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2018 - 2019 ANCHORAGE SEASON
by Cathy Tagnak Rexford
October 12 – 21, 2018
Soon after a young baby is born, her parents learn she has an unusual destiny. In order to save the earth’s population of bowhead whales, she will train her whole life for the honor of someday marrying a 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 comes with doing the right thing. Whalesong is a world premiere play by Perseverance Theatre Playwright’s Circle member Cathy Tagnak Rexford (Inupiaq).
Relatable: If you love compelling stories with deep meaning like Hold These Truths, An Iliad, or They Don’t Talk Back, you’ll love Whalesong.
by Thornton Wilder
November 9 – 25, 2018
Welcome to Our Town, the award-winning play that 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, Thorton Wilder’s spare classic captures the depth of humanity through careful attention to everyday happenings, and will spark with the energy of Perseverance Theatre’s Alaskan actors. Our Town is your town.
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
December 14 – 29, 2018
Witness Ebenezer Scrooge’s miraculous Christmas Eve transformation in Perseverance Theatre’s adaptation of Dickens’ famous book. Ebenezer Scrooge is a greedy businessman, with no place in his life for kindness, compassion, or charity, and destined 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’ classic tale of redemption skillfully faithfully adapted by Arlitia Jones and Michael Evan Haney never ceases to please.
by Samantha Noble
January 11 – 20, 2019
Science and song intersect in a world-premiere drama set both on the boats of the infamous lost Franklin expedition, and amongst a crew of graduate students on their last-ditch expedition to discover what really happened. A singer-songwriter with deep ties to the arctic and its people strums her way onto the ship 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.
by Mike Lew
March 8 – 17, 2019
Richard’s cerebral palsy might make him late to class, but it doesn’t stop him from winning the girl, or mastering the art of deceptions based on his Machiavellian belief that it’s better to be feared than loved. Student council secretary, and “third in line” to the purse strings wielded by the student president, Eddie, Richard finds the mere idea of power going to his head. Loosely inspired by Shakespeare’s Richard III, Teenage Dick is a bubbling cauldron of youthful tragedy.
Relatable: If you liked They Don’t Talk Back, Othello, or God of Carnage, you’ll love Teenage Dick.
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
MAY 3 – 12, 2019
Some guys find any choice or decision is a gamble or a game, but the rough and tumble street life might not ultimately fit with the romantic ambitions of hustlers Sky Masterson and Nathan Detroit. Directed by Shona Osterhaut, musical director Rob Cohen, and choreographer Ricci Adan will wow you with this Broadway favorite! Based on the street-wise stories of Damon Runyon and featuring all those songs you love to tap your toes to by Frank Loesser, Guys and Dolls is a sure thing!
Relatable: If you liked Chicago, Sweeney Todd, or Oklahoma!, you’ll love Guys and Dolls.