Off-Broadway's Keen Company has unveiled its 2018–2019 season, focused on "uplifting stories about the big impact of small actions," according to Artistic Director Jonathan Silverstein. Slated for the fall will be a revival of Adam Gwon's chamber musical Ordinary Days, followed by the New York premiere of Chisa Hutchinson's Surely Goodness and Mercy.
Kicking off the 2018–2019 programming, titled A Season of Impact, will be Gwon's 2009 musical Ordinary Days beginning October 2. The musical looks at how one person is capable of influencing complete strangers and will run through November 17.
"I’ve been a fan of Adam’s work for years and am so excited to work with him on bringing this beloved musical to life in a brand new production with new orchestrations," says Silverstein in an online statement. Gwon's works include Old Jews Telling Jokes and String, among others.
In the new year, Keen Company will present the Off-Broadway premiere of Hutchinson's Surely Goodness and Mercy. Set in an under-funded public school in Newark, the new play tells the story of the unlikely friendship between a bible-toting boy with a photographic memory and a cantankerous old lunch lady. Performances will run February 26–April 13, 2019.
Hutchinson is the playwright of Somebody's Daughter and Dead and Breathing, among other works.
"Chisa is a rare writer who speaks to our complicated times today with a full heart and a singular voice," adds Silverstein. "I am thrilled to welcome her into the Keen family."
Rounding out the season will be the 13th Annual Keen Teens Festival of New Work and readings as part of the Keen Playwrights Lab for mid-career playwrights. Visit KeenCompany.org for more information.