WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.: Palm Beach Dramaworks has announced the lineup for its 2020-21 season, marking the company’s 20th anniversary. Three of the selected plays are works that PBD patrons have requested to see again, in addition to plays by Michael McKeever and Lynn Nottage.
“This is a special season, so we wanted to take a look at where we’ve been and where we’re going,” producing artistic director William Hayes said in a statement. “We wanted to give our longtime patrons a chance to revisit some of their favorite plays, and provide new audiences with the opportunity to discover these works.”
The season will open with Camping With Henry and Tom (Oct. 9-Nov. 1) by Mark St. Germain. PBD first staged the play, in which Warren G. Harding, Henry Ford, and Thomas Edison converse about politics, ambition, family, and fame during a camping trip, in the 2001-02 season.
Up next will be the world premiere of Michael McKeever’s The People Downstairs (Dec. 4-27), which tells the story of the courageous souls who hid and took care of Anne Frank and seven others, including her sister and parents, during the Holocaust.
The season will continue in 2021 with Intimate Apparel (Feb. 5-28, 2021) by Lynn Nottage. The play follows a 35-year-old African American seamstress at the turn of the 20th century who enters into a correspondence with a man she’s never met.
Following will be Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins (April 2-25, 2021), first seen at PBD during the 2007-08 season. In the play, the title character is a wealthy socialite who, despite—or perhaps because of—a legendary lack of talent, manages to sell out her only performance at Carnegie Hall.
Closing out the season will the be PBD’s revival of The Dresser (May 21-June 6, 2021), about a loyal and protective dresser, an actor near the end of his career, and their co-dependent relationship. PBD’s first production of the play was in the 2003-04 season.