CHICAGO: TimeLine Theatre Company has announced its 2020-21 season, featuring four productions.
“TimeLine is thrilled to announce our 24th season, with four plays that explore our past while hitting upon issues that dominate our collective conversations today,” said artistic director PJ Powers in a statement. “As our country approaches a new chapter and a national election, TimeLine’s Company Members have curated a collection of plays filled with great comedy, depth of emotion, and amazing theatricality that touch upon issues of political gamesmanship, family dynamics, religion, and identity.”
The season will open with the world premiere of Campaigns, Inc. (Aug. 13-Sept. 27), by TimeLine company member Will Allan, about the first political consulting firm in U.S. history formed in 1934. Associate artistic director Nick Bowling will direct.
Next up will be Alfred Uhry’s The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Nov. 12-Dec. 27), about a Jewish family in Atlanta preparing for Ballyhoo, the annual German-Jewish country club ball, in 1939. Associate artist Kimberly Senior will direct.
Following will be Trouble in Mind (Feb. 11-March 28, 2021), by Alice Childress, about the racial tensions that arise when a Broadway company rehearses an anti-lynching Southern drama. Company member Ron OJ Parson will direct.
The season will close out with The Chinese Lady (May 13-June 26, 2021), by Lloyd Suh, inspired by the true story of the first Chinese woman to arrive in the United States, who was put on display for the American public. Helen Young will direct.
TimeLine Theatre Company, founded in 1997, is committed to presenting stories inspired by history that connect with today’s social and political issues.
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