NORRISTOWN, PA.: Theatre Horizon has announced its 2017-18 season, featuring plays with women as heroes.
“I wanted to organize an entire year of shows around strong heroines,” said artistic director Erin Reilly in a statement. “All over the country, women are mobilizing to run for elected office, working in partnership with men to campaign for women’s rights, and fight for inclusion and equal justice for marginalized groups. I believe that when women embrace their own agency to build a kinder, more just world, powerful shifts can happen.”
The season will open with Lisa Kron’s 2.5 Minute Ride (October 2017), about Kron’s process of documenting her father’s life as a Holocaust survivor. Elaina Di Monaco will direct.
Next up will be Lauren Gunderson’s The Revolutionists (Feb., 2018), a woman-powered comedy that follows an assassin, a spy, a writer, and Marie Antoinette as they plot murder during the French Revolution. Kathryn MacMillan will direct.
Following will be Peter and the Starcatcher (April-May, 2018), by Rick Elice with music by Wayne Barker, about how an orphan boy became the legendary Peter Pan. Matthew Decker will direct.
Additional programming will include a concert reading of Zanna Don’t (June 29) , by Tim Acito and Alexander Dinelaris, about a high school where the captain of the chess club is a sex symbol, the quarterback is a nerd, and everyone is gay.
Theatre Horizon will also present Hero School (Aug. 4-27), by Jeremy Gable, an interactive show that serves as a training camp for superheroes. The show is recommended for children ages 4-8, accompanied by an adult. Emanuelle Delpech will direct.
Theatre Horizon, founded in 2005, produces work designed to connect professional theatre artists with audiences and students. Its education programs serve students in the greater Philadelphia region.