CHARLESTON, S.C.: PURE Theatre has announced its 2019-20 season, the company’s 17th.
Kicking off the season will be Becoming Dr. Ruth (July 12-28) by Mark St. Germain, about the life and career of sex therapist Ruth Westheimer. Sharon Graci will direct.
Next will be the world premiere of Last Rites (Aug. 23-Sept. 14), written and directed by Randy Neale. The play chronicles three people seeking refuge from the Detroit riots of 1967.
Following will be Tarrell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy (Oct. 2-5), following black male prep school students as they navigate issues of identity and sexuality. Graci will direct.
Playing next will be The Lifespan of a Fact (Nov. 1-23), by Gordon Farrell, Jeremy Kereken, and David Murrell, about a fact checker who goes to great lengths to fact-check an essay. Cristy Landis will direct.
Continuing the season will be Brian James Polak’s Welcome to Keene, New Hampshire (Jan. 10-Feb 1, 2020), a co-world premiere with Strawdog Theatre Company. The play mirrors Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, exploring daily life through the residents of a small New Hampshire town. Graci will direct.
Next up will be the regional premiere of Lucy Kirkwood’s The Children (March 6 – 28, 2020), about two retired nuclear physicists, a married couple, living on the outskirts of a major nuclear disaster. Erin Wilson will direct.
Rounding out the season will be Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Fairview (April 17 – May 9, 2020). The Pulitzer-winning play examines the white gaze as a family prepares for their grandmother’s birthday dinner. Graci will direct.
Founded in 2003, PURE Theatre is dedicated to creating theatre experiences that enliven thought, ignite dialogue, and expand consciousness.