COMPANY, Four World Premieres & More Set for San Francisco Playhouse's 2014-15 Season
San Francisco Playhouse Artistic Director Bill English and Producing Director Susi Damilano announced selections today for the 2014-15 season.
Featuring four World premieres, three regional premieres, and a popular Broadway musical, our Twelfth Season underscores even more than previous ones the Playhouse commitment to explore new, edgy contemporary work. "If theatre is to endure and thrive, we need to nurture and develop the playwrights of tomorrow," is how Artistic Director Bill English describes what guides his artistic choices. "Without these prophetic voices, our theatre will stall and lose its relevance. I believe these eight plays dynamically illuminate the moment in which we live and our challenges to define ourselves, our families, our community, and our world. "
The 2014-15 Season includes two world premieres, one west coast premiere, two regional premieres and a musical revival. Kicking off the main stage season, is the 2013 Glickman award winning, Ideation by Aaron Loeb which moves to the main stage after a sold out run in the Playhouse Sandbox Series. We are awaiting word on what should prove to be an exciting play during the holiday season and the New Year begins with the regional premiere of Tree by Julie Hebert who "set out to write a play about race and ended up writing a play about family". Spring will usher in Aaron Posner's Stupid F##king Bird, an irreverent translation of Chekov's The Seagull followed by the world premiere of Richard Dresser's answer to reality television, Trouble Cometh. The summer season will take a fresh look at married life and its alternatives in Steven Sondheim and George Furth's Company.
Continuing to build on the momentum of last season's Sandbox hits, Grounded and Ideation, we will offer two world premieres to round out the 14-15 season: Schooner by Rinne Groff will open in the fall and In a Word by Lauren Yee will open in the spring of 2015.
Season Subscriptions are available immediately online at www.sfplayhouse.org, or by calling direct at 415-677-9596. Packages range from $130 to $360 with savings averaging over 40 % off single ticket rates (which range from $30 to $125). Single Tickets will go on sale to public June 1, 2014.
The 2014-15 Main Stage Season:
Ideation - World Premiere
Written by Aaron Loeb (Abraham Lincoln's Big Gay Dance Party), Directed by Josh Costello
September 23rd to November 8th opens September 27
Aaron Loeb brings a dark comic edge to this psychological suspense thriller, in which group of corporate consultants work together on a mysterious and ethically ambiguous project. As the lines between right and wrong are blurred, these characters must navigate the cognitive dissonances and moral dilemmas to decide for themselves if everything is, as it really seems. Winner of 2013 Glickman Award.
To be Announced
November 18th to January 10th, opens November 22
Tree - Regional Premiere
by Julie Hebert, Directed by Jon Tracy
January 20th to March 7th, opens January 24, 2015
"I set out to write a play about race and ended up writing a play about family," says playwright Julie Hebert about Tree, "About the inescapability of family, of being known over time, of recognizing yourself in others, of continuing relationships after betrayal and suffering. We keep each other honest. Sometimes it's funny, sometimes painful - and so it is with this play."
Stupid F##king Bird - Regional Premiere
By Aaron Posner, Directed by Susi Damilano
March 17th to May 2nd, opens March 21, 2015
You've never seen Chekhov like this. Aaron Posner's irreverent update of "The Seagull" lets us into a country house where unrequited desire is drowned in equal parts alcohol and sarcasm. In true Chekhovian fashion, actresses, playwrights, doctors, and novelists bare their souls as they search desperately for the truth of love and art.
Trouble Cometh - World Premiere
by Richard Dresser, Directed by May Adrales
May 12th to June 27th, opens May 16, 2015
A comic thriller about a reality TV show where the boundaries between fiction and fact, life and death, are dangerously blurred. Also skewering the effect of the information age on the nature of identity.
Company - Revival
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by George Furth, Directed by Bill English
July 7th to September 12th, opens June 11. 2015
Married life and its alternatives are celebrated in Company, Sondheim's groundbreaking musical comedy set in Manhattan. As yet unable to make a commitment of his own, Robert supports his married friends and hears about the ups and downs of their relationships.
The 2014-15 Sandbox Season:
Schooner World Premiere
Written by Rinne Groff, Directed by Marissa Wolf
October 29th to November 22nd, opens November 1
A high-powered businesswoman, her stay-at-home husband and her socialite mother wrestle with the decision to have another child, while the father braves a squall with his schooner in the Chesapeake Bay
In a Word - World Premiere
Written by Lauren Yee, Directed by Susannah Martin
April 2nd to April 28th, opens April 4, 2015
When her 8-year old son disappears, a young mother battles her confusion and grief by summoning the awesome power of language.