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TheatreWorks unveils new season

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley recently introduced its 50th season, slated to begin this month and run through next June.

Productions are held at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., and the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

The 2019-2020 lineup, in chronological order, follows.

• “The Language Archive,” July 10 through Aug. 4 at the Lucie Stern Theatre. Written by Julia Cho, the tale follows a linguist focused on restoring dying languages who fails to communicate in his own language. Jeffrey Lo directs.

• “2019 New Works Festival,” Aug. 7-18 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. Playwrights and composers from throughout the country share developing work with audiences via book-in-hand readings and sing-throughs of new plays and musicals.

• “The 39 Steps,” Aug. 21 through Sept. 15 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. Based on the book by John Buchan and the movie by Alfred Hitchcock, the comic thriller tells the story of a man who becomes embroiled in an international spy ring. Four actors play dozens of parts. Leslie Martinson directs.

• “Mark Twain’s River of Song,” Oct. 2-27 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. Developed by Randal Myler and Dan Wheetman, the new musical charts a journey down the Mississippi River, sharing the stories of one of its most famous residents, Mark Twain. Myler directs the West Coast premiere.

• “Pride and Prejudice,” Dec. 4-29 at the Lucie Stern Theatre. Based on Jane Austen’s classic novel, the work features book, music and lyrics by Paul Gordon. The romantic comedy follows headstrong Lizzy Bennet and haughty Mr. Darcy as they discover the irresistible power of love. Robert Kelley directs the world premiere.

• “The Pianist of Willesden Lane,” Jan. 15 through Feb. 9 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. Based on the novel “The Children of Willesden Lane,” written by Mona Golabek with Lee Cohen, the play tells the true story of Golabek’s mother, a young Jewish pianist escaping the Holocaust. Traveling via the Kindertransport, her mother flees Nazi-occupied Austria for a children’s home on Willesden Lane in London, later surviving the London Blitz. Hershey Felder directs.

• “They Promised Her the Moon,” March 4-29 at the Lucie Stern Theatre. Written by Laurel Ollstein, the play tells the true story of Jerrie Cobb, a world-record-holding female aviator who dreamed of flying among the stars. At the height of the Space Race, Cobb and her female peers in the Mercury 13 program trained to become astronauts, ready to join their male counterparts in space and change history, but they never got the chance. Giovanna Sardelli directs this Northern California premiere.

• “Ragtime,” April 1-26 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. Based on E.L. Doctorow’s novel, the musical paints a portrait of America at the dawn of the 20th century, interweaving the lives of three families – white, African-American and immigrant – finding their places and pursuing the American dream in a rapidly changing world. Robert Kelley directs.

• “The Book of Will,” June 3-28 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. Written by Lauren Gunderson, the drama tells the tale of two of William Shakespeare’s friends struggling to collect and publish the First Folio, a volume of his life’s work, following the Bard’s passing. Robert Kelley directs the regional premiere.

 

For times, tickets and more information, call 463-1960 or visit theatreworks.org.

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