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2017-2018 Season

REGIONAL PREMIERE DRAMA

THIS RANDOM WORLD

by Steven Dietz
directed by D. Lynn Meyers

October 10–November 4, 2017

A charming, intimate meditation on the power of chance.

Mining the comedy of missed connections, This Random World asks the serious question of how often we travel parallel paths through the world without noticing. From an ailing woman who plans one final trip, to her daughter planning one great escape and an internet prank gone awry, this funny, intimate, and heartbreaking play explores the lives that may be happening just out of reach of our own.

WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL

THE DANCING PRINCESSES

book by Joseph McDonough | music & lyrics by David Kisor
directed by D. Lynn Meyers

November 29–December 30, 2017

A new, family-friendly musical to delight audiences of all ages this holiday season!

From the creators of last season’s runaway hit Cinderella: After Ever After comes a whimsical adaptation of the classic fairy tale about a kingdom where an enchanting mystery is afoot! Wanting the best for his daughters, an overprotective king locks the castle doors each night. Yet, each morning, the princesses’ shoes have been curiously worn to tatters. Keen to cobble together the mystery of the frayed footwear, the King resorts to drastic measures of royal proportions. This is the heartfelt and humorous story of five uniquely different sister princesses who embark upon a journey of the imagination that explores the universal quest for understanding, acceptance, and love.

REGIONAL PREMIERE DRAMA

THE HUMANS

by Stephen Karam
directed by Michael Evan Haney

January 23–February 17, 2018

2016 TONY AWARD FOR BEST PLAY

"BEST PLAY OF THE YEAR" —NY Times, Washington Post, NY Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Hollywood Reporter, Time Out NY, NPR.

Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter's apartment in lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex, eerie things start to go bump in the night. Soon, family tensions reach a boiling point...and the hilarity, heart and horrors of the Blake clan are exposed.

REGIONAL PREMIERE DRAMA

RED VELVET

by Lolita Chakrabarti
directed by Brian Isaac Phillips

March 6–31, 2018

An endlessly fascinating play showcasing the enduring power of the stage to push boundaries.

Theatre Royal, London, 1833. Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, has collapsed on stage while playing Othello. To the shock of audiences and critics, Ira Aldridge, a young African-American actor, is called in to take over the role. Outside the theatre, the public is rioting in the streets over the abolition of slavery. Inside, another revolution is about to begin.

REGIONAL PREMIERE MUSICAL

HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW

by Larry Parr

April 24–May 19, 2018

Born in 1896 into abject poverty, Ethel Waters overcame a spirit-breaking childhood and racial injustice to become a Vaudeville success, legendary jazz and blues singer, Broadway pioneer, and Oscar-nominated actress. However, a reputation for being difficult and her own distrust of those who might employ her or love her—largely a response to the unspeakable horrors of Jim Crow America—caused her to lose everything and become a recluse, until she found new strength from a most unlikely source.

REGIONAL MUSICAL REVIVAL

HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH

book by John Cameron Mitchell | music & lyrics by Stephen Trask

June 5–July 1, 2018

"The most exciting rock score written for the theatre since, oh, ever," —Time Magazine

Brilliantly innovative, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny, this is the landmark American musical that is "shamelessly enjoyable and furiously funny" (NY Times) about a gender-crossed glam rocker who immigrates to America, determined to become a superstar. This genre-bending musical sensation, with a pulsing score and electrifying performances, tells the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage. It's a rocking ride, entertaining, touching, and ultimately inspiring to anyone who has felt life gave them an inch when they deserved a mile.