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MaryLee Bednarek in Shakespeare's "Coriolanus" at Lantern Theater Company in 2017.

Lantern Theater Company Announces 2018-19 Season

The season will feature a world premiere musical and works by Tom Stoppard, David Ives, Harold Pinter, and Shakespeare.

PHILADELPHIA: Lantern Theater Company has announced its 2018-19 season, featuring five plays.

“Great stories, great writers, great language,” said artistic director Charles McMahon in a statement. “For our 2018/19 season we have selected five plays that are artistically ambitious and characterized by the complex and satisfying storytelling that has become the Lantern’s trademark. With works by Tom Stoppard, David Ives, Harold Pinter, and William Shakespeare, the Lantern will bring to life great stories by great writers, while also introducing an important new piece by two highly talented Philadelphia-based theatre artists.”

The season will start with Tom Stoppard’s Hapgood (Sept. 6-Oct. 7), about a brilliant physicist fighting to keep her place in a profession dominated by men. Peter DeLaurier will direct.

Next up will be The Heir Apparent (Nov. 8-Dec. 9), by David Ives, a farce about a family struggling to get hold of the estate of their wealthy relative. M. Craig Getting will direct.

The season will continue with Harold Pinter’s Betrayal (Jan. 10-Feb. 10, 2019), a drama about the lies we tell ourselves to get what we want.  Kathryn MacMillan will direct.

Next will be Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure (March 14-April 21, 2019), about a young novice who must choose between her brother and her own virtue when he is found guilty of fornication. McMahon will direct.

Following will be the world premiere of Minors (May 23-June 23, 2019), by Kittson O’Neill and Robert Kaplowitz, commissioned and developed through Lantern Theatre’s New Works Program. The rock musical follows the stories of the youth sent to a private prison by corrupt judges who received kickbacks in the “Kids for Cash” scandal in Luzerne County, Pa.

Lantern Theater Company, founded in 1994, produces work that invites discussion and engagement with artistic and social issues.

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