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Florida Stage picks its next season

Lou & nan Florida Stage has just launched the world premiere of the nostalgic Dr. Radio, but producing director Louis Tyrrell and managing director Nancy Barnett are already looking forward to next season, their first in the company's new digs at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach.

Officially, Florida Stage's first show in the Kravis' Rinker Playhouse will be Low Down Dirty Blues, a Randal Myler-Dan Wheetman musical incorporating the innuendo-laced songs of blues legends.  It runs July 15-Sept. 5, inaugurating earlier start times for the company's shows -- 7:30 p.m. for evening performances, 1:30 p.m. for matinees. 

The company's just-announced 2010-2011 season contains three world premieres and a southern premiere, with three of the four shows coming from Florida Stage's recent 1st Stage New Works festival.  Andrew Rosendorf's Cane, the first piece in a company-commissioned group of plays titled "The Florida Cycle," opens the season Oct. 27-Nov. 28.  In it, the theater says, "the past and present are deeply connected in a story of betrayal and bloodshed, water and wind, family and fortune."

Next up, running Dec. 15-Jan. 16, is Karen Hartman's Goldie, Max & Milk, a warmly funny play about a single lesbian mom and her Orthodox Jewish lactation consultant. Michael Hollinger's Ghost-Writer, a play about a novelist whose secretary completes his masterwork after tragedy strikes, gets its southern premiere March 2-April 3, 2011.  Next season winds up May 4-June 5, 2011, with Carter W. Lewis' The Cha-Cha of a Camel Spider, a dark comedy about a young poet, two mercenary soldiers and an Afghani taxi driver who happens to love the music of Led Zeppelin.

For info on Florida Stage's upcoming shows, call 1-800-514-3837 or visit the company's web site.