Marin Theatre Company artistic director Jasson Minadakis has announced MTC’s 54th Season lineup including the third installment of the Lauren Gundeson/Margot Melcon Christmas in Pemberley series. Initial programming for the 2020/2021 season will be offered digitally while theatres remain closed due to COVID-19. They hope to return to live, audience-attended productions in their Boyer Theatre by Fall of 2021.
MTC’s 54th season is scheduled to include:
- American Dreams by Leila Buck | West Coast Digital Debut in partnership with Working Theatre (Cleveland) and others, November 2020
American Dreams invites YOU to participate in the newest game show sensation – where you, the audience, decide who wins the ultimate prize: citizenship to “the greatest nation on earth.” Redefining online theater, this is a participatory performance which changes every night
- The Catastrophist by Lauren Gunderson | World Premiere Digital Co-Production with Round House Theatre (DC), January / February 2021
How do you plan for a catastrophe? Virologist Nathan Wolfe, named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World for his work tracking viral pandemic outbreaks, proposed pandemic insurance years before the novel coronavirus outbreak. No one bought it. Now, in a post-COVID world, we hear his story—presented as cinematic digital theatre.
The Brilliant Mind of Yusef El Musri by Denmo Ibrahim | World Premiere Streaming Production in Partnership with STORYKRAPHT, April / May 2021
A live digital interactive experience exploring the immigrant psyche. Choose a portal. Chase the narrative. Piece together the story. You control his destiny. Inspired by Towns Van Zandts’s iconic tune “Mr. Mudd and Mr. Gold” with story design by writer Denmo Ibrahim and lead actor Mattico David.
TBA Streaming or Physical Production, June / July 2021
The Sound Inside by Adam Rapp | West Coast Premiere, September / October 2021
Penned by Pulitzer Prize finalist Adam Rapp (Red Light Winter), The Sound Inside takes you behind the ivy-covered walls of Yale, and into New York’s literary haven, Greenwich Village, in this riveting new American play starring Denmo Ibrahim
- Georgiana and Kitty: Christmas at Pemberley by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon | World Premiere, November / December 2021
In the third installment of the Christmas at Pemberley trilogy, we follow Mr. Darcy’s younger sister, Georgiana, and Lizzie and Mary’s younger sister Kitty Bennet, who in the two years since the end of Pride and Prejudice have become best friends. Georgiana, shy and living under the scrutiny and control of her commanding older brother, is an accomplished pianist whose playing is filled with unparalleled sweetness and emotion. Kitty, now free of the influence of her flighty sister Lydia, is Georgiana’s joyful, practical confidant, determined to draw her friend out of her shell. It is Christmas and the whole family has gathered at Pemberley. Georgiana and Kitty are expecting the imminent arrival of Henry Grey, Georgiana’s secret correspondent, and his friend Thomas, but Darcy’s mistrust of all men around his sister leads to dashed hopes of a love that almost was as he drives Henry away.
“Our team of artists have put in an enormous amount of dreaming, research and theorizing to create a season that launches with three thrilling productions in the digital and virtual realms,” says Minadakis. “I am so proud of the effort that everyone has made to think outside the box, inside the box, through the box and down the rabbit hole to create pieces with visionary formats that match their unique voices and stories. I’m also excited to see what our fourth production will be, a physical or digital manifestation of our new Associate Artistic Director’s vision of theatre. We will introduce you to our new AAD soon, so stay tuned. We are also announcing that our final two productions will be live productions from our Boyer Theatre, hopefully with a combined live and virtual audience so folks who aren’t ready to come back to the theatre can still participate. If conditions don’t permit live theatre in Fall of 2021, don’t worry. We’re going to continue to commission new American work for the virtual realm so we can pivot to keep bringing you the best new American voices. Thank you for staying with us and for believing in our work and in the American Playwright.”
Due to COVID-19, season programming and dates are subject to change. All Season 54 advance ticket-holders will be notified at the earliest possible moment of any changes in programming or performance dates that must be made in compliance with county and state health orders, as well as a detailed outline of safety protocols MTC will be implementing upon reopening its doors for physical events.
For more information go to www.marintheatre.org