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      Palm Beach Dramaworks Announces 2019/20 Season

      A Streetcar Named Desire,                          DuBois, who’s searching
      Ordinary Americans (World                          for magic and has a tenuous
                                                         grip  on  reality,  and  the
      Premiere), Skylight, The Light                     brutal, domineering Stanley
                                                         Kowalski. Neither has a
      In The Piazza, And Lobby                           place in the other’s world,
      Hero                                               and their mutual antagonism
                                                         leads to inevitable tragedy. J.
                                                         Barry Lewis directs.
      Opening Night October 11                             Up next is the world
        A world premiere and four popular, critically acclaimed   premiere of Joseph  Tennessee Williams
      works make up Palm Beach Dramaworks’ (PBD) 2019/20   McDonough’s  Ordinary
      season; it was announced today by Producing Artistic   Americans, inspired by the true story of television pioneer
      Director William Hayes.                            Gertrude Berg. The play, to be directed by William Hayes,
        The season gets underway at the Don and Ann Brown   was commissioned by PBD and was included in the recently
      Theatre on Friday evening, Oct. 11 with Tennessee Williams’   concluded New Year/New Plays Festival, which featured
      A Streetcar Named Desire, the Pulitzer Prize-winner that   readings of five promising works. Ordinary Americans was
      is on virtually every critic’s short list of greatest American   developed in the drama workshop, where it will continue to
      plays. Williams gave us two characters for the ages: Blanche   be shaped and polished prior to opening night, Dec. 6.

                                                                                                           Ordinary Americans

                                                                                                             That’s followed on Feb. 7 by David Hare’s Olivier award-
                                                                                                           winning Skylight, in which two former lovers, who see the
                                                                                                           world from starkly different vantage points and agree on
                                                                                                           nothing, look back and look ahead, trying to determine
                                                                                                           whether they have a future. Hayes directs.
                                                                                                             For the second
                                                                                                           consecutive season, PBD is
                                                                                                           including a musical during
                                                                                                           its subscription season. The
                                                                                                           Light  in  the  Piazza,  one
                                                                                                           of the loveliest musicals
                                                                                                           of the twenty-first century,
                                                                                                           opens on April 3. Written
                                                                                                           by Adam Guettel (music  Adam Guettel
                                                                                                           and lyrics) and Craig Lucas
                                                                                                           (book), the show won six
                                                                                                           2005 Tony awards, including
                                                                                                           Best Original Score. Based
                                                                                                           on a novella by Elizabeth
                                                                                                           Spencer, the show is about
                                                                                                           family secrets and the pursuit
                                                                                                           of happiness. Bruce Linser
                                                                                                           will direct.
                                                                                                             Closing out the season is
                                                                                                           Kenneth Lonergan’s Lobby
                                                                                                           Hero, a serio-comic play set
                                                                                                           in the lobby of a New York
                                                                                                           apartment building, in which
                                                                                                           four characters face ethical
                                                                                                           challenges all too familiar
                                                                                                           to contemporary audiences.
                                                                                                           The play opens on May 22,
                                                                                                           with Lewis directing.   Craig Lucas

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