56th Season Signature Series
September 12-22, 2019. The World Premiere of Something Dark, written by Paul Elliot.
After losing their six-year-old son in a drowning accident, Neal and Vickie try to start life over again by moving to another state, another home. Unfortunately, they are only in the new house a couple of nights before Vickie begins to hear a child’s crying in the darkness. Afraid she may be losing her mind, she keeps it a secret from her husband until he begins to hear it as well. Frantically tearing the house apart, they try to find the source of the crying, hoping that maybe, just maybe, it might be their son trying to reach through to them. The thought of his being lost between life and death terrifies them, but what they discover is something worse, much worse.
January 16-26, 2020. Evelyn in Purgatory, written by Topher Payne.
When a complaint is filed against one of the 70,000 educators in New York City's public schools, the teacher is sent to join others in the Reassignment Center, one of a series of empty offices in the Department of Education Building. There, they wait for their cases to be reviewed, which usually takes months . . . and sometimes over a year. A failing student’s claim of improper behavior lands Evelyn Reid in "the rubber room," where she encounters a group of teachers, some guilty, some not, who have long since lost any hope of returning to the classroom. Over the course of the school year, these colleagues form an unlikely alliance, reminding each other of forgotten passions and emerging to face life outside in unexpected new directions. A smart comedy that will have you laughing, then moved to tears. It’s The Breakfast Club for teachers!
March 12-22, 2020. Native Gardens, written by Karen Zacarîas.
In MHT’s multi-year commitment to present diverse actors in featured roles, we have selected a brand-new comedy that looks at the generational divide between neighbors. Pablo, a high-powered lawyer, and his wife, Tania, who is very pregnant and working on her dissertation, purchase a house next door to community stalwarts Virginia and Frank Butler. Having always been the runner-up in the local garden club competition, Frank has meticulously manicured and pesticide-protected his garden in the hope of winning this year. When Pablo announces that he has invited the firm’s partners to their new home for a backyard barbecue in five days, panic-stricken Tania tries to plant wild flowers and vines to redo their back yard in natural splendor. As they work on their garden for the party, Pablo and Tania discover that long-standing fence between the yards has been put in the wrong place; it should be in the middle of Frank’s prized garden. With Frank’s garden to be judged on the same day as the party, who will win out in the war of nature? The hilarious results guarantee no one comes out smelling like a rose.
April 16-26, 2020. A Comedy of Tenors, written by Ken Ludwig.
One hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends, and a soccer stadium filled with screaming fans. What could possibly go wrong? It’s 1930s Paris and the stage is set for the concert of the century – as long as producer Henry Saunders can keep Italian superstar Tito Merelli and his hot-blooded wife, Maira, from causing runaway chaos. Prepare for an uproarious ride, full of mistaken identities, bedroom hijinks, and madcap delight!
May 28-June 14, 2020. Matilda the Musical, with Book by Dennis Kelly, Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin.
A little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers is unloved by her cruel parents, but she impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other's lives, as Miss Honey begins to recognize and appreciate Matilda’s extraordinary personality. Matilda’s school life isn't completely smooth sailing, however – the school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda’s courage and cleverness could be the schoolchildren’s saving grace!
Special add-on production
November 7-10, 2019. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, written by Mark Haddon and adapted by Simon Stephens.
What is it like to enter the mind of a young adult with autism? It is seven minutes after midnight and fifteen-year-old Christopher stands beside Mrs. Shears’ dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, and Christopher is under suspicion. Working to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, Christopher carefully records each fact in a book. He has an extraordinary brain . . . exceptional at math, yet ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. Christopher has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, detests being touched, and distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a journey that upturns his entire world.
56th Season Family Series
October 17-20, 2019 Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach
A magical peach! An imprisoned boy! Insect friends! An incredible journey! Roald Dahl’s amazing adventure story of young James and his fantastical friends comes hilariously to life in this delightful dramatization that reveals the wickedness of some and the goodness of others, all while demonstrating the true meaning of family. James, an orphan, is sent to live with his greedy and heartless Aunts Spiker and Sponge. While there - he spills a magical potion which transforms an old peach into gargantuan size, along with the 7 insects which happened to be nearby. These personality-filled bugs take James under their wing (literally) and they set off on a grand cross-continental journey to New York City! Don’t miss this exciting, peachy adventure! Bug your parents to take you!
December 12 - 22, 2019 Disney's Frozen Jr.
A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen JR. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen JR. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart! This enchanting modern Disney classic is based on the 2018 Broadway musical and includes all of the memorable songs from the animated film as well as five new songs written especially for the Broadway production!
February 20 - 23, 2020 Stuart Little by Joseph Robinette. Adapted from the classic E.B White story
Based on the award -winning classic by EB White, this is a wondrously magical tale sure to enchant audiences of all ages. Stuart is clever, enthusiastic, a 'can do' guy with attitude-and he's a mouse. This mouse is raised by the Littles, a human family who learns to dream big and live large when they think little - Stuart Little. As Stuart embarks on adventures with a variety of characters, including his nemesis, Snowbell the cat, Stuart learns the true meaning of family, loyalty and friendship and reinforces the lesson that families come in all shapes and sizes and the only common thread needed …is love.