Long Wharf Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein and Managing Director Joshua Borenstein, announces four titles in its 2015-16 season.
Subscriptions are currently on sale, and can be purchased by calling 203-787-4282. Single tickets will go on sale August 1, 2015.
The season will begin in October with the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar, directed by Edelstein. “One of the most significant themes of the past 20 years in Western culture is the confrontation of Judeo-Christianity with Islam,” Edelstein said. “This is a play that deals face to face with the cost of assimilation – what do you lose when you are part of a minority culture and your goal is to assimilate fully into the dominant culture.”
A co-production withHartford Stage, and based on actual interviews, Having Our Say, by Emily Mann, is the story of two sisters who grew up in the Jim Crow South and lived through the Harlem Renaissance. History at its most immediate, and poignant. Having Our Say received three Tony nominations in 1995 and has since been produced internationally to critical acclaim. “The most provocative and entertaining family play to reach Broadway in a long time,” said The New York Times. “Having Our Say is an utterly winning evening of theatre,” Edelstein said. “The Delany sisters survive the racial strife of the 20th century with their charm, warmth, and dignity intact.”
The Lion, Benjamin Scheuer’s award-winning musical, comes to Long Wharf in January. A smash hit in New York, The Lion chronicles through song one young man’s journey through adulthood, coming to grips with his difficult past and overcoming tremendous obstacles to a bright and shining future. “An irresistible winner, Benjamin Scheuer beams charisma,” said the New York Daily News. “I love this play. It’s a thrilling, spirited journey through one young man’s life. You cannot walk away without tears in your eyes. It is a completely unique and original evening in the theatre,” Edelstein said.
Long Wharf will conclude its Stage II offerings in April 2016 with the world premiere of Lewiston, by the 2014 MacArthur “Genius Grant” winner Samuel D. Hunter, directed by Eric Ting. Edelstein believes that Hunter is one of the most exciting and humane writers working in the theatre today. “He writes about people who don’t normally get written about,” Edelstein said. “He most reminds me of William Inge and Tennessee Williams in his delicate empathy for all the people in his stories.”
The 2015-16 season is characterized by deep humanity, a search for connection and understanding, and an effort to push past one’s pain to claim a better place in the world. A couple comes to grips with the sentiments lurking just below the surface of their relationship. Sisters tell the story of their long and eventful lives. A young man uses music to triumph over his difficulties. A grandmother and her granddaughter work out their family legacy.
Mainstage titles scheduled for November and May will be announced at a later date.
For more information, visit www.longwharf.org or call 203-787-4282.
By Ayad Akhtar
Directed by Gordon Edelstein
October 14 through November 8, 2015
Amir and his beautiful wife Emily enjoy their charmed life in New York – he’s poised to make partner at a white-shoe law firm while her painting is being considered for a prestigious gallery exhibit. When Amir’s teenaged nephew asks for help in defending an imam accused of funding terrorists, a series of emotionally shattering events upends their perfect world, and forces them to confront the compromises they endured to stake out their own piece of the American dream. Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize, Disgraced is a compelling and provocative tale about the consequences of denying one’s own identity.
November 25 through December 20, 2015
Written and performed by Benjamin Scheuer
Directed by Sean Daniels
January 6 through February 7, 2016
Benjamin Scheuer uses his guitar — actually, six guitars — in The Lion, a wholly original musical experience of one man’s gripping coming-of-age story. The award-winning songwriter inspires and disarms with his raw wit and emotional depth as he leads you on his heartfelt journey to manhood, through pain and healing, to discover redemption through the power of music. His surprising story is about courage. His songs are how he finds it. Much like its hero, The Lion mixes power and beauty in a one of a kind experience.
Having Our Say
By Emily Mann
Adapted from the book by Sarah L. Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth
February 17 through March 18, 2016
Come listen to an amazing story. 103-year-old Sadie Delany and 101-year-old Bessie Delany have welcomed us into their Mount Vernon, New York, home. Making dinner to celebrate their long deceased father’s birthday, they tell us about their lives, how they fought injustices big and small, overcoming the racial strife of the 20th century with their charm, warmth, and dignity intact. They tell a personal, family tale of people who yearned to do the right thing, and strove towards it with every ounce of their beings. Come have dinner with the Delanys, and hear the story of our nation. “…a window on a world now lost, full of love, a little pain and a wondrous deal of hope… Do see Having Our Say…” —NY Post.
A World Premiere
By Samuel D. Hunter
Directed by Eric Ting
April 6 through May 1, 2016
Friends Alice and Connor sit by their roadside stand in Lewiston, Idaho, selling cheap fireworks, while developers swallow the land around them. Promised a condo by a pool in the new development, they feel their future is secure. Enter Marnie, Alice’s long lost granddaughter – a young woman who unexpectedly arrives, proposing to buy the land to save a piece of her family legacy. Deeply held secrets, uncertain pasts and hopeful futures are all at stake when Marnie and Alice get to know each other. Hunter, a MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, imbues his most recent work with deep human affection, poignancy, and a profound sense of empathy. Lewiston explores the emotional frontiers of a family struggling to make a home in the vastness of the American landscape.
May 4 through 29, 2016