2019/2020 Juneau Season
Two world premieres, an iconic drama, and a groundbreaking musical.
“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.”
• Devilfish, by Vera Starbard (World Premiere), Sept. 20-Oct. 12
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 talking wolf and an ethereal legend guide the child to find the wisdom and strength to become the woman of her destiny.
• With, by Carter Lewis (World Premiere), Nov. 22-Dec. 15
Over a few chaotic days in midwinter, Clifford and Minnie navigate a blizzard, a rat in the Christmas tree, the loss of their son, and the final days of enduring love. A new play based on the writer’s experience caring for his own elderly parents, With is a funny and compassionate portrait of two hearts impervious to time.
• One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, adapted by Dale Wasserman from Ken Kesey’s novel, Jan. 10-Feb. 2
Looking for an angle, charismatic convicted conman Randle P. McMurphy gets himself transferred to Nurse Ratched’s mental ward to serve his time. He stages a rebellion, witnessed by Chief Bromden and enthusiastically joined by his fellow patients. Ratched’s ultimate victory—it can end no other way—comes at great cost to herself, to McMurphy and his comrades, and to the whole system confining them all. A counter-cultural icon, Cuckoo’s Nest remains shocking today.
• Fun Home, music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, based on the graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, March 27-April 26
Growing up in the funeral business, with a uniquely dysfunctional family, gives lesbian cartoonist Alison no end of material—but drawing on those childhood memories reveals more than the adult Alison expects. Can she reframe the picture and finally close the book? Winner of five 2015 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Fun Home is “a blazingly original heartbreaker and a nonstop treasure of invention” (Newsday).