By Neil Shurley
The Warehouse Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director Mike Sablone has announced the 2018-2019 season, which is also the theater’s 45th season.
“Given that this is our 45th season, I wanted to take a moment to both look at the rich history of the Warehouse while at the same time looking to the future,” Sablone says. “In that same spirit, I also wanted to focus on what the Warehouse Theatre is to so many: a family. An all-inclusive, everyone-is-invited family. We’re celebrating everything that family means: the family you’re born into, the people you choose to make your family, and how the strength of a family often comes from celebrating each other’s differences.”
Here are the shows coming next season, along with some commentary from Sablone.
“Sweat” by Lynn Nottage
Oct. 12–28, 2018
The season opens with a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. “Sweat” tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives working together on the factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight to stay afloat.
Sablone: “Even before it went to Broadway, before it won the Pulitzer, I had my eye on this play. Given Greenville’s history as the Textile Capital of the World, plus our new position as a global hub for international businesses like BMW and Michelin, it was a no-brainer. The kind of relevant, warm, important work that is the hallmark of the Warehouse, it’s the perfect play to start our 45th season.”
“Christmas on the Rocks” by John Cariani, Jeffrey Hatcher, Jacques Lamarre, Matthew Lombardo, Theresa Rebeck, Edwin Sanchez, and Jonathan Tolins
Directed by Chip Egan
Dec. 6-23, 2018
Back by popular demand, this Christmas classic and Greenville favorite reunites us with characters from the Christmas stories of our childhoods — this time a little older and not quite as cheery as they once were. Charlie Brown, Tiny Tim, Clara from “The Nutcracker,” Ralphie from “A Christmas Story,” Hermie from “Rudolph,” Zuzu from “It’s A Wonderful Life,” and Karen from “Frosty the Snowman” all catch us up on the sordid details of their lives since we last saw them.
Sablone: “Very excited to remount this smash hit from 2015. Featuring the original Warehouse director (Chip Egan) and cast members (Brock Koonce, Matt Reece, Amanda Sox, Anne Tromsness, and adding Ronn Carroll, who was in the world premiere), plus two new pieces, this uproarious comedy gives answers to questions you didn’t know you had about your favorite characters from Christmas classics.”
“The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Kerrie Seymour
Jan. 25-Feb. 10, 2019
One of the most revered and well-known plays ever written, Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” introduces us to Tom Wingfield, who recalls the memory of his overly devoted mother, Amanda, and shy, sensitive sister, Laura, and the night a gentleman caller tore the family apart.
Sablone: “One of the greatest plays ever written, and undoubtedly one of the most well known, we will be mounting our own take on this modern American classic. Featuring local luminary Mimi Wyche as the matriarch, Amanda Wingfield, you will not want to miss this.”
“Power of Sail” by Paul Grellong
March 15-31, 2019
Next up, a timely world premiere about a Harvard professor who invites a controversial white nationalist speaker to campus. When the student body protests, the professor conducts the interview off-campus instead — with disastrous results.
Sablone: “A world premiere by playwright and preeminent television writer Paul Grellong (‘Scorpion,’ ‘Revolution,’ ‘Law & Order: SVU’). I’m proud that Greenville gets to produce this play before anyone else! ‘Power of Sail’ is a play that examines free speech and the changing political landscape, specifically on college campuses. I am thrilled to be the first theater to produce this important new play. It’s about time that we launched plays out into the world, as that’s the level of professionalism that we bring to all productions.”
“Cry It Out” by Molly Smith Metzler
Directed by Rebekah Suellau
April 26-May 12, 2019
This comedy shows the struggle of three new mothers from three different social classes as they try to balance their ambitions against the fact that their worlds are being turned upside down.
Sablone: “Most reminiscent of ‘The Cake,’ this is another play that will have you laughing and crying, sometimes at the same time. I haven’t stopped thinking about it since I saw the world premiere at the Humana Festival in Louisville a year ago. A playwright I’ve long admired, Molly is a dual threat, writing both for the stage and for TV, most notably ‘Orange is the New Black.’ Her keen insight and wicked sense of humor will be on full display here.”
“Pride and Prejudice” by Kate Hamill, based on the novel by Jane Austen
Directed by Jay Briggs
June 7-30, 2019
In this familiar yet progressive adaptation of the classic love story, we follow the antics of Elizabeth Bennet, Mr. Darcy, and the entire Bennet clan as they battle to put their pride aside in the pursuit of love.
Sablone: “This will be a sheer and utter delight. It’s almost criminal that we have to wait so long for this production. This play redefines the novel, highlighting the humor found in the novel but not sparing the romance. A big, exciting, fun party celebrating the search for love in all its messy glory.”
“The Rocky Horror Show”
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Richard O’Brien
Directed by Jenna Tamisiea Elser
Aug. 31-Sept. 16, 2018
An all-new production of the hit musical, complete with audience engagement and singing and dancing in the aisles. This playful take on a science-fiction story promises to rock Greenville once again.
Sablone: “Dust off the costumes, brush up on the callbacks: Greenville’s favorite party is back, bigger and badder than ever! Start getting excited!”
Additional production credits and casting to be announced at a later date.
For information and to purchase season tickets by phone, call 864-235-6948 or visit www.warehousetheatre.com.