Two other San Diego theater companies unveiled their upcoming season plans last week. Diversionary will open its 36th season in its newly renovated University Heights Space on September 23, while Coronado Playhouse will wait until January 2022 for its return to shows for its 76th season. Contact both theaters for the latest COVID security requirements. Here is an overview of the two queues.
Diversionary, the third-oldest LGBTQ theater in the country, unveiled a season of four “Homecoming” shows in its renovated space which includes two world premieres and two West Coast premieres. Executive Artistic Director Matt M. Morrow said the pieces “will soothe your soul and adapt your senses to the urgency of our present moment.” Subscriptions are now on sale at (619) 220-0097 or at diversionary.org. Here is the programming:
“One in two”: Old Globe Artist-in-Residence Delicia Turner Sonnenberg will conduct the West Coast premiere of Donja R. Love’s play about three men sharing the heartbreaking and often hidden experience of what it means to be black, gay and HIV positive. 23 Sep-Oct 24.
“Azoul”: Maria Patrice Amon conducts the west coast premiere of C. Quintana’s 2019 play with music about Yadra, a Cuban immigrant who loses her memories due to Alzheimer’s disease and her daughter Zelia’s quest for reconnect with the Cuban heritage of his family, with his wife by his side. 18 Nov-Dec 19.
“Best Lesbian Erotica 1995”: Kym Pappas is directing the world premiere of this new theatrical triptych by Miranda Rose Hall, author of “Hour of Great Mercy,” which won the 2019 San Diego Theater Critics Circle Outstanding New Play award. It’s a story of love, lust, and domestic terrorism on a mad rush through fantasy and horror to face a country at war with itself. February 17-March 20.
” Eighty six”: Kevin Newbury is directing the world premiere of this musical by Jeremy J. King and Sam Salmond. Based on the novel by David B. Feinberg, it is the story of BJ Rosenthal, a gay man trying to keep the party going in 1986 in New York City as AIDS deaths skyrocket. When an ex-lover falls ill, BJ is forced to redefine his life. Creative features Obie Award winning choreographer Raja Feather Kelly. May 12-June 12.
Coronado Playhouse has announced a season of six fully staged productions plus two cabaret shows that will run from January through December 2022. Season renewals go on sale August 23 and new subscriptions go on sale October 11 at ( 619) 435-4856 or coronadoplayhouse. com. Here is the schedule:
“The SpongeBob Musical”: Teri Ang is directing the San Diego premiere of this Tony Award-winning family musical based on the no-frills cartoon character from the Nickelodeon Network. Jan 14-Feb 20.
“Murder on the Orient Express”: Tyler Richards Hewes is directing the San Diego premiere of Ken Ludwig’s theatrical adaptation of Agatha Christie’s detective novel. March 18-April 16.
“Ain’t Misbehavin ‘: The Fats Waller Music Show”: Spencer John Powell directs this 1978 Tony Award winning musical review by Richard Maltby Jr. and Murray Horwitz about the famous black jazz composer and artist. May 20-June 19.
“Two Gentlemen Rock Verona”: James Saba is conducting the San Diego premiere of this 1950s-style rock and roll adaptation of William Shakespeare’s comedy with musical arrangements by Steve Gunderson. Billed as the company’s 26th annual free summer Shakespeare production. July 15-August. 7.
“Hands on a hard body”: Teri Brown directs this 2012 La Jolla Playhouse rock musical by Doug Wright, Amanda Green and Trey Anastasio. It was inspired by a 1997 documentary film about 10 contestants vying to win a free truck by being the last person to have their hand touching the vehicle. Sep 2 Oct 2 9, 2022.
“Love songs from Berlin to Dylan”: Thomas Haine runs this three night cabaret show with nearly two dozen songs sung by a troupe of 12. October 14-16, 2022.
“Big fish”: Hunter Brown directs this 2013 John August and Andrew Lippa musical based on the August 1998 novel about a young man trying to distinguish fact from fiction on his father’s deathbed, known for telling stories. Nov 4 Dec 4 11, 2022.
“Holiday Cabaret”: Desha Crownover is leading this season finale music review featuring holiday classics and songs to sing along to. 16-18 Dec 2022.
SDMT launches a series of cabaret
The San Diego Musical Theater kicked off a month-long fundraising concert series with tribute acts at the Horton Grand Theater in downtown San Diego. Concerts take place at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and tickets are $ 45 to $ 50. Visit sdmt.org.
“Piano Men: Generations”, a father-son tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John, will take place August 6-7. ABBAFAB, a tribute to Swedish 1970-80s pop group ABBA, will perform on August 13-14. Not Fade Away: Rock ‘n’ Roll Reignited, ”a tribute starring Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper, will take place August 20 and 21. And“ Britain’s Finest: The Complete Beatles Experience ”will take place on August 27 . and 28.
Lamplighters Presents ‘The Last Five Years’
Lamplighters Community Theater has reopened for its 83rd season with Jason Robert Brown’s musical about a doomed relationship, where each spouse recounts their version of the relationship’s fall in song, one character from the start, the other since the end. Performances at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. on Sunday; until August 15 at 5915 Severin Drive, La Mesa. Tickets are $ 21 to $ 26. Call (619) 303-5092 or lamplighterslamesa.com.
Kragen written in theater for the San Diego Union-Tribune. Email him at [email protected]