2018/2019 Season

World-Premiere Play

The Year to Come

December 4 – 30, 2018
Mandell Weiss Theatre

By Lindsey Ferrentino

Every New Year’s Eve a family gathers in their Florida backyard to ring in the coming year. In between dips in the pool, politically incorrect banter and a highly-anticipated onion dip, their relationships grow and fracture in moments that become family legend. Unfolding backwards in time, The Year to Come shows how the promise of our future is shaped by the lens of our past.

Rising playwright Lindsey Ferrentino introduces us to a distinctly American family whose evolution mirrors the turbulence of 21st century.



World-Premiere Musical


Extended! February 19 – April 7, 2019
Mandell Weiss Theatre

Book and Lyrics by Joe DiPietro
Music and Lyrics by David Bryan
Choreographed by Kelly Devine
Directed by Christopher Ashley

In 1981, an assistant kindergarten teacher married the Prince of Wales and, overnight, became the most famous woman in the world. But behind the fairytale, there was a troubled marriage and a young woman struggling to find her voice. Facing an entrenched monarchy and unprecedented media scrutiny, Princess Diana surprises everyone – including herself – as she grows into a global phenomenon and manages to change the world.

Christopher Ashley and the writers behind the Tony Award-winning musical Memphis create this highly anticipated musical, featuring an epic and sweeping contemporary score.



Past Shows

World-Premiere Play

The Squirrels

EXTENDED! June 5 – July 8, 2018
Mandell Weiss Forum

By Robert Askins
Directed by Christopher Ashley

Winter is on its way, and the squirrels are restless. Mistrust is growing between the Grey Squirrels, who enjoy a rich cache of nuts, and the outcast and hungry Fox Squirrels. When a wily outsider ignites a savage war, the consequences are catastrophic. This epic play shows the animal instincts driving us all.

Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley (Come From Away) directs Tony Award nominee Robert Askins’ (Hand to God) ambitious, out-landishly funny (and downright furry) new play.



West Coast Premiere


July 3 – 29, 2018
Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

By Martyna Majok
Directed by Carey Perloff

When Renia moved into a basement apartment in Queens, NY, she found a group of women who, like her, uprooted their lives and arrived in America with nothing. Now the landlord, Renia finds herself face to face with a young woman who forces her to question anew the costs of leaving one home for the tenuous promise of another.

This exquisite new play from 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner Martyna Majok is a moving study of the things we run from and toward, and the people who shepherd us along the way.



World-Premiere Play

Seize the King

August 21 – September 16, 2018
Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

By Will Power
Directed by Jaime Castañeda

Will Power returns to the Playhouse in a five-person, full-throttle reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s Richard III. With England’s throne empty, Richard knocks down threats to his rule, fueling his insatiable ambition and paranoia. Even if he can be stopped — who can ensure it won’t happen again?

Jaime Castañeda (Tiger Style!) directs Will Power’s (The Seven) time-blurring story of tyrannical power.



Luminous Musical Memoir

Hundred Days

September 22 – October 21, 2018
Mandell Weiss Forum

Book by The Bengsons and Sarah Gancher 
Music and Lyrics by The Bengsons 
Directed by Anne Kauffman 
Movement Direction by Sonya Tayeh

★ ★ ★ ★ – Time Out New York

Coming off a successful run in New York, Critic’s Pick Hundred Days is a “luminous musical memoir” (The New York Times) that combines the emotion of live theatre with the electricity of a live concert. Filled with “infectious melodies” (KQED), this uncensored and exhilarating true story is sure to “take your breath away” (San Jose Mercury News).



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