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"Auctioning the Ainsleys" at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, Calif. It will receive its regional premiere at People's Light next season.

People’s Light Slates Eight-Show Season of Dramas, Comedies and Musicals

The Pennsylvania theatre includes dramas by Laura Schellhardt and Zak Berkman, a new Musketeers musical, a Jane Austen adaptation and more.

MALVERN, PA.: People’s Light has announced its 2015–16 season. The theatre will produce eight plays, two of them musicals and five of them regional premieres, in its 41th season.

Opening the theatre’s subscription series will be All My Sons (Sept. 9–Oct. 4), Arthur Miller’s story of a family with secrets and betrayals threaten to tear it apart. The show will be directed by Kamilah Forbes.

Next is the regional premiere of Laura Schellhardt’s Auctioning the Ainsleys (Oct. 14–Nov.8), about a pair of sisters in the auction business who find their own house on the block. Joseph Hanreddy directs.

Audiences will be transported to 17th-century France for People’s Light’s production of The Three Musketeers: A Musical Panto (Nov. 18–Jan. 10, 2016). Athos, Portos and Artemis take on Lord Mazorotti in this musical version, which will be directed by Pete Pryor.

Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility (Feb. 10-March 20, 2016) is next, in a regional premiere of Joseph Henreddy and J.R. Sullivan’s adaptation. The play, about the tribulations of the Dashwood family following their father’s death, will be directed by Henreddy.

Next is a revival of Shakespeare’s diabolical Richard III (March 16–April 24, 2016), to be directed by Samantha Bellomo.

Tony and Pulitzer-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan‘s A Single Shard (April 27–May 29, 2016) follows. Adapted from Linda Sue Park’s novel, it’s the story of 12-year-old Tree-ear, an orphan,  who goes to work for the village potter, Min, after breaking one of Min’s creations. The show will feature puppets, live music and direction by Seema Sueko.

When a single mother and a decorated Senator bet on new lives for themselves in Atlantic City, you get the premise of Zak Berkman’s The Harrassment of Iris Malloy (June 15–July 10, 2016). This new drama is directed by Lisa Rothe.

Closing out the season will be the regional premiere of Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash (July 20–Aug. 14, 2016), which will feature orchestrations by Steven Bishop and Jeff Lisenby, and direction by Sherry Lutken.

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