The Warehouse Theatre just announced its 2019-20 Main Stage season lineup. With this season being his third planned for the theater, producing artistic director Mike Sablone wanted to curate an entertaining, moving season.
“The Warehouse is so unique, and this season plays to that strength, giving you an experience you can only get here. Professional actors, directors, designers all unite to tell stories that are hand-picked for our particular audience,” Sablone says. “We’re a proud leader in the region, and I’m looking forward to growing our footprint even larger while strengthening our ties to our community.”
Season subscriptions go on sale April 1 at www.warehousetheatre.com.
“The Crucible” by Arthur Miller
This timeless classic tells the story of John Proctor’s wife, who’s accused of witchcraft in the town of Salem. The historical allegory resonates with audiences today. Partnering with The Fine Arts Center, The Warehouse will cast students in key roles.
“I’ve been so impressed by their talents, and I wanted to find a great classic play that was both relevant and riveting to utilize that talent pool,” Sablone says. “‘The Crucible’ was a no-brainer as it is still relevant and has a lot of roles for teenagers.”
“The Thanksgiving Play” by Larissa FastHorse
Written by Native American FastHorse, this play tells societal truths through absurdly funny satire. A group of teachers creates a Thanksgiving pageant with hopes of not offending anyone, but they end up offending everyone.
“Skewering political correctness and people with good intentions gone awry, it’s a rip-roaring comedy with teeth,” Sablone says. “It’s smart, funny, absurd, and has a great message.”
“The Heath” by Lauren Gunderson
Telling the story of her grandfather who lived 30 miles from Greenville, Gunderson’s play touches on family, life, love, and genealogy. “The Heath” shares a personal, beautiful, funny story of redemption and love, along with lots of local references.
“Moving the production down [from the Merrimack Repertory Theatre] will allow us to have a first-class production on a scale we have not seen at The Warehouse, with a story that will resonate deeply with our audience, by one of the most produced playwrights working today,” Sablone says.
“Hedwig and the Angry Inch” by John Cameron Mitchell, Stephen Trask
This influential comedic rock musical shines the spotlight on East German rock ‘n’ roll goddess Hedwig, a self-described “internationally ignored song stylist.” Also suffering from a botched sex-change operation, Hedwig combines songs and monologues to share her story of life, love, and career.
“Given the success of ‘Rocky Horror’ and ‘Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,’ I wanted to find another musical that hits those same buttons,” Sablone says. “One of the best scores and funniest books combines in this unique musical experience that is tailor-made for our space.”
“100 Saints You Should Know” by Kate Fodor
Estranged from her family and working as a cleaning woman, Theresa wants to learn how to pray. She meets Matthew, a priest where she cleans, who forgot how to talk to God.
“It is a beautiful, moving, funny rumination on faith and identity,” Sablone says. “A small story that takes on enormous ideas but treats them with genuine love and affection, never becoming preachy or didactic.”
“Appropriate” by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
The Lafayette clan reconnects after the father’s death to sort through clutter, debt, and a contentious family history. After a disturbing discovery, the family experiences surprises and confrontations in this Southern gothic black comedy.
“A big, fun, and shocking drama with heavy doses of comedy, this is a play that allows us to show the full breadth of the spectacular acting talent we have in Greenville,” Sablone says.