LONG BRANCH, N.J.: New Jersey Repertory Company has announced its 2019 season. The lineup will feature six productions, five of which are world premieres.
The season will open with the world premiere of Apple Season (Jan. 10-Feb. 10) by E.M. Lewis. Apple Season follows two siblings returning to the secrets of their family farm two decades after they fled from home. Directed by Zoya Kachadurian, the production will star Kersti Bryan, Richard Kent Green, and Christopher M. Smith.
Following will be Jack Canfora’s The Source (March 7-April 7), also a world premiere. Winner of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, The Source is about a media czar attempting to diffuse a controversy from the past that may dismantle his empire. Evan Bergman will direct the production, with Eleanor Handley, Conan McCarty, and Andrew Rein starring.
The season will continue with Surfing my DNA (May 2-26), written by and starring Jodi Long. The play follows the story of a husband and wife nightclub act in the 1940s and ’50s, and addresses family, show business, and racism with humor, passion, and perseverance. The production will be directed by Eric Rosen.
Next up will be the world premiere of Voyager One (June 20-July 21). Written by Jared Michael Delaney and directed by Bergman, Voyager One questions the role of humanity by jumping between the 1970s and the distant future.
Following will be the world premiere of Memoirs of a Forgotten Man (Aug. 15-Sept. 15) by D.W. Gregory and directed by James Glossman. Spanning two decades, Memoirs examines Stalin’s campaign to rewrite public history through the individuals involved as victims or collaborators.
The season will conclude with Lily (Oct. 24-Nov. 24), a world premiere by Christopher Daftsios. Directed by Sarah Norris, Lily follows an aging country superstar who finds himself in an impossible situation when he meets a girl who is more than he can handle.
New Jersey Repertory Company, founded in 1997, is a professional, non-profit theatre devoted to developing and producing new plays.