"Bright Half Life" by Tanya Barfield, at Company of Fools in 2017. Pictured: Liz Morgan and Sophie Hassett.

Company of Fools Announces 2018-19 Season

The company will stage four productions as part of a season titled ‘The Stories Live On.’

HAILEY, IDAHO: Company of Fools has announced its 2018-19 season, featuring four mainstage productions.

“Love finds its rightful place centerstage in Company of Fools’ 23rd season,” said producer R.L. Rowsey in a statement. “Unexpected love, love of country, unlikely love, and finding love again after its loss. These four stories will tickle the funny bone, touch the heart, and stimulate the brain.”

The season will start with Woody Guthrie’s American Song (June 26-July 15), conceived and adapted by Peter Glazer with songs by Woody Guthrie and orchestrations and vocal arrangements by Jeff Waxman. The musical celebrates the life and career of one of the country’s great balladeers. The production will be presented as part of the company’s BIG IDEA project, We the People: Protests and Patriotism. Rowsey will provide music direction, and Kent Thompson will direct.

Next up will be Heisenberg (Sept. 26-Oct. 13), by Simon Stephens, about an electric encounter between two strangers in a London train station. Denise Simone will direct.

Following will be The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (Dec. 12-30), adapted by Dwayne Hartford from the book by Kate DiCamillo, about the journey of a beloved toy rabbit made of china that has many different owners after its accidentally thrown overboard on an ocean voyage. Natalie Battistone will direct.

The season will end with Amy Herzog’s 4,000 Miles (Feb. 13-March 2, 2019), about a young man who experiences a major loss and seeks comfort from his 91-year-old grandmother. Gary Hopper will direct.

Also part of the programming will be a reading of Mat Smart’s The Agitators, about the friendship between Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, which will be presented as part of the BIG IDEA project We the People: Protests and Patriotism. The date for the reading will be announced at a later time.

Company of Fools, founded in 1997, develops and produces new work and classics at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts.