International City Theatre’s 2018 Season
We have officially announced their 2018 line up, and it is going to be a great year for Long Beach theatre. Artistic Director and Producer caryn desai presents her 33rd Season as a season of “Hope, Humor, and Heart.”
Starting off the year is Paul Gordon & John Caird’s Daddy Long Legs; a Cinderella-story musical about orphan Jerusha and her mysterious benefactor who pays to send her to school on the condition that she writes him letters. It is a beloved “rags to riches” tale of newfound love, in the spirit of Jane Austen, the Bronte Sisters, and “Downton Abbey.” Following is the west coast premiere of Hansol Jung’s Cardboard Piano, a forbidden love story between a spirited American Missionary’s daughter and a local teenage girl in Northern Uganda, at the peak of their civil war. Cardboard Piano explores violence and its aftermath, as well as the human capacity for hatred, forgiveness, and love.
Next on stage is the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, Patrick Barlow’s The 39 Steps. This two-time Tony award winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a cast of 4), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, and some good old fashioned romance! To balance out the chaos, the fourth production is the tender American classic, Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie. This play catapulted Williams from obscurity to fame in 1944, as he premiered this four-character memory play which has strong autobiographical elements to Williams’ own family.
Last but certainly not least, the final production of ICT’s 2018 Season is Long Beach’s very own Alan L Brooks’ play, A Splintered Soul. It is in post World War II San Francisco that we meet Rabbi Kroeller and a group of war refugees as they seek to define their existence in this new tidy post-war America.
Season subscriptions are available now at www.InternationalCityTheatre.com, as well as information on all upcoming shows and events. All shows will perform at the Beverly O’Neill Theater at 330 E Seaside Way in Long Beach. For the box office, please call (562)-436-4610.