Stepping Out

Pear's next season features 7 plays

Pear Theatre recently unveiled its 18th season, scheduled to begin in August and run through June 2020 in Mountain View.

The community theater is slated to present seven productions this season.

“Our 2019-2020 season closely connects to the Pear’s missions: a dedication to presenting classics, incubating new works and introducing audiences to complex characters and the highest-quality literature,” said Betsy Kruse Craig, Pear’s artistic director. “We are also continuing expansion of our offerings with an exciting solo performance piece and a musical review. We are thrilled to invite, ignite and unite both audiences and playmakers.”

A rundown of each production follows.

• “An Ideal Husband” is the story of Sir Robert facing potential blackmail from Mrs. Cheveley, who has proof that Robert sold Cabinet secrets to gain funds to build his fortune. Not only would a revelation ruin his political career, it would likely end his marriage to the morally inflexible Lady Chiltern. Written by Oscar Wilde, the play is set to run Aug. 22 through Sept. 15.

• “Sweat” revolves around the frustrations of the working class and portrays a meeting between a parole officer and two ex-convicts, and three women who were childhood friends now working in the same factory. Written by Lynn Nottage, the play is scheduled to run Oct. 17 through Nov. 10.

• “You/Emma” is a one-woman show starring Valerie Redd that cracks the facade of domestic life, unleashing a flood that challenges the constructs of femininity. Written by Paz Pardo, it plays Dec. 5-15.

• “Taking Steps” is a comedy set on three floors of an old and reputedly haunted Victorian house. Characters include a hard-drinking tycoon who ponders buying the property, his wife who is considering leaving him, his lawyer, the builder selling the house, the tycoon’s brother-in-law and his in-law’s fiancée who is possibly running away from the impending marriage. Written by Alan Ayckbourn, the play is slated to run Jan. 16 through Feb. 9.

• “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time,” based on the novel by Mark Haddon and adapted by Simon Stephens, tells the story of a mathematically gifted 15-year-old boy with Asperger’s syndrome. He sees his neighbor’s dog lying dead, falls under suspicion of killing the canine and sets out to identify the true culprit. The play is set to run March 12 through April 5.

• “Pear Slices” is an annual short-play showcase featuring original work from the members of the Pear Playwrights Guild. It is scheduled to run April 30 through May 24.

• “Side by Side” is a musical revue featuring the songs of the Broadway and film composer Stephen Sondheim. Containing original narration by Ned Sherrin, the show features music and lyrics by Sondheim, with music also by Leonard Bernstein, Mary Rodgers, Richard Rodgers and Jule Styne. The show is slated to run June 11 through July 12.

In addition, Pear Theatre will continue its children’s theater education program, Pear Seeds, this summer and present Fresh Produce, its new play development series, in November.

Pear’s productions are performed 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. The theater is located at 1110 La Avenida St.

For tickets and more information, call 254-1148 or visit thepear.org.

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