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Stephen Schwartz, Joe Morton, and More Set for 2017-18 Season at the Wallis

”Scandal” star Joe Morton will reprise his performance as comedian Dick Gregory in the solo play ”Turn Me Loose”.

Award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz will participate in a musical theater workshop this February at the Wallis.
Award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz will participate in a musical theater workshop this February at the Wallis.
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The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts has announced its 2017-18 season lineup, featuring 250 performances of works in dance, music, and theater.

Under the leadership of artistic director Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) in collaboration with DreamWorks Animation will offer a free musical theater workshop on February 7 and 8, 2018. Schwartz will return on February 9 as well for an evening of conversation and music with composers, lyricists, and artists he has inspired and mentored.

SiriusXM Radio star Seth Rudetsky is also set for two appearances on February 14 and March 29, 2018. He will host concerts with musical theater stars to be announced.

The Wallis' theater season will include Gretchen Law's solo play Turn Me Loose, directed by John Gould Rubin and starring Tony Award winner and Scandal star Joe Morton (October 13-29); Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic, conceived, designed, and directed by Hamid Rahmanian (October 20-29); Andrew McPherson's one-man adaptation of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, directed by Simon Harvey and performed by David Mynne (February 8-11, 2018); The Heart of Robin Hood, written by David Farr and directed by Gisli Örn Gardarsson and Selma Björnsdóttir (November 28-December 17); Jackie Unveiled, written by Tom Dugan and directed by Jenny Sullivan (February 22-March 11, 2018); the Kneehigh and Bristol Old Vic production of The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, written by Daniel Jamieson and directed by Emma Rice (February 23-March 11, 2018); Blues in the Night, conceived and directed by Sheldon Epps (April 27-May 20, 2018); and Hershey Felder: Beethoven, written and performed by Hershey Felder and directed by Joel Zwick (July 26-August 12, 2018).

The Wallis' Sorting Room series will also include performances by two-time Tony winner Christine Ebersole (War Paint), Get Lit slam poets, the music writing duo Kooman and Dimond, and American Idol alum Pia Toscano, with more to be announced.

For more information about the Wallis' 2017-18 season and other upcoming productions, click here.

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Turn Me Loose

Closed: October 29, 2017

Great Expectations

Closed: February 11, 2018

The Heart of Robin Hood

Closed: December 17, 2017

Jackie Unveiled

Closed: March 11, 2018