Blackfriars Theatre will mark its 70th anniversary season in 2019-20 with productions covering the Detroit riots of 1967 and celestial discoveries made by women at Harvard in the 19th century.
Artistic and managing director Danny Hoskins assembled a season that celebrates the organization’s history of artistry in the Rochester community.
“This season will not only mark a historical milestone for the company, but cap off a five-year reinvention process where Blackfriars has worked tirelessly to celebrate local artistry, champion community outreach and enrich the lives of our patrons and artists,” Hoskins said. “Over the past four years, Blackfriars has expanded opportunity to our local artists, engaging with over 250 new designers, directors, actors, crew and volunteers. We’ve partnered with over 30 new community organizations, artistic companies, downtown businesses and neighborhood programs, and have welcomed over 1,000 new patrons, subscribers and donors in this short period of time.”
The nonprofit theater hopes to expand on its recent growth in audience outreach, development, staff expansion and community partnerships. Blackfriars continues to partner with Nazareth College visual design and communication students to provide all season artwork.
“To see the arts thrive so vividly within an organization that has called downtown Rochester its home for 70 years is a testament to the rich and vibrant love our community has for this company,” Hoskins said. “We are deeply grateful to our hometown, patrons and artists, and thrilled to be able to be such a large and integral part of our city’s artistic fabric.”
Blackfriars will present “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” on July 12-21, “Guys and Dolls” on Aug. 30-Sept. 15, “Detroit ‘67” on Oct. 18-Nov. 3, and “Peter and the Starcatcher” on Dec. 13-31. In 2020, the season will continue with “Next to Normal” on Feb. 7-23, “Silent Sky” on March 27-April 11 and “Calendar Girls” on May 15-31.
Season subscriptions are available at $90-$186. The Box Office is open from noon to 4 p.m. on Mondays-Fridays and one hour before showtime. Call (585) 454-1260 or visit blackfriars.org for information.