The George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, which presented an ambitious series of streamed plays during the pandemic, will return to in-person productions at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center in October, launching a five-show 2021-22 series.
“After well more than a year, it is finally time to welcome our subscribers and ticket buyers back to the theater,” artistic director David Saint said in a press release. “We need to gather together again and replenish our collective spirit.”
Proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test will be required, and masks must be worn.
The season will start with “Dear Jack, Dear Louise,” a new romantic comedy written by Ken Ludwig (“Lend Me a Tenor,” “Crazy for You,” “Moon Over Buffalo”). It will run Oct. 26-Nov. 21.
The late Terrence McNally’s hilarious farce “It’s Only a Play,” which George Street Playhouse presented in streamed form in June and July of this year, will be on the NJPAC stage from Nov. 30 to Dec. 19.
George Street Playhouse artistic associate Laiona Michelle, who previously has starred in GSP productions such as “American Hero” and “Little Girl Blue: The Nina Simone Musical,” will direct “Her Portmanteau,” Mfoniso Udofia’s play about Nigerian-American immigrants, Jan. 18-Feb. 13.
“Baipás,” written by the Puerto Rican director, writer and actor Jacobo Morales (Oscar-nominated in the Foreign Language Film category in 1990 for his “Lo que le pasó a Santiago”), will be presented, in its American English-language premiere, March 4-27.
The season will close with the East Coast premiere of a musical set during the summer of 1969 in the Catskills: “A Walk on the Moon” (based on the 1999 film that co-starred Diane Lane and Viggo Mortensen), April 27-May 22.
“It’s Only a Play” and “A Walk on the Moon” will be presented in the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center’s 465-seat Elizabeth Ross Johnson Theater; the others in the 253-seat Arthur Laurents Theater.
For information, visit georgestreetplayhouse.org.
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