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Rust Belt Theater announces its 2020 plans

Rust Belt Theater Company’s 2020 season features old favorites, returning premieres from last season and a new rock opera.

The theater company based at the Calvin Center, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown, announced its 2020 season last weekend. The musical revue “Dating Sucks” opens Friday and the rest of the season includes:

• March 13-28 — “Miss Tuesday Night,” an audience-participation show that’s part musical comedy, part drag pageant.

• April 10-25 — “My Big Fat Gay Wedding,” a comedy about an anal retentive event coordinator trying to plan his own perfect wedding.

• May 1-9 — “Medea,” artistic director Robert Dennick Joki’s adaptation of the bloody Greek tragedy.

• May 22-23 — Fundraising is a Drag, the theater’s annual drag-show fundraiser.

• May 29-June 6 — “Pardon Me … Am I Nude?,” a one-woman show featuring Amanda Rudnytsky, also known as burlesque performer Bonnie Rocket.

• June 19-27 — “Confessional,” an improv-based performance by Rude Mechanicals Theater Company in which audience members write down anonymous “confessions” that are acted out by the performers.

• July 10-25 — “Forbidden Youngstown,” a returning musical revue that pokes fun at theater culture in the Mahoning Valley.

• Aug. 7-8 — “When I Knew,” a spotlight on the Mahoning Valley’s LGBT community focusing on coming-out stories that will be collected at this summer’s gay pride festival.

• Aug. 14-29 — “Serial Monogamy,” a musical love story between two serial killers that premiered last year.

• Sept. 18-Oct. 3 — “Bath,” a new rock opera based on the legend of Erzsbet Bathory, better known as the “blood countess.” Was she the most prolific female murderer of all time, a victim of the patriarchy or both?

• Oct. 16-31 — “Living Dead: The Musical,” a Rust Belt tradition spoofing classic horror film.

• Nov. 6-21 — “Jesus vs. the Zombies,” another 2019 debut making an encore appearance. The comedy focuses on a struggling community theater torn between whether to stage a passion play to pander to the local conservatives or a zombie musical for the “alternative” crowd.

• Dec. 4-20 — “How the Drag Queen Stole Christmas,” the theater’s longest-running show, which uses the basic story of “A Christmas Carol” to lampoon politics, current events and pop culture.

Most productions are staged at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, call 330-507-2358.

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