SAN DIEGO, CALIF.: Diversionary Theatre, the 3rd oldest LGBT theatre in the nation, has announced its 34th season, featuring five contemporary works.
“Next season will feature our most inclusive program to date, proving that the LGBT community is united in the face of adversity,” said executive artistic director Matt M. Morrow in a statement. “Diversionary’s 34th Season boldly captures and celebrates the identity of our entire community, and I couldn’t be more proud to present two hilarious and provocative stories about the trans experience. Given the politicization and daily attacks on our transgender community, it’s vital that Diversionary creates a space where they can feel safe, and see themselves represented on our stage. Because here at Diversionary, diversity, inclusion, and representation is a priority.”
The season will kick off with Girlfriend (Sept. 12-Oct. 13), a rock musical with book by Todd Almond and music and lyrics by Matthew Sweet, about a summer romance between two boys in a Nebraska town. Stephen Brotebeck will direct.
Following will be The SantaLand Diaries & Season’s Greetings (Nov. 21-Dec. 22), adapted for stage by Joe Mantello from David Sedaris, and directed by Anthony Methvin. The play is based on the account by Sedaris of his time working as a Christmas elf in Macy’s Santaland.
The season will continue with the world premiere of A Kind of Weather (Feb. 6-March 8, 2020) by Sylvan Oswald, a tragi-comedy exploring gender transition and its effect on family relationships. Bea Basso will direct.
Next will be Miranda Rose Hall’s Plot Points in Our Sexual Development (March 26-April 26, 2020), about a couple navigating their sexual pasts.
Closing out the season will be Head Over Heels (April 21-May 21, 2020), adapted by James MacGruder from the book by Jeff Whitty, featuring music by the Go-Go’s. In the musical based on Sir Philip Sidney’s The Arcadia, a royal family must save their kingdom from extinction.
Founded in 1986, Diversionary Theatre presents both new and classic plays and musicals with an emphasis on LGBT themes.