PlayMakers Repertory Company’s world premiere of “Draw the Circle” written and performed by Mashuq Mushtaq Deen. (Photo by HuthPhoto)

InterAct Announces 2017-18 Season of New Plays

The Philly theatre will present world premieres by A. Rey Pamatmat and Fin Kennedy.

PHILADELPHIA: InterAct Theatre Company has announced its 2017-18 season, which will feature four plays, including world premieres by A. Rey Pamatmat and Fin Kennedy.

“InterAct’s mission of fostering civic discourse around the social, political, and cultural issues of our time holds a particular imperative as we celebrate this milestone 30th year,” said producing artistic director Seth Rozin in a statement. “Our goal of forwarding thought-provoking work that challenges audiences is more important than ever, and in this anniversary year we are excited to be presenting two world premieres, including a cinematic thriller about the integrity of truth and the importance of controlling narrative that is the largest show InterAct has ever produced. Our season will grapple with some of the most topical current themes, such as the darkly comedic side of LGBTQ mainstream ‘acceptance’ in the age of marriage equality, and the intensely personal and political journey of gender transition.”

The season will kick off with the world premiere of Broken Stones by British playwright Fin Kennedy (Oct. 27-Nov. 19). The play is billed as a “meta-theatrical epic” that is inspired by the true story of an Army reservist who broke military protocol to try to safeguard Baghdad’s Museum of Antiquities during the Iraq War. Rozin will direct and the cast will feature Charlotte Northeast.

Then in 2018, InterAct will produce the world premiere of Here Are Our Monsters by A. Rey Pamatmat (Jan. 19-Feb. 11, 2018). The play takes place in a post-marriage-equality America, and is about a gay man who proposes to his fiancé. Evren Odcikin will direct.

The third show of the season will be announced at later date (March 23-April 15, 2018).

The season will close with Mashuq Mushtaq Deen’s Draw the Circle (June 1-24, 2018). Deen will star in the one-person show that chronicles his gender transition and its effects on his traditional Muslim family.

Founded in 1988, InterAct produces new and contemporary plays explore the social, political, and cultural issues of our time.

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