Los Angeles’ Geffen Playhouse has revealed the lineup for its 2019–2020 season, including Tony Award winner Idina Menzel in the West Coast premiere of Joshua Harmon’s Skintight.
The Wicked and Frozen star takes center stage as Jodi in the comedy exploring complicated family dynamics and evolving sexuality, reprising her performance after last year’s Off-Broadway world premiere from Roundabout Theatre Company. Performances, directed by Daniel Aukin, will run September 3 through October 6 at the Gil Cates Theater.
The season kicks off August 20 with the West Coast premiere of Witch, by Jen Silverman. Marti Lyons directs the retelling of Rowley, Dekker, and Ford’s Jacobean The Witch of Edmonton, with performances running through September 29 at the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater.
Also heading to the Geffen are two world premieres, both commissioned by the California venue. The first is a new version of Maxwell Anderson’s Key Largo, adapted by Oscar nominee Andy Garcia and Jeffrey Hatcher. Garcia will also appear in the production as Johnny Rocco; performances run February 4–March 8, 2020. The season ends with Revenge Song, a high-energy exploration of the life of queer 17th-century swordswoman and opera singer Julie d’Aubigny. Robert Ross Parker will direct the world premiere, a collaboration between playwright Qui Nguyen (Vietgone) and the Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company. Performances will run June 16–July 19 .
The season also includes Larissa FastHorse’s The Thanksgiving Play (October 22–December 1), a new Macbeth from Artistic Director Matt Shakman starring fellow Game of Thrones alum Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (November 5–December 8), and the West Coast premieres of Theresa Rebeck’s Bernhardt/Hamlet (April 7–May 10) and David Kwong’s The Enigmatist (May 5–June 14).
For more information, visit GeffenPlayhouse.org.