SHARON, CONN.: Sharon Playhouse has announced its 2017 season, featuring three mainstage productions and a show presented by the company’s youth theatre. The season will provide a platform for emerging director Morgan Green, who will helm all three mainstage productions.
“The Sharon Playhouse is uniquely situated to capitalize on the limited production opportunities for early-career directors,” said artistic director Johnson Henshaw in a statement. “Our new director-oriented season aims to work with these emerging artists to assist them in curating their own season and give them full productions of both classics and new works.”
The season will open with New Saloon’s Minor Character: Six Translations of Uncle Vanya (June 9-25), a retelling of Chekhov’s classic featuring English language translations from a 1916 edition of the play to current Google Translate results. Elliot B. Quick will serve as dramaturg, and Green will direct.
Next up will be Caryl Churchill’s Far Away (July 7-23), about a girl who is far from home and uncovers a terrible secret that will alter the course of her life. Green will direct.
The mainstage season will close with a chamber production of The Music Man (Aug. 4-20), by Meredith Willson, about a con artist who sells band instruments and uniforms to a town of naïve people hoping to join the band. Green will direct.
The programming will also include the Sharon Playhouse Youth Theater production of Footloose (July 14-16), with book Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie, lyrics by Pitchford, and music by Tom Snow, about a teenage boy who moves to a small town where his passion for dancing is not appreciated. The cast will feature students ages 13-19, and Sarah Combs will direct.
Sharon Playhouse, founded in 1916, produces director-focused seasons in addition to its educational programming and youth theatre program.