New Repertory Theatre has announced seven productions to compose its 2018-19 season, entitled Awakening. "Next year, New Repertory Theatre will celebrate 35 seasons of presenting plays that speak powerfully to the vital ideas of our time," said Artistic Director Jim Petosa, "and continue a tradition of producing theater that is bold, timely, and essential."
The season will open with the New England premiere of Young Jean Lee's Straight White Men (September 7-30). The satirical comedy, examining identity and privilege, will make its Broadway debut as well this June at the Helen Hayes Theatre.
Next will be the New England premiere of We Will Not Be Silent (October 13-November 4), a historical drama based on true events, written by David Meyers and directed by Jim Petosa. Risking everything to stand up for social justice, German college student Sophie Scholl courageously led the only major act of civil disobedience against Hitler and his fascist regime. Scholl's moral strength is tested while being interrogated for her crimes, leading her to question whether to save her own life or continue her righteous crusade.
The following production will be the Tony-winning musical 1776 (November 30-December 23). Telling the story of the First Continental Congress and the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the show features music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards and a book by Peter Stone.
Opening in the BlackBox Theater will be Heartland (January 12-February 9, 2019), a National New Play Network rolling world premiere written by Gabriel Jason Dean. The play follows Afghan refugee Nazrullah who shows up unexpectedly on the doorstep of Dr. Harold Banks. When he claims to have known his adopted daughter Getee, the two men become unlikely roommates.
Next in the BlackBox Theater will be Still Standing (February 9-March 3, 2019), a one-woman musical written and performed by Anita Hollander. Hollander lost her leg in 1977 to cancer. Still Standing details her story from diagnosis to the very
moment of performance.
Back on the MainStage will be Cardboard Piano (March 23-April 14, 2019), a New England premiere by Hansol Jung. Set in Northern Uganda at the turn of the millennium, this poetic drama explores love and dedication amidst a background of an escalating civil war.
Closing out the season will be Tennessee Williams's Vieux Carré (April 27-May 19, 2019), directed by Jim Petosa. The play is described as "a New Orleans ghost story pulled from the real life experiences of playwright Tennessee Williams."
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