It's the era of Lin-Manuel Miranda, if you haven't noticed. Geva Theatre Center on Monday announced its 2017-18 season, with Miranda's Tony Award-winning "In the Heights" opening the Wilson Stage Series, September 5 through October 8. (The Rochester Broadway Theatre League announced last week that the actor-writer's "Hamilton" will be coming to Rochester in its 2018-19 season.)
Geva's season, which is tagged "Inspiring stories for extraordinary people," will feature nine productions in its Wilson Stage and Fielding Studio Series as well as several special events and a return as a venue to the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival. A full schedule is below.
There aren't many changes coming to the regional theater in the season -- Geva did just reopen last September after an extensive renovation -- but one new thing is that Rochester Regional Health will co-sponsor the Wilson Stage Series with ESL Federal Credit Union.
Subscriptions for the Wilson Stage and Fielding Studio Series are now on sale for $117 and $84, respectively, or together for $201. Individual shows will go on sale July 18. For more information or to buy subscription packages, visit gevatheatre.org or call 232-4382.
Geva's 2017-18 Wilson Stage Series
"In the Heights" (September 5 through October 8): Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony Award-winning Broadway show set in New York City's Washington Heights neighborhood. Geva is partnering with the Rochester Latino Theatre Company for this production -- RLTC and OFC Creations staged the show in 2014.
"The Agitators" (October 17 through November 12): Commissioned by Geva and the New York State Council on the Arts, and having its world premiere, "The Agitators" follows the 45-year friendship of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. Geva is partnering with The Susan B. Anthony Museum and House for this production.
"The Other Josh Cohen" (January 9 through February 4): A musical comedy about a sadsack whose apartment is robbed of everything, except for a single Neil Diamond CD. Written by David Rossmer and Steve Rosen, a Pittsford Native.
"The Diary of Anne Frank" (February 13 through March 18): A new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman.
"One House Over" (April 3 through April 29): In Catherine Trieschmann's comedic drama, having its world premiere, Rafael and Camila Hernandez move downstairs to help their neighbor, Joanne, take care of her elderly father.
"Steel Magnolias" (May 8 through June 3): Robert Harling's 1987 comedy about the bond between a group of close Louisiana women. You may remember the 1989 film with Dolly Parton and Shirley MacLaine.
Fielding Studio Series
"Smart People" (October 5 through October 22): Four intellectuals try to navigate social and sexual politics on the eve of the 2008 Presidential election.
"Erma Bombeck: At Wit's End" (January 25 through February 11): Rochester writer Pam Sherman will portray humorist Erma Bombeck in this play about her life and work by Margaret Engel and Allison Engel.
"Heartland" (March 17 through April 1): "The Diary of Anne Frank" comes up again in "Heartland," another world premiere. A University of Nebraska professor, Harold, takes in an Afghan refugee when the man shows up on his doorstep carrying two well-worn books that belonged to Harold's deceased daughter.
"Hamilton" (1917) (September 20): Bridging a gap between Miranda's "In the Heights" and "Hamilton," cast members from Geva's "In the Heights" will feature in a one-night-only reading of the 1917 Broadway play "Hamilton." Interesting local connection: the play was written by George Arliss and West Bloomfield native Mary Hamlin, whose grandson, George Hamlin, is chairman of Canandaigua National Bank.
KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival (September 14 through September 23)
Festival of New Theatre (October 24 through November 5): Two-week showcase of new plays currently in development.
"A Christmas Carol" (November 22 through December 24): You know what this is about.
"The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns" (December 7 through December 24): A jukebox musical pulling from 1950's and 1960's hits.