WASHINGTON, D.C.: Theater Alliance has announced its 2017-18 season, its 15th. It will include new works by Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Idris Goodwin, and Gabrielle Reisman.
“Theatre is a truly collaborative art form and needs time, space, and compassionate collaborators to create lasting and great works of art,” said producing artistic director Colin Hovde in a statement. “Theater Alliance’s 15th season has shaped up to be one of reimagining, reworking and growth. All three of our productions next season are being given another chance to take the next great leap forward.”
The season will open with a remount of Word Becomes Flesh by Marc Bamuthi Joseph (Sept. 7-Oct. 8). The play comprises a series of letters from a man to his unborn son. Psalmayene 24 will direct. The play was first mounted in Theater Alliance’s 2015-16 season, for which it won five Helen Hayes Awards, including outstanding production of a play.
Next will be The Raid by Idris Goodwin (Feb. 8-March 18, 2018). The play imagines a debate between two American abolitionists, John Brown and Frederick Douglass. Hovde will direct.
The final production of the season will be Flood City by Gabrielle Reisman (May 10-June 17, 2018). The play takes place in Johnstown, Penn., a steel town decimated by a flood in 1889.
In addition to these productions, Theater Alliance will mount its sixth annual Hothouse New Play Development Series, in which six short plays and two full-length plays will be developed throughout the season and given readings. The dates will be announced at a later time.
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