LONG WHARF THEATRE ANNOUNCES 2019-2020 SEASON

Groundbreaking Stories by Ricardo Pérez González, Doug Wright, Lauren Yee and Lloyd Suh featured

NEW HAVEN – Long Wharf Theatre, (Jacob G. Padrón, Artistic Director and Joshua Borenstein, Managing Director) proudly announces its 55th season beginning October 9, 2019. This season transcends both time and place with stories which speak to our shared humanity and demonstrate our shared connections. It will be an exciting bridge to new Artistic Director Jacob G. Padrón’s inaugural 2020-2021 season.

The 2019-2020 season will introduce important voices that speak to our collective past, present and future to New Haven audiences. The season opens with the world premiere of Ricardo Pérez González’s beautiful love story, On the Grounds of Belonging. Also featured is the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play of survival against great odds, Doug Wright’s I Am My Own Wife. Lauren Yee’s The Great Leap tells the story of a scrappy basketball hot-shot playing in high stakes game across the Pacific, and Lloyd Suh’s The Chinese Lady is the powerful and mesmerizing tale of America’s first female Chinese immigrant. The season will also feature a modern adaptation of a classic work, to be announced at a later date.

In addition, Long Wharf Theatre continues its commitment to furthering the reach of our education programs. Reaching 6,000 students of all ages annually, the 2019-2020 season will offer four Student Theatre Series productions, Theatre for Young Audiences, school partnerships, year-round Studio School classes, a newly formed Young Adult Council, and the third annual New Haven Regional August Wilson Monologue Competition in collaboration with Yale Repertory Theatre. LWT Education is committed to creating experiences that inspire deep and long-lasting relationships with schools and students that foster creativity, empathy, teamwork, and a lifelong appreciation for theatre.  

Long Wharf Theatre also continues its work in the New Haven community. Next season, we will produce the New Haven Play Project – a city-wide celebration rooted in joy, inclusivity, and imagination built through a network of local partnerships that culminates with a free performance at Long Wharf with, for, and by those who call New Haven their home. Partnerships with the New Haven Free Public Library and Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS) continue as well.

Subscription renewals and new subscriptions on sale now, single tickets will go on sale early May. For more information, visit longwharf.org or call 203-787-4282.

 

2019-2020 Season

 

ON THE GROUNDS OF BELONGING
By Ricardo Pérez González
Directed by David Mendizábal
A WORLD PREMIERE
OCTOBER 9 – NOVEMBER 3, 2019
THE CLAIRE TOW STAGE IN THE C. NEWTON SCHENCK III THEATRE

A breathtaking new story of forbidden love in 1950’s Jim Crow Texas

 

I AM MY OWN WIFE
By Doug Wright
FEBRUARY 5 – MARCH 1, 2020
Student Theatre Series Matinee Date: February 27, 2020, 10:30 AM
THE CLAIRE TOW STAGE IN THE C. NEWTON SCHENCK III THEATRE

The timeless Pulitzer Prize-winning play about survival and identity under the cloak of World War II Germany

 

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, 10:30 AM
STAGE II

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

 

THE GREAT LEAP
By Lauren Yee
Directed by Madeline Sayet
MAY 6 – MAY 31, 2020
Student Theatre Series Matinee Date: May 21, 2020, 10:30 AM
THE CLAIRE TOW STAGE IN THE C. NEWTON SCHENCK III THEATRE

A thrilling underdog story of basketball and foreign relations in 1980’s China that will leave you speechless

 

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ABOUT LONG WHARF THEATRE

Founded in 1965, Long Wharf Theatre (Jacob G. Padrón, Artistic Director and Joshua Borenstein, Managing Director) is a Tony award-winning company of international renown and has been a leader in American theatre, producing fresh and imaginative revivals of classic and modern plays, rediscoveries of neglected works and a variety of world and American premieres.

Throughout its history, Long Wharf Theatre has created a unique home in New Haven for theatre artists from around the world, resulting in the transfer of over 30 productions to Broadway or Off-Broadway, including Napoli, Brooklyn; Satchmo at the Waldorf; My Name is Asher Lev; The Glass Menagerie; Durango; BFE; Sixteen Wounded; Wit (Pulitzer Prize); Hughie; American Buffalo; Requiem for a Heavyweight; Quartermaine’s Terms (Obie Award/Best Play); The Gin Game (Pulitzer Prize); The Shadow Box (Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award/Best Play); The Changing Room; The Contractor (NY Drama Critics Circle/Best Play); and Streamers, among many others now in the American theatre canon.

Each year Long Wharf Theatre produces an annual season featuring original productions on its two stages, along with education programming, a new play festival, community partnerships, and a variety of special events.