Washington, D.C.'s Studio Theatre has unveiled the programming for its 41st season. Highlights of the 2019–2020 slate include Antoinette Nwandu's critically acclaimed Pass Over, the Tony-winning musical Fun Home, and the American premiere of Anchuli Felicia King's White Pearl, which will also be seen at London's Royal Court and Sydney Theatre Company in Australia.
Kicking off the season will be John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning drama Doubt: A Parable, the story of a Bronx parochial school rocked by suspicions and questions of moral conviction during the 1960s.
Next up, Studio will present White Pearl, a new comedy from Thai-Australian writer Anchuli Felicia King about toxic corporate culture, selling whiteness, and shame as both a cultural commodity and canny marketing strategy.
Following White Pearl, playwright Dominique Morisseau returns to Studio Theatre with her play Pipeline, the story of a Black single mom fighting a school system stacked both against her and her family; followed by Pass Over, Nwandu's collision of the Exodus saga and Waiting for Godot—a play about two young Black men marooned on a street corner with nothing but the power and limitations of their personal resilience.
Rounding out the season, Studio's artistic director David Muse directs Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron's Fun Home, the coming-of-age musical about an artist and her relationship to her father, based on Alison Bechdel's graphic novel.
“This is a season that offers a bit of many things—these plays are impressively different from one another,” says Muse. “But they also do what our work does at its best: take some of the most urgent problems or complex personal questions we face and match them with human-sized stories. Each play has great parts for great actors and plunges its audience into the thick of their struggle. Some are funny, some are chilling, and we’re excited about them all.”
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