SACRAMENTO, CALIF.: B Street Theatre has announced its 2018 season, the company’s first in its new space, the Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts, which will open in February 2018.
“Ever since I worked at Minneapolis Children’s Theatre when I was first starting out, it has been my dream to create a state-of-the-art theatre venue,” said cofounder and producing artistic director Buck Busfield in a statement. “As B Street Theatre grew and gained support from the Sacramento community, that dream became a reality. The works we’ve chosen for this season reflect where we’ve come from and where we’re heading.”
The season will open with Richard Bean’s One Man, Two Guvnors (Jan. 30, 2018-March 4, 2018), a British-ized adaptation of A Servant of Two Masters. Busfield will next.
Next up will be Sarah Burgess’s Dry Powder (March 27, 2018-April 15, 2018), about partners in a private equity firm caught in a public relations disaster.
Chelsea Marcantel’s Airness (May 8, 2018-June 10, 2018) will follow. The play is about professional air guitar players.
The Ladies Foursome (June 19, 2018-July 22, 2018) will return to the theatre next. Norm Foster’s play follows four women exploring the ups and downs of life. Dave Pierini will direct.
Following will be the theatre’s first New Works Festival (June 26, 2018-July 1, 2018), from which the audience will select a work to be produced in the 2019 season.
Basil Kreimendahl’s We’re Gonna Be Okay (Aug. 7, 2018-Sept. 9, 2018), about two families struggling with the realities of the Cold War, will follow.
B Street will produce Ken Weitzman’s Halftime with Don (Sept. 2018) as part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. The play follows retired NFL player Don Devers, whose public perception might be saved when a fan shows up on his doorstep.
Next up will be Martyna Majok’s Ironbound (Sept. 25, 2018-Oct. 28, 2018), about a Polish immigrant in New Jersey searching for her son.
The final show of the mainstage season will be Matthew Lopez’s The Legend of Georgia McBride (Nov. 6, 2018-Dec. 9, 2018), a comedy about an Elvis impersonator who becomes a drag queen to support his family.
The lineup will also include a family series, and the first show in that offering will be Gandhi: The Musical (Feb. 19, 2018-March 11, 2018), with book and lyrics by Danesh Khambata and music by Nariman Khambata, about the life, struggles, and success of India’s father. Lyndsay Burch will direct.
Next up will be The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (April 9-29, 2018), adapted by Le Clanche Du Rand from C.S. Lewis’s book about young children’s adventures in Narnia.
Jerry R. Montoya’s Treasure Island (Oct. 15, 2018-Nov. 4, 2018), adapted from the book by Robert Louis Stevenson, will be next. B Street produced the world premiere of the adaptation in 2005.
Founded in 1986, B Street Theatre is a professional theatre company that focuses on producing new work for adults, families, and children.