World Premiers Highlight Impressive Delaware Theatre Co. 2017-2018 Season Lineup

Amidst the organization’s most successful run in recent years, the Delaware Theatre Company has announced a 2017/2018 season lineup that includes three regional and one world premiere.

Artistic director Bud Martin says the professional company’s 39th season in Wilmington will aim to offer a “diversity of stories and actors” that “examine the human condition, while still providing accessible and memorable experiences.”

“Our subscribers have enjoyed being a part of the development of new works for Broadway or Off-Broadway, and this season is no different”, said Martin.

Included in the schedule are an adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked this Way Comes, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – Abridged, where three actors juggle all 37 Shakespeare plays in 97 minutes, and a tribute to the legendary vocalist Ella Fitzgerald.

The DTC is making a special push to enlist seasonal subscribers for next year, pointing out that several productions this year were sold out.

To purchase a subscription, or for further information, visit Delaware Theatre Company’s website at www.DelawareTheatre.org or call 302-594-1100.

Delaware Theatre Company’s 2017/2018 season:

SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES – World Premiere!
September 13 – October 8, 2017
Based on the novel by Ray Bradbury
Music and Lyrics by Neil Bartram
Book by Brian Hill
Directed by Rachel Rockwell

      A small town. A mysterious carnival.And two boys bent on escaping the midway of life to find adventure, and themselves. The hypnotic power and dark poetry of Ray Bradbury’s classic novel Something Wicked This Way Comes sings and seduces in this bold new musical.

DARE TO BE BLACK – Regional Premiere!
October 25 – November 12, 2017
Written and Performed by Tommie J. Moore
Directed by Bud Martin
Before Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard, there was Jack Johnson. He captured the hearts—and in some cases the hatred—of crowds. Although it’s more than a century since Johnson stepped into the ring for that blockbuster bout, his quest for equality has never seemed more timely.

 COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE … ABRIDGED
November 29 – December 17, 2017
By Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield
Directed by Steve Tague
All 37 Plays in 97 Minutes! An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays. Join these madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories and tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.

HEISENBERG – Regional Premiere!
February 7 – 25, 2018
By Simon Stephens
Directed by Bud Martin
Amidst the bustle of a crowded London train station, Georgie spots Alex, a much older man, and plants a kiss on his neck.  This electric encounter thrusts these two strangers into a fascinating and life-changing game. Heisenberg brings to blazing, theatrical life the uncertain and often comical sparring match that is human connection.

ELLA: FIRST LADY OF SONG – Regional Premiere!
April 18 – May 13, 2018
Conceived and Directed by Maurice Hines
Book by Lee Summers
The astonishing virtuosa Freda Payne brings the First Lady of Song to life with an elegance, grace, resonant beauty, and transcendent voice that captivates the immortal Ella Fitzgerald. ELLA simmers, shines, and soothes.

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS
GO FIGURE!
The Randy Gardner Story
Written and Directed by Josh Ravetch (Writer and Director of Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking)
January 18-28, 2018
Funny, touching, and utterly irreverent. GO FIGURE navigates the astonishing world of figure skating, watched by more viewers than any other event at the Winter Olympics. Starring World Champion figure skater RANDY GARDNER and his skating partner of 45 years TAI BABILONIA; along with Olympic figure skating royalty, gold medalist DOROTHY HAMILL, GO FIGURE will be the perfect “warm-up” for 2018’s Winter Olympics

 
SPECIAL EVENT – OVATION! WINE FEAST
October 14, 2017 at 6pm at the Delaware Art Museum
Delaware Theatre Company continues its hugely successful Wine Feast this year on October 14, 2017.  An intimate evening of art and wine will allow attendees to get an inside look into the theatre company while tasting popular wine and food. Last year’s event attracted over 400 attendees and raised over $115,000 for the theatre’s artistic programming. Ticket prices range from $75-$250.

SPECIAL EVENT – 5TH ANNUAL PLAY A PART GALA
March 3, 2018
A unique and intimate evening of philanthropy and theatre with a headliner to be announced. Previous headliners include Governor and Mrs. Jack Markell, the electric Maurice Hines, and the ever stunning Christine Ebersole. Ticket prices range from $75-$250.

 

In 2015, the theatre company began a new vision of developing new work for Broadway and Off-Broadway. Since Martin’s arrival, the theatre has developed six new productions with commercial aspirations, including:
The Outgoing Tide by Bruce Graham
Because of Winn-Dixie by Nell Benjamin and Duncan Sheik
Maurice Hines’ Tappin’ Thru Life by Maurice Hines (Transferred Off-Broadway in December of 2016)
Diner by Barry Levinson and Sheryl Crow
The War of the Roses by Warren Adler
White Guy on the Bus by Bruce Graham (Transferred Off-Broadway in March of 2017)

Delaware Theatre Company’s season is made possible by the Delaware Division of the Arts, with the support of Governor John Carney, Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock, and the Delaware State Legislature.  Delaware Theatre Company also gratefully acknowledges the support of Capital One, Corporation Service Company, the DuPont Corporation, M&T Bank, PNC Bank, and the Shubert Foundation.

Box office:Delaware Theatre Company
200 Water Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
302.594.1100
Box Office Hours: 10am-4pm
Website:www.DelawareTheatre.org

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