MINNEAPOLIS: Jungle Theater has announced its 2019-20 season, featuring a lineup of seven shows including the company’s first co-production with Theater Mu.
“This is a dream season for the Jungle,” said artistic director Sarah Rasmussen in a statement. “From bringing some of the country’s most celebrated national writers to the stage to championing brand new voices, the Jungle is continuing to take bold risks, lift up local talent, and have a ton of fun in the process.”
Playing first is Ride the Cyclone (Sept. 11-Oct. 20), book and lyrics by Brooke Maxwell and Jacob Richmond, about six teenagers in a fatal accident on board a faulty roller coaster, and the chance for one of them to sing their way back to life. Rasmussen will direct.
Next will be Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Nov. 18-Dec. 29), by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, a continuation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Christina Baldwin will direct.
Following will be Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2 (Jan. 15-Feb. 23, 2020), directed by Joanie Schultz. The play, set 15 years after Ibsen’s drama, follows Nora returning to her family.
Continuing the season will be Redwood (March 11-April 12, 2020) by Brittany K. Allen, about an interracial couple forced to confront the results of an online ancestry test. H. Adam Harris will direct.
Up next will be Amy Herzog’s Mary Jane (May 2-31, 2020), about a single mother struggling to care for her chronically ill son. Sally Wingert will star, and Rasmussen will direct.
Closing the season will be Lauren Yee’s Cambodian Rock Band (June 24-Aug. 2, 2020), co-produced with Theater Mu. The music-filled play chronicles a father returning to Cambodia 30 years after the Khmer Rouge genocide, as his daughter prepares to prosecute a Cambodian war criminal. Joshua Kahan Brody will direct.
Founded in 1991, Jungle Theater is committed to bringing new voices to the stage in order to challenge, entertain, and spark conversation.
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