For theater lovers, this time of year is a little like Christmas as North Bay theater companies take turns revealing the plays and musicals they have planned for 2018/2019. NBS&S has already announced the upcoming seasons of several companies, including Spreckels, Main Stage West, and Sonoma Arts Live.
Here are three other recent season announcements from companies in Marin and Sonoma County.
For its 2018/2019 season, Cinnabar, in Petaluma, plans to kick things off with the beloved Kander, Ebb & Masteroff musical ‘Cabaret,’ running Aug. 31-Sept. 16. Next up is the drama ‘The Great God Pan,’ by Amy Herzog, Oct. 12-Oct. 28, followed by ‘Love, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter,’ a musical by Stevie Holland, with songs by Cole Porter, Dec. 14- Jan. 6. After the New Year, actor John Shillington will tackle the one-man fantasy-drama ‘Underneath the Lintel,’ by Glen Berger, running Feb. 1-Feb. 17, 2019. After that, Terrence McNally’s hilariously weird comedy-drama ‘A Perfect Ganesh,’ March 29-April 14, 2019. Closing out the season will be Gioachino Rossini’s timeless opera ‘The Barber of Seville,’ June 7-June 23.
Tickets are now on sale at CinnabarTheater.com.
MARIN THEATER COMPANY
Mill Valley’s highly acclaimed Marin Theatre Company will be presenting six shows during its 2018/2019 season, beginning with J.T. Rogers’ ‘Oslo,’ Sept. 27-Oct. 21, about the secret negations that led to 1998’s Oslo Accords. For the Holidays, running Nov. 15-Dec. 9, it’s Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon’s ‘The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley,‘ a companion piece to the playwrights’ 2016 charmer ‘Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley.’ Both plays are “continuations” of Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice,’ the earlier play showing a Christmas among the wealthy residents of Pemberley, this one taking the action “downstairs,” depicting the same events from the POV of the house’s serving staff. Next up at MTC is August Wilson’s autobiographical one-actor-show, ‘How I Learned What I Learned,’ Jan. 10-Feb. 3, followed by Ayad Akhtar’s ‘The Who & the What,’ Feb. 28-March 24, about a Pakistani-American author whose new novel pits her against her conservative family, Nambi E. Kelley’s ‘Jazz,’ April 25-May 19, adapted from Toni Morrison’s novel of the same name, and finally, running June 13-July 7, it’s Jen Silverman’s dark-comedy ‘Wink,’ about a married couple, their odd therapist, and their recently-deceased cat.
Tickets now on sale at MarinTheatre.com.
ROSS VALLEY PLAYERS
In the big red barn at Marin Art & Garden Center, in Ross, RVP launches their 89th season with Shakespeare’s ‘gender-swapping comedy Twelfth Night,’ Sept. 28-Oct. 21, followed by Neil Simon’s unstoppable comedy ‘The Odd Couple,’ Nov. 16-Dec. 16. Ira Levin’s twisty comedy-thriller ‘Deathtrap‘ will begin RVP’s new year in 2019, running from Jan. 18 to Feb. 17. From March 8-March 31, it’s Melanie Marnich’s ‘These Shining Lives,’ a drama about women working in a watch factory in 1920s Illinois. Next up is ‘Scott & Zelda,’ by Lance S. Bellville, April 12-April 28 (part of RVP’s Ross Alternative Works series). Then it’s Jennifer Le Blanc’s “Moll Flanders,’ May 24-June 16, and the season will close with Beth Henley’s delightful askew ‘Crimes of the Heart,’ July 12-Aug. 11.
Tickets are now on sale at RossValleyPlayers.com.