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Maria Leigh and Red Lauren Preston in "Late: A Cowboy Song," by Sarah Ruhl, at the Custom Made Theatre Co. in San Francisco in 2015. (Photo by Jay Yamada)

Custom Made Announces Eclectic 2019-20 Season

Among the shows featured will be works by Sondheim, Churchill, and Ruhl, as well as a Michaela Goldhaber world premiere.

SAN FRANCISCO: The Custom Made Theatre Co. has announced its 2019-20 season, including classic and contemporary shows and one world premiere.

Kicking things off will be Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman’s Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Sept. 27-Oct. 27). The tongue-in-cheek rock musical tells the story of the nation’s controversial seventh president.

Up next will be Caryl Churchill’s Cloud 9 (Nov. 15-Dec. 15), which centers around sexual politics in colonial Africa and contemporary England.

The season will continue with How to Transcend a Happy Marriage by Sarah Ruhl (Jan. 17-Feb. 9, 2020). Ruhl’s play, set at a dinner party in New Jersey, explores what happens when two couples invite over a new co-worker and her two partners.

Following will be the world premiere of The Lady Scribblers by Michaela Goldhaber, co-produced with Berkeley, Calif.-based Those Women Productions (March 6-29).
Part of the first Bay Area Women’s Theatre Festival, this farce imagines a fight erupting at the 1689 funeral of Aphra Behn—the first woman to become a professional playwright—a row between the writer Mary Pix and litigious theatre manager Christopher Rich, who wishes to prevent women from continuing to write plays.

The next production, running April 24-May 15, will be announced at a later date.

Closing out the season will be A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (June 5-July 19). The musical farce by Burt Shevelove, Larry Gelbart, and Stephen Sondheim intertwines the plays of Roman comedic dramatist Plautus with vaudeville humor and includes the first Broadway score to feature both music and lyrics by Sondheim.

The Custom Made Theatre Co., launched in 1998 and located in San Francisco’s theatre district, says it is “committed to producing plays that awaken our social conscience, focusing on the strength of the ensemble, and creating an intimate theatrical experience.”

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