Producing artistic director Evan Hoffmann says that NextStop Theatre Company’s upcoming season brings the “most diverse and ambitious programming yet” to the community.
“The only thing more exciting than next season’s shows are the artists we will be welcoming into the theatre to help guide and create them,” said Hoffmann. “Through a mixture of past collaborators and new faces, we are proud to report that 50 percent of the season’s directors are women, and 50 percent are artists of color. Those percentages will be even higher for the performers.”
The season kicks off with “Beehive: The 60’s Musical,” a tribute musical about the women of 1960s rock, pop and soul music. In the fall, the company reinvents Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” with a new script by Kate Hamill. Megan Behm, who directed last year’s production of “45 Plays for 45 Presidents,” will direct the show.
In time for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Kevin McAllister reimagines the story of Dr. King in which he is visited by a young maid who can “unveil the humanity and vulnerability of America’s larger than life icon.”
In February and March, the company presents “Ordinary Days,” a story about four young New Yorkers that illustrates how the smallest of acts can have a profound impact on life. Jay Brock, who directed “Assassins” in 2017, will lead this musical by Adam Gwon.
In the spring of 2020, Hoffman directs “Noises Off,” a play-within-a-play that includes on- and off-stage antics as they work through a disastrous performance.
The season closes with “In the Heights,” an original hop-hop musical by the creator of “Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda. The story, which is directed by Elena Velasco, dives into the heartbeat of a community through “infection Latin and hip-hop beats,” according to NextStop.
In addition to the main productions, NextStop plans three productions for young audiences. Details are expected over the summer.
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