NORRISTOWN, PA.: Theatre Horizon has announced its 2018-19 season, and promises that it will be its biggest yet.
“By doubling the number of events in our year, next season propels us toward our goal of including a wider range of voices in our art, so we can provide unexpected encounters and build bridges,” said artistic director Erin Reilly said in a statement.
The season will open with a staged reading of Horizon’s production of The Laramie Project, created by Moisés Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project (Sept 28-30). The play was the theatre’s first-ever production in 2005, and will feature members of the original cast of that production. Kathryn Macmillian will direct the reading, about the real-life murder of gay teenager Matthew Shepard and that hate crime’s effect on the local community.
Next will The Color Purple by Marsha Norma, Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray (Nov. 8-Dec. 9). The musical follows Celie, an African-American woman living in the South in the early 20th century. Amina Robinson will direct.
Then in 2019, Horizon will present Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale by Jaylene Clark Owens, Hollis Heath, Janelle Heatley, and Chyann Sapp (Feb. 23-24, 2019). This three-woman play of scenes, songs, and spoken-word poetry will be performed by Heath, Heatley and Clark Owens (who will also direct). The work is a production of Harlem KW Project, LLC.
Following that will be The Few by Samuel D. Hunter (March 14-April 7, 2019). The play, set in Idaho, follows the workers of a small newspaper for truckers. Steven Rishard and Suli Holum will star and Decker will direct.
The next short event will be An Evening With Rachel Camp, a music-filled evening with frequent Horizon Theatre actor and Barrymore Award winner Rachel Camp (May 2019).
The season will close in June 2019 with a project that will be announced at a later date.
Founded in 2005, Theatre Horizon produces “thoughtful and inspiring plays and musicals.”