Written by John Cariani
Apr 02 - Apr 05, 2014
Disney’s Contemporary Resort - Ballroom of the Americas

Welcome to Almost, Maine, a town that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States — it’s almost in Canada. And it almost doesn’t exist. Because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it’s just… Almost.

One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded. And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same. Almost, Maine: It’s love. But not quite.

Almost, Maine was developed at the Cape Cod Theater Project (Andy Polk, Artistic Director) in 2002, and received its world premiere at Portland Stage Company, where it broke box office records and garnered critical acclaim. Almost, Maine opened Off Broadway in the winter of 2005/2006 at the Daryl Roth Theatre (Jack Thomas/Bulldog Theatrical and Bruce Payne, Producers) and was subsequently published by Dramatists Play Service. To date, Almost, Maine has been produced by over 2000 theater companies in the United States (and by over a dozen companies internationally) making it one of the most frequently produced plays of the past decade.

Music and Libretto by Victor Herbert
May 26 - May 29, 2014
Disney’s Contemporary Resort - Ballroom of the Americas

You never know what you will find when you step through the looking glass.

One girl is lost wandering through an unknown land. One king is faced with the mystery of his disappearing daughters.  One prince attempts to win the hand of his love or it's off with his head.  One hatter is just plain mad.  A cast of unlikely characters is faced with deception, unrequited love, and... stolen pastry?  They may even throw in a song or two.  Who can solve the crazy mysteries of Alice and the Eight Princesses?

Victor Herbert wrote Alice in and the Eight Princesses in 1905, following the formula of his well-known show Babes in Toyland.  The first performances opened in Buffalo, NY, on September 14, 1905.  The show combines the stories of Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass, and Grimm's fairy tale "The Dancing Princesses."  Alice was praised by reviewers when it opened, but due to the technical demands of the production and supposed poor reviews in Chicago, the show was heavily revised before its Broadway opening.  In less than 41 days, almost all of the Wonderland characters were removed or rewritten, and many pieces of music as well.  The final result, Wonderland (as the revised version was called) was not one of Herbert's most favorite works, as he seemed to take more pride in the original Alice incarnation. The original libretto for Alice was discovered ten years ago buried in the library of congress, thought to have been lost all these years. We are happy to present what we believe is only the second performance of this work in over one hundred years.

Written by Federico Garcia Lorca
Aug 01 - Aug 04, 2014
Disney’s Contemporary Resort - Ballroom of the Americas

Death and grief can drive some to extremes.

Upon her second husband's death, domineering matriarch Bernarda Alba imposes a seven-year mourning period on her household, in accordance with her family tradition. Bernarda has five daughters, aged between 20 and 39, whom she has controlled inexorably and prohibited from any form of relationship. The mourning period further isolates them and tension mounts within the household.

The House of Bernarda Alba is a play by the Spanish dramatist Federico García Lorca. Commentators have often grouped it with Blood Wedding and Yerma as a "rural trilogy". Lorca did not include it in his plan for a "trilogy of the Spanish earth" (which remained unfinished at the time of his murder).

Lorca described the play in its subtitle as a drama of women in the villages of Spain. The House of Bernarda Alba was Lorca's last play, completed on June 19, 1936, two months before Lorca's death during the Spanish Civil War. The play was first performed in 1945. The play centers on the events of a house in Andalusia during a period of mourning, in which Bernarda Alba (aged 60) wields total control over her five daughters Angustias (39 years old), Magdalena (30), Amelia (27), Martirio, (24), and Adela (20). The housekeeper (La Poncia) and Bernarda's elderly mother (María Josefa) also live there.

The deliberate exclusion of any male character from the action helps build up the high level of sexual tension that is present throughout the play. Pepe "el Romano", the love interest of Bernarda's daughters and suitor of Angustias, never appears on stage. The play explores themes of repression, passion, and conformity, and inspects the effects of men upon women.

Written by Sarah Ruhl
Nov 18 - Nov 21, 2014

An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man - with a lot of loose ends.

So begins Dead Man's Cell Phone, a wildly imaginative new comedy by MacArthur "Genius" Grant recipient and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Sarah Ruhl, author of The Clean House and Eurydice. A work about how we memorialize the dead—and how that remembering changes us - it is the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world.

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Dec 17 - Dec 21, 2014
Disney’s Contemporary Resort - Ballroom of the Americas

An inspiring musical about friends and artists struggling with addiction, poverty, AIDS and most of all, love.

Set in the East Village of New York City, RENT is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, RENT has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.

Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, Jonathan Larson's RENT follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom, and Angel. Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble. Benny has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.