CINCINNATI: Know Theatre has announced its 2019-20 season, themed around “The Fight,” includes one world premiere, one U.S. premiere, and one regional premiere.
“To me, ‘The Fight’ is not just about the themes that we’re putting onstage, it’s about what we’re doing behind the scenes,” said producing artistic director Andrew Hungerford in a statement. “How do we combat economic inequality through the art we make? How do we ensure that everyone gets paid a fair wage? How do we fight for more underrepresented voices? How do we get a better quality of life for all? As a small theatre company that’s continually challenged with doing more with ever fewer resources, how do we change the world?”
The season begins with Stephen Spotswood’s Girl in the Red Corner (July 26-Aug. 17). The production follows Halo, a warrior woman who strives to remake herself in the world. Tamara Winters will direct.
Next will be The Absentee (Sept. 13-Oct. 5) by Julia Doolittle. A semi-finalist for the Relentless Award and winner of the 2019-20 Woodward/Newman Drama award, Doolittle tells a tale of grief, love, and duty in space. The director will be announced at a later time.
Puffs! or seven increasingly eventful years at a certain school of magic and magic (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) will follow, making its regional premiere. Matt Cox’s Off-Broadway hit, about certain young wizards at a well-known wizarding schools, will be directed by Hungerford.
Playing next will be the U.S. premiere of Nina Segal’s In The Night Time (before the sun rises) (Jan. 17-Feb. 8, 2020), which shows a couple questioning whether they should have brought their child into such a wounded world. The director will be announced at a later time.
Audrey Cefaly’s Alabaster (Feb. 28-March 21, 2020), will follow, making its National New Play Network rolling world premiere. A new play about a photographer exploring the topography of “scars,” narrated by a goat. The director will be announced at a later time.
The season ends with Lasso of Truth (April 17-May 9, 2020) by Carson Kreitzer, directed by Tamara Winters. The seductive piece explores the origin story of Wonder Woman and the intoxicating appeal of superpowers.
Founded in 1997, Know Theatre produces new works that embrace theatricality and artistic risk.