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Christina L. Flynn, Michael Polak, and Sharon Rietkerk in North Coast Rep's "Travels With My Aunt" (Photo by Aaron Rumley)

North Coast Repertory Announces 2017-18 Season

The 36th season will feature a Gershwin musical and a Steinbeck classic.

SOLANA BEACH, CALIF.: North Coast Repertory Theatre has announced its 2017-18 season, which will include three regional premieres.

The first play of the season will be Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Sept. 6-Oct. 1), following the middle-aged Barney Cashman who longs to escape his repetitive life by joining in on the sexual revolution. Christopher Williams will direct.

Next up will be Of Mice and Men (Oct. 18-Nov. 12), by John Steinbeck. This classic American drama tells a story of the unlikely friendship between George and Lennie as they tirelessly search for work in California during the Great Depression. David Ellenstein will direct.

The first show of the new year will be the regional premiere of Around the World in Eighty Days (Jan. 10-Feb. 4, 2018), adapted by Mark Brown from the novel by Jules Verne. Following Phileas Fogg on his great trip around the globe, this comedy is full of surprises as the adventurer races against time. Allison Bibicoff will direct.

The following show will be the West Coast premiere of This Random World (Feb. 21-March 18, 2018), by Steven Dietz. The play is a story of missed connections and intersecting plotlines: a mother who needs her independence, an adventure-seeking daughter, and two sisters struggling to reconnect. David Ellenstein will direct.

Next up will be Alan Ayckbourn’s How the Other Half Loves (April 11-May 6, 2018), a comedy about three very different couples whose lives cross paths in a series of twists and turns involving jealousy, deception, and plenty of humor. Geoffrey Sherman will direct.

The summer will bring the West Coast premiere of The Father (May 20-June 24, 2018), by Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hampton, about André, an 80-year-old man living with his daughter, who begins to forget details of his life. David Ellenstein will direct.

Closing the season will be the West Coast premiere of The Musical Journey of an American Klezmar (July 11-Aug. 5, 2018), by Joseph Vass with music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin. Set in New York City in the 1900s, this musical transports you to Tin Pan Alley—a paradise for jazz, blues, theatre, and opera that attracts a melting pot of culture. Peter Moore will direct.

North Coast Repertory Theatre is dedicated to intimate theatre that speaks to the imagination and supports the diversity of society.

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