STONY POINT, N.Y.: Penguin Rep Theatre has announced its 2018-19 season, featuring four mainstage productions.
“At this time of turmoil and mistrust, we’re excited to share enduring stories that dig deep into the heart and offer a wide canvas of emotions, from joy and surprise to tears and laughter,” said founding artistic director Joe Brancato in a statement.
The season will open with Mark St. Germain’s Relativity (May 18-June 10), about a reporter who confronts Albert Einstein about his daughter decades after her disappearance. Brancato will direct.
Next up will be Joe DiPietro’s Clever Little Lies (June 29-July 22), about family secrets that unravel after a mother pries into the life of her son and his wife. Thomas Caruso will direct.
Following will be The Complete History of Comedy (Abridged) (Aug. 10-Sept. 2), by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor, a revue of comedy through the ages, performed by a trio of comedians. Ryan Kasprzak will direct.
The season will conclude with Michael McKeever’s After (Sept. 21-Oct. 14), about two families in the aftermath of a school incident. Brancato will direct.
The programming will also include the “Play With Your Food” reading series, featuring readings of new plays and a bite to eat June 11, July 19, July 23, and Aug. 13.
There will also be pop-up presentations this summer, including one-night performances of Mashuq Mushtaq Deen’s Draw the Circle (July 15) and Ben Rimalower’s Patti Issues and Bad With Money (Aug. 19).
The company will also present Woody Sez: The Life & Music of Woody Guthrie (Sept. 15-16, devised by David M. Lutken with Nick Corley and Darcie Deaville, Helen J. Russell, and Andy Teirstein, at the SUNY Rockland Community College in Suffern, N.Y.
Founded in 1977, Penguin Rep Theatre produces performances and readings in its 108-seat theatre, which was converted from an 1880s hay barn.