The New Victory Theater has unveiled its 2019–2020 season, which will launch with TheaterWorksUSA’s musical stage adaptation of The Pout-Pout Fish, adapted from Deborah Diesen and Dan Hanna's best-selling book series. The lineup of family-friendly works also features shows directed by two-time Obie Award winner Lee Sunday Evans, Kaneza Schaal, and Raphaëlle Boitel.
The season begins in the fall with the world premiere of The Pout-Pout Fish, featuring puppets by AchesonWalsh Studios (The Secret Life of Bees, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical) and direction and staging by Matt Acheson and Fergus J. Walsh. The musical has a book by Christopher Anselmo, Jared Corak, Matt Acheson, and Fergus J. Walsh and music and lyrics by Anselmo and Corak. Performances are October 12–20.
Back-to-back this winter are two new works developed through New Victory LabWorks, the theatre’s initiative to expand the canon of original shows made for family audiences: Riddle of the Trilobites (February 7–23, 2020), a new musical created by CollaborationTown, directed by Evans and featuring puppetry by Amanda Villalobos (In the Green, Amélie) ; and Cartography (January 10–19), a multimedia work about young refugees by experimental theatremakers Kaneza Schaal and Christopher Myers.
Throughout the season, The New Victory will bring a number of U.S. premieres to 42nd Street: Milan’s Carlo Colla & Sons Marionette Company's adaptation of Treasure Island (March 20–29), Swedish company Unga Klara's Because I Say So (December 12–22); Scottish company Indepen-dance's Four Go Wild In Wellies (March 27–April 5); Dutch Theatergroep Kwatta's Jabberbabble, which uses a singsong mix of languages to share a universal message about belonging (May 9–17); and Não Não, the story of a mischievous little boy made out of mud, water, and talc, told using real clay onstage by France's Le Vent des Forges (January 5–14).
Other highlights include South Africa’s Olivier Award-winning Isango Ensemble's new opera, Aesop's Fables (November 1–3); a re-imagining of Snow White, featuring an indie score from New International Encounter (April 24–May 3); and Cirque Mechanics' 42FT - A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels (December 6–January 5).
The season will end with the U.S. premiere of Cie L’Oublié(e)’s aerial acrobatics show, Fierce 5, directed by Boitel (May 30–June 14).
For more information visit NewVictory.org.