Diversionary Theatre Announces 2018-19 Season

The season features ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ and an homage to the late Michael Friedman.

SAN DIEGO, CALIF.: Diversionary Theatre has announced their 2018-19 season, the company’s 33rd, which will include world premieres, regional premieres, and landmark anniversary productions of plays integral to the LGBTQ theatre canon.

“Diversionary’s dynamic program of work, both new and classic, serves as a panacea to the uncertainty of our day and age,” said executive artistic director Matt M. Morrow in a statement. “These works are heart rending, powerful, and luminescent, while all being categorically hilarious. My hope is that our community find their own inspiration in what we have to offer.”

The season opens with Bull in a China Shop (Sept. 13-Oct. 14), by Bryna Turner, about the true story of Mary Woolley and her partner Jeannette Marks, who fought for women’s education and the suffrage movement in the beginning of the 20th century. Kim Strassburger will direct.

Next is a 20th anniversary legacy production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Nov. 8-Dec. 9), by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask, an iconic queer musical about the life of outcast turned rock performer Hedwig. Matt M. Morrow will direct.

Following is the world premiere of The Hour of Great Mercy (Jan. 31-March 3, 2019), by Miranda Rose Hall, a play with music about a gay Jesuit priest named Ed who decides to leave the Catholic church and finds reconciliation with his estranged brother in Alaska. Rosina Reynolds will direct.

Next is a 10th anniversary production and San Diego, Calif., premiere of This Beautiful City (March 21-April 21, 2019), created by the Civilians and written by Stephen Cosson and Jim Lewis, a musical about faith and organized resistance against gay rights, developed from interviews with citizens of Colorado Springs. This production will honor the late Michael Friedman, who died from complications related to HIV/AIDS in the fall of 2017. Matt M. Morrow will direct.

The season will close out with the San Diego, Calif. premiere of Significant Other (May 23-June 23, 2019), by Joshua Harmon, a hilarious and heart-wrenching comedy about relationships in New York City and about how you can’t hurry true love. Anthony Methvin will direct.

Diversionary Theatre was founded in 1986 and aims to represent and give voice to the LGBTQ community through their productions.