Palm Beach Dramaworks’ upcoming season is packed with very interesting plays in five mainstage productions that promise to engage theatre goers like never before. PBD’s shows always attract scores of people to enjoy the pinnacle of live theatre in West Palm Beach.
Tickets for the 2019 – 2020 season are on sale now at the box office and online at palmbeachdramaworks.org/tickets. This season’s productions include:
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, Oct. 11 – Nov. 3, 2019. This Pulitzer Prize-winning play 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.
The play, first produced and published in 1947 and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama for that year, is one of the most admired plays of its time, and it concerns the mental and moral disintegration and ultimate ruin of Blanche DuBois.
December 6 through 29, 2019 will be the world premiere of Ordinary Americans by Joseph McDonough.
In the early 1950s, Gertrude Berg and Philip Loeb, the pioneering stars of television’s groundbreaking sitcom, The Goldbergs, heroically struggle to save their show, their careers, and their friendship in the face of McCarthyism, anti-Semitism, and the political climate of the country. Based on actual events, Ordinary Americans reveals the double-edged sword between speaking out and staying silent.
Skylight by David Hare will be on the mainstage February 7- March 1, 2020. 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. Can incompatible values and opposing worldviews be bridged if the passion remains?
Skylight is a play by British dramatist David Hare and winner of the 1996 Olivier Award for Best New Play.
April 3 – 26, 2020 enjoy The Light in the Piazza, a musical with a book by Craig Lucas and music and lyrics by Adam Guettel. In this lyrical, shimmering musical, 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, trying to come to terms with her own unhappy marriage, must decide whether to allow her determined, challenged daughter to follow her heart.
Lobby Hero by Kenneth Lonergan is on May 22 – June 7, 2020. 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 the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Manchester by the Sea. The play explores issues of racism and sexism, and whether it’s ever honorable to do the wrong thing for the right reason.
Love Letters by A.R. Gurney, February 21 – 23, 2020 at Diane & Mark Perlberg Studio Theatre, is a funny, bittersweet, beloved play about the relationship between two people who can’t live with each other and can’t live without each other is revealed through a series of clever and moving letters that illuminate their special connection – and missed connections – over the course of five decades.
Palm Beach Dramaworks will present the piece in the intimate confines of the Studio Theatre for three performances only, starring Producing Artistic Director William Hayes and Managing Director Sue Ellen Beryl, who are married to each other. Performances are February 21 and 22 at 8 pm, and February 23 at 2 pm. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.
New Year/New Plays Festival is back January 10 – 12, 2020. Dramaworkshop’s second annual New Year/New Plays Festival features readings of five evolving plays on PBD’s mainstage. The Festival, a huge hit when it launched last season, provides playwrights with the invaluable opportunity to hear their words performed in front of a live audience, which is instrumental to the development and growth of a play.
Audiences not only share in the excitement of bringing new work to life, but have the chance to offer feedback to the playwrights. Plays will be announced at a later date. The Festival also includes a Playwrights Forum and Champagne Toast (both free with a ticket to any play) and Lunch with the Artists, for an additional charge. Tickets can be found here.
Dramawise is a program that takes audiences deeper into each mainstage production, divided into two “acts” and an intermission (also known as lunch at a local restaurant). Act I is an in-depth discussion of the play, while Act II features the cast and artistic team in conversation about the production and the creative process. Each program takes place on the Thursday prior to opening night. Act I runs from 10:00 am – 11:30 am, intermission (lunch) from 11:45 am – 12:45 pm, and Act II from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm.
Here’s the schedule for the coming season:
A Streetcar Named Desire: October 10, 2019
Ordinary Americans: December 5, 2019
Skylight: February 6, 2020
The Light in the Piazza: April 2, 2020
Lobby Hero: May 21, 2020
OutStage@pbd are special evenings of each mainstage production for the LGBTQ community that include a pre-show reception, the production, and a post-show reception with the actors. All programs take place on Friday evening. Find more information here.
Studio 201 – Where young professionals come to ‘play’, is a pre-show mixer and reception for young professionals, followed by the play, all for $25. Each event is on Wednesday evening at 6:30. The performance begins at 7:30.
Every season brings new musicals, plays and revivals at Palm Beach Dramaworks, located in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach, at 201 Clematis Street. For ticket information on their artistically ambitious and original offerings contact the box office at (561) 514-4042, or visit palmbeachdramaworks.org. You can order online 24 hours a day.
Guide to Palm Beach Dramaworks 2020 Season