1st Stage has announced its 2023-2024 season, which will begin with the Logan Festival of Solo Performance from July 13 to 23, 2023. This one-of-a-kind festival presents national, award-winning solo performers for two weeks of outstanding performances. The 2023 festival will feature the world premiere of 1st Stage’s commissioned work Stay, Run, Stay written and performed by Khanisha Foster (Joy Rebel, 2019) and Mr. Yunioshi written and performed by J. Elijah Cho (recipient of the “Best Solo Performance” at the 2019 Hollywood Fringe Festival).
September 28 to October 15, 2023: The Chosen, adapted by Aaron Posner and Chaim Potok from the novel by Chaim Potok, directed by Alex Levy.
Following a twice-extended run of My Name is Asher Lev in 2016—making it the most successful production in 1st Stage’s history— 1st Stage brings another Aaron Posner and Chaim Potok adaptation to the region. Adapted from the well-loved novel, this critically acclaimed play takes us on a journey with two young Jewish boys as they navigate the complexities of their relationships with each other, their families, and their religion. Set against the backdrop of 1940s Brooklyn, The Chosen is a timeless story about the universal struggles of growing up and finding one’s place in the world. “This production richly engages its audience in a broad range of topics, including the nature of friendship.” – Los Angeles Times
December 7 to 24, 2023: Quilters, book by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek with lyrics and music by Barbara Damashek, directed by Deidra LaWan Starnes.
Set on the American frontier, this moving musical tells the story of a group of women who come together to create a quilt that reflects their shared history, struggles, and triumphs. The story blends a series of interrelated scenes into a rich mosaic that captures the sweep and beauty, the terror and joy, the harsh challenge and abiding rewards of frontier life. With soaring harmonies, touching monologues, and stunning choreography, Quilters is a musical experience unlike any other. “Quilters is a show pieced together with love and stitched with pride…a thing of beauty, comfort, and joy.” – New York Post
February 1 to 18, 2024: The Lake Effect by Rajiv Joseph, directed by Alex Levy.
A drama of family secrets by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph. During a fierce Cleveland mid-winter storm, estranged siblings are reunited by their father’s sudden death. In the midst of closing his failing Indian restaurant, they must confront the painful memories and secrets that drove them apart. With witty dialogue, richly drawn characters, and a deep understanding of the complexities of human relationships, The Lake Effect is a must-see. “Simply brilliant.” – Showbiz Chicago
April 4 to 21, 2024: The Nance, by Douglas Carter Beane, directed by Nick Olcott.
This witty, Tony Award-nominated play, filled with music, dance, and comedy sketches, introduces us to Chauncey Miles, a gay burlesque performer at the Irving Place Theater. The Nance recreates the naughty, raucous world of burlesque’s heyday and tells the backstage story of Chauncey and his fellow performers. At a time when it was easy to play gay and dangerous to be gay, Chauncey’s uproarious antics on the stage stand out in marked contrast to his offstage life. A “funny but bittersweet portrait of a vanished era”. –The Chicago Tribune
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