the 2019-20






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 beautiful new play of star-crossed lovers will sweep you away with its spellbinding story and complex characters. In Houston at the height of Jim Crow, segregation pervades society all the way through to 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. On the Grounds of Belonging is a rousing new work which announces the arrival of a bold American writer.

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

“Ingenious…saucy, spunky” – Terry Teachout, WALL STREET JOURNAL (3X Critic’s Pick)

A rousingly theatrical twist on one of the most popular novels of all time. 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 Brighton, 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 especially fun take on the beloved classic.

I Am My Own Wife
By Doug Wright
Directed by Rebecca Martinez
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 Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece 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

Open Captioned Performance: Friday, April 3, 8 PM
Stage II

Inspired by the true story of America’s first female Chinese immigrant and her journey through the 19th century

Meet Afong Moy, a 14-year-old girl purchased by the Carne brothers and later sold to P.T. Barnum to travel the United States. 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
Open Captioned Performance: Friday, May 22, 8 PM

A thrilling underdog story set in 1980’s China that will leave you speechless

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. Written by one of the most insightful and funniest 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.