MILL VALLEY, CALIF.: Marin Theatre Company has announced 2016–2017 season, which will include plays by Tracy Letts, Lauren Gunderson, and Jiehae Park.
“We have put together a season that sets the bar for this company’s next 50 years where we will nurture and create the best new American work and honor the journey our company and community have taken to arrive at this momentous anniversary,” said artistic director Jasson Minadakis in a statement.
The season will kick off with Tracy Letts’s August: Osage County (Sept. 8–Oct. 2), about a family getting together after its patriarch goes missing.
Next will be Miss Bennet: Christmas at the Pemberley (Nov. 25–Dec. 18), by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon. Inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, the play chronicles Mary Bennet, a bookworm who spends Christmas with her more attractive sisters. But when she meets a man who is also a bookworm and in possession of a large fortune, Bennet must stand out among his other suitors.
Nambi E. Kelley’s Native Son (Jan. 19–Feb. 12, 2017) is based on Richard Wright’s novel, will be onstage next. Set on Chicago’s South Side during the Great Depression, the play follows Bigger Thomas, whose life takes a violent turn after he gets into an accident at his job.
Following will be Peerless (March 9–April 2, 2017) by Jiehae Park, about twins “M” and “L” who go on a Macbeth-inspired path when one sister’s slot at a prestigious university is given to a different student.
Next up will be Rajiv Joseph’s Guards at the Taj (April 27–May 21, 2017), about two childhood friends who embark on a traumatic task as imperial guards of the Taj Mahal.
The season will conclude with the West Coast premiere of Matthew Lopez’s The Legend of Georgia McBride (June 8–July 2), about an out of work Elvis impersonator who takes a job in a drag act to support his growing family.
Founded in 1966, Marin Theatre Company is committed to developing new plays and produces six new American plays and four family shows a year.