The season will begin Sept. 3 with George Bernard Shaw's You Never Can Tell, followed by the world premiere of And Away We Go by Terrence McNally ( Master Class, Ragtime). McNally's play was delayed earlier this year, due to a spring shortfall in fundraising, which Playbill previously reported. The financial troubles have since been resolved, according to The New York Times, and the play is scheduled for Nov. 12-Dec. 15.
Board Chair Allison Cooke Kellogg said in a statement, "Since our special appeal this winter, nearly 1,000 donors contributed over $400,000 to support The Pearl and the outstanding work of its Resident Acting Company. The incredible outpouring of support from first-time donors, long-time supporters, and the Board of Trustees was a clear indication that the work being done by The Pearl is necessary and valued by the community."
"The Pearl is moving forward with its 30th Anniversary season thanks to the tremendous passion of Pearl supporters during our first year in the new theatre at 555 West 42nd Street," said artistic director J. R. Sullivan.
The season at a glance follows:
You Never Can Tell
By George Bernard Shaw
Directed by David Staller
Sept. 3–Oct. 13
"It's the turn of the 20th century, and a world famous author and her grown children have returned to England after 18 years abroad. But when her missing husband (who may also be the missing father) appears out of the blue, this fascinating clan face love, family, money, social and political issues, women's rights—and the dangers of dentists in love."
And Away We Go
By Terrence McNally
Nov. 12–Dec. 15
"Times change, but life in the theatre remains the same: chaotic, sometimes brutal but often euphoric, too. And Away We Go jumps through time from backstage in ancient Athens to a rehearsal at The Globe, from Versailles's Royal Theater to the first reading of a new play by Chekhov—with an unlikely stop in Coral Gables and the American premiere of Waiting for Godot along the way."
By Jean-Paul Sartre
Feb. 25, 2014–March 30
"Sartre's 1944 dark comedy explores the cruelty of strangers and the concept that 'hell is other people.'"
By Richard Brinsley Sheridan
April 22–May 25
"Lydia Languish is... languishing. She can imagine nothing more romantic than eloping with the impoverished Captain Beverly. Little does she know that 'Beverly' is really Jack Absolute, a wealthy aristocrat who fears the truth of his identity isn't nearly romantic enough for Miss Languish's taste. How will he win her—from himself?"
Season tickets and more information can be found by calling (212) 598-9802 or visiting pearltheatre.org.