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"Marie and Rosetta" by George Brant at Cygnet Theatre in 2019. Pictured: Amaiya Holly and Noël Simoné Wippler. (Photo by Karli Cadel Photography.)

Cygnet Theatre Announces 2019-20 Season

The lineup will include four musicals, two dramas, and a political thriller.

SAN DIEGO, CALIF.: Cygnet Theatre has announced their 17th season riddled with family fun, stirring plays, and well-loved musicals.

“Once again, we’ve put together a great season with what we call Artistic Whiplash,” said artistic director Sean Murray in a statement. “The season has everything from fun and flamboyant musicals to intense drama and classic favorites.”

The season will kick off with the musical Rock of Ages (July 6-Aug. 25), by Chris D’Arienzo and Ethan Popp. The comedy transports audiences back to the Sunset Strip in the 1980s, where an aspiring rock star searches for his claim to fame. The score includes songs from Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, and Whitesnake. Sean Murray will direct.

Next will be the Virgin Trial (Sept. 14-Oct.6), by Kate Hennig, about a young princess facing accusations of attempted murder and an unlawful relationship as her world falls to pieces. Rob Lutfy and Patrick Marion will direct.

Following is The Last Five Years (Oct. 26-Nov.17), by Jason Robert Brown, which follows the ups and downs of a New York couple’s relationship. Rob Lutfy and Patrick Marion will direct.

Next is seasonal favorite A Christmas Carol, (Nov.30-Dec.29), by Billy Thompson, with adaptation and lyrics by Sean Murray. The all-ages-friendly Dickens adaptation will be directed by Sean Murray and Patrick Marion.

The season continues with the Southern California premiere of The Great Leap (Jan. 25-Feb. 16, 2020), by Lauren Yee, about an American basketball team’s exhibition game in Beijing as tensions rise on and off the court. Rob Lutfy will direct.

Up next is the extravagant musical La Cage aux Folles (March.14-May 3 2020), by Harvey Fierstein and Jerry Herman, about the partnership of Georges and Albin and their hilarious familial drama. Sean Murray and Terry O’Donnell will direct.

The season concludes with Two Trains Running (May 23- June 14 2020), by August Wilson. This drama tells the tale of the impending demolition of Memphis Lee’s diner during the Civil Rights Movement in Pittsburgh. Delicia Turner Sonnenberg will direct.

Cygnet Theatre, founded in 2003, is one of San Diego’s leading theatre companies, with a mission to deliver high-quality productions year round.

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