2018 - 2019 ANCHORAGE SEASON

Our Town

by Thornton Wilder

Welcome to Our Town, the award-winning play that has drawn in audiences for eighty years. Our Town embraces the layers it takes to build the communities that sustain us. Set in every small town of your imagination and memory, Thornton Wilder’s spare classic captures the depth of humanity through careful attention to everyday happeningsbut as performed by Perseverance Theatre’s dynamic Alaskan cast, led by Irene Bedard (Inupiaq/Yupik/Métis Cree) as the Stage Manager, this production will be anything but ordinary.

Relatable: If you liked Of Mice and Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, or Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, you’ll love Our Town.

A Christmas Carol

by Arlitia Jones and Michael Evan Haney based on the book by Charles Dickens

A greedy businessman with no place in his life for kindness, compassion, or charity, Ebenezer Scrooge is resigned to a lonely old age. But when four ghosts appear and warn him of a miserable afterlife, Scrooge is reminded of all the chances he had before to make different choices. Charles Dickens’ immortal tale of redemption, skillfully and faithfully adapted Anchorage’s own Arlitia Jones with Michael Evan Haney, is a heartwarming holiday gift for the whole family.

Franklin

by Samantha Noble

A ghost story from the far north unfolds in this world-premiere drama anchored in two eras on the same unforgiving seas. Follow the infamous lost Franklin expedition of 1845, then meet a modern-day crew of graduate students on their last-ditch voyage to find Franklin’s ship. A singer-songwriter with deep ties to the Arctic and its people strums her way onto the research vessel and into the lives of the scientists, upturning everything. In this layered mystery, will a chord change or a change of direction be the source of the answers?

Relatable: If you liked The Blue Bear, An Illiad, or The Arsonists, you’ll love Franklin.

Whale Song

by Cathy Tagnak Rexford

Soon after a baby is born in a small Arctic village, her parents learn she has an unusual destiny: In order to restore nature’s delicate balance, she will train her whole life for the honor of someday marrying a bowhead whale, leaving humanity and spending her adult life with her new mate. Torn between teenage rebellion, young love, and her innate desire to fulfill her prophecy, she is witness to the near-end of a species and the heartbreak that often comes with doing the right thing. Whale Song is a world premiere by Perseverance Theatre Playwright’s Circle member Cathy Tagnak Rexford (Inupiaq).

RelatableIf you love compelling stories with deep meaning like Hold These Truths, An Iliad, or They Don’t Talk Back, you’ll love Whalesong.

Guys and Dolls

Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser – Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows

Based on a story and characters by Damon Runyon

For some guys, life is a gambleevery day another throw of the dice. New York hustler Sky Masterson seems to be on a roll, but in the game of romance, his luck is about to run out. Will he beat the odds and get the girl, or come up snake-eyes? Perseverance Theatre’s musical dream team and an all-star cast will captivate you with their intimate staging of this brash Broadway favorite! Based on the street-wise stories of Damon Runyon and featuring all those Frank Loesser songs you love to tap your toes to, Guys and Dolls is a sure thing.

Relatable: If you liked Chicago, Sweeney Todd, or Oklahoma!, you’ll love Guys and Dolls.