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Long Wharf Theatre Announces Its 2017-18 Season

New plays by Bess Wohl, Julia Cho, and more make the lineup.

Rachel Chavkin (right) will direct Bess Wohl's Small Mouth Sounds at Long Wharf Theatre this season.
(© David Gordon)

Long Wharf Theatre has announced its 53rd season, which will begin with the Obie Award-winning Small Mouth Sounds (August 30-September 24). Directed by Rachel Chavkin, Bess Wohl's new play follows the lives of six runaways who embark on a silent retreat.

Long Wharf Theatre will continue its commitment to new work with the world premiere of Fireflies (October 11-November 5), written by Tony Award nominee Matthew Barber and directed by Gordon Edelstein. The new work follows Eleanor Bannister, a retired schoolteacher, who lives a sleepy life in tiny Groverdell, Texas, until she encounters Abel Brown, a mysterious drifter.

Next up will be Aaron Posner's adaptation of Chaim Potok's classic novel The Chosen (November 22-December 17), a story of fathers and sons in 1940s Brooklyn. Then, Julia Cho will return to Long Wharf Theatre with an exercise in empathy titled Office Hour (January 17-February 11).

Tony Award nominee Ken Ludwig's comedy Baskerville (February 28-March 25) will bring Sherlock Holmes to Long Wharf Theatre, as a wild hellhound prowls the moors of Devonshire, dispatching the male heirs of the Baskerville line one by one. Finally, the season will conclude with the musical Crowns (April 18-May 13), written by Regina Taylor, and presented in a coproduction with the McCarter Theatre. Taylor also directs the show, which is adapted from the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry.

In its 52nd season, Long Wharf Theatre regularly produces an annual season of six plays on its two stages.