SALT LAKE CITY: Salt Lake Acting Company has announced its 2018-19 season, featuring five productions.
“Storytelling can take on many forms, in many places—through dance, on the soccer field, in a bakery—but the impact lies in the way these stories touch our humanity,” said executive artistic director Cynthia Fleming in a statement. “Next season at Salt Lake Acting Company is filled with heart, humor, and deep human connection. It’s a season of romance in unexpected places and coming of age in different ages. The plays are compelling in their simplicity and moving in their humanity.”
The season will open with Halley Feiffer’s comedy A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York City (Sept. 12-Oct. 21). In the play, Karla, a crass comedian, and Don, a sad super-nerd, meet at the bedsides of their dying mothers. Sarah Shippobotham will direct.
Next will be The Wolves (Oct. 10-Nov. 11) by Sarah DeLappe. Alexandra Harbold will direct the play about an all-female teenage soccer team.
The season will continue with Pinkalicious, The Musical (Nov. 30-Dec. 30), with book by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann, music by John Gregor, and lyrics by all three. Based on the Elizabeth and Victoria’s book, the children’s musical follows Pinkalicious Pinkerton after she eats too many pink cupcakes and turns pink from head to toe. Penelope Caywood will direct and choreograph.
Following will be The Cake (Feb. 6-March 10, 2019), by Bekah Brunstetter. Della, the best baker in her town, is forced to pit her faith against her family when she’s asked to bake a wedding cake for two women—one of whom is as close as a daughter. Justin Ivie will direct.
Next up will be the world premiere of Kathleen Cahill’s Silent Dancer (April 10-May 12, 2019). This play expresses the pulse, change, and infinite possibilities of life in America through dance and romance. Fleming will direct with choreography from Christopher Ruud.
The season will conclude with the traditional return of Saturday’s Voyeur (June 26-Sept. 1, 2019), by Allen Nevins and Nancy Borgenicht. Fleming will direct and choreograph this satire about the bizarre realities of Salt Lake City.
Salt Lake Acting Company, founded in 1969, develops new works in its Playwrights’ Lab and produces contemporary plays and musicals.