Friday, September 29, 2017

Everyman Theatre’s Season Whets Audience Appetites

Written by  Frankie Kujawa

As Everyman Theatre’s founding artistic director, Vincent M. Lancisi puts it, “I find myself approaching the selections [of this season] as if I were putting together and elaborate menu that will surprise and delight the senses.” Everyman’s 2017-2018 season is an eclectic mix of great theatre “main courses” that will leave audiences craving for more.

Starting off the season is M. Butterfly, running from September 6th through October 8th, the Tony Award-winning play brings hide-and-seek to stage. The story follows a powerful French diplomat captivated by a Peking opera star who is hiding more than just her true identity. This gripping fable proves that the allure of fantasy and the power of obsession are a recipe for betrayal.

Running from October 18th to November 19th is Intimate Apparel, written by the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage. Wearing her heart on her sleeve, while sewing intimates for her clientele, Esther is the talented African-American seamstress who dreams of romantic possibilities with a Jewish fabric merchant in turn-of-the-century New York. But when deception cuts short her heartfelt desires – can class, culture, and circumstance outmatch the strength of the human spirit?

The Revolutionists, running from December 6th to January 7th, celebrates its touted East Coast premiere at Everyman Theatre. By placing queen Marie Antoinette, assassin Charlotte Corday, playwright Olympe de Gouges, and Caribbean spy Marianne Angelle in a room – anything can happen. The farce follows France’s fight for equality and freedom propelling itself into modern times with this bold, brave, and blisteringly funny new work about feminism, legacy, and standing up for one’s beliefs.

Running from January 31st to March 4th is Long Day’s Journey into Night, by Eugene O’ Neill. The story of a Connecticut family, whose ordinary summer day sinks into the depths of a night filled with drink-laced inner demons causing the family to delve into their internal struggles to fight for and love itself.

When words fail, a home-cooked meal transcends differences in Aubergine, the touching story of intergenerational connectedness. Running from March 14th to April 15th, the performance showcases a Korean family struggling to relate across emotional and cultural divides.

The Book of Joseph, running from May 9th- June 10th begins, as all mysteries do, with in an attic with an old, dusty suitcase. The discovery of a stash of letters stamped with swastikas opens clues to an untold family history spanning multiple generations.

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