"Fireflies" by Matthew Barber, at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Conn., in 2017. Pictured: Jane Alexander and Judith Ivey. (Photo by T Charles Erickson)

Long Wharf Theatre Sets First Season, Post-Edelstein

The 2018-19 season, selected by managing director Joshua Borenstein, features Jen Silverman, Dominique Morisseau, and Nia Vardalos.

NEW HAVEN, CONN.: Long Wharf Theatre has announced its 2018-19 season, featuring six productions. The season was selected by managing director Joshua Borenstein,  following the sudden departure of artistic director Gordon Edelstein, due to allegations of sexual misconduct. Borenstein chose the plays with the help of literary manager Christine Scarfuto and associate producer Drew Gray.

“Putting the season together is like picking out clothes for a friend—you want to select something which is simultaneously their taste and yours,” said managing director Joshua Borenstein in a statement. “These plays are a perfect fit for our audience—they are fun, topical, and represent some of the best writers in America today.”

The season will start with Jen Silverman’s The Roommate (Oct. 10-Nov. 4), about a divorced woman living in Iowa who takes in a wild roommate for extra cash. Mike Donahue will direct.

Next up will be Dominique Morisseau’s Paradise Blue (Nov. 21-Dec. 16), about a talented musician and owner of a once-vibrant club in Detroit who is struggling to decided whether or not to sell the venue.

Following will be Boo Killebrew’s Miller, Mississippi (Jan. 9-Feb. 3, 2019), about a Southern family struggling through the radical changes of the civil rights movement. Lee Sunday Evans will direct.

The season will continue with Tiny Beautiful Things (Feb. 13-March 10, 2019), adapted by Nia Vardalos from the book by Cheryl Strayed, about an anonymous online advice columnist who builds a community of hope with her words.

Next will be An Iliad (March 27-April 21, 2019), adapted by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare from Homer’s classic. The piece was translated by Robert Fagles.

The season will conclude with Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2 (May 1-26, 2019), a sequel to Henrik Ibsen’s classic play, which picks up 15 years later with the return of Nora Helmer.

Long Wharf Theatre, founded in 1965, produces an annual season of six plays on its two stages, in addition to children’s programming and new-play workshops.