For its fifth production, The Sol Project has teamed up with Baltimore Center Stage and The Playwrights Realm for the co-world premiere of Richard & Jane & Dick & Sally by Noah Diaz, directed by Taylor Reynolds (Plano). The new play exposes the gap between the kinds of idealized archetypes we internalize as children and the often painful real-life experiences of adults.
Performances will kick off in Baltimore February 6–March 1, 2020, followed by an Off-Broadway production with the Realm, at A.R.T. / New York Theatres, beginning April 3.
Richard & Jane & Dick & Sally takes the characters from the iconic 1950s children’s books by William S. Gray and Zerna Sharp and transports them to a harsh, realistic future. In Diaz' dramatic comedy, Dick (now Richard) is recently widowed and hasn’t spoken to Jane in ages. His son sports his mother’s clothes in hopes of conjuring her, and his daughter Sally—who is deaf and feeling the crushing weight of her father’s desire for her to fit into the hearing world—converses with the family dog, Spot.
The production marks the continued expansion of The Sol Project, the national theatre initiative whose mission is to nurture, amplify, and produce the work of Latinx artists.
"This collaboration with Baltimore Center Stage and The Playwrights Realm marks our fifth production as we continue our work of amplifying some of the most exciting Latinx voices in the American theatre," says Sol Project Artistic Director Jacob Padrón. "We are honored to support Noah Diaz and this groundbreaking play. We remain steadfast in our commitment of building a body of work that reflects the kaleidoscope of our Latinx community while seeding relationships at theaters around the country that we hope will lead to lasting change towards a more inclusive theater landscape.”
Casting and a full creative team will be announced at a later date.