Hartford Stage has announced a 50th Anniversary season that will feature a world premiere musical comedy and plays by Shakespeare, Steve Martin, and Noël Coward, as well as a new play by Matthew Lopez (The Whipping Man) featuring his aunt, Tony Award winner Priscilla Lopez.
Matthew Lopez's Somewhere is a dance-filled family saga that will feature, appropriately, Lopez's aunt, Priscilla Lopez (In the Heights). Giovanna Sardelli will direct the play, which will run April 3-27. But first, the season will kick off with Classical Repertory for a New Generation, an initiative that will see the same cast playing in repertory in Marivaux's comedy, La Dispute, and Shakespeare's Macbeth from September 12-November 10.
Other season highlights will include a coproduction with Long Wharf Theatre of Hollywood star Steve Martin's comical adaptation of The Underpants by Carl Sternheim, directed by Gordon Edelstein (The Road to Mecca) from January 9-February 2, and a production of Noël Coward's bittersweet comedy A Song at Twilight. A Song at Twilight will be directed by former Artistic Director Mark Lamos (Cymbeline). This will be a coproduction with Westport Country Playhouse, where Lamos currently serves as artistic director. It will play February 20-March 16.
Hartford Stage's second world premiere musical comedy in as many seasons, Love and Other Fables is a reimagining of Aesop's life with music by John McMahon, and a book and lyrics by Jay Jeffries (Stardust) and John McMahon. Tony Award-winning director John Rando (Urinetown) will direct the May 22-June 15 run.
The season will also feature a remounting of the annual Hartford Stage production of A Christmas Carol — A Ghost Story of Christmas, adapted and originally directed by former artistic director Michael Wilson, who will return to collaborate with Maxwell Williams on this version. Running November 29-December 28, the collaboration will give new life to the show's set, costumes, and special effects.