The 2019-20 season at CenterStage Theatre, located at the Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center of Rochester, explores the ways ethnic, cultural, religious, political and economic differences can unite and divide families, couples and co-workers.
The 43rd subscription theater season aligns with artistic director Ralph Meranto’s commitment to new work development and producing area premieres. CenterStage recently premiered “Survivors” by Wendy Kout and “Church & State” by Jason Odell Williams.
“Survivors” is based on the lives of 10 Holocaust survivors from Rochester. After a developmental period, the play launched a regional tour this spring that will reach over 6,500 middle school, high school and college students. The survivors plan to tour annually and CenterStage excepts to start licensing the play to other cities next year.
“Church & State” went from runs in Rochester and Los Angeles to a three-month run off Broadway, where it received a best new play nomination from the Off Broadway Alliance. It was licensed by Dramatists Publishing and is receiving nearly 50 productions in 27 states.
CenterStage plans to kick off the season with Williams’ newest play, “Division Street,” on Nov. 2-17. The lineup continues with “Raging Skillet: The True Life Adventures of a Punk Rock Caterer” on Dec. 7-22; “Hit Makers: Origins of Classic Rock” on Feb. 1-16, 2020; “Sweat” on April 4-19, 2020; and “Mamma Mia: The Musical” on May 2-1, 2020.
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