Aurora Fox teases 32nd season of shows

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AURORA | The Aurora Fox Arts Center teased its upcoming season of productions Monday, Feb. 22, with a cryptic message and the promise of more details during a formal announcement event at the theater next month.

Charles Packard of the Aurora Fox Arts Center poses on Friday Dec. 18, 2015 at Colfax. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora SentinelIn an email, Executive Producer Charles Packard made several veiled references to the subjects and themes that will be featured during The Fox’s 32nd season of shows. The theme of the season is “Life on the Margins of Polite Society,” according to the email.

“A pair of false eyelashes … a poorly translated sign pointing the way to a restroom … an antique rocking chair, a horse-drawn carriage of Eastern European design and the ruins of a colonial French fort,” Packard wrote.

Seasons at The Fox typically run from September through May and feature about five shows that run for roughly one month each.

A wine and cheese reception will precede the theater’s formal announcement ceremony, which is slated to start at 6 p.m. March 15. The event will outline early-stage art intended for next year’s productions and will also offer some early bird pricing. Those interested in attending the announcement should RSVP with The Fox box office by calling 303-739-1970.

The Fox’s current season has featured musical versions of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Jekyll and Hyde” and Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women.” Most recently, the theater on East Colfax Avenue wrapped an adaptation of “Arabian Nights.”

The Fox’s next self-produced show, “Black Elk Speaks,” debuts on March 18. Based on the book by John G. Neihardt and adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel, Donnie Betts directs this recounting of Nicholas Black Elk, a Lakota healer who tells of the history of his nation from Columbus’ arrival to the massacre at Wounded Knee.

A musical rendition of “Catch Me If You Can,” based on the eponymous 2002 film about con artist Frank Abagnale Jr., hits The Fox stage later this spring.