Farmers Alley Theatre, which was founded by four theater veterans - Adam Weiner, Rob Weiner, Jeremy Koch, and Denene Mulay Koch - begins its ninth season on September 30. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, Rob Weiner and Jeremy Koch say their mission to produce thought-provoking, entertaining live theater in an intimate setting has expanded. Four years ago, the theater began an association with the Actor's Equity Association, the professional union for actors on Broadway and other major theater centers. This has allowed local casts to mix with seasoned professionals.
The new season at Farmers Alley Theatre runs the gamut from the ripped-from-the-headlines, provocative drama Disgraced, by Ayad Achtar, to the universally praised Peter And The Starcatcher, which won five Tony awards. A homegrown star-on-the-rise, Nat Zegree, will headline and music direct The Million Dollar Quartet, portraying rock pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis. And, in a nod to current events, Farmers Alley will begin its season with a revival of 1776, the Sherman Edwards musical about the signing of the Declaration of Independence.