Saturday, July 2, 2022

Inside FAU’s Stellar 2022-2023 Theatre Season

A Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, a world-premiere workshop production, a re-imagining of an ancient text, and plays that take on issues of contemporary relevance are all on the docket for FAU’s 2022-2023 theatre season, announced last week. It’s an especially robust and ambitious season, its programming more aligned with professional companies such as Palm Beach Dramaworks or Theatre Lab (FAU’s resident professional new-play incubator) than a typical student-theatre season. Here’s the breakdown.

The Wolves, Sept. 30-Oct. 9

Sarah DeLappe’s beastily titled play was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2017. The Wolves are a youth soccer team comprised of nine American girls of varying ethnic and socioeconomic statuses, and DeLappe’s naturalistic coming-of-age dramedy follows their interactions, friendships, tragedies and conflicts over the course of a momentous season.

By Any Other Name, Nov. 11-20

The prolific Deborah Zoe Laufer, whose work is produced regularly in South Florida (including FAU’s Theatre Lab), co-wrote this brand-new musical, with Daniel Green, that remixes Shakespeare. Nine of the Bard’s young lovers wind up occupying the same magical forest, where they grapple with love, loss, identity and gender roles.

Polaroid Stories, Feb. 17-26, 2023

Ovid’s “Metamorphoses” helped inspire Naomi Iizuka’s “Polaroid Stories,” which combines themes from classical mythology with real stories from three modern street kids. Poetry and profanity share the stage in Iizuka’s compelling exploration of storytelling’s transcendent, transformational power.

Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, March 24-April 2, 2023

The blurry border between real and virtual lives is the subject of Jennifer Haley’s discomfiting satirical drama, as relevant now as it was when it premiered in 2008. It’s set in an Everytown suburbia of uniform houses, where the community’s teenage denizens have become addicted to an online horror video game that is set, thanks to GPS technology, in their own neighborhood. But the zombies only exist in the game, right?

Sweat, April 14-23, 2023

FAU saves the best for last, scooping the region’s professional companies for this regional premiere of Lynn Nottage’s 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner. It’s set in a bar in Reading, Pennsylvania—one of the poorest cities in America at the time Nottage researched her play—where a group of factory workers, facing the Rust Belt’s exodus of heavy industry, face layoffs and in-fighting. Labor, race and politics coalesce in Nottage’s sweeping work, which captures the erosion of the American dream during an eight-year period.

Individual tickets for FAU’s 2022-2023 theatre season cost $25, with most shows staged at the university’s Studio 1 Theatre, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton. Call 561/297-6124 or visit fauevents.com.


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John Thomason
As the A&E editor of bocamag.com, I offer reviews, previews, interviews, news reports and musings on all things arty and entertainment-y in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

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