Above: “Urinetown” features (from left) Chris Blount, Mackensie Eckenfels, Joey Carter, Jordan Rich, Josh Bussey, Abby Remaley and Ethan Steinberg. (Photo by Karen Rooker)
The Marcus Jewish Community Center is kicking off its 2016-17 theater season with “Urinetown: The Musical,” the center’s seventh annual teen summer stock production.
“Urinetown” is a comedy about greed, love and revolution at a time when water is worth its weight in gold. The satire sends up the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theater itself.
In a city like New York, a water shortage caused by a 20-year drought leads to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. People must use public amenities regulated by one malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs.
A hero decides he has had enough and plans a revolt to lead the people to freedom.
Brian Kimmel, the Marcus JCC’s director of arts and culture, is directing the production, with choreography by Eileen Edwards and musical direction by John-Michael D’Havilland.
“Urinetown” stars Steve Young as Officer Lockstock, Thainara Carvalho as Penelope Pennywise, Jordan Rich as Bobby Strong, Abigail Remaley as Little Sally, Jeremy Cooper as Dr. Billeaux, Joey Carter as Mr. McQueen, Alyssa Lawson as Senator Fipp, Carley Vogel as Hope Cladwell, Ethan Steinburg as Old Man Strong, Jake Kessloff as Hot Blades Harry, Ethan Steinburg as Tiny Tom, Mackensie Eckenfels as Soupy Sue, Eshé Likens as Little Becky Two Shoes, Chris Blount as Bobby the Stockfish, Bryce Greene as Caldwell B. Cladwell and Alyssa Lawson as Josephine Strong.
What: “Urinetown: The Musical”
When: Thursday, July 14, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, July 16, at 8:30 p.m.; and Sunday, July 17, at 1 and 5 p.m.
Where: Marcus JCC, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody
Tickets: $15 for students, $22 for adult JCC members, $28 for adult nonmembers; www.atlantajcc.org or 678-812-4002