ATLANTA: Aurora Theatre has announced its 2018-19 season, featuring six productions.
“On the heels of one of our most successful seasons ever, we are proud that we continue to attract the best artists in the nation to bring an exceptional lineup to our patrons,” said producing artistic director Anthony Rodriguez in a statement. “Whether visiting Aurora Theatre for the first time or the hundredth time, audiences will experience a variety of themes this season, from romance and friendship to perseverance and heart—sure to entertain, educate and inspire!”
The season will kick off with Disney’s Newsies (July 19-Sept. 2), with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman, and book by Harvey Fierstein. The musical, based on the Disney film written by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White, follows a ragged band of teenaged newsboys as they organize the Newsboy Strike of 1899.
Next up will be Deborah Zoe Laufer’s Be Here Now (Sept. 20-Oct. 14), a comedy about a young woman living in her parents’ house in upstate New York, juggling her job shipping Tibetan-themed tchotchkes and writing her dissertation.
Just in time for the holidays will be the return of the Christmas Canteen (Nov. 15-Dec. 23), now in its 23rd year, a revue of holiday songs and sketches.
Following will be Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2 (Jan. 10-Feb. 10, 2019), a coproduction with Actor’s Express, which is a sequel to Henrik Ibsen’s classic play that takes place 15 years later, and picks up with the return of Nora Helmer.
The season will continue with the world premiere of Men With Money (March 7-April 7, 2019), with book and lyrics by Bill Nelson, and music and lyrics by Joseph Trefler, a romantic comedy about two young bachelors looking to find rich husbands in New York City in the ’50s.
Next will be Native Gardens (May 2-June 2, 2019), by Karen Zacarías, about how a disagreement over a property line escalates to a culture clash between two new neighbors.
Founded in 1996, Aurora Theatre is the second largest theatre in Georgia. It serves 70,000 audience members a year.