Syracuse Stage looking to reconnect in 2022-23 season | arts and entertainment
SYRACUSE — The 2022-23 Syracuse Stage season is planning to be well connected.
“This season is about connection,” Syracuse Stage artistic director Robert Hupp said in a press release. “That’s what I’ve missed the most in the past two years: connecting with friends, connecting with family, connecting with each other.”
Mr. Hupp said the new season, which begins September 21, is one that celebrates our need to connect.
“It celebrates the fun, the mystery and yes, sometimes the heartbreak of connections made and missed,” he said. “We’ve all been through a lot, often in isolation, and we believe that coming to Syracuse Stage to share experiences you can only enjoy through live performances is the perfect way to connect and reconnect people. with each other.”
Shows include world premieres, musicals, cutting-edge contemporary dramas, a beloved American classic, and a comedy/mystery.
The six shows of the season:
September 21 to October 9 “How to Dance in Ohio”
This will be the world premiere of this musical, based on the documentary film of the same name by Alexandra Shiva. Its book and lyrics are by Rebekah Greer Melocik and music by Jacob Yandura. Set in a counseling center in Columbus, “How to Dance in Ohio” follows seven autistic young adults as they grow up and find their way in the world.
Nov. 25 to Jan. 8 “Disney’s Little Mermaid”
This production is based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen and the Disney film which was produced by Howard Ashman and John Musker and written and directed by John Musker and Ron Clements.
Its music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and book by Doug Wright. Aerial acrobatics will be provided by the theater company 2 Ring Circus.
February 15 to March 5 “Clean/Espejos”
The lives of two women with very different life experiences intersect at a destination wedding in Cancun, in this drama from Christine Quintana, which will be her East Coast premiere. Adriana hails from a small town not far from the resort where she rose through the ranks from housekeeper to floor manager. Sarah, from Vancouver, is the sister of the bride and bridesmaid and the self-proclaimed family is wrong. A chance encounter during a torrential downpour causes each woman to weather her personal storm and consider the possibility that, although isolated, she is not as alone as she thinks.
March 29 to April 16 “Our City”
“Village life versus star life” is how Thornton Wilder described his masterpiece. “It is an attempt,” he writes, “to find value above all price for the smallest events of our daily lives.”
“It’s been well over 20 years since Syracuse Stage produced ‘Our Town,’ and longer since I directed it,” Hupp said. “I can’t wait to get back to Grover’s Corners. I believe Wilder’s timeless piece speaks powerfully to us today. Its dazzling simplicity is a necessary antidote to the cacophony of our lives.
May 3 to May 21 “Tender rain”
In this elegiac Kyle Bass drama, another world first, playwright Kyle Bass portrays Milton Millard, a white banker who lives in a small Southern town with Delores, his wife he hardly sees anymore and who endures a wave but nagging trepidation. They are a middle-aged childless couple, lost in the fog of what cannot be undone. Is there a way forward for any of them? Can Ruthie Mimms, the black woman who raised and protected Milton in his childhood and beyond save him once again? The momentary escape Milton finds in the arms of a young woman will not spare him the judgment he must face.
June 7 to June 25 “Hint”
Farce meets murder mystery in this adaptation of the popular Hasbro board game and 1985 film. It is based on the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn and was written by Sandy Rustin. In a remote mansion not far from Washington, DC, a group of mysterious and familiar characters, Col. Mustard, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock, Professor Plum and Miss Scarlet – reunite for dinner and an evening of murder.
n WHAT: The 2022-23 Syracuse Stage season.
n WHEN: The season’s six shows begin Sept. 21 with the musical “How to Dance in Ohio” and end June 25 with the classic “Our Town.”
n WHERE: Syracuse Stage is at 820 E. Genesee St.
n TICKETS: Season tickets are now available, including six for $288 and three shows for $159. Tickets for the September 21 opening show, which ends October 9, range from $25 to $65. Shows take place at various non-show times on October 26, 27 and 3. To purchase tickets or for more information, go to syracusestage.org or call the box office at 315-443-3275.
n PLEASE NOTE: A sensory-friendly version of “How to Dance in Ohio” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 8. During the performance, house lights will be dimmed but not completely off, patrons may move around as necessary for their comfort, and patrons will not be discouraged from vocalizing during the performance.