2020-2021 Season 12: Plays & Musicals


FROM THE CO-FOUNDERS
IMPORTANT UPDATE ON SEASON 12 PROGRAMMING


Dear Playhouse Subscribers and Patrons,

We want to update you on our next production in the Main Stage Series. We were originally scheduled to produce Chicago (Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse; Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb) from January 20th through February 21st. We must postpone this production to a future season, to be determined.

Unfortunately, with the spike in Covid cases, we do not feel comfortable bringing such a large cast and band together for a show that requires singing, dancing and intermingling in very close proximity. We also were not granted permission to film this production, so we could not provide an option for those who would like to watch from the safety of their own home. We cannot choose a new date at this time due to logistics that the licensing company is working through with regards to the National Tour.

Therefore, at this time, for all Season 12 ticket holders, Chicago will be replaced with a new production (per our disclaimer that all productions throughout this season are subject to change). We are beyond excited to announce: "ELYOT AND AMANDA: ALL ALONE from Noel Coward's Private Lives” starring Veanne Cox and Ezra Barnes. It will be available to stream online from February 10th through February 28th.

More details about the show and how to watch will be available soon.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

Best regards,
Tracy Flater, Sean Harris and Darlene Zoller



September 16 - October 4, 2020
Extended through October 11th!

KENNEDY: BOBBY'S LAST CRUSADE

by David Arrow
Directed by Eric Nightengale

This production will be stream only.

This solo play portrays Kennedy during his short, electrifying campaign for President of the United States. Told from Kennedy’s perspective, the play follows Bobby from his announcement to enter the race on March 16, 1968, to his last speech on June 4 at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. You will see Kennedy’s most famous and impactful speeches, his private apprehensions, and well as the more personal events during those four exhilarating months of his ill-fated campaign.

Click to go to the Kennedy: Bobby's Last Crusade page.


December 16, 2020 - January 10, 2021
*Extended to January 10*

ALL IS CALM: THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE OF 1914

by Peter Rothstein with musical arrangements by Erick Lichte
and Timothy C. Takach
Directed by Sasha Brätt

This production will be stream only.

A remarkable true story from the Western Front. All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 relives an astounding moment in history; in a silence amid the combat, a soldier steps into no man’s land singing “Silent Night.” Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie between the Allied troops and German soldiers. They lay down their arms to celebrate the holiday, share food and drink, play soccer, and sing carols. This dramatic retelling weaves together firsthand accounts of World War I soldiers with patriotic tunes, trench songs, and Christmas carols.

Click to go to the All Is Calm page.


"... When [the voices] come together, the sensation is tremendous and the musical chill effect engulfing...The show is a lesson...in music as a vehicle for emotion."
The New York Times
"A heartbreaking tribute to the men, who, in defiance of their commanders
had the courage to affirm their common humanity."
The New Yorker

February 10 - 28, 2021

ELYOT & AMANDA: ALL ALONE
from Noël Coward’s Private Lives

Note: the previously announced CHICAGO is being replaced with this show.


Noël Coward's second act of PRIVATE LIVES speaks to us in a new way with Elyot and Amanda sequestered from the outside world, and finding a lot of time to fill up together. In this very funny and moving adaptation developed by stars Veanne Cox and Ezra Barnes (specifically for Playhouse on Park), these two lovers grapple with hope and fear, memory and desire, song and dance, and love and hate in equal measure.

Valentine’s Day is always complicated. Add in some songs & a pandemic and you have the makings of a perfect Date Night.

Go to the Elyot & Amanda show page


Show Postponed

STOP/TIME DANCE THEATER: DIVAS

Directed and Choreographed by Darlene Zoller

*Subject to change

 

Future announcements will be made on stop/time dance theater substituion(s)

*Subject to change

April 14 - May 2, 2021

KILL MOVE PARADISE

by James Ijames
Directed by Dexter Singleton

James Ijames’ New York Times Critics Pick play KILL MOVE PARADISE tells the story of Isa, Daz, Grif and Tiny, four black men who find themselves stuck in a cosmic waiting room in the afterlife. This play, inspired by the ever-growing list of slain unarmed black men and women, is a portrait of those lost—not as statistics, but as heroes who deserve to be seen for the splendid beings they are, and as symbols of life and hope. Gone but never forgotten, Kill Move Paradise illustrates the possibilities of collective transformation and radical acts of joy.


"Bleak and beautiful… radiates an urgent and hypnotic theatrical energy."
The New York Times
"Theater is at its most effective when it brings people together, moves us, challenges us,
and makes us see the unseen. "Kill Move Paradise" [does] precisely that."
Chicago Tribune
"...KILL MOVE PARADISE is bold, conceptual, living theater, demanding to be heard. Ijames is a vital voice in our politically seditious and most perilous time. It is also profoundly
poetic in its dialogue and characters."
CultureVulture.net

*Subject to change

Summer, 2021

INTO THE WOODS

Book by James Lapine
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Sean Harris
Music Direction by Melanie Guerin

A dark and humorous twist on the Brothers Grimm fairy tales, this Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical interweaves everyone’s favorite storybook characters into a timeless, yet relevant, piece… and a rare modern classic.

Be careful what you wish for seems to be the ongoing theme in this comically dark musical, as actions have consequences and sacrifices must be paid.

Featuring the much loved songs Children Will Listen, Stay With Me and No One Is Alone, this enchanting and touching masterpiece was recently made into a smash-hit Disney feature film starring Meryl Streep, James Corden, Anna Kendrick and Johnny Depp.


"The giddy joy of the first act gives way to some thrilling emotion in the second.
If you’re wishing for inventive, joyous theatre, run to INTO THE WOODS!”
Entertainment Weekly