North Coast Repertory Theatre launches Season 37 with an intriguing array of riotous comedy, a powerful family drama, a suspense-filled Sherlock Holmes mystery, an eye-opening personal conversation between a U.S. and Soviet arms negotiators, and a colorful musical from the creators of the legendary Broadway musical Guys and Dolls. The compelling lineup includes two West Coast premieres and one World premiere. North Coast Repertory Theatre, a non-profit professional theatre company, has evolved into one of the area’s leading performing arts organizations that is recognized for the quality of its work and its commitment to excellence. In a single night, you can be transported to a different time and place and be transformed by the experience.
SEASON 37: 2018-201
BLITHE SPIRIT by Noël Coward – Directed by Rosina Reynolds – September 5 – September 30, 2018
The beloved smash hit of the London and Broadway stages conjures its way to North Coast Rep for a spirited and hilarious evening in Noël Coward’s BLITHE SPIRIT. A socialite novelist, an eccentric medium, an unforgiving ex-wife and a shrewish spouse create supernatural hijinks in this world-class comedy. You are summoned for an otherworldly evening of theatre overflowing with wit, sophistication and effervescent fun.
West Coast Premiere
HOLMES & WATSON by Jeffrey Hatcher – Directed By David Ellenstein – October 17 – November 11, 2018
Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher has conceived a masterful scenario in which three men claim to be the missing Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson is called upon to do some sleuthing. Prepare yourself for a fast-paced, thrilling, suspenseful story that will keep you guessing. This West Coast premiere is a very worthy addition to the Sherlock Holmes canon and will challenge the most astute mystery buff.
MOON OVER BUFFALO by Ken Ludwig – Directed by Matthew Wiener – January 9 – February 3, 2019
Comic genius Ken Ludwig (Lend Me A Tenor), a master of old-fashioned knockabout farces, created MOON OVER BUFFALO. This is a laugh-a-minute show within a show, with everyone in the wrong costumes and reading the wrong lines. An evening of mayhem filled with comic inventions and running gags, this is a wild and wacky comedy. Be prepared to leave the theatre exhausted from laughter.
West Coast Premiere
GABRIEL by Moira Buffini – Directed by Christopher Williams – February 20 – March 17, 2019
The Isle of Guernsey – 1943, a mysterious handsome man washes up on shore and four British women decide to protect him through cunning deceptions and bravery. British playwright Moira Buffini’s award-winning Off Broadway play presents the dramatic tale of the loss and dangers of a family under Nazi occupation. GABRIEL explores the perils of survival with mystical beliefs and loyalty. A powerful wartime drama brimming with suspense and intrigue that will keep you at the edge of your seat.
ALL IN THE TIMING by David Ives – Directed by David Ellenstein – April 10 – May 5, 2019
Wit, intellect, satire and just plain fun! Off-Broadway’s hit, ALL IN THE TIMING is a sextet of one-act comedies by playwright David Ives, which uses inspired language and wordplay to examine various attempts at relationships and communication with comical results. It will push your smart buttons and tease your brain as Ives spins hilarity out of a brilliant use of language. Join us for laughter and an experience that will tickle your heart.
A WALK IN THE WOODS SHOW by Lee Blessing – Directed by Richard Baird – May 29 – June 23, 2019
With world tensions escalating, Lee Blessing’s play, A WALK IN THE WOODS, is especially relevant today. Set in the midst of the Cold War, a U.S. and Soviet arms negotiator agree to meet informally. Their revealing and absorbing conversations, laced with humor, evolve through debate and discord, exploring unexpected and uncharted territory. For those yearning for a more enlightened world, this play gives us much to think about.
World Premiere Musical
ANOTHER ROLL OF THE DICE – Directed by Larry Sousa – July 10 – August 4, 2019
Book by Mark Saltzman – Music & Lyrics by Frank Loesser – Based on the stories of Damon Runyon
The World Premiere of ANOTHER ROLL OF THE DICE reunites songwriter Frank Loesser and author Damon Runyon, the creators of the legendary Broadway musical Guys and Dolls. In “Dice,” three classic Runyon stories are intertwined with hits from the Frank Loesser songbook, including “Heart and Soul,” “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” “Two Sleepy People,” and “Let’s Get Lost,” performed by iconic Runyonesque characters. Don’t gamble on losing out on this sure-fire winner destined for many future productions.
December 12 – December 30, 2018 – ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE by Ted Swindley
Additional material by Ellis Nassour. Music written by various composers.
A dramatic musical theatrical experience, ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE has enjoyed great success all over the United States including a successful run off-Broadway. The show is based on a true story of Patsy’s friendship with a fan, Louise Seger, who continued a correspondence with Cline to the end of her life. The musical play includes many of Patsy’s unforgettable hits such as “Crazy,” “I Fall To Pieces,” “Sweet Dreams,” and “Walking After Midnight.” Treat yourself to the play that will leave you humming these memorable songs.
Created and originally directed by Ted Swindley – based on a true story.
LICENSED BY THE FAMILY AND ESTATE OF PATSY CLINE. All rights reserved.
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With America’s treasured playwrights, two West Coast premieres, one World premiere musical, and a whole lot of laughs, this season promises to be one of the most exciting ever.
Shows subject to change.