Brelby Theatre Company in Glendale has announced its 2021-22 season.
Brelby, located at 7154 N. 58th Drive, was founded by Brian Maticic and Shelby Brimhall (now Shelby Maticic) in 2009, and eventually planted roots in the historic downtown Glendale community, opening their doors in 2013. With a core ensemble of 16 company members, and larger family of more than 100 collaborative artists who have contributed to Brelby’s MainStage productions, the theatre produces year round in its blackbox studio.
The 2021-22 season:
Luna & Solis (By Brian Maticic), Nov. 5-20
The sun and the moon have loved one another from afar for eons, but their responsibility to humanity keeps them apart. They are only able to meet in person during an eclipse, when they take corporeal form. However, eventually they grew weary of putting the lives of humans above their one happiness, and decide to run away together during the latest solar eclipse. What will humankind have to do to restore the balance?
Shakespeare in Love (Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard/Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall), Feb. 11-27
Penniless and indebted to two demanding producers, struggling young playwright William Shakespeare is tormented by writer’s block until he meets the beautiful Viola de Lesseps, daughter of a wealthy merchant, whose fiery passion for poetry and drama leaves her secretly longing to be an actor. Both are despondent when they learn that Viola’s father has promised her to the stuffy Lord Wessex in order to gain a title for their family. Under the veil of secrecy, Will and Viola’s passionate love affair becomes the basis of the very play he is writing – Romeo and Juliet. With opening night — and the wedding day — fast approaching, the plots race toward a parallel conclusion. Will it all work out in the end or are the two star-crossed lovers destined for tragedy?
Shakespeare in Love is funded by the City of Glendale’s Centerline Arts & Cultural Initiative.
Bards & Beasts (By John Perovich), April 15-30
Friendship. Family. Fear. Alex and Taylor are the new kids in town after their mom lands a new job. After meeting their neighbors —Lindsay and Dakota — the four friends grow close through playing Bards & Beasts — a fantasy tabletop RPG packed with adventure, heroes, and an evil so pure that it’s an abomination. Twenty years later, the group’s childhood memories are tested when one of them goes missing. The lines between fact and fiction are blurred in this haunting story of loss, monsters, and the courage to face the unknown.
Echoes (Music & Lyrics by Helen Pauline Morris, Book & Additional Lyrics by Shelby Elise Maticic), Aug. 12-28
“Echoes” explores friendship, family, love and loss. Friends are the family we choose, but what happens when life drives you apart? Sisters Gemma and Cassie find themselves brought together after a perfect storm of tragedies drove a wedge between them and their childhood best friends Sadie and Callie. The four women find themselves drawn together to fulfill a youthful promise now that they’re well into adulthood. As they finally face the implications of their choices, will they be able to mend their broken relationships or will they fade away like echoes?
Audition information on the season of productions will be available later this summer. Tickets will go on sale this fall.