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Kimberly S. Fairbanks and Joe Guzmàn in "Human Rites" by Seth Rozin at InterAct theatre, running to April 15. (Photo by Kathryn Raines/Plate 3 Photography.)

InterAct Theatre 2018-19 Season to Feature 2 World Premieres

The Philadelphia theatre will produce new plays by Josh Wilder and Gabriel Jason Dean.

PHILADELPHIA: InterAct Theatre Company has announced its 2018-19 season, which will contain four productions.

“We’re proud to be launching another season of diverse and thought-provoking plays,” said producing artistic director Seth Rozin in a statement. “In our 31st season, InterAct continues to tackle the most pressing and complex issues in the contemporary world, told through distinctly human stories that are made explicitly for the theatre.”

The season will open with the world premiere of Salt Pepper Ketchup by Josh Wilder. The play is about Chinese restaurant owners whose livelihood is threatened with the arrival of gentrification. It will be a coproduction with Passage Theatre in Trenton, N.J.

The second production will be Hype Man: A Break Beat Play by Idris Goodwin. In it, an interracial hip-hop trio is forced to examine their personal, political, and artistic goals in the aftermath of a police shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

Next will be Heartland by Gabriel Jason Dean, about the unanticipated consequences of American interference in Afghanistan. The play is a National New Play Network rolling world premiere and will play at multiple theatres in the same season.

The season will close with The Great Leap by Lauren Yee, about an American basketball team who travels to China.

Founded in 1988, InterAct aims to produce provocative work that uses theatre to foster social change and civil discourse.

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