SAN DIEGO: San Diego Repertory Theatre (REP) has announced its 2017-18 season, featuring six productions.
“San Diego REP at the Lyceum welcomes all of the diverse people of San Diego to a safe and open conversation about who we are and what we hold dear,” said artistic director Sam Woodhouse in a statement. “Season 42 at the REP is a bold collection of six provocative entertainments featuring characters taking giant steps towards respect, understanding, trust, forgiveness, acceptance, community, partnership, and freedom.”
The season will open with the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Evita (Aug. 3-27), in collaboration with the San Diego School for Creative and Performing Arts. The musical follows Argentine political leader Eva Perón’s rise to power. Javier Velasco will choreograph, and artistic director Sam Woodhouse will direct.
Following will be Roz & Ray (Sept. 7-Oct. 1), by Karen Hartman, a time-bending story that sheds light on a tragic chapter in medical and queer history in San Diego. Delicia Turner Sonnenberg will direct.
Next up will be Robert Askins’s Hand to God (Oct. 19-Nov. 12), a dark comedy about a teenager who finds solace in puppet ministry. Woodhouse will direct.
Following will be Black Pearl Sings! (Nov. 23-Dec. 17), by Frank Higgins, about two women who form an unlikely friendship through music. Thomas W. Jones II will direct.
The season will continue with Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone (Jan. 25-Feb. 18, 2018), a comedy that recounts a family’s history of fleeing Vietnam and immigrating to America.
The season will conclude with the world premiere of Beachtown (March 22-April 15, 2018), by REP playwright-in-residence Herbert Siguenza, an immersive experience that brings audiences into a town hall meeting for Beachtown’s Time Capsule Celebration. Woodhouse will direct.
San Diego Repertory, founded in 1976, produces work with progressive political and social values and celebrates the diversity of San Diego.