Hub Theatre’s 2017-2018 season will offer a new production of a play familiar to Hub audiences, a brand spanking new play written by an area playwright, and another brand new play written by a playwright familiar to Hub audiences.
The area playwright is Anne M. McCaw, a founding member of The Inkwell, who has written Peekaboo! A Nativity Play. In it, Joseph and the very pregnant Mary struggle with their overwhelming mission and the bizarre characters around them, just like every new parents must. Hub Artistic Director Helen Pafumi directs, with Jonathan Feuer providing musical direction. From December 1-24, 2017.
Hub opens 2018 with a production of Craig Wright’s The Pavilion. This is the first play that Hub fully produced, back in 2009. The Pavilion is the story of a man who comes back to his high school reunion in the hope of rekindling things with the girl he left behind. Four problems: (1) when he left, she was pregnant and he knew it; (2) she resents him, and what he did; (3) she’s married; and (4) emotionally, he’s still a little boy. Debbie Jackson, seeing the original Hub production for DC Theatre Scene, called it a “poignant reflection on young love, and living the life you’ve got,” and noted that “the play also presents the most creative, shape shifting, ubiquitous narrative character this side of the galaxy.” From March 30 to April 22, 2018.
Hub closes its season with another world premiere — this one from a familiar playwright, Marc Acito (Birds of a Feather). The Secrets of the Universe reimagines the time, back in 1937, when famed opera virtuoso Marian Anderson was invited to sing at McCarter Theater at Princeton. But because she was African-American, no hotel would rent her a room. She was thus forced to spend the night as a guest of one of the Princeton faculty — a fella by the name of Albert Einstein. The Secrets of the Universe will run July 6-29 of next year.