Blackfriars Theatre, 795 E. Main St., Rochester, announced productions for its 2018-19 season.
The 2018-19 season features seven productions: “A Chorus Line” on July 6-15; “Anna in the Tropics” on Sept. 7-23; “The Rocky Horror Show” on Oct. 26-Nov. 11; “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” on Dec. 14-31; “Ordinary Days” on Feb. 1-17, 2019; “Mauritius” on March 22-April 7, 2019; and “The Undeniable Sound of Right Now” on May 10-26, 2019.
The recent season saw record growth and momentum under Danny Hoskins, artistic and managing director. Over 1,500 people attended the holiday production of “Little Women, The Musical”; Broadway’s Rick Lyon will bring the original puppets to the theater’s upcoming production of “Avenue Q”; and, for the first time in its 68-year history, Blackfriars added a third full-time staff member.
“Over the past couple of years, we’ve been talking about ‘redefining expectations’ for our patrons, our subscribers, our artists and ourselves,” Hoskins said. “We’ve challenged ourselves to broaden our connection to the community, we’ve engaged with over 100 new artists over the last three years, we’ve grown our subscriber and donor base exponentially and we’ve raised the bar on what to expect when you walk through our doors. Each of the past three seasons has been full of artistic surprises, powerful partnerships and exciting immersive experiences, and this season proves to build on those promises.”
The theater will develop its current community partnerships while expanding its reach into new collaborations. Throughout the season and in different capacities, Blackfriars will collaborate with Rochester Latino Theater Co., Record Archive, 94.1 the Zone and Trillium Health.
All artwork associated with the 2018-19 artistic season is contributed by Nazareth College visual design students Haotian Dong and Justine Chapron. Students in the Nazareth design program annually present the Blackfriars team with samples. Two winners are selected, and the remainder of the season is generated.
“From our season-opening partnership with the Rochester Latino Theatre Co. to ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ alum Kasha Davis headlining ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ and taking it to New York City and our season closer with a full-out rock club on stage, complete with a bar and live bands, we’re definitely upping the ante this season,” Hoskins said.
An anonymous donor agreed to match up to $10,000 in new, increased or additional donations made to Blackfriars Theatre before June 30. Donations can be made online or by mailing a check to Blackfriars Theatre, 795 E. Main St., Rochester, New York, 14605.
Season subscriptions are on sale now. Blackfriars offers five options, ranging from $90 to $185. Every option offers subscribers more savings than if they were to purchase single tickets.
Call (585) 454-1260 or visit blackfriars.org for information.