The Young Vic Theatre has today announced their new season beginning Summer 2018. New Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah’s first season is one of diversity and revival. Plays from Black Panther’s Daniel Gurira, Stephen Adly Guirgis and Naomi Wallace alongside a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night fill the bill of this new season. Read on for more about each play.
The 2018/19 season features a musical adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night with a jazz and R&B score from acclaimed songwriter Shania Taub co-directed by Kwei-Armah and Oskar Eustis, revived from its Broadway run in 2016. This revival has a limited run from 2 October – 17th Novemeber 2018.
The second show revealed in this new season is Black Panther star and writer Daniel Gurira’s The Convert, a play exploring the impact of colonialism and Catholicism on black identity first seen in the US in 2012. Gurira’s play centres around Jekesai, a woman in 1896 seeking refuge from her forced marriage and finding herself working for Chilford, who dreams of becoming a priest. Her new found refuge comes at a cost as her identity is stripped away. The Convert Runs from December 7th 2018 to 19th January 2019.
Spring 2019 will see Pulitzer prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Jesus Hopped the “A” Train from 14th Febraury – 30 March 2019. This dark comedy is set in Rikers prisoner where a young man, accused of murder, encounters a guard high on power and sadism and a charismatic serial killer. The play will be directed by Kate Hewitt.
Summer 2018 will also see Things of Dry Hours open for a limited ten day run from the 15th to 25th August in the Clare Studio. Another play exploring themes of faith, race and social politics, Things of Dry Hours by Naomi Wallace will be directed by Debbie Hannan, the 2018 Genesis Award Winner.
Public booking opens at 10am on Monday 23 April.
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