Long Wharf Theatre announces 2017-18 schedule; Great Give starts Tuesday
NEW HAVEN >> Long Wharf Theatre announced its fall season Monday, a six-play slate that includes a story of runaways on a silent retreat in the woods, an uplifting gospel musical and the provocative Julia Cho play called “Office Hour.”
Led by Gordon Edelstein, artistic director; and Joshua Borenstein, managing director, the 53rd season will begin Aug. 30 with the Obie Award-winning “Small Mouth Sounds” that is mostly unspoken; Edelsetein calls it “a wonderful new play about seekers,”
On Oct. 11, Long Wharf will unveil the world premiere romance “Fireflies,” written by Tony Award nominee Matthew Barber. According to Edelstein in the season release, it’s “about overcoming judgment and fear in order to create a real human connection. It’s a universal story.”
Nov. 22 brings Aaron Posner’s adaptation of Chaim Potok’s classic novel “The Chosen,” set in 1940s Brooklyn.
In 2018, Cho’s “Office Hour” will begin Jan. 17; it’s being called a “thrilling exercise in empathy.”
A popular comedic farce about Sherlock Holmes arrives Feb. 28 in “Baskerville” — described by Edelstein as “both an homage to Sherlock Holmes and a send-up at the same time.”
The season will conclude in the spring with the gospel musical “Crowns,” written by Regina Taylor and telling the story of African-American women in and around their church.
Subscriptions are currently being sold. For more information, visit longwharf.org or call 203-787-4282.
• In other news, The Great Give of online donations begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday and runs 36 hours into Wednesday, organized by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven for local nonprofits. Donations to The Great Give runs through 8 p.m. Wednesday, and your favorite group will have a chance at additional matching funds from the foundation based on donations. The Register’s Fresh Air Fund, which sends children to summer camp, is participating in the event.
Participating arts organizations include dozens of nonprofit groups that are small (Ball & Socket Arts, Spooner House) and large (Yale Art Gallery, New Haven Symphony Orchestra) — all needing help in an age of growing government deficits and threats to public grants.
The Arts Council of Greater New Haven said it will not be participating in The Great Give itself but instead is asking the public to give to a participating local arts and culture organization. The Arts Council’s goal is to see funding to the arts and culture sector increase by 35 percent, resulting in an additional $115,000, said the Arts Council’s recently named Executive Director Daniel Fitzmaurice.
“With so much at stake with national and state politics,” he said Monday, “the role of the arts is more important than ever and each $25 gift during The Great Give will go a long way to ensure our creative community in Greater New Haven remains strong.”
• Plenty of comedians in the area the next week or so: Treehouse Comedy is producing a Saturday 9 p.m. show at Branford’s Thimble Island Brewery called “Laughs and Drafts” ($20), with three comics performing. “Gallagher’s The Joke’s on You Comedy Tour” is at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven Saturday at 8 p.m. And the following Saturday, “Comedy Supermoms” at the Shubert features Sherry Davey and Patty Rosboro.
• Concert producer Live Nation is celebrating the start of the outdoor concert season by announcing its Kickoff to Summer Ticket Promotion for tickets to some of Live Nation’s summer tours for $20 (and no additional fees). Shows include Luke Brian May 13, Tom Petty May 14, Zac Brown Band July 6 and John Mayer Aug. 20 and the offer is limited in number. Go to livenation.com/20ticket after 5 a.m. Tuesday.