Jack Weston plays "Ishmael" at Jungle Theater. /William Clark

They're taking off a whole two weeks at Jungle Theater, which closes "Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley" Dec. 30 and begins its 28th season Jan. 13 with the one-man (and three bluegrass musicians) Herman Melville adaptation, "Ishmael."

The second production of the season is another solo musical, Jonatha Brooke's "My Mother Has 4 Noses," in February and there's more music in May's "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill," which features Thomasina Petrus as Billie Holiday, performing her last concert.

Also included in the season are two smashes from New York: Sarah DeLappe's "The Wolves," about a high school girls' soccer team, opens in May, and "Hand to God," set in a Sunday school classroom that is visited by evil, closes the season in July.

The theater may not be taking off much time between its 28th and 29th seasons, either. Under artistic director Sarah Rasmussen, the Jungle is shifting from calendar-year seasons to seasons that roughly correspond to the school year (the same model used by most other theaters in town).

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