Among the highlights is the world premiere of the new musical romance Daddy Long Legs (January 20-February 14), featuring book by John Caird (who will also direct) with music and lyrics by Paul Gordon, based on the novel by Jean Webster. Set in turn-of-the-century New England, it is the story of Jerusha Abbott, a talented orphan sent to a prestigious college by an anonymous benefactor she whimsically dubs "Daddy Long Legs." This is co-production with Rubicon Theatre Company.
The season will open with the world premiere of Tinyard Hill, July 15-August 9, a musical of romance, rebellion, and patriotism, set in the '60s to a country-pop score, with music by Mark Allen, and book and lyrics by Thomas H. Newman. David Henry Hwang's Yellow Face will follow, August 26-September 20, taking a look at racial identity in contemporary America. Aaron Posner and Chaim Potok's The Chosen, October 7-November 1, is the story of an unlikely friendship between two Jewish teenagers in post-war 1940's Brooklyn.
Paula Vogel's A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration, December 2-27, will fill the holiday season, while the season will also include Sunsets and Margaritas by José Cruz González, March 10-April 4, as well as To Kill a Mockingbird, April 7-May 2, Christopher Sergel's dramatization of Harper Lee's novel. The season will close with Michael Hollinger's Opus, June 2-27, the story of a famous string quartet forced to find a new member just days before an appearance at the White House.For more information, call 650-463-1960 or visit theatreworks.org.