2018/2019 Season

2018/2019 Season Art

West Coast Premiere


July 3 – 29, 2018
Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

By Martyna Majok

In 2017, a young immigrant arrives at a tenement in Queens, New York. She is met by her new landlord, who stood on the same doorstep 16 years earlier. As they get to know each other, the old brownstone reverberates with the voices of the fierce and proud women who preceded them.

This exquisite new play from 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.



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

Dubbed “a luminous musical memoir” and a Critic’s Pick by The New York Times, Hundred Days is an exhilarating and heartrending autobiographical piece, written and performed by the husband-and-wife team of Abigail and Shaun Bengson, about embracing uncertainty, taking a leap, and loving as if you only had 100 days to live. With their magnetic chemistry and unique musical style, the Bengsons explore the fundamental question of how to make the most of the time you have.



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 from 2017 to 2000, 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


February 19 – March 31, 2019
Mandell Weiss Theatre

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

It’s 1981 and the world is hungry for a royal wedding — but is the 20-year-old bride prepared for what comes after? Following her fairytale union, Princess Diana faces a distant husband, an unmovable monarchy and overwhelming media scrutiny. But her modern perspective and remarkable compassion galvanizes a nation, even as it threatens the royal family’s hold on England.

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.



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