A WORLD PREMIERE
On the Grounds of Belonging
By Ricardo Pérez González
Directed by David Mendizábal
October 9 – November 3, 2019
Open Captioned Performance: Friday, October 25, 8 PM
A breathtaking new story of forbidden love in 1950’s Jim Crow Texas
Timeless in its telling, this stirring, universal story of star-crossed lovers will sweep you away. In Houston at the height of Jim Crow, segregation pervades society in every way, including the underground and illegal gay bar scene. One night a chance encounter between Russell, a local at the Blacks-only Gold Room, and Tom, from the whites-only Red Room, leads to a forbidden romance that could destroy them both. The spellbinding On the Grounds of Belonging signals the arrival of a bold new voice in the American theatre.
Pride and Prejudice
By Kate Hamill
Directed by Jess McLeod
Adapted from the novel by Jane Austen
November 27 – December 22, 2019
Student Theatre Series Matinee Dates: December 6, 12 and 19, 2019 at 10:30 AM
Open Captioned Performance: Friday, December 13, 8 PM
A rousingly theatrical twist on one of the most popular novels of all time
A feminist farce—a screwball twist on a beloved classic! While their mother is determined to find suitable marriages for her daughters, the Bennet sisters find themselves caught up in the politics of love set on the greens of Hertfordshire, England. When news spreads that a mysterious, handsome and wealthy bachelor has come to town, the world the Bennet sisters thought they knew turns upside down, especially for the rebellious Lizzy. Kate Hamill’s adaptation is an ingenious and saucy take on Austen’s novel.
I Am My Own Wife
By Doug Wright
Directed by Rebecca Martínez
February 5 – March 1, 2020
Student Theatre Series Matinee Date: February 27, 2020 at 10:30 AM
Open Captioned Performance: Friday, February 21, 8 PM
The timeless Pulitzer Prize-winning play about survival and identity under the cloak of World War II Germany
A tour de force performance, in the vein of Long Wharf favorites An Iliad and Satchmo at the Waldorf, I Am My Own Wife tells the inspiring true story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf. As an openly transgender Jewish woman, she bravely survives both the Nazi and Communist regimes of East Germany with her unique mix of strength, savvy and grace. This powerful and life-affirming masterpiece—in the first major revival in a decade—will leave you speechless.
The Chinese Lady
By Lloyd Suh
Directed by Ralph B. Peña
March 18 – April 12, 2020
Student Theatre Series Matinee Dates: April 2 and 9, 2020 at 10:30 AM
Inspired by the true story of America’s first female Chinese “immigrant”
Meet Afong Moy, a 14-year-old girl who traveled the United States, first with the Carne Brothers and then with P.T. Barnum. Her “performance?” Educate others about life in her native China. To Afong, she is an ambassador; to her owners, a sideshow. As these dual truths become irreconcilable, Afong must reckon with herself and the history of her new home with startling discoveries in Lloyd Suh’s deeply poetic and subversively comedic tale.
The Great Leap
By Lauren Yee
Directed by Madeline Sayet
May 6 – 31, 2020
Student Theatre Series Matinee Dates: May 15 and 21, 2020 at 10:30 AM
A thrilling underdog story set in turbulent 1980’s China
Manford Lum is a San Francisco teen basketball sensation who fast-talks himself from the courts of Chinatown to post-Cultural Revolution China. While taking center stage in an international exhibition game between China and America, Manford finds himself at the intersection of personal, cultural and international rivalries. From one of the most insightful and funny writers of her generation, Lauren Yee’s The Great Leap will keep you enthralled until the final buzzer.
Plays will be held in the Claire Tow Stage in the C. Newton Schenck III Theatre unless otherwise noted.
All titles and dates subject to change.