Penguin Rep Theatre Unveils 2024 Season Featuring World Premieres & More

The season kicks off May 3 with the premiere of The Sabbath Girl: A New Musical.

By: Mar. 04, 2024
Penguin Rep Theatre Unveils 2024 Season Featuring World Premieres & More
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Penguin Rep Theatre has revealed its 2024 season, which will feature four mainstage productions, including two world premieres.
Described by Mr. Brancato as a celebration of laughter and love, the season kicks off May 3 with the premiere of The Sabbath Girl: A New Musical, with book by Cary Gitter, lyrics by Neil Berg and Cary Gitter, music by Neil Berg, and direction by Joe Brancato.
In The Sabbath Girl, Angie Mastrantoni has a lot going for her: her own art gallery, a new apartment, but not much time for romance … until a neighbor unexpectedly knocks on her door.
According to Mr. Horn, it’s “a sparkling new musical about big-city life and the possibility of finding love when you’re least looking for it – maybe even right down the hall.”
Composer/co-lyricist Neil Berg, a Nyack resident, also wrote the music and lyrics for the award-winning musical The 12 (Goodspeed Opera House), with book/co-lyrics by Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan, directed by Tony Award-winning director John Doyle; Grumpy Old Men: The Musical; The Prince and the Pauper (Off Broadway); Tim and Scrooge (Broadway World Award - “Best New Musical”); and the upcoming My Cousin Vinny: The Musical.
The Sabbath Girl will be presented through May 26.
From June 14 through July 7, love, laughter and mistaken identity take the stage when Penguin presents Centennial Casting, a comedy by Gino DiIorio and Nancy Bleemer, directed by Joe Brancato, which shows that sparks sometimes fly in the most unexpected places.
Next up, from July 26 through August 18, is Ken Ludwig’s Dear Jack, Dear Louise in which the award-winning playwright (Lend Me a Tenor, Crazy for You) recounts his parents’ courtship during World War II in a work signed, sealed, and delivered straight from the heart.
From September 6 through September 29, Penguin will present the world premiere of The Steel Man, a powerful drama by Penguin’s playwright-in-residence, Cary Gitter (The Sabbath Girl, Gene & Gilda), which explores the story of a father and son haunted by the past but hopeful for a more promising future.
Performances are scheduled at Penguin Rep Theatre, a repurposed hay barn, located at 7 Crickettown Road. “The converted barn, circa 1880, has never been more inviting” (The New York Times). Says Mr. Horn, “It’s theatre so close you can feel it, with comfortable upholstered seats and no seat more than 30 feet from the stage.” The theatre is air conditioned, handicapped accessible, and has plenty of free parking.
Performances will take place: Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m., select Friday matinees at 2:00 p.m., select Friday evenings at 7:00 p.m., Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.
Season tickets are on sale now. Prices for the mainstage season start as low as $140 for the four plays, a savings of 30% off the cost of individual tickets.
“The very best seats in the house go to subscribers before single tickets go on sale,” says Mr. Horn.  For no additional charge, he says, patrons can select a value-added subscription series that includes post-performance discussions among the artists and audience, and pre-show tastings supplied by local restaurants.
An additional incentive, says Horn, “is to dine out at a discount, with select restaurants offering special benefits to Penguin subscribers.”
Individual tickets go on sale April 2. Tickets to The Sabbath Girl are priced at $54. Early ordering discount tickets to the musical are $46 if purchased by May 5.
Tickets to the other productions are priced at $49, with early ordering discount tickets priced at $42 if purchased by, respectively, June 16, July 28, and September 8.
Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more and young people (30 and under). 
“We hate service charges, facility fees, credit card surcharges, and any kind of additional fee,” says executive director Horn, “so we don’t charge them!”
Additional details about the 2024 season, including casting, concerts, readings, and special events, will be announced in coming weeks.
To order tickets or for further information, visit Penguin Rep’s website at WWW.PENGUINREP.ORG or call 845-786-2873.