FORT MYERS, FLA.: Florida Repertory Theatre has announced its2017-18 season which will include plays by John Patrick Shanley and Alan Ayckbourn, and a classic musical to be announced at a later date.
“We are pleased to offer a 20th anniversary season that will showcase our ensemble of artists in a wide variety of work,” said producing artistic director Robert Cacioppo in a statement.
The season with kick off with Outside Mullingar (Sept. 22-Nov. 15), by John Patrick Shanley. Set in the midlands of Ireland, this romantic comedy follows neighbor farmers, Anthony and Rosemary. Rosemary is in love with Anthony, but they may soon be separated as Anthony could lose his father’s farm to a cousin.
Next up will be Sylvia (Oct. 27-Nov. 15), by A.R. Gurney, a comedy about a dog named Sylvia, her loving relationship with her owner, and her rocky relationship with his wife.
Following will be Disgraced (Nov. 10-Dec. 10), by Ayad Akhtar, a drama of race, religion, and betrayal. A Muslim man and his wife invite friends over for a dinner party and civil conversation quickly turns to heated debate.
The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Dec.1-17), by Alfred Uhry, will be next. A German-Jewish family living in Atlanta on the cusp of World War II faces prejudice and bias within their community.
The new year will begin with Night and Day: A Cole Porter Revue (Dec. 22, 2017-Feb. 22, 2018), conceived and directed by Robert Cacioppo, taking audiences on a journey through the musical talents of Cole Porter.
Next up will be How the Other Half Loves (Jan. 12-31, 2018), by Alan Ayckbourn, about the love lives of three very different couples. Their storylines intertwine with secret affairs, friendships, and complicated work relationships.
Following will be The Miracle Worker (Feb. 16-March 7, 2018), by William Gibson, which tells the story of a young Helen Keller and her relationship with Annie Sullivan.
A classical musical will follow (March 23-April 11, 2018). The title will be announced at a later date.
Closing the season will be a world premiere play to be announced at a later date (April 16-May 6).
Florida Repertory Theatre is committed to providing its community with a wide array of ensemble-based theatre.