Dear Theatre Lovers,
Now entering our eleventh season, following the highly-anticipated opening of the new CVRep Playhouse in Cathedral City, we announce our upcoming 2019-2020 Season consisting of three riveting and entertaining plays and one musical with the common theme of “New Beginnings”.
It’s tough to start over. That much is true when moving forward means leaving the past. This is certainly true for CVRep this last season. With a new building, additional staff members, new expenses and many new responsibilities we are definitely in a new beginnings phase of our history. Our 2019-2020 theme, “New Beginnings” has a different connotation for each person and situation. This coming season we will explore what that means in four different stories penned by some of America’s great playwrights. Although each story is quite different from the others, they all deal with the relationship between spouses, friends, family members, neighbors and strangers past and present. It is my pleasure to present yet another season of riveting and entertaining theatre at the new CVRep Playhouse in Cathedral City.
– Ron Celona
Founding Artistic Director
DINNER WITH FRIENDS by Donald Margulies
November 6 – November 24, 2019
The complexities of marriage and friendship are examined with wit and intelligence in Dinner with Friends, Donald Margulies’ Pulitzer Prize-winning 1998 play about two married couples who have been friends for many years. As both couples struggle with questions of loyalty, individuality, and commitment in this deliciously funny, sharply observed drama, the ultimate question is posed – If Gabe and Karen didn’t really know Beth and Tom as well as they assumed…do they really know each other? The willingness or unwillingness to engage in this re-evaluation is the heart and spirit of the play.
*WINNER of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize.
BALLROOM Book by Jerome Kass, Score by Billy Goldenberg
Lyrics by Alan & Marilyn Bergman
January 29 – February 16, 2020
The delightfully humane and moving Broadway production was developed by Tony Award-winning director Michael Bennett, co-creator of A Chorus Line. Based on the CBS television movie The Queen of the Stardust Ballroom which starred Maureen Stapleton as aging widow Bea Asher who, having lost her beloved Morrie, begins life anew at the Stardust Ballroom, an old school Brooklyn dance palace.
*WINNER of the 1979 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Choreography
*NOMINEE – 1979 11 Tony Awards (All major categories), 7 Drama Desk Awards
THE CITY OF CONVERSATION by Anthony Giardina
March 11th – 29, 2020
In 1979, Washington D.C. was a place where people actually talked to each other…where adversaries fought it out on the Senate floor and then smoothed it out over drinks and hors d’oeuvres. But it was all about to change. In this play spanning 30 years and six presidential administrations, Hester Ferris throws Georgetown dinner parties that can change the course of Washington’s politics. But when her beloved son suddenly turns up with an ambitious Reaganite girlfriend and a shocking new conservative world view, Hester must choose between preserving her family and defending the causes she’s spent her whole life fighting for.
*NOMINEE – 2015 2 Lucille Lortel Awards
*NOMINEE – 2015 Drama Desk Award, Best Play
*NOMINEE – 2015 Outer Critics Circle Award, Best Off-Broadway Play
NATIVE GARDENS by Karen Zacarias
April 22 – May 10, 2020
Pablo, a high-powered lawyer, and doctoral candidate Tania, his very pregnant wife, are realizing the American dream when they purchase a house next door to community stalwarts Virginia and Frank. But a disagreement over a long-standing fence line soon spirals into an all-out war of taste, class, privilege, and entitlement. The hilarious results guarantee no one comes out smelling like a rose.
“A lighthearted comedy with some heavier threads woven through for just the right amount of heft.” – Broadway World
“A comedy planted in difficult, painful issues.” – Chicago Tribune
Season Subscriptions will go on sale in late June, with early sale dates for Donors beginning the last week in May. Visit cvrep.org for more information.