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59E59 Theaters Announces Productions for the 2019 Winter Season

Upcoming works include Imagining Madoff, Smart Blonde, and more.

Andréa Burns is among the artists announced for 59E59 Theaters' 2019 winter season.
(© Tricia Baron)

59E59 Theaters has announced the lineup of shows for its 2019 winter season.

The lineup will include On Blueberry Hill (January 8-February 3), written by Sebastian Barry, directed by Jim Culleton, and featuring Niall Buggy and David Ganly. Produced by Fishable: The New Play Company as part of Origin's 1st Irish Festival, the play follows two men in an unlikely and inseparable companionship.

Running simultaneously will be Alone It Stands (January 10-27), written and directed by John Breen and produced by Gyre and Gimble Productions also as part of Origin's 1st Irish Festival. In the play, "on October 31,1978 a small Irish provincial Rugby Team beat The New Zealand All Blacks 12-0. It was an event that rocked the Island as this All Blacks team was rightly considered one of the best rugby teams in history."

Also in January will be Trick or Treat (January 12-February 24), written by Jack Neary and directed by Carol Dunne. Produced by Northern Stage, the production will star Gordon Clapp, Dave Mason, Jenni Putney, and one more actor to be announced. Neary's dark comedy is described as skewering a family in crisis on Halloween.

Snowy Owl will present Charles Gershman's The Waiting Game (February 6-23). Directed by Nathan Wright, the cast will include Marc Sinoway and more to be announced. In the work, "Sam's in a coma. Paolo's doing his best. When Geoff reveals a secret, reality and fantasy blur."

At the same time, Hudson Stage Company will present Switzerland (February 7-March 3), written by Joanna Murray-Smith and directed by Dan Foster, starring Daniel Petzold and Peggy J. Scott. In the play, "it's 1995 in the Swiss Alps and the reclusive crime writer Patricia Highsmith is visited by a genial young man from her New York publisher, sent to convince her to write the final installment of her best-selling Mr. Ripley series."

Jerry Heymann will direct Deb Margolin's Imagining Madoff (March 1-23). Produced by New Light Theater Project, the play finds Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff in prison, determined to control his own narrative for history as he dictates to a visiting biographer.

Andréa Burns will star with one more actor to be announced in Willy Holtzman's Smart Blonde, directed by Peter Flynn. Produced by MBL Productions and Mary J. Davis, Smart Blonde is set in New York City where star Judy Holliday lays down a series of tracks about her rise to fame amidst the politics of the 1950s.

Finally, 59E59 will present I Carry Your Heart, written by Georgette Kelly, directed by Cate Caplin, and produced by Athena Theatre. In it, Phoebe is a young poet, forever living in the shadow of her estranged mother's literary acclaim. When her mother unexpectedly dies, Phoebe is left with two complicated legacies: donating her mother's organs and reading her mother's unpublished confessional journal.

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