Coming up next season: 2019-2020

AFD Theatre 97th Season: 2019-2020

Our 97th season features three musicals and one play: the ghoulishly delightful musical  “The Addams Family,” the fearsomely funny dark comedy “Hand to God,” the madcap musical “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” and our season closer, one of the greatest musicals ever created, “Gypsy.”

 

Performances Friday & Saturday at 8pm / Sunday at 3pm

Opening night champagne reception

 

September 20-October 6, 2019

The Addams Family

Book by MARSHALL BRICKMAN and RICK ELICE

Music and Lyrics by ANDREW LIPPA

Based on Characters Created by Charles Addams

Directed & Choreographed by Timothy Andrew

Music Directed by Danielle Clougher

The creepy, kooky, and altogether ooky Addams Family opens a new chapter in musical comedy in this ghoulishly funny production. Based on cartoon characters created by Charles Addams, the show centers on a crisis of grave proportions—the grown-up Wednesday Addams has fallen in love with a “normal” boy! Join Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, and Pugsley as they dig into Wednesday’s dilemma.

Originally produced on Broadway by Stuart Oken, Roy Furman, Michael Leavitt, Five Cent Productions, Stephen Schuler, Decca Theatricals, Scott M. Delman, Stuart Ditsky, Terry Allen Kramer, Stephanie P. McClelland, James L. Nederlander, Eva Price, Jam Theatricals/Mary LuRoffe, Pittsburgh CLO/Gutterman-Swinsky, Vivek Tiwary/Gary Kaplan, The Weinstein Company/Clarence, LLC, Adam Zotovich/Tribe Theatricals By Special Arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical

 

 

November 15-24, 2019

Hand to God

 

By Robert Askins

Directed by Patrick Cleary

Nominated for five Tony Awards, this wicked and wild dark comedy combines teenage angst with
puppetry that knocks your socks off. Jason makes a sock puppet that unleashes chaos at his small-town church. Called “flat-out hilarious” by The New York Times, this thought-provoking satire explores the nature of grief, regret, truth, and the ties that bind us.

Parental Advisory: "Hand to God" is intended for adults only.

The play contains profanity, violence, and sexually explicit content.

 

HAND TO GOD is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc., New York


 

March 6-22, 2020

Love’s Labour’s Lost

A New Musical
Based on the Play by William Shakespeare

 

Songs by Michael Friedman
Book Adapted by Alex Timbers

Additional Title Page Credits:

Originally directed by Alex Timbers

Directed by Katie Pickett

Music Directed by Bethany Aiken

Choreographed by Michael Hogman

Romance, revelry, and enchanting music ignite in this contemporary, yet faithful musical adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy. The king and his best buds decide at their college reunion to swear off the joys of women. When four clever women from their past show up, love and devotion are put to the test with hilarious results. Clever and charming, this show will delight everyone with its fresh appeal.

New York premiere produced by the Public Theater Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director

Patrick Willingham, Executive Director

Love's Labour's Lost was developed in collaboration with Les Freres Corbusier

Love's Labour's Lost was developed in part at the Abrons Art Center,

the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat and the Williamstown Theatre Festival.
 

“Love’s Labour’s Lost” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com


 

May 1-17, 2020

Gypsy

A Musical Fable

Book by Arthur Laurents

Music by Jule Styne Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Suggested by memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee

Directed by Ryan Began

Music Directed by James Haupt

Choreographed by Kathleen Tringale

One of the greatest American musicals of all time. With a celebrated score of glorious hit songs, this landmark show explores the world of two-bit show business with brass, humor, heart, and sophistication. The ultimate stage-mother tale of success, ambition, and dreams deferred.

Original Production by David Merrick & Leland Hayward

Entire production originally directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins

GYPSY is presented by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK www.tamswitmark.com

© 2019 AFD  |  Photos by Leslie Maiocco, Brigid Davis, Mary Babic

info@afdtheatre.org   |  781-646-5922  |  22 Academy Street  Arlington, MA

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