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"The Book of Will" by Lauren Gunderson at Austin Playhouse in 2019. Pictured: Marie Fahlgren, Cyndi Williams, and Boni Shearer.

Austin Playhouse Announces 20th Season

The lineup will include works by Lauren Gunderson, Paula Vogel, and more.

AUSTIN: Austin Playhouse has announced its 2019-20 season, featuring six productions.

“For our 20th season we wanted to really showcase what Austin Playhouse does best while challenging us as a company and a community,” said artistic director Lara Toner Haddock in a statement.

The season will kick off with Jeffrey Hatcher’s Holmes and Watson (Sept. 6-29). When Dr. Watson receives a cryptic message stating that the late Sherlock Holmes may still be alive, he sets off to investigate.

Next up will be the musical She Loves Me (Nov. 29-Dec. 22), with book by Joe Masteroff and music by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, a romantic comedy that follows an unlikely romance between two clerks working in a small Hungarian perfume shop.

Following will be Tiny Beautiful Things (Jan. 10-26, 2020), adapted by Nia Vardalos from the book by Cheryl Strayed, about Strayed’s experience as the anonymous advice columnist, Dear Sugar.

Next will be Paula Vogel’s Indecent (April 3-26, 2020), about the controversial play The God of Vengeance, which opened on Broadway in 1923 to an uproar because it featured a lesbian kiss.

Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia (May 29-June 28, 2020) will be next. The play follows a group of present day scholars studying the horticulture at the Coverly estate in England, while a parallel plot-line of the estate’s inhabitants folds out in 1809.

Running in repertory will be Lauren Gunderson’s Ada and the Engine (May 29-June 28, 2020), about mathematician Ada Byron and her dreams for a world in which art and information converge.

Founded in 2000, Austin Playhouse presents mainstage productions, theatre for youth shows, and a new-play festival on the campus of Austin Community College.

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