Folger Theatre’s season announcement today brings to six the number of theatres revealing their 2015-2016 shows in the past week. Slowly the upcoming season is coming into focus and what we’ve seen so far is a robust twelve months of theatregoing with most companies continuing or expanding selections and very few cutting back the number of offerings.
This week we learned that Aaron Posner will be busy at Folger, directing Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and then sitting in on rehearsals as playwright for his newest play which, if his other shows are any example, with run the Bard’s Merchant of Venice through his imagination to create a twist, District Merchants.
The new Mosaic Theater, headed by Serge Seiden, Producing Director, Ari Roth, Artistic Director and Jennifer Nelson, Resident Director, will have an ambitious first season with three full run plays including When January Feels Like Summer by Cori Thomas, directed by Seiden. Five productions will have shorter runs in the 2016 Voices from a Changing Middle East Festival which Roth initiated as Artistic Director at Theater J.
While Theater J continues its search for an artistic director, Shirley Serotsky, Acting Artistic Director, announced Theater J’s full season which opens with Queens Girl in the World by DC playwright Caleen Sinnette-Jennings starring Dawn Ursula. Mid-season, Theater J will introduce another new play, Falling Out of Time, based on the novel by Israeli author David Grossman, adapted by local author/director Derek Goldman.
For four of its seven shows, Chesapeake Shakespeare is sticking with plays by Shakespeare , including adapting their successful production of Romeo and Juliet from this year’s season to their outdoor facility and setting it amongst the historic PFI ruins, with the audience moving from scene to scene.
Everyman Theatre will be presenting big name playwrights – Williams, Wilson, Shanley, Priestley and Miller – plus the latest creation from Michael Hollinger” (Opus) recent Under the Skin.
From Creative Cauldron, working out of the tiny ArtSpace in Falls Church, VA comes a season that belies its size, starting with Kander and Ebb’s The World Goes Round, later adding Kushner’s Caroline, or Change, plus an original musical from Matt Connor and Stephen Gregory Smith, an international festival and youth shows.
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