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"King of Cuba" by Cristina García, at Central Works in 2018.

Central Works Announces 2019 Season

The lineup will include four new plays, from political thrillers to murder mysteries.

BERKELEY, CALIF.: Central Works has announced its 2019 season, featuring four productions.

The season will start with Wonderland (Feb. 16-March 17), by Gary Graves, a comedy inspired by Alice in Wonderland that follows an accountant’s journey to the White House after he is summoned to meet with the “Red King.”

Next up will be The Victorian Ladies’ Detective Collective (May 4-June 2), by Patricia Milton, a murder mystery about two sisters who run a boarding house for single women and their attempts to get to the bottom of a series of gruesome murders in the neighborhood.

Following will be Christina Gorman’s Roan @ The Gates (July 20-Aug. 18), a shared world premiere with New Jersey’s Luna Stage. The political thriller follows a long-time lesbian couple forced to confront questions about their marriage when their relationship collides with national security.

The season will conclude with Cristina García’s The Lady Matador’s Hotel (Oct. 12-Nov. 10), adapted from her novel about the denizens of a luxurious hotel in the capital of an unnamed Central American country in the midst of political turmoil.

Founded in 1990, Central Works presents new plays at the Berkeley City Club.

An earlier version of the article did not include Luna Stage’s full involvement in the production of Roan @ The Gates. The theatre will be sharing the world premiere with Central Works. 

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