BROOKLYN: Irondale Ensemble Project has announced its 2019-20 season, featuring workshops, readings, and a women-centered theatre festival, in addition to a full production.
“With a season that is fueled by what’s going on in our country politically and socially, each work has embedded themes that explore what it takes to be a decent human being in a world seemingly on fire,” said executive director Terry Griess in a statement.
The season begins with To Protect, Serve and Understand (Oct. 15-Dec. 10 and March 24-May 19, 2020), a 10-week workshop series where civilians and members of the New York Police Department will join Irondale in a improvisation program. Public performances from participants will take place Dec. 13-14 and May 22-23, 2020.
The season will continue with a public reading of Murrow’s Boys (Dec. 6), inspired by The Murrow Boys: Pioneers on the Front Lines of Broadcast Journalism by Stanley Cloud and Lynn Olson. Murrow’s Boys is a devised piece that investigates the importance and relevance of news today.
Next up will be Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechuan (Jan. 29-Feb. 22, 2020), which follows a poor woman’s struggles with morality when she receives a bag of gold from the gods. The Good Person of Szechuan is presented as the second part of Irondale’s three-part Brecht in Exile series.
The season will also feature On Women (March 4-21, 2020), a theatre festival that celebrates the experiences of women.
Founded in 1983, Irondale Ensemble Project is one of the longest established permanent ensemble theatres in the country, and has created more than 60 Off-Broadway productions.