Center Theatre Group’s 14th season kicks off in September. The 2017–2018 lineup brings with it a West Coast premiere, a world premiere, and a Pulitzer Prize finalist. The season runs from September 3 through May 20, 2018.
The season starts with Obie-winning playwright Paul Rudnick’s Big Night. In the play, a working actor, now Oscar-nominee doesn’t know just how incredibly his life is going to change. All the while, those closest to him claim to know exactly what he needs and what he should say. The world premiere production will be directed by Walter Bobbie and will run from September 3–October 1.
Spamilton makes its West Coast premiere at CTG beginning November 5. Written and directed by Gerard Alessandrini, Spamilton features 5 actors celebrating and satirizing Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway hit. Miranda said, after seeing the Off-Broadway production, “I laughed my brains out!” The production runs through December 31.
Quiara Alegría Hudes' Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue is third in the season’s lineup. For many families, serving in the military is a necessary tradition. Elliot has carried on that tradition like his father and his grandfather. Now, having returned home from Iraq with a Purple Heart, he contemplates going back or staying and trying to build stronger connection with his father. At the same time, he weighs his limited options available to him as a Vet. Directed by Shishir Kurup, the production will run January 27 through February 25, 2018.
CTG is halfway through its inaugural Block Party, but it has been such a success that they’ve decided to bring it back in the next season. For six weeks beginning March 29, the company will invite three productions from local 99-seat or smaller theatres to remount their productions for a limited run. They are currently receiving and reviewing applications. The companies that were chosen for this year’s Block Party are Coeurage Theatre Company, the Echo Theater Company, and the Fountain Theatre.
Artistic Director Michael Ritchie said of the upcoming season, “Theatre is a collaborative art form that, at its best, sparks conversations among the artists that create it and the audience members that experience it. This season’s productions are guaranteed to keep people talking – at times they may change the way you see your neighbor, at other times they may change the lyrics you sing to your favorite tune – but over the course of the season they will make you laugh, cry, dance and explore the countless theatrical opportunities the city has to offer.”