Delaware Theatre Company Sets 2016-17 Season: THE WAR OF THE ROSES & More

Delaware Theatre Company, under the artistic leadership of Bud Martin, announces its 2016/2017 season, the professional Equity company's 38th season in Wilmington, Delaware. The season includes a North American premiere and a regional premiere.

"I am thrilled to continue to provide the highest quality of live theatre in the State of Delaware", says Martin. "Audiences have come to expect a varied slate of productions from Delaware Theatre Company, each of them creating thought-provoking experiences for subscribers and single ticket buyers alike".

The season includes:


September 14-October 2, 2016

Adapted for the stage by Warren Adler, Directed by Bud Martin

The dark comedy follows married couple Barbara and Oliver Rose, who go from suburban bliss to a deadly territorial battle. The breakup of their marriage leads to the ugliest divorce imaginable, revealing chaos in unpredictable ways. The War of the Roses was originally published in 1981. The novel was adapted into a film in 1989, starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. Danny DeVito, who co-starred, directed.


October 26-November 13, 2016

Written by Anthony Giardina, Directed by TBD

In 1979, Washington D.C. was a place where people actually talked to each other...where adversaries fought it out on the Senate floor and then smoothed it out over drinks and hors d'oeuvres. But it was all about to change. In this play spanning 30 years and six presidential administrations, Hester Ferris, whose influence in liberal politics is legendary, must choose between preserving her family and defending the causes she's spent her whole life fighting for.


December 7-30, 2016

Written by Patrick Barlow, Directed by Steve Tague

Audiences rejoice! Ebenezer Scrooge returns to the Delaware Theatre Company stage as he transforms from a stingy miser to a man who generously celebrates the season all year long. Don't be left out in the cold for this stunning adaptation of a timeless holiday classic.


February 1-19, 2017

Written by Bruce Graham, Directed by Bud Martin

A wealthy white businessman and a struggling black single mom ride the same bus week after week. As they get to know each other, the threads that tie them together gradually unravel in a complex web of moral ambiguity, revenge, and racial biases. This play provides a candid perspective on the racial and socioeconomic divide present today. WHITE GUY ON THE BUS will transfer to the prestigious Off-Broadway complex 59E59 Theatres (Peter Tear, Executive Producer) after its run at Delaware Theatre Company.


April 19-May 14, 2017

Adapted for the stage by Emma Reeves, based on the original novel by Jacqueline Wilson. Directed by Bud Martin

From the best-selling author Jacqueline Wilson, the adventurous tale of HETTY FEATHER comes to life on stage! Hetty, a young orphan girl, runs away with the circus and discovers the magical world outside her window in this new musical that is perfect for the whole family. Fresh off of a sold out run on the West End, HETTY FEATHER is sure to have audiences in awe as actors fly their way into your hearts.

Gala Events


October 28, 2016

Delaware Theatre Company will revive it's annual Wine Feast this year on October 28, 2016. An intimate evening of art and wine will allow attendees to get an inside look into the theatre company while tasting popular wine and food. A hugely popular event under the leadership of the theatre, this event will surely sell out!


February 25, 2017

The 3rd Annual Play a Part Gala will take the stage on February 25, 2017, with a headliner to be announced. Previous headliners include Governor and Mrs. Jack Markell, the electric Maurice Hines, and the ever stunning Christine Ebersole.

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