PHILADELPHIA: Lantern Theater Company has announced its 2020-21 season, featuring a Shakespearean classic and as well as the work of Lynn Nottage and Robert Bolt.
The season will open with Tom Stoppard’s Travesties (Sept. 3-Oct. 11), a play imagining a meeting between novelist James Joyce, Dadaist performance artist Tristan Tzara, and Vladimir Ilyich Lenin in Zurich, 1917 where they argue the meaning of being an artist and a revolutionary. Artistic director Charles McMahon will direct.
Next up will be Fabulation, or the Re-education of Undine (Nov. 5-Dec. 6), by Lynn Nottage, where a successful publicist is forced to return to a life she had left behind after her husband steals her fortune.
The holidays will bring about the return of the classic Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol (Dec. 4-27), adapted by Anthony Lawton in collaboration with Christopher Colucci and Thom Weaver.
Following will be Novecento (Jan. 14-Feb. 14), by Alessandro Barrico, translated by Michael Golding. Directed by M. Craig Getting, the play follows jazz trumpeter Tim Tooney as he tells the strange story of his friend, Novecento, who was born on an ocean liner on the first day of the 20th century and went on to become the greatest jazz pianist in the world.
Next will be A Man for All Seasons (March 11-April 18), by Robert Bolt, a play about Sir Thomas More’s attempts to uphold his principles while not losing his head after Henry VIII casts Queen Catherine aside. Peter DeLaurier will direct.
Rounding out the season will be Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors (May 20-June 27). McMahon will direct.
Founded in 1994, Lantern Theater Company strives to educate local residents of all ages while producing engaging classical and contemporary works.