2019/2020 Anchorage Season
A riotous comedy, A world premiere, a holiday classic, and an iconic drama.
“We’re already assembling creative teams of gifted artists from Alaska and beyond to create four powerful and truly unforgettable shows,” says Perseverance Theatre artistic director Art Rotch. “We’re proud of Perseverance’s 40-year history, and grateful to our community—the audiences and supporters who have sustained this work. Their commitment will keep theatre by and for Alaskans going for many seasons to come.”
• The Underpants, by Steve Martin, based on the play Die Hose by Carl Sternheim. September 6 - September 15.
Of bloomers and blunders.
In Steve Martin’s uproarious tale, a beautiful young woman attending a royal parade finds that her bloomers have fallen down around her ankles. Ooops! She is sure no one noticed, but her modest husband is mortified and rushes off to assess the level of gossip. Boarders, nosy neighbors, and sudden new suitors fill the script gleefully adapted from Carl Steinheim’s 1910 German Farce, Die Hose. This bawdy comedy of manners finds crazy humor in the gender politics that are still relevant after more than 100 years.
• Devilfish, by Vera Starbard (World Premiere), October 25 - November 3.
Ancient and new, a mythic world-premiere.
In prehistoric Southeast Alaska, when humans and animals still talked and lived amongst each other, a monstrous sea creature destroys an entire village. Only the young girl Aanteinatu survives and is left to forge a new life among strangers. A mysterious wolf and an ethereal legend guide the child to find the wisdom and strength to become the woman of her destiny.
Devilfish has taken place with the support of the Mellon Foundation's National Playwright Residency Program, administered in partnership with HowlRound Theatre Commons.
• A Christmas Carol by Arlitia Jones and Michael Evan Haney, based on the novel by Charles Dickens, December 20 - December 29
Charles Dickens’ classic brought to life.
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.
• Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson, February 28 - March 8.
She changed the way we see the stars.
The year is 1900 and the world abounds with curiosity about what lies beyond the clouds. When Henrietta is given the opportunity to work at the Harvard Observatory mapping the stars, she leaves home to follow her dreams of scientific exploration. But when she arrives, she learns that she won’t even be allowed to use Harvard’s telescope – the Great Refractor. Henrietta, however, will not be dissuaded as she embarks on a journey of discovery that has a profound and lasting impact on the field of astronomy.