Boston Playwrights' Theatre announced the plays that will make up the 2017-18 season, its 36th.
The season will open with Cliff Odle's Lost Tempo, which, according to a press release, "follows jazz saxophonist Willie 'Cool' Jones, lured back from Paris — by a past love and the promise of an ownership stake in a nightclub — to 1950s Harlem." Diego Arciniegas directs the production, which will run October 5-22, with opening night set for October 7. It will be Odle's first full-length play produced by the company.
Next is Elemeno Pea by Molly Smith Metzler, who, in addition to being a playwright, is currently a writer and coproducer on Showtime's Shameless. According to a press release, "The play centers on Devon and Simone, working class sisters who reunite at the posh summer home of Simone's wealthy employer on Martha's Vineyard." Shana Gozansky directs the Boston premiere production, which will run November 2-19, with opening night set for November 4.
The world premiere of Walt McGough's Brawler follows March 1-18, 2018, with opening night set for March 3. Described as McGough's take on Sophocles's Ajax, the play "recasts the Greek myth in the world of the last true gladiator sport: professional hockey." BPT's artistic director, M. Bevin O'Gara, directs.
Finally, the company will present a "season extra," the North American premiere of The Rosenbergs (An Opera), with music by Joachim Holbek and libretto by Rhea Leman. Adapted from Julius and Ethel Rosenberg's letters from jail, the opera is described as a "tragic love story...set during the United States' Communist witch-hunt of the 1950s." Dmitry Troyanovsky directs the production, with musical direction by Cristi Catt. It will run April 12-22, 2018, with opening night set for April 14.
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