WASHINGTON, D.C.: Studio Theatre has announced its 2019-20 season, featuring five mainstage productions. Run dates, directors, and the company’s Studio X programming will be announced at a later date.
“This is a season that offers a bit of many things—these plays are impressively different from one another,” said artistic director David Muse in a statement. “But they also do what our work does at its best: take some of the most urgent problems or complex personal questions we face and match them with human-sized stories. Each play has great parts for great actors and plunges its audience into the thick of their struggle. Some are funny, some are chilling, and we’re excited about them all.”
The season will kick off with Pipeline, by Dominique Morisseau, about a Black single mother and fighting to give her son a future.
Next up will be the U.S. premiere of Anchuli Felicia King’s White Pearl, a comedy about a global cosmetics company based in Singapore and its leaders who try to do damage control when the brand’s whitening cream incites outrage online.
Following will be Doubt: A Parable, by John Patrick Shanley, about the suspicions surrounding a young priest at a parochial school who shows interest in the only Black student.
Next will be Antoinette Nwandu’s Pass Over, about two young Black men plotting an escape from their circumstances.
The season will conclude with Fun Home, with music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Lisa Kron. Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, the musical follows a lesbian’s search for her identity as she grapples with her closeted father’s death.
Founded in 1978, Studio Theatre presents contemporary plays and musicals in immersive and intimate spaces.