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"Nomad Hotel" by Carla Ching, at Pittsburgh's City Theatre as part of the National New Play Network rolling world premiere. Pictured: Lisa Velten Smith and Katie Lynn Esswein.

Unicorn Theatre Announces 2018-19 Season

The season will feature plays new plays and the rolling world premiere of ‘Nomad Hotel’ by Carla Ching.

KANSAS CITY, MO.: Unicorn Theatre has announced its 2018-19 season, featuring seven productions.

The first show of the season will be The Effect (Sept. 5-30), by Lucy Prebble, about two people magnetically drawn to each other whose relationship may be simply a side effect of the new antidepressants they’re taking as part of a clinical trial.

Next up will be Lynn Nottage’s Sweat (Oct. 7-Nov. 11), about a tight-knit group of friends working at a factory in Reading, Pa., whose bonds are tested when the factory has layoffs.

Following will be Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves (Nov. 28-Dec. 30), a co-production with UMKC Department of Theatre, about a group of high school girls on an indoor soccer team and their challenges on and off the field.

The season will continue with Carla Ching’s Nomad Motel* (Jan. 23-Feb. 17), a National New Play Network rolling world premiere, about the friendship between two teenagers with absent parents who encourage each other to chase their dreams.

Next will be The Humans (March 6-31), by Stephen Karam, about a family from Pennsylvania who gather in New York City to celebrate Thanksgiving and share a meal that reveals some family secrets.

Following will be Logan Black’s Bond (April 24-May 19, 2019), presented in collaboration with Mesner Puppet Theatre, about the relationship between a soldier serving in Iraq and his specialized search dog, Diego. The production will feature a life-sized dog puppet created by the Mesner Puppet Theatre.

The season will conclude with a new play, which will be announced at a later date.

Unicorn Theatre, founded in 1974, is committed to developing and producing new, provocative plays.

*A previous version of this article misstated the title of Carla Ching’s play. It is Nomad Motel, not Nomad Hotel.

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