Florida Rep Announces 2019-2020 Season - GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE..., A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2, and More!
Florida Repertory Theatre is pleased to announce its 2019-2020 Season line-up, which continues the company's third decade producing nationally-recognized, professional theatre in the Fort Myers River District. Set to open Sept. 27, 2019 and run to May 10, 2020 in the Historic Arcade Theatre and ArtStage Studio Theatre, the nine-show season includes a salute to a country music icon, one of Neil Simon's classic comedies, a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere, a classic thriller, 2014's Tony-winning BEST MUSICAL, and many more!
Subscriptions start as low as $174 for six plays and offer the best seats and the most significant savings. Packages for 9, 8, 7, and 6 shows are on sale now for both new and renewing season ticket holders through the box office at 239-332-4488. Renewing subscribers have until May 15 to renew their current seats or make changes to their subscriptions, and new subscribers can sign up at any time.
Single tickets are priced at $55/$49 for regular performances and $35/$29 for previews and will go on sale July 15 through the box office and online at www.FloridaRep.org.
The 2019-2020 Season features six productions in the 393-seat Historic Arcade Theatre and three in the 120-seat ArtStage Studio Theatre, and kicks off with a heartfelt and powerful musical about the most popular female country singer in recording history, "Always...Patsy Cline" by Ted Swindley in the intimate ArtStage venue. Also featured in the season are "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" the multiple Tony Award-winning Best Musical, and "A Doll's House, Part 2" by Lucas Hnath, one of the hottest new plays in America, and a multiple Tony nominee.
Florida Rep is also proud to salute the late, great, Neil Simon with his now-classic romantic comedy, "Barefoot in the Park," which will take the Arcade stage in January. The Arcade Theatre season kicks off on late-October with Ken Ludwig's "The Fox on the Fairway," a farce from the author of "Lend Me a Tenor" and "Moon Over Buffalo."
Florida Repertory Theatre's 22nd season also includes a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere as part of its ongoing efforts to develop new works and nurture playwrights. Opening Dec. 20 in the ArtStage Studio Theatre, "Alabaster" by Audrey Cefaly is an intimate portrait of survival showcased in Florida Rep's 2018 PlayLab Festival. Funny, heartbreaking, and earth-shattering, this powerful new play begins a record-breaking nine-theatre Rolling World Premiere at Florida Rep before taking the country by storm.
"We are delighted to celebrate twenty-two years of professional theatre with this varied and exciting season of musicals, new works, and classics," said Artistic Director, Greg Longenhagen. "This diverse line-up of plays and musicals, both classic and contemporary, will break new ground for the theatre, introduce many new faces, and of course, showcase our ensemble of artists in a variety of roles. I am particularly excited to bring a fresh new musical to our stage and to kick off a staggering 9-theatre Rolling World Premiere in partnership with the National New Play Network. Our 22nd season is a coming of age for our company, and I am proud to steer it into its future. We hope you'll join us for another year of first-class professional theatre."
Based on overwhelmingly positive feedback from patrons, Florida Rep will continue to open its parking lot, conveniently located directly across the street from the theatre, 2-hours before each curtain time. And, for a third season, the theatre's weeknight performances will begin at 7 PM.
FLORIDA REP'S 2019-2020 SEASON LINE-UP
Always...Patsy Cline by Ted Swindley
Sept. 27 - Nov. 10, 2019 • Previews Sept. 24 - 26 • In the ArtStage Studio Theatre
A heartfelt and powerful celebration of the most popular female country singer in recording history! Hear all of Patsy's biggest hits, including "Crazy," "Walkin' After Midnight," "I Fall to Pieces," and more!
Ken Ludwig's THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY
Nov. 1 - 20, 2019 • Previews Oct. 29 - 31 • In the Historic Arcade Theatre
Marx Brothers' hilarity meets country club politics in this signature Ken Ludwig farce about love, life, and man's eternal love affair with golf! One thousand laughs in this madcap farce from the author of "Lend Me a Tenor" and "Moon Over Buffalo!" "Phenomenally funny!" -Star Ledger
AN INSPECTOR CALLS by J.B. Priestley
Dec. 6 - 22, 2019 • Previews Dec. 3 - 5 • In the Historic Arcade Theatre
A wealthy British family is forced to examine their morality in this chilling, Olivier and Tony-winning masterpiece! An electrifying and suspenseful thriller filled with twists and turns! "Superbly tense! Breathtaking!" -Daily Telegraph
ALABASTER by Audrey Cefaly
A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere
Dec. 20, 2019 - Jan. 26, 2020 • Previews Dec. 17 - 19 • In the ArtStage Studio Theatre
Funny, heartbreaking, and earth-shattering, this powerful new play about healing and survival begins a record-breaking 9-theatre Rolling World Premiere at Florida Rep - before taking the country by storm! Chosen from the 2018 PlayLab Festival! A beautiful and hopeful NEW PLAY!
BAREFOOT IN THE PARK by Neil Simon
Jan. 10 - 29, 2020 • Previews Jan. 7 - 9 • In the Historic Arcade Theatre
A hilarious romantic comedy from the author of Rumors and Lost in Yonkers! Newlyweds decide to play matchmaker, and everything that could go wrong does in this multiple Tony-nominated play!
"A bubbling, rib-tickling comedy!" -The New York Times
A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER
Book & Lyrics by Robert L. Freedman • Music & Lyrics by Steven Lutvak
Feb. 14 - Mar. 4, 2020 • Previews Feb. 11 - 13 • In the Historic Arcade Theatre
Can young Monty Navarro juggle his fiancée, his mistress, and knock off all of the heirs ahead of him in the line of nobility without being caught? Find out in this fresh, irreverent, and multiple Tony-winning BEST MUSICAL!
EVERY BRILLIANT THING by Duncan MacMillan, with Jonny Donahoe
Feb. 28 - Mar. 29, 2020 • Previews Feb. 25 - 27 • In the ArtStage Studio Theatre
A touching, funny, and intimate one-person tour-de-force! "Every Brilliant Thing" is an exhilarating and inventive NEW PLAY that takes audiences on an unexpected, humorous, and emotional journey of healing and self-discovery.
"Charming! Captivating!" -The New York Times
A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 by Lucas Hnath
Mar. 20 - Apr. 8, 2020 • Previews Mar. 17 - 19 • In the Historic Arcade Theatre
This smart and sophisticated new comedy raises fascinating questions about marriage and the ways the roles of women have - and have not - changed since 1879. One of the hottest plays in America! "Smart, funny, and utterly engrossing!" -New York Times
RIPCORD by David Lindsay-Abaire
Apr. 24 - May 10, 2020 • Previews Apr. 21-23 • In the Historic Arcade Theatre
>From the twisted and brilliant mind of the Pulitzer Prize & Tony-winning author of "Rabbit Hole" and "Good People" comes a high-stakes comedy about two women of a certain age locked in a no-holds-barred battle to the death! "Deeply satisfying and vastly entertaining!" - Deadline Hollywood
Subscription packages for 9, 8, 7, or 6 shows are available now through the box office at 239-332-4488, and order forms are available online at www.FloridaRep.org.
Tickets to the current season are available online and through the box office and are going fast! Florida Rep just announced extensions to all four remaining productions of "Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical" (now playing to Mar. 9 in the ArtStage Studio Theatre), "Hay Fever" by Noel Coward (now playing to Mar. 9 in the Arcade Theatre), "Million Dollar Quartet" (Mar. 19-Apr. 21 in the Arcade Theatre), and "Native Gardens" (playing Apr. 2 to May 19 in the ArtStage Studio Theatre).
Florida Repertory Theatre performs in the Historic Arcade Theatre and the ArtStage Studio Theatre on Bay St. between Jackson & Hendry with limited free parking in the Fort Myers River District. Visit Florida Rep online at FloridaRep.org, and by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube.