Vic announces new season

The play that inspired “Hello, Dolly” and a show that spoofs it will be part of the Victorian Players’ 2013-14 season.

The Youngstown community theater will open its 22nd season on Sept. 13 with the Thornton Wilder comedy “The Matchmaker,” which tells the story of matchmaker Dolly Levi.

The first of two original plays by J.E. Ballantyne will be staged for Halloween as the local playwright continues his tradition of adapting Edgar Allan Poe tales for the stage. “Edgar Allan Poe’s The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” will run Oct. 11-27.

Ballantyne’s original drama “Specter of Treason – The Oswald Trial” imagines what would have happened if Lee Harvey Oswald had lived and gone to trial for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It will open on Nov. 22, the 50th anniversary of the assassination in Dallas, and it was first staged in 1996. A seminar exploring the shooting, “JFK and Dallas,” will take place at Youngstown State University on Dec. 7, the day before the final performance of “Specter of Treason.”

The theaters annual holiday production, “In the Spirit of Christmas” returns for a two-weekend run beginning Dec. 13.

The first show of 2014 will be the annual fundraiser “Vaudeville at the Vic,” which is expanding to three performances Jan. 17-19, 2014. It will be followed by the spoof “Sandbag, Stage Left,” a courtroom drama parody about theater company performing “Hello, Dolly” and its star being killed by a falling sandbag. It runs Feb. 14-March 2, 2014.

The comedy “Life with Father” opens March 28, 2014, and Oscar Wilde’s “Lady Windemere’s Fan” will open on May 2, 2014.

The final production of the main season will be the drama “Days of Wine and Roses,” about a couple battling alcoholism. The J.P. Miller play opens June 6.

“Dark Glass,” written by Ira David Wood III (whose “Finale” is part of the current season), will be presented as a special event July 11-27, 2014. It tells the story of two astronauts back from a lunar mission who find themselves in a hospital, where they aren’t allowed to leave.

“Specter,” “Christmas,” “Vaudeville” and “Dark Glass,” are special events and not part of the regular season ticket package.

Season tickets are $60 for adults and $45 for students and senior citizens. Single tickets prices are increasing by $2 for adults, from $10 to $12, and by $1 for students and senior citizens, from $8 to $9.

For season ticket information, call 330-746-5455.