joining Cron in our studio were his two actors, Terry Bloodworth and Actor’s Equity member David Schmittou.

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Director Rick Dines reunites actors from Springfield Contemporary Theatre's acclaimed production of "A Raisin in the Sun" to bring to Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza the third play in Dominique Morisseau’s “Detroit Project,” titled “Skeleton Crew.”

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Springfield Contemporary Theatre at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza, corner of Pershing & Jefferson downtown, presents the annual "Missouri Solo Play Festival" January 4-20, with three great solo performers appearing in repertory.  This is the third year of the festival, says Dr. Robert Bradley, who's directing the second show in the festival, "Chesapeake."  You may remember four shows in the festival last year--but one of them was actually a solo dance performance by MSU's Ruth Barnes.  This year it's back to three plays, period.

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“The Full Monty” meets “The Birdcage” in the Springfield-area premiere—indeed, the statewide premiere—of the music-filled comedy about singing your own song, “The Legend of Georgia McBride.” It opens tonight (Nov.30) at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza, corner of Robberson & Pershing downtown.  The cast features Christina Gardner, Mark Gideon, Lavelle Johnston, Roland Netzer and Jon Sidoli.  Mark Gideon and director Rick Dines joined us on KSMU’s “Arts News.”

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Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Mary Shelley's classic novel with the Springfield-area premiere of Nick Dear's "very dark, very serious, very intense" stage version of "Frankenstein", presented by Springfield Contemporary Theatre at SCT Center Stage, corner of Pershing Street and Robberson Avenue in the west end of the Wilhoit Plaza building.  Equity actor Nathan Shelton directs the production and plays Victor Frankenstein, with Heath Hillhouse as The Creature.

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Springfield Contemporary Theatre's 2018-19 season continues at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza, 302 E.

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Springfield Contemporary Theatre at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza (corner of Pershing and Robberson downtown) opens its 2018-19 season TONIGHT (Fri June 8) with "A Grand Night for Singing," a musical revue featuring songs by two of musical theatre's greatest songwriters, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, who created some of the most romantic music in the Great American Songbook.  Behind the plots, characters, carnivals and surreys with the fringe on top are beautiful stories about people falling in – and out – of love.

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