New Orleans’ Southern Rep Theatre has announced details of its 2019–2020 mainstage season, which will take place at its new permanent home within the former St. Rose de Lima church.
For the first time in its 33-year history, Southern Rep will produce six mainstage productions in a single season, launching September 11–October 6 with Tracy Letts’ Tony- and Pulitzer-winning family drama August: Osage County. Jason Kirkpatrick will direct.
Helen Jaksch will direct Native Gardens, Karen Zacarías' dramatic comedy about a backyard BBQ that ignites serious conversations about race, class, and culture, running October 30–November 17.
The holiday production will be Leslie Castay and Ian Hoch’s musical Mandatory Merriment (Part Deux): A New Orleans Holiday Musical, running December 4–29.
Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children, translated by Ntozake Shange, and directed by Chivas Michael, will launch the new year from January 22–February 2, 2020.
Southern Rep will also host the National New Play Network rolling premiere of Steve Yockey’s solo work Reykjavik, directed by Southern Rep Producing Artistic Director, Aimée Hayes, March 18–April 5.
The season concludes with the world-premiere commission, Chemin du Bayou, by New Orleans-based playwright Pamela Davis-Noland. Helen Jaksch will direct the epic history play that spans more than 1,000 years, bringing to life the stories of those “who made their way along the old high ground from the Mississippi River toward Lake Pontchartrain.” Performances run May 13–31.