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You become a part of the Playhouse each time you walk up the front steps and into our historic theater. By joining us for these five powerful, one-of-a-kind theater experiences, you become a part of the conversation, a part of our vibrant community of artists.

This year the Playhouse breaks new ground with the first world-premiere production incubated by our New Works Circle Initiative. We also bring you two comedies — one modern and one classic; a thrilling drama of sisterhood and perseverance; plus the iconic American musical, Man of La Mancha. Be a part of our 88th season. Be a part of the Playhouse in 2018.

 




FLYIN' WEST

by PEARL CLEAGE 
directed by SERET SCOTT

MAY 29 – JUNE 16, 2018

Fall, 1898. The Civil War is still a living memory, and the all-black town of Nicodemus, Kansas offers a refuge for many former slaves. At one homestead lives a family of courageous and sharp-witted women determined to make a place for themselves. They overcome tremendous odds in a heroic effort to escape the scars of the past in this uplifting tale.


"Potent, gripping… a sweet anthem of a play. Ms. Cleage writes with amazing grace and killer instinct.”

THE NEW YORK TIMES  



A FLEA IN HER EAR

a new version of George Feydeau's farce
by DAVID IVES 
directed by MARK LAMOS 
a co-production with Resident Ensemble Players at the University of Delaware

JULY 10 – 28, 2018 

Raymonde has everything a turn-of-the-century Parisian housewife could want — everything, that is, except for a husband who lavishes her with attention in bed. Doubting his fidelity, she gets a “flea in her ear,” sending all involved on a wild ride of accusations, mistaken identities, and riotous confusions! Get ready for side-splitting hilarity as this classic, fast-paced fling unfolds. Aux armes! 

“A riotous romp.”
LA TIMES 



THE UNDERSTUDY
by THERESA REBECK
directed by DAVID KENNEDY
AUGUST 14 – SEPTEMBER 1, 2018 

Audiences mob the theater when a Hollywood action star takes the Broadway stage in a recently discovered play by Franz Kafka. But what if he can’t go on? Enter Harry, the understudy, a journeyman actor who has the chops but not the résumé. This hilarious look at life backstage gets even crazier when Harry reunites with the stage manager (his ex-fiancée!) and dukes it out with the film star as obstacles mount and tensions rise. Life in the theater — it ain’t easy!  
“A masterpiece of comic clockwork — raucously funny!”
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL



MAN OF LA MANCHA
by DALE WASSERMAN  music by MITCH LEIGH  lyrics by JOE DARION
directed by MARK LAMOS
SEPTEMBER 25 – OCTOBER 13, 2018

“The Impossible Dream” comes to life in this beloved American musical. Take an imaginative journey with Don Quixote as he tilts at windmills and battles for good and the love his fair maiden, Aldonza. Rediscover the magic with songs like “Dulcinea” and be transported by the power of this sweeping tale based on Cervantes’ masterpiece.

Winner of 5 Tony Awards, including Best Musical



THOUSAND PINES 
by MATTHEW GREENE
directed by AUSTIN PENDLETON
OCTOBER 30 – NOVEMBER 17, 2018
WORLD PREMIERE!

Nothing feels the same since the day Thousand Pines Junior High School was on every news channel and in everyone’s hearts. Six months after a student brought a gun to school and killed his classmates, the families of the children who died struggle with their need for answers and closure. This important and riveting new drama brings the national dialogue about gun violence to the Playhouse stage.

“I believe in the healing power of theater as we stumble together from darkness in search of light.”
MATTHEW GREENE, PLAYWRIGHT

 

THE PIANIST OF WILLESDEN LANE
based on the book "The Children of Willesden Lane"
by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen
adapted and directed by Hershey Felder
DECEMBER 5–22

Back by popular demand! 
Grammy-nominated pianist and storyteller, Mona Golabeck, shares the gripping and biographical tale of her mother’s escape from Vienna in 1938. When the young Jewish piano prodigy finds her dreams threatened by the looming war, she escapes to England on the Kindertransport. Ms. Golabek tells an incomparable true story while interweaving the music of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, and even a little Gershwin in this elegant and beautiful production.


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