"The How and The Why" by Sarah Treem, at Aurora Theatre Company in Berkeley, Calif. in 2016. Pictured: Nancy Carlin and Martha Brigham. (Photo by David Allen)

Aurora Theatre Sets 2017-18 Season of Bay Area Premieres

The season will include a world premiere production, a classic play, and new works.

BERKELEY, CALIF.: Aurora Theatre Company has announced its 2017-18 season, featuring six productions.

“In 2016, Aurora celebrated its 25th anniversary by taking a look at the past,” said Aurora artistic director Tom Ross in a statement. “For our 26th season, we are inviting audiences to not only take a fresh look at the physical changes that we’ve made to the theatre but to also take a fresh look at the power and possibilities of live theatre.”

The season will kick off with the Bay Area premiere of Rebecca Gilman’s Luna Gale (Sept. 1-Oct. 1), about a social worker who struggles to keep a baby safe after removing the child from her negligent teenage parents.

Next up will be the Bay Area premiere of Marco Ramirez’s The Royale (Nov. 3-Dec. 3), about the first black wrestler to compete for the heavyweight championship.

Following will be Widowers’ Houses (Jan. 26-Feb. 25, 2018), by George Bernard Shaw, about a young doctor who falls in love while on vacation, and upon his return he learned that he and his fiancée are beneficiaries of a scheme to exploit the poor.

The season will continue with Caryl Churchill’s A Number (March 9-April 22, 2018), about a man who discovers that he is only one in a number of identical copies.

Next will be the world premiere of Jonathan Spector’s Eureka Day (April 13-May 13, 2018), about a forward-thinking school in the Bay Area that cannot come to a consensus about vaccinations after a crisis threatens the students’ safety.

The season will close out with the Bay Area premiere of Dry Powder (June 22-July 22, 2018), by Sarah Burgess, a dark comedy about the world of private equity.

Aurora Theatre Company produces new and contemporary work. It serves audience members from the East Bay area, San Francisco, and the Greater Bay area.

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