Denotes Founding Theatres*

 

 

Actors Theatre of Louisville*

Louisville, KY

Fifth Third Bank’s Dracula

September 7—October 31, 2018

Bingham Theatre

Originally dramatized by John L. Balderston and Hamilton Deane

From Bram Stoker’s world-famous novel Dracula

Adapted by William McNulty

Directed by Drew Fracher

 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

September 18—October 10, 2018

A play by Simon Stephens

Based on the novel by Mark Haddon

Directed by Meredith McDonough

Pamela Brown Auditorium

 

A Doll’s House, Part 2

October 2—November 4, 2018

Victor Jory Theatre

By Lucas Hnath

Directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh

 

The Santaland Diaries

November 15—December 23, 2018

Victor Jory Theatre

By David Sedaris

Adapted by Joe Mantello

Directed by Meredith McDonough

 

Fifth Third Bank’s A Christmas Carol

November 20—December 23, 2018

Pamela Brown Auditorium

Based on the book by Charles Dickens

Adapted by Barbara Field

Directed by Drew Fracher

 

Pipeline

January 8—February 2, 2019

By Dominique Morisseau

Directed by Steve H. Broadnax III

Bingham Theatre

 

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin

January 29—February 17, 2019

Lyrics and music by Irving Berlin

Book by Hershey Felder

Directed by Trevor Hay

Pamela Brown Auditorium

 

Alley Theatre

Houston, TX

Dean R. Gladden, Managing Director

www.alleytheatre.org

AGATHA CHRISTIE’S THE MOUSETRAP

BY AGATHA CHRISTIE

DIRECTED BY JAMES BLACK

HUBBARD THEATRE

AUGUST 10 – SEPTEMBER 2, 2018

 

The ExxonMobil Summer Chills returns with the longest running show in world theatre history, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap. James Black, Interim Artistic Director will direct this classic whodunit that recently celebrated its 66th anniversary on London’s West End and yet still thrills audiences today. A group of strangers find themselves trapped in a British boarding house during a snow storm with a murderer afoot. It’s an Agatha Christie plot twist finish you won’t want to miss. Come chill out with the Alley once again this summer.

 

SKELETON CREW

BY DOMINIQUE MORISSEAU

DIRECTED BY TAIBI MAGAR

NEUHAUS THEATRE

SEPTEMBER 7 – OCTOBER 7, 2018

 

  1. The start of the Great Recession. In the breakroom of one of Detroit’s last auto stamping plants, a makeshift family of co-workers swaps stories, shares dreams, and takes pride in their work. When confronted with the life-altering choices they must face if the factory closes, dynamics shift and each is pushed to the limits of survival. Loyalties are tested and boundaries are crossed in this “deeply American play” (The New York Times

 

TWELFTH NIGHT

BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

DIRECTED BY JONATHAN MOSCONE

HUBBARD THEATRE

OCTOBER 5 – OCTOBER 28, 2018

 

Shakespeare’s hilarious tale of unrequited love, Twelfth Night crackles with quick wit and gender-bending hijinks. Stranded on the coast of Illyria, Viola assumes the disguise of a page boy for Duke Orsino and finds herself at the center of an explosive love triangle in which identity, passion, and gender all threaten to come undone. Bursting with vitality and romance, Twelfth Night gives us one of Shakespeare’s most dynamic heroines, matching wits with a host of captivating characters.

 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

BY CHARLES DICKENS

ADAPTED AND ORIGINALLY DIRECTED BY MICHAEL WILSON

DIRECTED BY JAMES BLACK

HUBBARD THEATRE

NOVEMBER 16 – DECEMBER 30, 2018

Houston’s seasonal favorite returns! A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas is a family-friendly re-telling of Charles Dickens’ classic story, which follows Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey with the three ghostly spirits who visit him on Christmas Eve. A Christmas Carol instills a powerful message about redemption and the spirit of the holiday season.

 

THE CARPENTER

WORLD PREMIERE

BY ROBERT ASKINS

DIRECTED BY WILL DAVIS

HUBBARD THEATRE

JANUARY 18 – FEBRUARY 10, 2019

Developed during the 2016 Alley All New Festival, this world premiere farce comes from the author of the Alley’s hit Hand to God. Dan is a self-made man from blue collar Houston while his fiancé is from Dallas — Highland Park, to be exact. As they arrive at her father’s palatial mansion for their wedding, Dan starts to get cold feet. His college buddies are trying to get him drunk, his future father-in-law keeps shooting his rifle into the ceiling, and his sassy sister can’t put the pill bottle down. When the carpenter shows up to build the wedding gazebo, looking suspiciously like Dan, all hell breaks loose. There are mistaken identities. Family secrets. Accidental partner swaps and laughs. So many laughs.

 

QUACK

REGIONAL PREMIERE

BY ELIZA CLARK

NEUHAUS THEATRE

FEBRUARY 8 – MARCH 10, 2019

 

Developed during the 2018 Alley All New Festival. Millions of women across America rely on Dr. Irving Baer and his daytime talk show to help them lose weight, manifest their destinies, and take their health into their own hands. Then, a take-down piece of journalism goes viral, leaving his career hanging in the balance, his marriage on the rocks, and his carefully maintained public persona in peril. In the frenzy of crisis management that follows, one thing becomes clear…if Irving Baer is going to fall from grace, he’s bringing everyone else with him. Eliza Clark’s hilarious new comedy exposes the shaky foundations of the wellness industry, the fleeting nature of 21st-century fame, and the relationship between the powerful men who dole out advice and the women who are supposed to receive it with a smile.

Produced in association with Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles.

 

THE HUMANS

BY STEPHEN KARAM

DIRECTED BY BRANDON WEINBRENNER

HUBBARD THEATRE

MARCH 1 – MARCH 24, 2019

 

Hopeful, heartbreaking, and at times “blisteringly funny” (The New York Times), The Humans takes place on Thanksgiving as three generations of the Blake family gather at the youngest daughter and her boyfriend’s new apartment in Lower Manhattan’s Chinatown. As darkness falls outside and around the pre-war duplex, tensions rise and secrets are divulged. The hopes and fears of each generation – and the American middle class – are revealed in this Tony® Award-winning Best Play that The New York Times hailed as “the best play of the year.”

 

CRIMES OF THE HEART

BY BETH HENLEY

DIRECTED BY THERESA REBECK

HUBBARD THEATRE

APRIL 12 – MAY 5, 2019

 

Winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics Circle Award, Beth Henley’s first play brings you to the Mississippi home of the Magrath sisters. Babe has just shot her husband because she didn’t like his looks. This brings middle sister Meg back to town from Los Angeles, where she is unsuccessfully pursuing a music career. And poor Lenny, everyone has forgotten her birthday! Warm-hearted, irreverent, and imaginative, Crimes of the Heart teams with humanity as the sisters forgive the past, face the present, and embrace the future. Renowned Director Theresa Rebeck returns to the Alley to direct.

 

CONSTELLATIONS

BY NICK PAYNE

DIRECTED BY LESLIE SWACKHAMER

NEUHAUS THEATRE

APRIL 12 – MAY 5, 2019

 

One couple. Infinite possibilities. Science and romance collide in this spellbinding play that imagines what happens when boy meets girl. And when boy meets girl again. And again. Defying the boundaries of the world we think we know, Constellations delves into the universal truth of finding and losing love and questions the difference between choice and destiny. “Who knew that higher physics could be so sexy, so accessible—and so emotionally devastating?” (The New York Times).

 

THE THREE MUSKETEERS

BY KEN LUDWIG

ADAPTED FROM THE NOVEL BY ALEXANDRE DUMAS

HUBBARD THEATRE

MAY 31 – JUNE 30, 2019

 

All for one and one for all! A swashbuckling romp of romance, danger, and comedy, perfectly suited for the whole family. Alexandre Dumas’ timeless tale springs to life as the young D’Artagnan, joined by his sister Sabine, discovers honor amid intrigue and high-stakes adventure when he meets the famous Three Musketeers. En garde for this action- and humor-packed summer hit.

 

Alliance Theatre

Atlanta, GA

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

ADAPTED & DIRECTED BY DAVID CATLIN

ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDEN

SEPTEMBER 5 – OCTOBER 21, 2018

 

In a setting that even Shakespeare himself couldn’t have imagined, the Alliance Theatre will produce a whimsical, outdoor production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. In Shakespeare’s most popular comedy, two couples deal with love and all its complications – confusion, jealousy, and passion. Further hindering the couples on their way to happily ever after are a lively band of characters and challenging events, including a band of actors, wood sprites and elves, a botched love potion, and the wedding of a king! Directed by David Catlin, founding ensemble member of Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago.

 

EVER AFTER

BY ANDY TENNANT, SUSANNAH GRANT, and RICK PARKS, 1998

BOOK & LYRICS BY MARCY HEISLER

MUSIC BY ZINA GOLDRICH

CHOREOGRAPHY BY JOANN M. HUNTER

DIRECTED BY SUSAN V. BOOTH

COCA-COLA STAGE

JANUARY 15- FEBRUARY 17, 2019

From award-winning songwriting team, Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler comes a captivating musical based on the hit film.  Share the journey of Danielle de Barbarac as she risks everything to save a friend from an unjust fate, capturing the heart and imagination of a country along the way.  With the help of none other than Leonardo da Vinci, Danielle must decide not only who she is, but what she’ll fight for, and how far she’ll go for love.  A new take on the Cinderella legend, Ever After celebrates the true magic at the heart of the beloved story – the strength of the human spirit.

 

ANGRY, RAUCOUS AND SHAMELESSLY GORGEOUS

BY PEARL CLEAGE

DIRECTED BY SUSAN V. BOOTH

COCA-COLA STAGE

MARCH 20- APRIL 14, 2019

When two former activists set out to find a candidate they can back in an upcoming congressional race, they find a political landscape very different from the one they remember from their 1970s “glory days.” The wave of womanpower that draws them back into the fray seems a strange place, long on contradictions and increasingly short on sisterhood. Their efforts to expand their ideas lead them to question not only their individual values but a friendship that has sustained them for 30 years.  Drawing on a life of art and activism, Cleage explores the current political landscape with an insider’s eye, a wry humor, and a true believer’s heart.

RIDE THE CYCLONE

BY JACOB RICHMOND

MUSIC & LYRICS BY BROOKE MAXWELL & JACOB RICHMOND

COCA-COLA STAGE

MAY 1- MAY 26, 2019

The Saint Cassian High School Chamber Choir will board the Cyclone roller coaster at 8:17 pm. At 8:19 the front axle will break, sending them to their tragic demise. A mechanical fortune teller invites each to tell the story of a life interrupted—with the promise of a prize like no other.  Described by The New York Times as “high spirited and just plain fun from start to finish,” Ride the Cyclone is a wildly original new musical—part comedy, part tragedy, and wholly unexpected.

HERTZ SERIES:

NICK’S FLAMINGO GRILL

BY PHILLIP DEPOY

DIRECTED BY TINASHE KAJESE-BOLDEN

HERTZ STAGE

SEP 29 – OCT 28, 2018

Two friends, ex-WWII GI’s turned jazz musicians, have had great success performing in Paris nightclubs for the past 10 years.  Convinced that their mixed-race act will also be a hit in the U.S., they decide to return home.  To 1950s Georgia. Inspired by the true story of the first integrated nightclub in Atlanta and featuring ten original jazz songs in the style of the era, Nick’s Flamingo Grill is a story of hope and brotherly love.  It’s not easy to build a palace of peace and harmony.  The trick is to keep trying.

 

KNEAD

BY MARY LYNN OWEN

DIRECTED BY DAVID DE VIRES

HERTZ STAGE

NOV 13 – DEC 9, 2018

In the wee hours, a woman bakes bread, determined that her mother’s incomprehensible recipe will finally work.  But something is different about this night.  The ingredients of time and memory keep interfering, and the bread-baking process – the kneading, rising, shaping, and baking, all in real time – becomes a journey into the unpredictability of, well, just about everything.  Knead is written and performed by Atlanta favorite and Suzi Bass Award-winner, Mary Lynn Owen.  Originally developed as a project from the 3rd Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab and a semi-finalist for the 2017 O’Neill National Playwright’s Conference.

GOODNIGHT TYLER

BY B.J. TINDAL

HERTZ STAGE

FEB 16 – MAR 10, 2019

Depending on whom you ask, “Tyler Evans was a beloved best friend, grandson, mentor, and fiancée,” or, “Tyler Evans was a young Black man killed by a police officer.” Desperate to control the contradicting narratives of his untimely passing, Tyler haunts his best friend as his other friends and relatives quibble over his legacy, seeking an elusive common ground.  A contemporary and unexpectedly humorous drama.  Winner of the 2019 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition.

 

APPROVAL JUNKIE

BY FAITH SALIE

HERTZ STAGE

APR 5 – APR 28, 2019

From winning her (very Southern) high school beauty pageant, to picking the perfect outfit to wear to her divorce, Faith Salie is the ultimate approval seeker – an “approval junkie,” if you will.  A comedian and Emmy Award-winning journalist best known for her roles on NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! and CBS News Sunday Morning, Salie has returned home to Georgia to adapt her memoir into a heartfelt (and disturbingly hilarious) one-woman show at the Alliance.  Through her witty, candid, and sometimes heartbreaking recollections, Salie reflects on a lifetime of looking for validation in all the wrong places – and reveals how she finally won gold stars from her toughest critic…herself.

FAMILY SERIES:

PAIGE IN FULL

WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY PAIGE HERNANDEZ

RICH THEATRE

OCT 6 – OCT 13, 2018

The Alliance’s fall production for middle school audiences, Paige in Full blends poetry, dance, media and music that tell the tale of a multicultural girl’s journey through hip-hop to self-discovery. Since its premiere in May 2010, Paige Hernandez’s “visual mix-tape” has sold out performances throughout the country and garnered praise from critics and audiences alike for its energy, intelligence, and originality.  Examining ideas on how ethnicity and pop-culture shape our identity, Paige In Full tells a personal, yet universal story for all audiences.

 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

BY CHARLES DICKENS

ADAPTED BY DAVID H. BELL

DIRECTED BY ROSEMARY NEWCOTT

COBB ENERGY PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE

DEC 12 – DEC 24, 2018

On Christmas Eve, Ebenezer Scrooge, an old man well-known for his miserly ways, is visited by ghosts offering him a chance at a better future – his old partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future – who teach him it is never too late to change.  Celebrate the holidays with the beloved Dickens classic in this Broadway-scale production with beautiful live music and an all-star Atlanta cast.  See the Alliance’s 29th annual production of A Christmas Carol at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

THE WIZARD OF OZ

BY L. FRANK BAUM

MUSIC AND LYRICS BY HAROLD ARLEN & E.Y. HARBURG

ADAPTED BY JOHN KANE

DIRECTED BY ROSEMARY NEWCOTT

RICH THEATRE

MAR 9 – APR 14, 2019

Introduce your children to the kind of magic only found in the Land of Oz. This 70-minute, family-friendly production features iconic songs like “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” from the original movie score.  While remaining true to the well-known story and familiar characters, the Alliance’s version of The Wizard of Oz uniquely draws inspiration from American Folk Art to create a magical production that will surprise and delight all ages.  This timeless story reminds us that no matter what you’re searching for, you don’t have to look further than your own backyard.

 

American Conservatory Theater*

San Francisco, CA

SWEAT

BY LYNN NOTTAGE

DIRECTED BY LORETTA GRECO

GEARY THEATRE

SEPTEMBER 26–OCTOBER 21, 2018

In Reading, Pennsylvania—the blue-collar heart of America’s steel industry—a tight-knit group of factory workers has gathered in the local bar for generations to share laughs, hopes, and cold beers. But as the country heads into a new millennium, recession looms, and a lock-out turns assembly line into picket line, one event will send shockwaves through these lifelong friends, pitting them against each other in the struggle to survive.
Inspired by the stories of Rust Belt workers, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (Ruined) unites heart and humor and “goes where few playwrights have dared to go” (Variety) to forge a searing drama of the grit, drive, and resilience of our conflicted American dreams.

 

MEN ON BOATS

BY JACLYN BACKHAUS

DIRECTED BY TAMILLA WOODARD

STRAND THEATRE

OCTOBER 17–DECEMBER 16, 2018

Spinning historical, theatrical, and gender conventions on their heads, this subversive tale of 10 men, four boats, and two rivers contains none of the above. Pack your gear for this 21st-century telling of 19th-century American explorer and one-armed Civil War veteran John Wesley Powell, who assembles a brawny band of soldiers, trappers, and adventurers to explore the waterways of the American West. Inspired by Powell’s actual travel log from 1869, Jaclyn Backhaus’s nimble and ingenious script is provocative, laugh-out-loud theater, performed by a diverse cast of female-identifying actors who infuse America’s historic myths of male conquest with a sly blast of subtext. With the speed and force of Powell’s white-water rapids, Backhaus conjures her epic story—in which simple materials are transformed into perilous canyons and death-defying cliffs—out of sheer imagination, shaping an innovative and innately theatrical play, that became an off-Broadway sensation.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

BY CHARLES DICKENS

ADAPTED BY CAREY PERLOFF & PAUL WALSH

MUSIC BY KARL LUNDEBERG

CHOREOGRAPHY BY VAL CANIPAROLI

DIRECTED BY DOMENIQUE LOZANO

DECEMBER 6–29, 2018

Featuring a lively cast of dozens, delightful music, gorgeous costumes, and deliciously spooky ghosts, this version of A Christmas Carol, adapted by Carey Perloff and Paul Walsh, stays true to the heart of Dickens’s timeless story of redemption and brings a playful sensibility to his rich language. Now in its 42nd year, A Christmas Carol is a cornerstone of the A.C.T. repertory and has become a holiday tradition for families around the Bay Area.

 

SEASCAPE

BY EDWARD ALBEE

DIRECTED BY PAM MACKINNON

GEARY THEATRE

JANUARY 23–FEBRUARY 17, 2019

In this wildly imaginative and satirical comedy, a newly retired couple picnics on a beach and squabbles about their life together when they are interrupted by two human-sized, English-speaking lizards. Are the newcomers an evolutionary miracle, or a threat? And which couple is the greater risk to the other?

As the two pairs begin to communicate, they come uneasily together, discovering how transitions in life can spark terror and restlessness in any creature of habit. Albee returns to The Geary for the first time in a decade, with a sparkling fantasy of growing up and growing old, fear and adventure, love and laughter.

HER PORTMANTEAU

BY MFONISO UDOFIA

DIRECTED BY VICTOR MALANA MOAG

STRAND THEATRE

FEBRUARY 13-APRIL 14, 2019

From an extraordinary new voice in American theater comes this taut and achingly poignant drama exploring the multigenerational bonds of a Nigerian family living in the United States. Traveling from Lagos to visit her mother and American-born sister for the first time in two decades, thirtysomething Iniabasi arrives to a snowy landscape, and even chillier truths inside a small Manhattan apartment. As Nigerian traditions clash with American realities, the family is forced to confront its literal and emotional baggage and its painful legacies across language, continents, and cultures.

THE GREAT LEAP

BY LAUREN YEE

DIRECTED BY LISA PETERSON

GEARY THEATRE

MARCH 6-31, 2019

When a college basketball team from San Francisco is invited to China for an exhibition game in 1989, a smack-talking American coach prepares to take on his protégé—now grown and bent on crushing the Westerners. But after a public high school star from Chinatown joins the American team, his actions in Beijing become the accidental focus of attention, escalating the fractured history between the coaches.

Funny, urgent, and contemporary, this slam dunk of a sports drama from award-winning Bay Area playwright Lauren Yee explores identity, global politics, and the collision of cultures and generations. Soaring through time and leaping across continents from the hardball courts of San Francisco’s Chinatown to a Beijing on the brink of revolution, The Great Leapbuilds tension right up to the buzzer.

 

VANITY FAIR

BY KATE HAMILL

NOVEL BY WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY

DIRECTED BY JESSICA STONE

GEARY THEATRE

 

From acclaimed playwright Kate Hamill (2017 Playwright of the Year, Wall Street Journal) comes a rollicking new stage adaptation of William Thackeray’s classic 19th-century novel that pops with 21st-century spirit. Ambitious Becky Sharp may not have been born with wealth or status, but she’s determined to attain both—at any cost. Armed with fierce wit and calculating charm, Becky forges her own path through London’s high society, dealing herself into a game she was never invited to play.

Displaying the celebrated audacity and verve that she brought to her adaptation of Sense & Sensibility, Hamill conjures an inventive and lively period drama featuring one of literature’s original “nasty women.”

 

RHINOCEROS

BY EUGENE IONESCO

TRANSLATED BY DEREK PROUSE

DIRECTED BY FRANK GALATI

GEARY THEATRE

MAY 29-JUNE 23, 2019

Hailed as “masterful . . . and downright hilarious,” this outrageous, comedic story of a civilized community shifting from defiance to compliance is chillingly resonant and riotously funny. From Tony Award-winning director Frank Galati (1776 at A.C.T.) comes an all-new adaptation of this wickedly entertaining comedy about power, conformism, and mass culture.

 

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American Repertory Theater*

Cambridge, MA

THE BLACK CLOWN

ADAPTED BY DAVONE TINES & MICHAEL SCHACHTER

MUSIC BY MICHAEL SCHACHTER

DIRECTED BY ZACK WINOKUR

LOEB DRAMA CENTER

August 31 – September 23, 2018

is a world premiere music theater experience that fuses vaudeville, gospel, opera, jazz, and spirituals to bring Langston Hughes’ verse to life onstage and animate a Black man’s resilience against a legacy of oppression. The production features Davóne Tines (Crossing andRun AMOC! Festival) in the title role, an ensemble of twelve, and a new score by Michael Schachter (Run AMOC! Festival).

 

EXTRAORDINARY

MUSIC DIRECTED BY LANCE HORNE

DIRECTED BY DIANE PAULUS

LOEB DRAMA CENTER

November 16 – 30, 2018

In celebration of Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director Diane Paulus’ 10thanniversary season, join A.R.T. artists and special guests for performances and songs from the past ten seasons of boundary-breaking musicals.

 

BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES

BY INUA ELLAMS

DIRECTED BY BIJAN SHEIBANI

LOEB DRAMA CENTER

December 5, 2018 – January 5, 2019

Newsroom and political platform, confession box and stadium—for generations, barber shops have been places where African men gather to discuss the world. Leaping from London to Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos, and Accra, Inua Ellams’ dynamic new play traces the global ties between these spaces where the banter can be barbed and the truth is always telling. Barber Shop Chronicles arrives in Cambridge as part of its US premiere tour following critically acclaimed runs at London’s National Theatre and the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

 

OTHELLO

BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

DIRECTED BY BILL RAUCH

LOEB DRAMA CENTER

January 13 – February 9, 2019

In Shakespeare’s most intimate tragedy, director Bill Rauch (All the WayFingersmith) explores society’s polarizing struggles with difference. Consumed by their bigotry and xenophobia, those who praised the Moorish general Othello for his military successes now reject his marriage to Desdemona. The newlyweds are determined to overcome this resentment, but Othello’s assignment in Cyprus draws them into the web of his lieutenant Iago, whose jealousy knows no bounds. A.R.T. brings the original company of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s acclaimed production to Cambridge.

 

ENDLINGS

BY CELINE SONG

DIRECTED BY SAMMI CANNOLD

LOEB DRAMA CENTER

February 26 – March 17, 2019

On the Korean island of Man-Jae, three elderly women spend their dying days diving into the ocean and harvesting seafood with rusty knives. They are “haenyeos”—sea women—and they have no heirs to their millennium-old tradition. Directed by Sammi Cannold (Violet at A.R.T., Ragtime on Ellis Island), Celine Song’s Endlings follows these extraordinary women both on land and underwater as they swim beneath the waves and reach beyond the shores of their tiny island

 

WE LIVE IN CAIRO

BY DANIEL & PATRICK LAZOUR

DIRECTED BY TAIBI MAGAR

LOEB DRAMA CENTER

May 14 – June 16, 2019

Inspired by the young Egyptians who took to the streets to overthrow President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, this new musical follows six revolutionary students armed with laptops and cameras, guitars and spray cans as they come of age in a contemporary Cairo. Winner of the 2016 Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater.

 

 

 

Arena Stage

Washington, DC

TURN ME LOOSE

BY GRETCHEN LAW

DIRECTED BY JOHN GOULD RUBIN

KREEGER THEATER

SEPTEMBER 6OCTOBER 14, 2018

 

This intimate and no-holds-barred drama chronicles Dick Gregory’s rise as the first Black comedian to expose audiences to racial comedy. His comedy spared no one including politicians, celebrities and the white supremacists who were part of his regular audience. In confronting bigotry head-on with biting humor and charm, Gregory turned his activism into an art form, risking his own safety at each performance. “Scorchingly funny and brilliant” (New York Times), Turn Me Loose is an exuberant and raw tribute to Gregory’s life as a civil rights activist, comic genius and unapologetic provocateur.

 

ANYTHING GOES

BY COLE PORTER

DIRECTED BY MOLLY SMITH

FITCHLANDER STAGE

NOVEMBER 2- DECEMBER 23, 2018

 

The SS American has set sail from NY to London. Aboard, the lovelorn Billy has stowed away on a mission to stop the marriage of his mystery muse, countess Hope Harcourt, to the millionaire Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Now, it is up to Billy with the help of showgirls, sailors, and public enemy #13, to find, woo and win back his true love. Unlikely alliances arise as mischief and mayhem ensue in this madcap musical by beloved composer and Tony Award winner Cole Porter. It’s the perfect night out at the theater — contagiously fun and pure “musical comedy joy!” (New York Times)

 

INDECENT

BY PAUL VOGEL

DIRECTED BY ERIC ROSEN

KREEGER THEATRE

NOVEMBER 23- DECEMBER 30, 2018

 

In 1923, the Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s Yiddish drama God of Vengeance set the stage for an explosive moment in its theatrical history. The evocative work of Jewish culture was praised and criticized for taboo themes of censorship, immigration, and anti-Semitism. Inspired by these true events and the controversy, Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel tells the behind-the-scenes story of the courageous artists who risked their careers and lives to perform a work deemed “indecent.” “Brimming with good faith” (New York Times), this Tony Award-winning intimate and enchanting play filled with music and dance is a testament to the transformative power of art that is timelier than ever before.

 

KLEPTOCRACY

BY KENNETH LIN

KREEGER THEATER

JANUARY 18- FEBRUARY 24, 2019

 

It is one of the most pivotal moments in history — the Soviet Union has collapsed. In the ensuing rampage of hyper-capitalism, the Oligarchs, a new class of robber barons, plunge Russia into a terrifying dark age of chaos and corruption. When the richest and most ruthless Oligarch attempts to reform and open Russian markets to the world, he’s confronted by a young Vladimir Putin who is charting his own path to power. This world-premiere drama by Kenneth Lin (House of Cards) turns the spotlight on U.S. — Russia relations when crude oil is the language of diplomacy and events that dominate today’s headlines are first set in motion.

 

THE HEIRESS

BY RUTH GOETZ AND AUGUSTUS GOETZ

DIRECTED BY SEEMA SUEKO

FITCHANDLER STAGE

FEBRUARY 8- MARCH 10, 2019

 

Finding one’s voice is never easy. Socially awkward and plain Catherine Sloper has struggled her entire life under the disapproving and resentful gaze of her father. It is the unexpected visit from a suitor full of sincerity and instantaneous devotion that awakens Catherine’s long-abandoned hopes of true love and the opportunity for a fresh start. A devastating betrayal forces the scorned Catherine to learn how to roar, realize her truth and take control of her destiny.

 

JQA

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY AARON POSNER

MARCH 1- APRIL 14, 2019

 

Complicated, passionate and difficult, John Quincy Adams was a brilliant diplomat, ineffectual one-term President and congressman known for his eloquence, arrogance, and integrity. This unique, highly-theatrical play by award-winning playwright Aaron Posner (Stupid F**king Bird) imagines key confrontations between JQA and some of America’s most dynamic figures: George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, his own father, John Adams and more. At once provocative, haunting and hilarious, this Power Play challenges the way we think of our country, our government and ourselves.

 

JUNK

BYAYAD AKHTAR

DIRECTED BY JACKIE MAXWELL

FITCHANDLER STAGE

APRIL 5- MAY 5, 2019

 

As the brilliant and calculating Robert Merkin prepares a hostile takeover of a family-owned manufacturing company, he is not concerned about crossing the line to get what he wants in the name of “saving America.” Inspired by the volatile and cut-throat financial world and the junk bond giants of the 1980s, “this epic piece of work” (Chicago Tribune) is an enticing look at the money makers, their hubris and those who tried to hold them accountable. Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar’s (Disgraced) latest work asks if redemption is truly possible or if there is always a new scheme waiting in the wings.

 

JUBILEE

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY TAZEWELL THOMPSON

KREEGER THEATER

APRIL 26- JUNE 2, 2019

 

The world-renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers shattered racial barriers in the U.S. and abroad, entertaining kings and queens. For centuries, the bold a capella African American ensemble born on the campus of Fisk University has blended their rich voices together sharing a heritage of suffering, strength, and endurance. “A known showman” with a “gift for stirring theatricality” (Washington Post), playwright and director Tazewell Thompson brings an innovative and heart-stirring score to life in this world premiere. With uplifting spirituals and hymns including “Wade in the Water,” “Ain’t That Good News,” “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen,” this a capella musical with more than three dozen songs is sure to ignite audiences.

 

DAVE

BY THOMAS MEEHAN AND NEIL BENJAMIN

DIRECTED BY TINA LANDAU

KREEGER THEATER

JULY 13- AUGUST 19, 2018

 

From a Tony and Pulitzer Prize Award-winning creative team and adapted from the Oscar-nominated film, Dave tells the story of high school teacher (and presidential lookalike) Dave Kovic, who is hired by the Secret Service as a stand-in for the Commander-in-Chief. When the President falls ill under less than “presidential” circumstances, Dave is thrust into the Oval Office to avoid a national scandal and must find a way to gain the trust and love of the American people … and the First Lady.

 

 

Center Theatre Group*

Los Angeles, CA

AHMANSON:

 

Ain’t too Proud

BY DOMINIQUE MORRISEAU

DIRECTED BY DES MCANUFF

AHMANSON

AUGUST 21- SEPTEMBER 30, 2018

 

Ain’t Too Proud is an electrifying new musical about the life and times of The Temptations, the greatest R&B group of all time (Billboard Magazine). Five young guys on the streets of Detroit were discovered by Berry Gordy, who signed them to his legendary new label. With their signature dance moves and unmistakable harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts—creating an amazing 42 Top Ten Hits with 14 reaching number one. Through friendship and betrayal amid the civil unrest that tore America apart, their moving and personal story still resonates five decades later.

 

Dear Evan Hansen

BY STEVEN LEVENSON

DIRECTED BY MICHAEL GREIF

AHMANSON

OCTOBER 17- NOVEMBER 25, 2018

 

A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. Dear Evan Hansen is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it.

 

Come From Away

BY IRENE SANKOFF DAVID HEIN

DIRECTED BY CHRISTOPHER ASHLEY

AHMANSON

NOVEMBER 28- JANUARY 6, 2019

 

This New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

 

CINDERELLA

BY MATTHEW BOURNE

DIRECTED BY MATTHEW BOURE

AHMANSON

FEBRUARY 5- MARCH 10, 2019

 

Matthew Bourne’s interpretation of the classic fairy tale, has, at its heart, a true war-time romance. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz.

Following the dazzling adaptation of The Red Shoes in 2017, New Adventures return to the Ahmanson with one of their most popular and beloved productions, Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella—a thrilling and evocative love story, set in London during the Second World War.

With Lez Brotherston’s sumptuous Olivier Award-winning designs, lighting by Olivier Award-winning Neil Austin and video and projection designs by Duncan McLean, Cinderella will be performed in surround sound, designed by Paul Groothuis. Matthew Bourne’s vivid story telling has never been more heart-stopping and touching, and will take the audience into the heart of Prokofiev’s magnificent score, and the sights and sounds of war-torn London.

 

Falsettos

BY WILLIAM FINN JAMES LAPINE

DIRECTED BY JAMES LAPINE

AHMANSON

APRIL 16- MAY 19, 2019

 

William Finn and James Lapine’s groundbreaking, Tony Award®-winning musical Falsettos returned to Broadway in an all-new production from Lincoln Center Theater, and was nominated for five 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. Lapine returned to direct an extraordinary cast in a production that will be seen this Fall on PBS stations nationwide.

 

INDECENT

BY PAULA VOGEL

DIRECTED BY REBECCA TAICHMAN

AHMANSON

JUNE 4- JULY 7, 2019

 

From Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel, Indecent follows the incredible true journey of a groundbreaking piece of theatre, Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance, and the passionate artists who risked their lives to perform it. Winner of the 2017 Tony Award® for Best Director (Rebecca Taichman) and nominated for Best Play, Indecent is a celebration of art, a fierce indictment of censorship, and a gripping look at an explosive moment in theatrical history.

 

The Play that Goes Wrong

BY HENRY LEWIS JOHNATHAN SAYER HENRY SHEILDS

DIRECTED BY MARK BELL

AHMANSON

JULY 9- AUGUST 11, 2019

 

What would happen if Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had an illegitimate Broadway baby? You’d get The Play That Goes Wrong, Broadway and London’s award-winning smash comedy! Called a gut-busting hit (The New York Times) and the funniest play Broadway has ever seen (HuffPost), this classic murder mystery is chock-full of mishaps and madcap mania delivering a riotous explosion of comedy (Daily Beast). Welcome to opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor, where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), it’s tons of fun for all ages(HuffPost) and comic gold! (Variety)—sure to bring down the house!

 

MARK TAPER FORUM:

 

SWEAT

BY LYNN NOTTAGE

DIRECTED BY LISA PETERSON

AUG 29 – OCT 7, 2018

TAPER

In the industrial town of Reading, Pennsylvania, a group of friends spend their days on the factory floor and their nights sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to erode their trust, they find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight to stay afloat. Based on Nottage’s extensive research and interviews with residents of Reading and arriving at the Taper after a heralded Broadway run, Sweat is a searing reflection of America’s economic decline.

 

VALLEY OF THE HEART

WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY LUIS VALDEZ

OCT 30 – DEC 9, 2018

TAPER

The Yamaguchis and the Montaños are two immigrant families struggling to provide a future for their American-born children after the Great Depression on the farmland they share. But as their oldest children fall in love—secretly—the attack on Pearl Harbor throws these Mexican and Japanese American families into uncertainty and turmoil. When the Yamaguchis are interned along with thousands of other Japanese Americans, allegiances are tested, heroes are made, and the two young lovers must find a way to stay loyal to each other—and their country.

 

LINDA VISTA

BY TRACY LETTS

DIRECTED BY DEXTER BULLARD

JAN 9 – FEB 17, 2019

TAPER

Wheeler just turned 50. His marriage is over, his job is mundane, and the best years of his life appear to be behind him. A move from the cot in his ex-wife’s garage to his own apartment opens up new possibilities for love and sex—complicated, painful, and hilarious. Full of opinions, yet short on self-examination, Wheeler must reconcile the man he has become with the man he wants to be in this major new play from the writer of August: Osage County.

 

LACKAWANNA BLUES

WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY RUBEN SANTIAGO-HUDSON

MAR 5 – APR 21, 2019

TAPER

A magical, musical, and deeply personal work written and performed by Tony Award® winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Lackawanna Blues is a reminiscence of his 1950s childhood in a small town on the banks of Lake Erie. Santiago-Hudson takes on more than 20 colorful characters—from would-be philosophers and petty hustlers to lost souls and abandoned lovers—in a brilliant celebration of the eccentric boardinghouse he grew up in. Santiago-Hudson returns to his roots in this tour de force performance with live blues music performed by composer Bill Sims Jr.

 

HAPPY DAYS

BY SAM BECKETT

DIRECTED BY JAMES BUNDY

MAY 15 – JUN 30, 2019

TAPER

Academy Award® winner Dianne Wiest (Hannah and Her Sisters, Bullets Over Broadway) plays Winnie in Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece Happy Days. With her husband increasingly out of reach and the earth itself threatening to swallow her whole, Winnie’s buoyant optimism shields her from the harsh glare of the inevitable in this absurdly funny and boundlessly compassionate portrait of the human spirit. Wiest is both radiant and heartbreaking (The New York Times) in this extraordinary Yale Repertory Theatre production of Happy Days.

 

KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE:

 

SCHOOL GIRLS

BY JOCELYN BIOH

DIRECTED BY REBECCA TAICHMAN

SEP 2–30, 2018

DOUGLAS

Paulina, the reigning queen bee at Ghana’s most exclusive boarding school, has her sights set on the Miss Universe pageant. But the arrival of Ericka, a new student with undeniable talent and beauty, captures the attention of the pageant recruiter—and Paulina’s hive-minded friends. In this MCC Theater production, Jocelyn Bioh’s buoyant and biting comedy explores the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls across the globe

 

QUACK

BY ELIZA CLARK

DIRECTED BY NEEL KELLER

OCT 21 – NOV 18, 2018

DOUGLAS

Millions of women across America rely on Dr. Irving Baer and his daytime talk show to help them lose weight, manifest their destinies, and take their health into their own hands. Then, a take-down piece of journalism goes viral, leaving his career hanging in the balance, his marriage on the rocks, and his carefully maintained public persona in peril. In the frenzy of crisis management that follows, one thing becomes clear…if Irving Baer is going to fall from grace, he’s bringing everyone else with him. Eliza Clark’s hilarious new comedy exposes the shaky foundations of the wellness industry, the fleeting nature of 21st-century fame, and the relationship between the powerful men who dole out advice and the women who are supposed to receive it with a smile.

 

FROM THE WORDS AND WRITINGS OF DANA H.

BY LUCAS HNATH

DIRECTED BY LES WATERS

MAY 26 – JUN 23, 2019

Dana Higginbotham was a psych ward chaplain. Jim was a patient, an ex-convict who told her he was searching for redemption. From the Words and Writings of Dana H. recounts the harrowing true story of the five months Dana was held captive—trapped in a series of Florida motels, disoriented, terrified, and with her life in Jim’s hands. Told in Dana’s own words and reconstructed for the stage by her son, award-winning playwright Lucas Hnath (A Doll’s House, Part 2, The Christians), this innovative work of theatre shatters the boundaries of the form and of our understanding of good and evil.

 

 

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Cleveland Play House*

Cleveland, OH

Susan Hill’s The Woman In Black

ADAPTED BY STEPHEN MALLATRATT

DIRECTED BY ROBIN HERFORD

September 15 – October 7, 2018

ALLEN THEATRE

 

Halloween comes early this year with a bone-chilling ghost story that will shake you to your core. Arthur Kipps never believed in the supernatural until he came face to face with evil. Tonight—desperate to exorcize his demons—he will tell his haunting tale…no matter the consequences. For over 28 years, The Woman in Black has thrilled audiences on London’s West End. Now, CPH launches the North American tour of this spine-tingling production.

 

Sweat

BY LYNN NOTTAGE

DIRECTED BY LAURA KEPLEY

October 13 – November 4, 2018

OUTCALT THEATRE

 

The American Dream has its back up against the wall in this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. In Reading, PA, there’s talk of union lock-outs, massive lay-offs, and jobs going overseas. As rumors quickly become reality, a group of life-long friends gather at their local bar to joke and blow off steam while struggling to stand together as everything else falls apart. Inspired by true stories, Sweat is a compelling portrait of pride and survival in the Rust Belt.

 

A Christmas Story

BY PHILIP GRECIAN

DIRECTED BY JOHN MCCLUGGAGE

November 23 – December 23, 2018

ALLEN THEATRE

 

He’s back! One boy. One holiday wish. And a world that seems to be conspiring to make certain it doesn’t come true. The record-breaking show returns to the CPH stage in all its pink-bunny-suit, glowing-leg-lamp, triple-dog-daring glory. The perfect holiday treat for the entire family.

 

An Iliad

BY LISA PETERSON & DENIS O’HARE

DIRECTED BY TARA FLANANGAN & ANDREW CARLSON

January 12 – February 10, 2019

OUTCALT THEATRE

One actor. One musician. The Trojan War. With vivid storytelling and live cello, two women transform a bare stage into a raging battlefield where gods, heroes, and empires clash in a quest for vengeance and glory. This searing adaptation of Homer’s timeless epic catapults an ancient tale of fate and fury into the present day.

 

Ken Ludwig’s Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood

BY KEN LUDWIG

DIRECTED BY ADAM IMMERWAHR

February 2 – 24, 2019

ALLEN THEATRE

 

Cleveland favorite Ken Ludwig (Baskerville, A Comedy of Tenors) is back with a rollicking new take on a beloved legend. A greedy prince has taken control of England, and it is up to dashing outlaw Robin Hood to save the day. Join up and take aim with Robin and his band of Merry Men—and women!— as they champion the underdog and fight for justice. Laughs, romance, and plenty of arrows fly in this all-out comic adventure.

 

Tiny Houses

BY CHELSEA MARCANTEL

DIRECTED BY LAURA KEPLEY

March 23 – April 14, 2019

OUTCALT THEATRE

 

Tiny homes are all the rage! Cath is ready for a big change. She quits her lucrative, fast-paced job in finance and moves across the country with her boyfriend to build a 200-square-foot tiny house. Turns out that choosing a simpler life can get very complicated. Filled with lovable, idiosyncratic characters each on a quest to find a place to call home, Tiny Houses is a surprising world premiere comedy about what happens when the world shrinks.

 

Native Gardens

BY KAREN ZACARIAS

DIRECTED BY ROBERT BARRY FLEMING

April 27 – May 19, 2019

ALLEN THEATRE

 

They say good fences make good neighbors, but that’s the not the case with the Del Valles and the Butleys. What starts out as a squabble over a backyard property line hilariously erupts into a full-blown border dispute. Native Gardens comically unearths deeply-rooted assumptions, plants the seeds for understanding, and blossoms into colorful, thought-provoking entertainment.

 

 

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Dallas Theater Center

Dallas, TX

STEEL MAGNOLIAS

Sept. 28-Oct. 21    

By Robert Harling, directed by Joel Ferrell

Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, Potter Rose Performance Hall

 

Every Southern woman knows there are few institutions on earth more important than the town beauty parlor. At Truvy Jones’ salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, neighborhood women gather to swap stories, share gossip, and of course, style their hair. But when tragedy strikes, the community comes together in a bond more powerful than ten coats of hairspray. Steel Magnolias is a hilarious, heartwarming portrait of the strength and beauty of female friendship.

 

FETCH CLAY, MAKE MAN

Dec. 5-Jan. 13    

By Will Power, directed by Nataki Garrett

The Story of Muhammad Ali and Stepin Fetchit

Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, Studio Theatre

 

His name was Cassius Clay, but you know him as Muhammad Ali. His name was Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry, but you know him as Stepin Fetchit. Or, do you really know either of these men at all? Loosely inspired by the pair’s real-life friendship, DTC Playwright-in-Residence Will Power has crafted a daring script that brings these two iconic figures together to shape their legacies against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement. A powerful exploration of what it is to be a black man in America, Fetch Clay, Make Man pulls no punches.

 

SWEAT

Jan. 18-Feb. 10    

By Lynn Nottage, directed by Tim Bond

Kalita Humphreys Theater

 

It’s the year 2000 in the steel town of Reading, Pennsylvania, and all best friends Tracey and Cynthia need are their steady factory jobs, their favorite bar, and each other. But as years pass and a recession hits, hard times at the factory threaten their livelihoods and test the limits of their friendship. Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, playwright Lynn Nottage’s second Pulitzer, and nominated for the 2017 Tony Award® for Best Play, Sweat takes an unflinching look at life in the industrial working class that has been hailed as “the first theatrical landmark of the Trump era.”

 

THE WOLVES

March 6-April 14    

By Sarah DeLappe, directed by Wendy Dann

Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, Studio Theatre

 

Drive. Ambition. Endurance. Precision. We’re not talking about any high school girls’ soccer team, we’re talking about a pack of female warriors, determined to score. This elite squad of nine teenage girls meets every Saturday to stretch before their games, and high school gossip rapidly evolves into mature meditations on the girls’ understanding of themselves and their place in the world. Breakout playwright Sarah DeLappe writes these girls “as soccer players — not as daughters, not as girlfriends, not as sexual objects, but as athletes.” A 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist, The Wolves is a fierce and unexpected play that has been taking the theater world by storm since the moment the girls took the field.

 

TWELFTH NIGHT

Mar. 29-Apr. 28    

By William Shakespeare, directed by Kevin Moriarty

Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, Potter Rose Performance Hall

 

Viola has just lost everything in a shipwreck, including her twin brother. She’s found herself on the shores of Illyria, a place she’s never been. And in order to get work, she’s had to disguise herself as man. When hired as a servant to Duke Orsino, she encounters yet one more problem: she’s totally in love with him. Unable to express her feelings without blowing her cover, Viola sets out to fulfill the Duke’s orders – which include wooing another woman. One of Shakespeare’s finest comedies, Twelfth Night will whisk audiences away to a world of scheming outlaws and daring rescues, unbelievable love triangles, and one truly unforgettable adventure.

 

REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES

April 26-May 19    

By Josefina López, directed by Christie Vela

Look at how beautiful we are!

Kalita Humphreys Theater

 

Ana just graduated from high school, and though she dreams of going to college and becoming a writer, for now she is stuck working in her sister’s garment factory in East L.A. The hours are long and the pay is low, but Ana grows to appreciate the strength, passion, and dedication of the women she works beside. While the ladies of Real Women Have Curves struggle with things as personal as body image and as consequential as the threat of deportation, they still find joy, humor and beauty in their relationships with one another, and within themselves.

 

PENNY CANDY

June 5-July 14    

By Jonathan Norton, directed by Derrick Sanders

Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, Studio Theatre

 

Growing up in a candy house sounds like every kid’s dream. But for 12-year-old Jon-Jon, helping his father run Paw Paw’s Candy Tree out of their run-down one-bedroom apartment isn’t quite a dream come true. As their neighborhood sees a surge of violence fueled by epidemic drug use and increasing racial tensions, the business begins to fail and danger looms immediately outside Jon-Jon’s front door. Oh, and then there’s the looming threat of Vacation Bible School. Worst summer ever! A world premiere from Dallas playwright Jonathan Norton, and set in Dallas’ own Pleasant Grove, Penny Candy follows one family as they seek to balance their responsibilities to their community and to one another.

 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Nov. 21-Dec. 30   

By Charles Dickens, adapted by Kevin Moriarty, directed by Tiffany Nichole Greene

Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, Potter Rose Performance Hall

 

Tis the season to be jolly when Dallas’s favorite holiday tradition returns to the Wyly Theatre! Three spirits have come to visit the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, and to take him on a fantastic journey through Christmases past, present, and future that annually delights audiences across North Texas. But will it be enough to save Scrooge’s soul? Brimming with joyful songs, magical spirits, and holiday cheer, Dallas Theater Center’s A Christmas Carol boldly reimagines Dickens’ classic tale of joy, redemption, and the spirit of Christmas.

 

 

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The Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Denver, CO

VIETGONE

BY QUI NGUYEN

DIRECTED BY SEEMA SUEKO

AUGUST 24- SEPTEMBER 30, 2018

RICKETSON THEATRE

 

Bubbling with infectious energy, this rap-spitting, pop culture-crusted dramedy is an ode to the real-life courtship of Playwright Qui Nguyen’s parents. Forced to leave their country during the height of the Vietnam War, two refugees find themselves at the same relocation camp in Arkansas – the land of Harleys, hot dogs and “howdy!” Before they find their way into each other’s arms, they’ll have to blaze a trail in their weird new world and leave behind the baggage they didn’t pack

 

OKLAHOMA

BY RICHARD ROGERS

DIRECTED BY CHRIS COLEMAN

STAGE THEATRE

SEPTEMBER 7- OCTOBER 14, 2018

 

The first collaboration by the legendary team of Rodgers and Hammerstein became a landmark musical for its rollicking music and stunning dance numbers, and this joyful presentation will solidify why it has stood the test of time.

Directed by Theatre Company Artistic Director Chris Coleman in his Denver debut and choreographed by Dominique Kelley (dancer in La La Land and Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk), our production will showcase an overlooked piece of American history as one small community stakes its claim on a place that is full of hope.

 

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

GARNER GALLERIA THEATRE

SEPTEMBER 13- SEPTEMBER 30, 2018

Each of the players has brushed up on his “thee’s” and “thou’s” to bring you an evening of off-the-cuff comedy using the language and themes of William Shakespeare. Nothing has been planned out, rehearsed, or written.  All of the dialogue is said for the first time, the characters are created as you watch, and if ever you’re wondering where the story is going … so are they. The night could reveal a tragedy, comedy, or history. Each play is completely improvised, so each play is entirely new.

 

THE CONSTANT WIFE

BY W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM

DIRECTED BY SHELLEY BUTLER

SPACE THEATRE

SEPTEMBER 21- OCTOBER 21, 2018

Featuring an infectiously plucky heroine at the helm who Variety calls “an antecedent to the women of Desperate Housewives and Sex and the City,” The Constant Wife takes joy in the imperfections of life and applauds those who elude the strict confines of society to discover true happiness.

DCPA alum Shelley Butler (Human ErrorThe Most Deserving) returns to direct this contagious classic comedy.

 

DEAR EVAN HANSEN

MUSIC BY BENJ PASEK & JUSTIN PAUL

BOOK BY STEVEN LEVENSON

DIRECTED BY MICHAEL GREIF

BUELL THEATRE

SEPTEMBER 25- OCTOBER 13, 2018

 

Dear Evan Hansen has struck a chord with audiences and critics everywhere, including The Washington Post who says Dear Evan Hansen is “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theatre history.” The New York Times calls it “a gut-punching, breathtaking knockout of a musical.” And NBC Nightly News declares the musical “an anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond.”

 

CORDUROY

BY DON FREEMAN

DIRECTED BY ALLISON WATROUS

CONSERVATORY THEATRE

OCTOBER 6- DECEMBER 9, 2018

 

Corduroy has been patiently waiting on a department store shelf to find a home, and Lisa thinks he’s just the teddy bear for her. But before she can convince her mom to let her take him home, he’ll have to go on a late-night hunt to find a missing button for his overalls.

This heartwarming comedy’s themes of problem-solving, resiliency, responsibility, and acceptance set the stage for our Theatre for Young Audiences program, which focuses on performances tailored for PreK through 3rd grade audiences.

 

LOVE NEVER DIES

BUELL THEATRE

OCTOBER 23- OCTOBER 28, 2018

 

This story of boundless love, full of passion and drama, follows Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, one of the most successful musicals of all time, which has now been seen by more than 130 million people worldwide and is the winner of more than 50 international awards. The ultimate love story continues in Love Never Dies, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the OperaLove Never Dies is a dazzling new production, which takes audiences on a thrilling rollercoaster ride of intrigue, obsession and romance. Be seduced by the beautiful, sometimes magical and poetic, sometimes joyful, and occasionally melancholic score. Don’t miss this magnificent continuation of one of the world’s greatest love stories as it makes its Denver premiere.

 

BITE SIZE

BOOKBAR

DIRECTED BY MERIDITH C. GRUNDEI

OCTOBER 23- NOVEMBER 18, 2018

BookBar and DCPA Off-Center host this literary love affair, featuring all original works from Colorado-based artists.

 

XANADU

GARNER GALLERIA THEATRE

NOVEMBER 3-APRIL 28, 2019

 

But, when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation, and chaos abounds. This Tony Award-nominated, hilarious, roller skating, musical adventure about following your dreams despite the limitations others set for you, rolls along to the original hit score composed by pop-rock legends, Jeff Lynne and John Farrar. Based on the Universal Pictures cult classic movie of the same title, which starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly,  Xanadu is hilarity on wheels for anyone who has ever wanted to feel inspired.

 

COME FROM AWAY

BUELL THEATRE

NOVEMBER 13- NOVEMBER 25, 2018

 

The true story of the small town that welcomed the world. Broadway’s Come From Away has won Best Musical all across North America. The New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein and helmed by this year’s Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley. Newsweek cheers, “It takes you to a place you never want to leave.” On 9/11, the world stopped. On 9/12, their stories moved us all.

 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

STAGE THEATRE

NOVEMBER 21- DECEMBER 24, 2018

 

A Christmas Carol promises to “warm your heart and renew your holiday spirit” according to the Examiner. Based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel, A Christmas Carol illuminates the meaning of the holiday season in a way that has resonated for generations.

 

THE SANTALAND DIARIES

BY DAVID SEDARIS

DIRECTED BY STEPHEN WEITZ

THE JONES

NOVEMBER 23-DECEMBER 24, 2018

 

If your eggnog is curdled, you’ve got a stocking full of coal and you’re on the Naughtiest List, Crumpet the Elf has got your back. Santa’s not-so-helpful sidekick returns for more hilarious hijinks in this acclaimed one-man show.

 

WHITE CHRISTMAS

BY DAVID IVES

DIRECTED BY RANDY SKINNER

BUELL THEATRE

DECEMBER 5- DECEMBER 15, 2018

 

It tells the story of a song-and-dance team putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and falling for a stunning sister act in the process. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written. Give everyone the gift they’re dreaming of with this merry and bright holiday musical.

 

CIRQUE ELOIZE- HOTEL

BUELL THEATRE

DECEMBER 19- DECEMBER 23, 2018

 

For its 25th anniversary, Cirque Éloize once again presents a touching, poetic, one-of-a-kind creation. Hotel is the story of a place and the travelers who come passing through it. A stopover where lives intersect, collide and juxtapose for a brief time to generate tales and memories. Acrobatics, theatre, dance and live music, will draw spectators into a colorful, timeless world. Avant-garde stage design, inspired by the elegance of the great hotels, will carry the narrative. All that remains is to enter through the lobby door and get swept away by the grandeur and poetry of Hotel.

 

A BRONX TALE

BUELL THEATRE

JANUARY 8-JANUARY 20, 2018

 

Broadway’s hit crowd-pleaser takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s — where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. Bursting with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes from the songwriter of Beauty and the Beast — Alan Menken — A Bronx Tale is an unforgettable story of loyalty and family. Academy Award winner Robert De Niro and Tony® winner Jerry Zaks direct this streetwise musical based on Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri’s story that The New York Times hails as “A Critics’ Pick. The kind of tale that makes you laugh and cry.” “A combination of Jersey Boys and West Side Story” (amNewYork).

 

LAST NIGHT AND THE NIGHT BEFORE

BY DONNETTA LAVINIA GRAYS

DIRECTED BY VALERIE CURTIS-NEWTON

RICKETSON THEATRE

JANUARY 18- FEBRUARY 24, 2019

 

When Monique and her 10-year-old daughter Samantha show up unexpectedly on her sister’s Brooklyn doorstep, it shakes up Rachel and her partner Nadima’s orderly New York lifestyle. Monique is on the run from deep trouble and brings their family’s Southern roots with her, grabbing hold of Rachel’s life more ferociously than she could have ever imagined. Poetic, powerful and remarkably funny, this 2017 Colorado New Play Summit featured play explores the struggle between the responsibilities that are expected of us and the choices we actually end up making.

 

Rock of Ages

Jan 25 – Jan 27, 2019

Buell Theatre

 

Broadway’s Best Party is turning up the volume to ten! The Rock of Ages Tenth Anniversary Tour is blazing across North America!

 

Nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Rock of Ages captures the iconic era that was the big bad 1980s Hollywood. Know What Love Is, Feel the Noise, and Take Your Best Shot at one of the Sunset Strip’s last epic venues, a place where the legendary Stacee Jaxx returns to the stage and rock-n-roll dreamers line up to turn their fantasies into reality.

 

Featuring the music of hit bands such as Styx, Poison, Twisted Sister, and Whitesnake among many others, this Tenth Anniversary production features a dynamic new cast revisiting the larger than life characters and exhilarating story that turned Rock of Ages into a global phenomenon.

 

This is one for the ages that will have you singing “Here I Go Again.”

 

ANNA KARENINA

BY KEVIN MCKEON

DIRECTED BY CHRIS COLEMAN

STAGE THEATRE

JANUARY 25- FEBRUARY 24, 2019

 

Love holds the power to bind us together or tear us apart, and no one knows better than Countess Anna Karenina. As a noblewoman and socialite, her glamorous lifestyle shrouds her unhappy marriage. But everything changes when she meets the dashing army officer Count Vronsky. She risks her social status, marriage, friends and family for the thrill of forbidden love. Anna Karenina uses the romantic backdrop of Tsarist Russia to tell a turbulent tale of passion and betrayal, dreams chased and lost, and the consequences of getting swept off your feet. Helmed by Artistic Director Chris Coleman, this lush, modern adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s masterpiece brings the opulent setting and heart-wrenching story to life.

 

Bat Out of Hell

Feb 6 – Feb 17, 2019  

Buell Theatre

 

The romance of rock ‘n’ roll comes alive on stage in Jim Steinman’s “Jaw-Dropping Spectacle” (London Evening Standard) Bat Out of Hell The Musical. The streets are heating up as Strat, the forever young leader of rebellious gang The Lost, falls in love with Raven, the beautiful daughter of the tyrannical ruler of post-apocalyptic Obsidian in a love story that has “changed the way musicals are staged forever” (North West End). Winner of Best Musical at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards, this “dazzling tale of star crossed lovers” (Toronto Sun) plays The Buell February 2019. Forget everything you know about musicals and get lost in this critically-acclaimed, smash-hit theatrical spectacle.

 

THE WHISTLEBLOWER

BY ITMAR MOSES

DIRECTED BY OLIVER BUTLER

SPACE THEATRE

FEBRUARY 8- MARCH 10, 2019

 

For screenwriter Eli, an offer to finally create his own TV show should be the ultimate culmination of his goals, but instead shocks him into wondering why he had those dreams in the first place. Armed with a new sense of spiritual clarity, he sets out on a quest to serve up some hard truths to his coworkers, family, exes and friends. What could possibly go wrong? A lively world premiere about the lies we tell to protect ourselves and how the tiniest gestures can have deep impact on those around us. Written by Itamar Moses, author of The Band’s Visit, which received ten 2018 Tony Awards including Best Musical.

 

COLORADO NEW PLAY SUMMIT

FEBUARY 16-17 & FEBURARY 22-24, 2019

 

Recent Colorado New Play Summit readings that have gone on to be produced around the nation include: American Mariachi by José Cruz González, The Great Leap by Lauren Yee, The Book of Will by Lauren Gunderson, The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez, FADE by Tanya Saracho, and The Whale by Samuel D. Hunter.

 

The Play That Goes Wrong

Mar 5 – Mar 17, 2019 

Buell Theatre

 

What would happen if Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had an illegitimate Broadway baby? You’d get The Play That Goes Wrong, Broadway and London’s award-winning smash comedy. Called “a gut-busting hit” (The New York Times) and “the funniest play Broadway has ever seen” (Huffington Post), this classic murder mystery is chockfull of mishaps and madcap mania delivering “a riotous explosion of comedy” (Daily Beast). Welcome to opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), it’s “tons of fun for all ages” (Huffington Post) and “comic gold” (Variety).

 

Hello, Dolly!

DIRECTED BY JERRY ZAKS

Mar 27 – Apr 7, 2019  

Buell Theatre

 

Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars in Hello, Dolly! – the universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls “the best show of the year!” Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, director Jerry Zaks’ “gorgeous” new production (Vogue) is “making people crazy happy!” (The Washington Post). Breaking box office records week after week and receiving thunderous raves on Broadway, thisHello, Dolly! pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion – hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history. Rolling Stone calls it “a must-see event. A musical comedy dream. If you’re lucky enough to score a ticket, you’ll be seeing something historic.”

 

Cats

Apr 24 – Apr 28, 2019  

Buell Theatre

 

Cats, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in more than 30 countries and 15 languages, is now on tour across North America. Audiences are rediscovering this beloved musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater—“Memory”. Winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, Cats tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. The original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber (Phantom, School of Rock, Sunset Boulevard), original scenic and costume design by John Napier (Les Misérables), all-new lighting design by Natasha Katz (Aladdin), all-new sound design by Mick Potter, new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne (Phantom) and direction by Trevor Nunn (Les Misérables) make this production a new Cats for a new generation.

 

SWEAT

BY LYNN NOTTAGE

DIRECTED  BY ROSIE RIORDAN

SPACE THEATRE

APRIL 26- MAY 26, 2019

 

For the people of Reading, Pennsylvania, work is so much more than a paycheck – it’s the glue that holds the town together. The floor of their central factory is where lifelong friendships are made, where love blossoms and where family members work side-by-side. But as layoffs become the new norm and a cheaper workforce threatens the viability of the local union, the threads that once kept the community together begin to fray. Sweat is an “extraordinarily moving drama” (The New York Times) that powerfully contrasts life’s happiest highs with the heart-wrenching struggles of survival. Using warm humor and deep empathy, this 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner from Lynn Nottage (Ruined) paints a moving portrait of today’s working-class America in decline.

 

 

Wicked

May 8 – Jun 9, 2019  

Buell Theatre

 

Wicked, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle.  Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin — smart, fiery, misunderstood and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.” From the first electrifying note to the final breathtaking moment, Wicked — the untold true story of the Witches of Oz—transfixes audiences with its wildly inventive story that USA Today cheers is “a complete triumph. An original musical that will make you laugh, cry and think.”

 

Fiddler on the Roof

Jun 11 – Jun 16, 2019  

Buell Theatre

 

Audiences across North America are toasting a new production of Fiddler on the Roof. Rich with musical hits you know and love, including “Tradition,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “If I Were A Rich Man,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “To Life (L’Chaim),” Fiddler on the Roof is the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and life, love and laughter. Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher and the team behind South Pacific, The King and I and 2017 Tony-winning Best Play Oslo, bring a fresh and authentic vision to this beloved theatrical masterpiece from Tony winner Joseph Stein and Pulitzer Prize winners Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. Featuring a talented cast, lavish orchestra and stunning movement and dance from Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter, based on the original staging by Jerome Robbins, Fiddler on the Roof will introduce a new generation to the uplifting celebration that raises its cup to joy.

 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Jul 9 – Jul 28, 2019  

Buell Theatre

 

Roald Dahl’s amazing tale is now Denver’s golden ticket. It’s the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film, including “Pure Imagination,” “The Candy Man,” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of Hairspray. Willy Wonka is opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate factory…to a lucky few. That includes Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to burst with color and confection beyond his wildest dreams. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing joyride through a world of pure imagination. Now’s your chance to experience the wonders of Wonka like never before – get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper.

 

Anastasia

Aug 7 – Aug 18, 2019  

Buell Theatre

 

Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia is on a journey to Denver at last. From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love and family. Anastasia features a book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, a lush new score by Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics) with direction by Tony Award-winner Darko Tresnjak.

 

 

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Goodman Theatre

Chicago, IL

WERE ONLY ALIVE FOR A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME

BY DAVID CALE

DIRECTED BY ROBERT FALLS

SEPTEMBER 15- OCTOBER 21, 2018

 

Weaving together lushly arranged songs and an intimately detailed portrait of his mother, a charismatic woman trapped by her circumstances, writer and performer David Cale embodies this vivid musical story of connecting to life when adversity is everywhere with his “singular fusion of theater and performance art” (Chicago Tribune).

How to Catch Creation

Jan 19 – Feb 24, 2019

BY CHRISTINA ANDERSON

DIRECTED BY NIEGEL SMITH

Four artists and intellectuals in San Francisco struggle to nurture creative impulse and establish legacy—in both their professional and personal lives. When one discovers the works of a black queer feminist writer from a bygone era, their lives begin to intersect in unexpected ways.

 

Sweat

Mar 9 – Apr 14, 2019

BY LYNN NOTTAGE

DIRECTED BY RON OJ PARSON

Direct from Broadway comes a Pulitzer Prize-winning collision of race, class and friendship at a pivotal moment in America. A group of friends in a Rust Belt town has spent their lives sharing secrets and laughs on the factory floor. But when layoffs begin to chip away at their trust, they’re pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight.

 

The Winter’s Tale

May 4 – Jun 9, 2019

BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

DIRECTED BY ROBERT FALLS

Following his celebrated productions of King Lear and Measure for Measure, Robert Falls reimagines one of Shakespeare’s most wildly theatrical tales. A paranoid king accuses his queen of infidelity, setting off a calamitous series of events spanning 16 years.

 

The Music Man

Jun 29 – Aug 4, 2019

BOOK, MUSIC AND LYRICS BY MEREDITH WILLSON

BASED ON A STORY BY WILLSON AND FRANKLIN LACEY

DIRECTED BY MARY ZIMMERMAN

He’s charming and charismatic—no wonder con man Harold Hill assumes he can easily fleece the citizens of staid River City, Iowa with the grand promise of a marching band. But the smooth-talking swindler can’t tell a trombone from a treble clef—and Marian, the local librarian, knows it.

 

OWEN THEATRE

 

LADY IN DENMARK

BY DALE ORLANDERSMITH

DIRECTED BYCHAY YEW

OCTOBER 19- NOVEMBER 18, 2018

 

After the death of her husband, a Danish American woman living in Chicago finds solace in the hauntingly beautiful music of the couple’s favorite singer, Billie Holiday.

 

TWILIGHT BOWL

BY REBECCA GILMAN

DIRECTED BY ERICA WEISS

FEBRUARY 8-MARCH 10, 2019

 

After graduating from a small Wisconsin high school, Sam heads to college on scholarship—but her cousin Jaycee’s future isn’t looking as bright. As the young women and their friends face adulthood, their local bowling alley becomes a place to celebrate triumphs, confront challenges and perhaps even forge new identities.

 

LOTTERY DAY

BY IKE HOLTER

DIRECTED BY LILLI- ANNE BROWN

MARCH 29- APRIL 28, 2019

 

Long the matriarch of a quickly gentrifying neighborhood, Mallory invites the lonely residents, hardcore activists and starving artists of her block to what she hopes will go down as a legendary barbeque—thanks to a special surprise. Her mysterious plan to revitalize her community, however, may just be the very thing that tears it apart.

 

 

Guthrie Theater*

Minneapolis, MN

Frankenstein – Playing with Fire

September 15 – October 27, 2018

By Barbara Field (from the novel by Mary Shelley)

Directed by  ROB MELROSE

Wurtele Thrust Stage

 

Adapted by Minnesota playwright Barbara Field from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (celebrating its 200th anniversary this year), Playing with Fire imagines a meeting between a dying Victor Frankenstein and his Creation in the Arctic Circle. As Frankenstein prepares to right his greatest wrong by confronting the Creature, scenes from their past are replayed and the line between good and evil is debated, revealing a powerful and agonizing question. Playing with Fire is a poignant thriller and an interrogation of the ethical limits of science and the human imagination.

 

TWO DEGREES

BYTIRA PALMQUIST

DIRECTED BY SHELLI  PLACE

DOWLING STUDIO

OCTOBER 5-21, 2018

 

HOT FUNKY BUTT JAZZ!

DIRECTED BY JEANNE CALVIT

DOWLING STUDIO

NOVEMBER 3-18, 208

 

Noises Off

October 27 – December 16, 2018

By Michael Frayn

Directed by  MEREDITH MCDONOUGH

McGuire Proscenium Stage

 

In this rip-roaring classic, the audience is treated to a hilarious behind-the-scenes peek at an acting troupe rehearsing and performing the farce Nothing On. Despite nerves, dropped lines and technical difficulties they make it through rehearsal and open the show. Time goes by and things deteriorate until pandemonium ensues and ax-wielding co-stars, drunken cast members and misplaced sardines take center stage during a disaster of a performance, threatening to jinx the old saying: “The show must go on.”

 

A Christmas Carol

November 13 – December 29, 2018

By Charles Dickens

Adapted by Crispin Whittell

Directed by Lauren Keating

Wurtele Thrust Stage

 

The Great Leap

January 12 – February 10, 2019

By Lauren Yee

Directed by  DESDEMONA CHIANG

McGuire Proscenium Stage

 

When an American basketball team travels to Beijing for an exhibition game in 1989, the drama goes deeper than the strain between countries. For two men with a past and one teen with a future, the game is a chance to stake their moment in history and claim personal victories off the court. Tensions rise right up to the final buzzer as history collides with the action in the stadium. Rapid-fire comedy meets poignant reflection in this perceptive new play, inspired by the life of playwright Lauren Yee’s father.

 

As You Like It

February 9 – March 17, 2019

By William Shakespeare

Directed by  LAVINA JADHWANI

Wurtele Thrust Stage

 

Cyrano de Bergerac

March 16 – May 5, 2019

By Edmond Rostand

Adapted and Directed by Joseph Haj

McGuire Proscenium Stage

 

Cyrano de Bergerac is the full package: he’s a poet, playwright and consummate swordsman. The only thing standing in the way of declaring his love for Roxane is his grotesquely large nose. When Roxane confides that she’s fallen for a handsome young cadet named Christian, Cyrano takes him under his wing, adds brains to his beauty, and through Christian expresses his own feelings to Roxane without her suspecting a thing. With wit, wordplay and rousing passion, Cyrano de Bergerac is a heroic comedy for the ages.

 

Metamorphoses

April 13 – May 19, 2019

Based on the myths of Ovid

Written and directed by Mary Zimmerman

From the translation by David R. Slavitt

Wurtele Thrust Stage

 

In what’s considered her signature theatrical piece, once hailed as “the theater event of the year” (Time), Tony Award-winning director and playwright Mary Zimmerman juxtaposes the ancient and the contemporary in a visually stunning theatricalization of Roman poet Ovid’s powerful masterwork, Metamorphoses. Performed in and around a large pool of water, a ravishing effect, an ensemble of actors embodies figures from Greek mythology to share both well-known and rarely told stories of transformation.

 

CAUGHT

BY CHRISTOPHER CHEN

DIRECTED BY RICK SHIOMI

DOWLING STUDIO

MAY 17- JUNE 2, 2018

 

Guys and Dolls

June 22 – August 25, 2019

Based on a story and characters of Damon Runyon

Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser                                                             

Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows

Directed and choreographed by  KENT GASH

Wurtele Thrust Stage

 

New York City’s infamous gambler Nathan Detroit has set his sights on the biggest craps game of his career while Adelaide, his fiancée of 14 years, longs for a wedding. Master gambler Sky Masterson woos uptight missionary Sarah Brown despite the obvious problems inherent in their relationship. Gambling in luck and love from Times Square to Havana, this classic musical boasts colorful characters and a brassy score, featuring “Luck Be a Lady,” “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat” and “Adelaide’s Lament.” It’s a surefire win.

 

LEAVES OF GRASS- ILLUMINATED

WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY PATRICK SCULLY

DOWLING STUDIO

JULY 12 – 14, 2018

 

Floyd’s

July 27 – August 25, 2019

By Lynn Nottage 

Directed by Kate Whoriskey

McGuire Proscenium Stage

 

From two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (Sweat, Ruined) comes a razor sharp, disarmingly vulnerable comedy, a world premiere commissioned by the Guthrie. A diner named after its tough-as-nails owner, Floyd’s is more than a rest stop sandwich shop for truckers. It’s the first step for its ex-con employees and their last hope for survival. A motley crew of line cooks forms under Zen Master Montrellous to learn his ways and the secret art of making the perfect sandwich.

 

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Hartford Stage

Hartford, CT

Make Believe

Sept. 6 – 30, 2018

By Bess Wohl

Directed by Jackson Gay

 

Bess Wohl’s uncanny, gently funny and touching play, set in the 1980s, follows four young siblings as their childhood is upended by the mysterious problems of the adults in their lives and tracks how moments from our childhood resonate with us forever.

 

Henry V

Oct. 11 – Nov. 11, 2018

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Elizabeth Williamson

 

In Shakespeare’s Henry V, shortly after gaining the throne, Henry must decide whether or not to embark on a war that could solidify his reign—or bring his country to its knees. In France, he grows up fast under the pressure to use all means necessary to win a war against tremendous odds. But even if he finds victory, how easy will it be to settle the peace?

 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

BY CHARLES DICKENS

DIRECTED BY RACHEL ALDERMAN

NOVEMBER 23 – DECEMBER 29

The magic of Charles Dickens’ heart-warming classic returns for its 21st season. Come see Connecticut’s favorite family holiday tradition and spend some time with Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they bring A Christmas Carol to life on stage. It’s perfect holiday entertainment!

 

The Engagement Party

Jan. 10 – Feb. 3, 2019

By Samuel Baum

Directed by Darko Tresnjak

 

Samuel Baum’s suspenseful contemporary drama centers on a young couple’s intimate gathering with family and friends to celebrate their engagement; a spilled glass of wine leads to a spiraling sequence of events and revelations that will irrevocably change their lives.

 

Detroit ’67

Feb. 14 – Mar. 10, 2019

In association with The McCarter Theatre Center

By Dominique Morisseau

Directed by Jade King Carroll

 

Dominique Morisseau’s powerful Detroit ’67 unfolds during an explosive moment in U.S. history—the race riots that tore the city of Detroit apart. The story centers on Chelle and her brother Lank, who make ends meet by turning their basement into an after-hours party. When a mysterious woman makes her way into their lives, the siblings clash over much more than family business.

 

Jeeves & Wooster

in “Perfect Nonsense”

Mar. 21 – Apr. 20, 2019

By David & Robert Goodale

Directed by Sean Foley

 

Everything goes awry when Bertie Wooster, a wealthy British gentleman with a penchant for telling stories, decides to stage a one-man show on London’s West End. Things go from bad to worse when Wooster’s loyal valet, Jeeves, valiantly steps in to help save the day in this Olivier Award-winning Robert and David Goodale adaptation inspired by the hilarious P.G. Wodehouse classic The Code of the Woosters.

 

The Flamingo Kid

May 9 – June 9, 2019

Book & Lyrics by Robert L. Freedman

Music by Scott Frankel

Directed by Darko Tresnjak

 

In the summer of ’63, against the wishes of his father, Brooklyn teenager Jeffrey Winnick leaves behind his blue-collar roots for an exciting job working as a cabana boy at the colorful El Flamingo—a posh private club on Long Island. The music, the romance, the beach are magical—until tensions grow between father and son when a slick club member takes Jeffrey under his wing.

 

 

 

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Long Wharf Theatre*

New Haven, CT

THE ROOMMATE

By Jen Silverman

October 10 – November 4, 2018

Directed by Mike Donahue

Claire Tow Stage in the C. Newton Schenck III Theatre

 

Sharon, in her mid-fifties, is recently divorced and needs a roommate to share her Iowa home. Robyn, also in her mid-fifties, needs a place to hide and a chance to start over. Sharon begins to uncover Robyn’s secrets, encouraging her own deep-seated desire to transform her life completely. A comedy about what it takes to re-route your life—and what happens when the wheels come off. “With humor and heart, Silverman has written a play that explores, with great empathy, relationships with self and with other. The Roommate tugs at heartstrings as much as it tickles the bone” – LOUISVILLE.COM

 

PARADISE BLUE

By Dominique Morisseau

Directed by Awoye Timpo

November 21 – December 16, 2018

Claire Tow Stage in the C. Newton Schenck III Theatre

 

Blue, a gifted trumpeter, contemplates selling his once-vibrant jazz club in Detroit’s Blackbottom neighborhood to shake free the demons of his past and better his life. But where does that leave his devoted Pumpkin, who has dreams of her own? And what does it mean for the club’s resident bebop band? When a mysterious woman with a walk that drives men mad comes to town with her own plans, everyone’s world is turned upside down. This dynamic and musically-infused drama shines light on the challenges of building a better future. “…a juicy and resonant piece of writing filled to the brim with complex, empathetic characters. It is not hard to become involved with their choices and worry about their futures.” – CHICAGO TRIBUNE

 

MILLER, MISSISSIPPI

By Boo Killebrew

January 9 – February 3, 2019

Directed by Lee Sunday Evans

Stage II

 

Set in volatile Civil Rights-era Mississippi, Miller Mississippi is a Southern Gothic tale of one family’s devastating descent into ruin. As the country lurches towards a future of racial equality, the Miller family is poisoned by its own legacy. A highlight of LWT’s 2016 Contemporary American Voices Festival, Killebrew’s play shows how world-changing events affect individuals in deeply profound and personal ways. “This play is damn good and feels necessary and important in the complicated world it’s been born into.” – DALLAS OBSERVER

 

TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS

Based on the Book by Cheryl Strayed

Adapted for the Stage by Nia Vardalos

Co-Conceived by Marshall Heyman, Thomas Kail and Nia Vardalos

Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll

February 13- March 10, 2019

Claire Tow Stage in the C. Newton Schenck III Theatre

 

Sugar is an anonymous online advice columnist—later revealed to be Cheryl Strayed—who thousands of people have turned to for words of wisdom, honesty and hope. At first unsure of herself, Sugar finds a way to weave her own life experiences together with the deep yearning and real problems of her readers, creating a beloved column about the endless dark and glimmering light in the heart of every human being. Based on Strayed’s bestselling book, Tiny Beautiful Things is a deeply funny, empathetic, and uplifting experience. “I couldn’t help feeling grateful… for a show that aims to open our eyes to the tiny moments when the world surprises us with care.” – VULTURE.COM

 

AN ILIAD

Adapted from Homer

By Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare

Translation by Robert Fagles

March 20 – April 14, 2019

Stage II

 

Visionary creators Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare have crafted a sprawling yarn based on Homer’s epic poem that spins the familiar tale of gods and goddesses, undying love and endless battles told through an original and immediate voice. An Iliad tells the story of humanity’s unshakeable attraction to violence, destruction and chaos. Has anything really changed since the Trojan War? “Explosive, altogether breathtaking…Brilliantly meshes past and present calamity, with touches of the most caustic dark humor suddenly shifting into unimaginable pathos.” – CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

 

A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2

By Lucas Hnath

May 1 – 26, 2019

Claire Tow Stage in the C. Newton Schenck III Theatre

 

Nora made the shocking decision to leave her husband and children and begin a life of her own. Many years have passed since she decided to slam the door on everything. Now, there’s a knock on the same door. Nora has returned. But why? And what will it mean for those she left behind? Smart and engrossing, the Tony-Award winning A Doll’s House, Part 2 has a fresh take on a masterwork of world drama. “…lucid and absorbing…Modern in its language, mordant in its humor and suspenseful in its plotting…the play judiciously balances conflicting ideas about freedom, love and responsibility.” – TIME OUT NY

 

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Manhattan Theatre Club

New York, NY

INK

BY JAMES GRAHAM

DIRECTED BY RUPERT GOOLD

PREVIEWS BEGIN: TUESDAY, APRIL 2ND, 2019

OPENING NIGHT: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2019

CLOSING: June, 9th

 

It’s 1969 London. The brash young Rupert Murdoch purchases a struggling paper, The Sun, and sets out to make it a must-read smash which will destroy – and ultimately horrify – the competition. He brings on rogue editor Larry Lamb who in turn recruits an unlikely team of underdog reporters. Together, they will go to any lengths for success and the race for the most ink is on! Inspired by real events and a recent hit in London’s West End, James Graham’s electrifying new play comes to Broadway in the exhilarating Almeida Theatre production, directed by Rupert Goold. In its London run, The Guardian called it “riveting,” and Time Out hailed it as “an incredibly brilliant stunner.”

 

THE NAP

BY RICHARD BEAN

DIRECTED BY DANIEL SULLIVAN

PREVIEWS BEGIN: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2018

OPENING NIGHT: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2018

 

By the author of the rollicking, award-winning Broadway comedy One Man, Two Guvnors, The Nap is a very funny look at the world of snooker – the British version of pool. Dylan Spokes, a fast-rising young star arrives for a championship tournament only to be confronted by the authorities warning him of the repercussions of match-fixing. Before he knows it, Dylan’s forced into underhanded dealings with a cast of wildly colorful characters that include his ex-convict dad, saucy mum, quick-tongued manager and a renowned gangster, to boot. It’s a fast-paced comedy thriller where, in an exciting twist, the tournament unfolds live on stage. In its British premiere, The Guardian raved, “Ingenious,” The Observer cheered, “Outrageously funny,” and The Daily Mail called The Nap “brilliant and terrifically inventive.” Directing is Tony Award® winner Daniel Sullivan.

 

CHOIR BOY

BY TARELL ALVIN MCCRANEY

DIRECTED BY TRIP CULLMAN

PREVIEWS BEGIN: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2018

OPENING NIGHT: TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2019

 

For half a century, the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys has been dedicated to the education of strong, ethical black men. One talented student has been waiting for years to take his rightful place as the leader of the legendary gospel choir. But can he make his way through the hallowed halls of this institution if he sings in his own key? On its US debut at MTC’s Studio at Stage II, The New York Times called the play “vivid, magnetic and moving,” and The New York Post hailed it as “bracing and provocative.” Now, we’re thrilled to bring this soaring music-filled work to Broadway. Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney is an Oscar®-winning screenwriter of Moonlight and a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship Grant. Directing is Trip Cullman (Murder Ballad).

 

LONG LOST

BY DONALD MARGULIES

DIRECTED BY DANIEL SULLIVAN

PREVIEWS BEGIN: TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2019

OPENING NIGHT: TUESDAY, JUNE 4, 2019

 

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of such works as Time Stands Stilland Dinner with Friends returns to MTC with a funny, unsettling, ultimately moving play about the limits of compassion and filial obligation. When troubled Billy appears out-of-the-blue in his estranged brother David’s Wall Street office, he soon tries to re-insert himself into the comfortable life David has built with his philanthropist wife and college-age son. What does Billy really want? Can he be trusted? And how much can family bonds smooth over past rifts? Tony winner Daniel Sullivan (Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes and Proof at MTC) directs this riveting new work from one of today’s greatest observers of modern life, Donald Margulies.

 

INDIA PALE ALE

PREVIEWS BEGIN: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2018

OPENING NIGHT: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2018

World Premiere by Jaclyn Backhaus

Directed by Will Davis

 

In a small Wisconsin town, a tight-knit Punjabi community gathers to celebrate the wedding of a traditional family’s only son, just as their strong-willed daughter announces her plans to move away and open a bar. As they come together for feasts filled with singing and dancing, one generation’s cherished customs clash with another’s modern-day aspirations, and ghosts and pirates from the family’s past linger in everyone’s thoughts – until one sudden event changes everything. This poignant and smartly funny new play about legacy, life and longing comes from the fresh voice of Jaclyn Backhaus, who again teams up with her Men on Boats director, Will Davis.

 

THE CAKE

PREVIEWS BEGIN: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2019

OPENING NIGHT: TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 2019

By Bekah Brunstetter

Directed by Lynne Meadow

 

All is going well for Della. Her North Carolina bakery is legendary and she’s just been cast on her favorite television baking competition. But then, her late best friend’s daughter comes home from New York City to ask her to make a cake for her upcoming wedding. When Della learns that Jen’s about to marry a woman, she is forced to re-examine her deeply held beliefs, as questions of morals, judgment and family swirl around them all. This emotional and deliciously funny play was created by Bekah Brunstetter (“This is Us”), and is staged by MTC Artistic Director Lynne Meadow.

 

THE NICETIES

BY ELEANOR BURGESS

DIRECTED BY KIMBERLY SENIOR

PREVIEWS BEGIN: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2018

OPENING NIGHT: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2018

 

At an elite East Coast university, an ambitious young black student and her esteemed white professor meet to discuss a paper the college junior is writing about the American Revolution. They’re both liberal. They’re both women. They’re both brilliant. But very quickly, discussions of grammar and Google turn to race and reputation, and before they know it, they’re in dangerous territory neither of them had foreseen – and facing stunning implications that can’t be undone. Written with powerful truth and humor by Eleanor Burgess, this deeply resonant work is directed by Kimberly Senior (Disgraced). The Washington Post hails it as “a barnburner of a play,” adding that it’s “one of the best plays I’ve seen about who gets to tell the story of America, and how.”

 

CONTINUITY

BY BESS WOHL

DIRECTED BY RACHEL CHAVKIN

PREVIEWS BEGIN: TUESDAY, MAY 7, 2019

OPENING NIGHT: TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2019

 

A sheet of ice sits in the desert of New Mexico. A mad eco-terrorist plants a bomb in order to save humankind. A beleaguered film crew tries to get in one last shot before losing the light. Continuity is a sly, biting comedy in six takes where storytelling and science collide with both hilarious and devastating consequences. The play asks, “How do we keep going when hope can seem as fictional as a Hollywood ending?” “How do we tell the stories that could shape our future?” and, perhaps most importantly, “What’s for lunch?”

 

 

The Old Globe*

San Diego, CA

The Heart of Rock & Roll

Book by Jonathan Abrams

Directed by Gordon Greenberg

Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage

September 6 – October 21, 2018 (Opening Night: Friday, September 14) World premiere

 

An electrifying world premiere musical comedy inspired by the songs of one of the most beloved and iconic acts in music history, Huey Lewis and the News. Mainstays on the Chicago dive bar circuit, Bobby and his band are hustling for their big break. But after their latest rejection, Bobby decides it’s “Hip to Be Square,” trades in his guitar, and starts “Workin’ for a Livin’” in corporate America. His boss, Cassandra, has struggles of her own, having sacrificed her personal life for the company. When they both get a shot at their dreams—for Bobby, another crack at rock stardom, and for Cassandra, a chance to become CEO—they must decide “If This Is It” for their careers, or if “The Power of Love” triumphs over all. The Heart of Rock & Roll celebrates the classic songs of Huey Lewis and the News in this heartwarming and hilarious new musical.

 

Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Book and lyrics by Timothy Mason

Directed by James Vásquez

Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage

November 3 – December 29, 2018 (Opening night: Thursday, November 8)

 

Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book. Back for its 21st incredible year, the family favorite features the songs “Santa for a Day,” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” and “Welcome, Christmas (Fah Who Doraze),” the delightful carol from the popular animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into the snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash.

As in years past, The Grinch will be performed on Saturday, December 1 at 10:30 a.m. for children on the autism spectrum and their families, as well as other families with special needs that may appreciate the welcoming and supportive environment this performance provides.

 

Familiar

By Danai Gurira

Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage

January 26 – March 3, 2019
(Opening night: Thursday, January 31) American premiere

 

Donald and his wife Marvelous have been living the American Dream since emigrating from Zimbabwe nearly three decades ago. They have a beautiful house and impressive careers, and now one of their daughters is getting married! But when the bride insists on a traditional African wedding ceremony, tensions start to rise. Throw in an eccentric aunt from the old country and a bewildered bridegroom, and soon it’s not certain the couple will ever make it down the aisle. Familiar, from Tony Award nominee Danai Gurira (Black Panther, “The Walking Dead”), takes a funny, warmhearted look at tradition, marriage, and what it means to be an American family. The New York Times calls it “an engrossing, fiercely funny comedy-drama that probes with subtlety and smarts.” Contains strong language.

 

Life after

Book, music, and lyrics by Britta Johnson

Directed by Barry Edelstein

Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage

May 11 – June 16, 2019 (Opening Night: Thursday, May 16) World premiere

 

Grieving the recent loss of her famous father, 16-year-old Alice begins to question the events surrounding his death and sets out to uncover what really happened on the night that changed her family forever. Britta Johnson’s Life After is a bittersweet, witty, and life-affirming new musical that explores the mess and beauty of loss and love. Through the vivid imagination of a young woman looking for the facts, we find a more complicated truth instead. The Old Globe’s Barry Edelstein directs the American premiere of this rapturously beautiful and stirring new musical from a composer the Toronto Star calls “a startlingly talented emerging voice.” BroadwayWorld dubs Life After “musical theatre perfection…exquisite from start to finish.”

 

Ken Ludwig’s The Gods of Comedy

By Ken Ludwig

Directed by Kathleen Marshall

Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage

May 11 – June 16, 2019
(Opening night: Thursday, May 16) World premiere

 

Daphne and Ralph are young classics professors who have just made a discovery that’s sure to turn them into academic superstars: an ancient Greek manuscript of incalculable value. But clumsy Daphne has managed to misplace it, and if she doesn’t find it soon, her career hopes will come crashing down. Despairing, she cries out, “Save me, gods of ancient Greece!”…and the gods actually appear! The Ivy League will never be the same as a pair of screwball deities encounters the carnal complexity of college coeds, campus capers, and conspicuous consumption. Comic playwright Ken Ludwig, who delighted Globe audiences with Robin Hood! and Baskerville, returns with a knockabout world premiere directed by three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall (the Globe’s Love’s Labor’s Lost).

 

Looking for Christmas The New Clint Black Christmas Musical

Music and lyrics by Clint Black

Directed by Kent Nicholson

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre

November 13 – December 16, 2018
(Opening night: Tuesday, November 20) West Coast premiere

 

A world premiere American musical about family, loyalty, and the magic of Christmas from country music legend Clint Black, inspired by his 1995 chart-topping holiday album. Amid the commotion of the holidays, Staff Sergeant Mike Randolf returns from Afghanistan and home to his family. But before Mike can open his heart to the joy and spirit of the season, he must make peace with the past and let go the ghosts of the battlefield. While Mike’s wife helps him readjust to civilian life, it’s their precocious young daughter’s sweet search for the true meaning of Christmas that leads the family toward healing. This heartwarming musical is sure to become an enduring holiday classic.

 

Tiny Beautiful Things

Adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos

Directed by James Vásquez

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre

February 9 – March 10, 2019 (Opening night: Thursday, February 14) West Coast premiere

 

Based on the best-selling book by Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things follows the relationships between an anonymous advice columnist named Sugar and the many real-life readers who pour out their hearts to her. Academy Award nominee Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) adapts Strayed’s book into an enrapturing and uplifting play that surges with emotion and is called by Variety “a theatrical hug in turbulent times.” Tiny Beautiful Things is about reaching when you’re stuck, recovering when you’re broken, and finding the courage to ask the questions that are hardest to answer. Tissues recommended. Contains strong language and adult content.

 

They Promised Her the Moon

By Laurel Ollstein

Directed by Giovanna Sardelli

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre

April 6 – May 5, 2019 (Opening night: Thursday, April 11) Globe-commissioned world premiere

 

In 1960 the famed “Mercury Seven” trained at NASA to become the first American astronauts. But they weren’t alone. Thirteen women also underwent the same rigorous psychological and physical testing. The first woman to be tested, Jerrie Cobb, even out-performed her male counterparts. But while Alan Shepard and John Glenn went on to become household names, Ms. Cobb never got that chance. In vividly theatrical terms, the west coast premiere of They Promised Her the Moon tells the unknown true story of this exceptional and unjustly overlooked woman—skilled aviator, world-record-holding pilot, successful business executive—and the powerful forces that kept her from reaching orbit. Contains strong language.

 

What You Are

By JC Lee

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre

May 23 – June 23, 2019
(Opening night: Thursday, May 30) World premiere

 

Feeling adrift in a changing America he no longer recognizes, Don scrapes together a living and struggles to support his family through hard work and good intentions. But everything around him, from his younger co-workers, to the technology in his office job, to even his own opinionated daughter, seems alien to the certainties and stabilities he once knew. When a simple misunderstanding at work escalates into an all-out confrontation, Don hatches a plan to set right all the things he feels have gone wrong. Can the people who love him manage to hold him together? JC Lee’s Globe-commissioned world premiere is a riveting, of-the-moment exploration of the personal struggles that accompany sweeping social change. Contains strong language.

 

 

Seattle-Repertory-Theatre

Seattle Rep*

Seattle, WA

A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS

October 5 – November 10, 2018

By Ursula Rani Sarma

Based on the book by Khaled Hosseini

Directed by Carey Perloff

Bagley Wright Theatre

 

Based on the sweeping, internationally best-selling novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns is the tale of the unlikely connection that blossoms between two Afghan women in war-torn Kabul. As rockets shriek down from the heavens, the friendship of Laila and Mariam develops into an iron-bound rapport, forged by their defiance of a life of senseless tyranny. Secrets, lies, and pacts are made in this harrowing yet ultimately beautiful piece about the true cost of sacrifice.

 

A PEOPLE’S HISTORY

October 17 – November 25, 2018

Leo K. Theatre

Created and performed by Mike Daisey

 

Master storyteller, author, and actor Mike Daisey returns to the Rep with A People’s History, the autobiographical story of when Daisey comes across a battered copy of his high school U.S. history textbook and decides, in true Daisey fashion, to contrast it with something wildly different: Howard Zinn’s electrifying A People’s History of the United States. In this series of 18 stand-alone monologues, Daisey explores a history of the U.S. not typically taught in schools. From Columbus’ landing to today’s political landscape, Daisey confronts our history of exploitation and characterizes the stirring struggle of those who have fought against it to make our American ideals a reality.

 

IN THE HEIGHTS

November 23 – December 30, 2018

Bagley Wright Theatre

Music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes

Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Directed by May Adrales

 

In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams, and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.

 

LAST OF THE BOYS

January 18 – February 10, 2019

Bagley Wright Theatre

By Steven Dietz

Directed by Braden Abraham

 

Ben lives off-the-grid in his trailer in the California Central Valley, haunted by the memories of his service during the Vietnam War. His self-imposed exile is disrupted by the arrival of Ben’s old war buddy, Jeeter, with his girlfriend and her volatile mother in tow. Intimate, funny, and fierce, Last of the Boys by renowned Seattle playwright Steven Dietz delves into a veteran’s struggle to understand his troubled past, which threatens to swallow him whole.

 

Susan Hill’s

THE WOMAN IN BLACK

February 22 – March 24, 2019

Bagley Wright Theatre

Adapted by Stephen Mallatratt

Directed by Robin Herford

 

In the village of Crythin Gifford, the wind howls across the moors and fog creeps mysteriously around the town spires. At the edge of the village’s cemetery, young lawyer Arthur Kipps glimpses the figure of a woman, garbed all in black, and is drawn into Crythin’s cursed and haunted history. Susan Hill’s gothic ghost story, The Woman in Black, comes to spine-tingling life in this cunning stage adaptation that left London’s West End theatergoers enthralled.

 

A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2

March 15 – April 28, 2019

Leo K. Theatre

By Lucas Hnath

Directed by Braden Abraham

 

Nora Helmer is returning home after closing the door on her life with her husband Torvald and their three children 15 years prior. Her unexpected homecoming is met with recriminations and the family drama unfolds in this explosively entertaining continuation of Henrik Ibsen’s acclaimed A Doll’s House. Written by Tony Award nominee Lucas Hnath, A Doll’s House, Part 2 explores gender roles and societal expectations through the eyes of a woman mired in an era for which she is simply too exceptional.

 

NINA SIMONE: FOUR WOMEN

April 26 – June 2, 2019

Bagley Wright Theatre

By Christina Ham

Directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton

 

When “The High Priestess of Soul” Nina Simone heard about the tragic bombing death of four young girls in an Alabama church in 1963, the songstress turned to her music as a means of expressing the country’s agony. “Four Women” and Simone’s other evocative activist anthems sang a truth that the world needed to hear. And it is a truth that remains sung to this day. Through storytelling, debate, and music, Nina Simone: Four Women immerses us in the complex harmony of protest.

 

TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS

May 17 – June 23, 2019

Leo K. Theatre

By Cheryl  Strayed

 

Anonymous online columnist “Sugar” receives thousands of letters asking for advice, and with her own particular brand of brutal honesty and incisive empathy, helps those seeking guidance for life obstacles both large and small. It is later revealed that “Sugar” is author Cheryl Strayed (Wild). Based on the best-selling book by Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things is a luminous play that personifies the unfathomable questions that are at the heart of being human.

 

Trinity Repertory Company*

Providence, RI

Pride and Prejudice

By Kate Hamill

Based on the novel by Jane Austen

October 4 – November 4, 2018

 

The treasured and iconic “will they or won’t they” romance between Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy is infused with fresh vitality and hilarity in this effervescent new comedic adaptation. Mrs. Bennett is determined to find suitable husbands for her daughters, but can’t quite get fiercely independent Elizabeth on board – at least not when it comes to the impossibly arrogant Mr. Darcy. At once both warmly familiar and surprisingly funny, the Bennett family’s shenanigans have never felt so modern.

 

A Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens

Directed by Mark Valdez

November 8-December 30, 2018

Celebrating 41 years at Trinity Rep, Rhode Island’s family holiday tradition brings Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, Tiny Tim, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future to the stage in a glorious re-telling of the classic story that has delighted and inspired millions.

 

black odyssey

By Marcus Gardley

Based on Homer’s Odyssey

Directed by Kent Gash

January 3 – February 3, 2019

 

After Ulysses Lincoln is lost at sea and presumed dead, the Gulf War veteran struggles to find his way back home to his wife and son while unknowingly being controlled by a host of gods – both scheming and benevolent. Along the way, he must confront his ancestral past so that he can embrace his unsettled present. His journey is an epic, breathtaking, and gloriously theatrical reimagining of Homer’s classic that brilliantly combines Greek mythology and African-American history of the last fifty years.

 

An Iliad – Limited Engagement

By Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare

Based on Homer’s The Iliad, translated by Robert Fagles

February 6 – 10, 2019

 

The journey with the great poet Homer continues with this special theatrical event. A captivating lone storyteller recounts the familiar tales of gods and goddesses, wars and battles, and humanity’s unshakeable attraction to violence, destruction, and chaos over the millennia. This limited-run special engagement is sure to sell out and until October 1 will be exclusively available to season subscribers.

 

Macbeth

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Curt Columbus

January 31 – March 3, 2019

 

This Shakespearean thriller bursts at breakneck speed with more suspense, murder, and madness than any blockbuster film. Tempted by the eerie visions of three mysterious witches and pushed by his ruthless wife, Macbeth is determined to grab what he wants – the throne of Scotland. Unchecked greed and ambition fuel his bloody rise to power, but his ego ultimately brings about his brutal end, while Lady Macbeth’s guilt and paranoia lead to one of theater’s most riveting descents into madness.

 

The Song of Summer

By Lauren Yee

Directed by Taibi Magar

March 14 – April 14, 2019

 

That song on every radio and wedding DJ’s playlist – that catchy earworm that’s inescapable for an entire summer – the “song of the summer” …there’s more to it than everyone knows.  There’s more to know about its singer, too – like why he snuck away from a concert and traveled hundreds of miles to visit the home of his childhood piano teacher. What – and who – he finds there could change his career and his life.  A touching story about how revisiting the past can change our future.

 

Little Shop of Horrors

Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman

Music by Alan Menken

Directed by Tyler Dobrowsky

April 11 – May 12, 2019

 

A perennially-popular, award-winning musical, Little Shop of Horrors blends doo-wop, rock, and Motown into a charming and totally-twisted must-see Trinity Rep event. A strange and unusual plant seems like just the thing to save a beleaguered Skid Row flower shop and its hapless employees, Seymour and Audrey. But when that plant turns out to feed only on blood and is inclined toward world-domination, well…things get a little messy.  This deviously-delicious musical will be fun for the whole family.

 

Marisol

By José Rivera

May 16 – June 16, 2019

 

Marisol goes to bed in her New York City apartment but awakens after a visit from her guardian angel to a surreal and crumbling new reality. The Bronx has become a battlefield as leather-clad angels take up arms against an old and dying God in a war to save the universe. The moon has disappeared, food has turned to salt, and chaos follows Marisol at every turn as she attempts to find hope among the ruins in this primal, poetic, fantastical, and often humorous contemporary classic.

 

Walnut-Street-Theatre

Walnut Street Theatre

Philadelphia, PA

Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn

September 4 – October 21, 2018

Based on the Film from Universal Pictures

Music and Lyrics by IRVING BERLIN

Book by GORDON GREENBERG and CHAD HODGE

 

Broadway veteran Jim leaves the bright lights of show business for the quiet of a country farm. But life just isn’t the same without song and dance, so Jim turns his farmhouse into a fabulous inn with dazzling performances to celebrate each holiday, from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July. But can Jim also work the same magic on his love life? Based on the classic film, Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn features a parade of hit Berlin standards, including “Blue Skies,” “Easter Parade,” “White Christmas,” “Steppin’ Out With My Baby,” “Heat Wave,” “Cheek to Cheek,” and many more, along with laugh-out-loud comedy and thrilling dance numbers, all wrapped in a heartwarming story.

 

Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical

November 6, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Book by DENNIS KELLY

Music and Lyrics by TIM MINCHIN

 

Based on the beloved Roald Dahl novel, Matilda The Musical is the inspiring story of an extraordinary little girl with an unbounded imagination and incredible courage. She proves that despite the odds, you can do anything you put your mind to—and change your destiny. Packed with high-energy dance and catchy songs, children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by this captivating musical. Celebrate the holiday season with this stupendously fun winner of over 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical!

 

A Comedy of Tenors

January 15 – March 3, 2019

By KEN LUDWIG

 

One hotel suite, two wives, three girlfriends, four tenors, and a soccer stadium filled with screaming fans. What could possibly go wrong? It’s 1930’s Paris and just hours away from “The Concert of the Century!” But love affairs, bedroom hijinks, mistaken identities, and opening-night chaos have producer Henry Saunders desperate to try just about anything for the show to go on. From comic genius Ken Ludwig, and starring Walnut favorite Frank Ferrante, get ready for A Comedy of Tenors, an uproarious comedy filled with slamming doors, unbridled passion, and madcap hilarity on an operatic scale!

 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

March 12 – April 28, 2019

A play by SIMON STEPHENS

Based on the novel by MARK HADDON

 

Fifteen-year-old Christopher is on a mission. After the untimely death of his neighbor’s dog, the brilliant but unique boy is compelled to investigate the crime. See the world through Christopher’s eyes as he embarks on an extraordinary journey where he challenges assumed truths and discovers life-changing secrets. Based on Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a thrilling, heartwarming, and uplifting adventure story for every one of us. Winner of Broadway’s Tony Award for Best Play!

 

Legally Blonde: The Musical

May 14 – July 14, 2019

Music and Lyrics by LAURENCE O’KEEFE and NELL BENJAMIN

Book by HEATHER HACH

Based on the novel by AMANDA BROWN and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture

 

Based on the smash hit movie, Legally Blonde: The Musical follows the transformation of Elle Woods from a pink-loving SoCal sorority girl to a Harvard law student, all on her own terms. In this new production of the fabulously fun, award-winning Broadway musical, our blonde heroine tackles all obstacles, and educates us all on staying true to our dreams through rousing songs and dynamic show-stopping dance numbers. This feel-good musical comedy will be the most fashionable ticket in town and is so much fun, it should be illegal!