“The 18-19 Season is filled with thrills, romance, magic, suspense, laughter, and so much more,” said founding artistic director Scott Palmer in a statement. “Our second season in the Vault includes some of the most technologically challenging shows we have ever produced; we will have to create a forest steeped in romance, a New York brownstone in winter filled with witchcraft and love potions, an English Manor drenched in murder and betrayal, a play that travels instantly between Havana and Miami, and all the starlight and wonder of Neverland—all in one season.”
The season will begin with a world premiere adaptation of Shakespeare’s As You Like It (or Love in a Forest) (July 12-29), by associate artistic director Cassie Greer, which will be performed outdoors in a courtyard at the Vault.
Next up will be Deathtrap (Oct. 4-31), by Ira Levin, a thriller with plot twists and turns just in time for Halloween. Palmer will direct.
Just in time for the holidays will be Bell, Book, and Candle (Nov. 29-Dec. 23), by John Van Druten, a romantic comedy, which inspired the TV series “Bewitched,” about a witch living in Greenwich Village who falls in love with her mortal neighbor. Palmer will direct.
Following will be The Island In Winter, Or La Isla en Invierno (March 7-24, 2019), by Carlos-Zenen Trujillo, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale set in Havana and Miami with a bi-lingual script and multiethnic cast. The play is the first commission of the company’s Problem Play Project, a three-year play commissioning initiative that provides a $10,000 commission to an Oregon-based playwright of color. Palmer will direct.
The season will conclude with Peter/Wendy (May 2-19, 2019), by Jeremy Bloom, a deep dive into the darker side of J.M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan, which will feature actors playing multiple roles. Greer will direct.
Bag&Baggage Productions, founded in 2005, produces American classics and literary adaptations.