A world premiere and four popular, critically acclaimed works make up Palm Beach Dramaworks’ 2019-2020 season. Here’s the lineup:
A Streetcar Named Desire: Oct. 11 – Nov. 3
This Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tennessee Williams features two of the most memorable characters ever created for the stage: the fragile, fading Southern belle Blanche DuBois and her working class, brutish, testosterone-driven brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski. When Blanche arrives in New Orleans to stay with her sister, Stella, in the cramped quarters of the dingy Kowalski apartment, the tension is instantaneous.
Ordinary Americans: Dec. 6-29
In the early ’50s, Gertrude Berg and Philip Loeb, the stars of television’s groundbreaking sitcom “The Goldbergs,” struggle to save their show, their careers and their friendship in the face of McCarthyism, anti-Semitism and the political climate of the country. This world premiere by Joseph McDonough is based on actual events.
Skylight: Feb. 7 – March 1
Tom Sergeant, a wealthy, middle-aged businessman, and the much younger Kyra Hollis, his former employee, had a long, ardent love affair until his wife discovered their relationship. Kyra walked out, and a year after his wife’s death, Tom pays a visit to his ex, who now teaches underprivileged children and chooses to live in poverty. Skylight, by David Hare, was the winner of the 1996 Olivier Award for Best New Play.
The Light in the Plaza: April 3-26
With the book by Craig Lucas and music and lyrics by Adam Guettel, this musical was winner of six Tony awards. Margaret Johnson takes a trip to Italy in the summer of 1953 with her daughter, Clara, a beautiful young woman with the mind of a 10-year-old. Clara falls in love with Fabrizio, a handsome Florentine who wants to marry her. The protective Margaret must decide whether to allow her determined, challenged daughter to follow her heart.
Lobby Hero: May 22 – June 7
Four New Yorkers involved in a murder investigation – a slacker security guard in a Manhattan apartment building, his by-the-book boss, a rookie cop and her macho partner – face moral and ethical dilemmas in this comic drama by Kenneth Lonergan, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of “Manchester by the Sea.”
Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and select Sundays at 7 p.m. Matinee performances are on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Don and Ann Brown Theatre is in downtown West Palm Beach at 201 Clematis St. For tickets, call the box office at (561) 514-4042 or go online to palmbeachdramaworks.org.
Pictured above: Elizabeth Dimon plays Gertrude Berg in Joseph McDonough’s “Ordinary Americans,” a play based on actual events from the 1950s during the era of McCarthyism. Photo by Samantha Mighdoll