WILMINGTON, DEL.: Delaware Theatre Company has announced its 2017-18 season, including the world premiere of Something Wicked This Way Comes and three regional premieres.
“What makes me most excited about this season is the diversity of stories and actors on our stage,” said artistic director Bud Martin in a statement. “It is my mission to provide our patrons with productions that examine the human condition, while still providing accessible and memorable experiences.”
The season will open with the world premiere of Something Wicked This Way Comes (Sept. 13-Oct. 8), based on the book by Ray Bradbury, adapted by Brian Hill with music and lyrics by Neil Bartram. A mysterious carnival comes to a small town in 1938, enticing two young boys to escape their humdrum existence for a life of adventure. Rachel Rockwell will direct.
Following will be the regional premiere of Tommie J. Moore’s Dare to be Black (Oct. 25-Nov. 12), the story of legendary boxer Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight boxing champion. Bud Marin will direct.
The next show will be The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Nov. 29-Dec. 17), by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield. Three men tackle all 37 of the Bard’s plays in only 97 minutes for a SparkNotes version of the playwright’s portfolio. Steve Tague will direct.
The first show of the new year will be the regional premiere of Heisenberg (Feb. 7-25, 2018), by Simon Stephens. A story of human connection, the play follows Georgie, a young woman, who runs into a much older stranger, Alex, in a London train station. Bud Martin will direct.
Rounding out the season will be the regional premiere of ELLA: First Lady of Song (April 18-May 13, 2018), by Lee Summers, telling the story of renowned jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald. Maurice Hines will direct.
Delaware Theatre Company aims to support the Delaware community through artistic programming and educational services.