Ready for another great theater season in 2020? Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) has announced its plays and will welcome returning performers Doug Mancheski, Karen Moeller, Drew Brhel, Dan Klarer and Ryan Schabach. (Full casting will be announced later.) C. Michael Wright of the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre will join TAP’s co-artistic directors, Robert Boles and James Valcq, as the 2020 guest director.
David Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre, directed by Boles, introduces the audience to Robert (Mancheski), an aging actor who’s intent on teaching young up-and-comer John the tricks and truths of the trade.
Tiny Beautiful Things, adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos and directed by Valcq, explores Cheryl Strayed’s time as the anonymous advice columnist “Dear Sugar.”
Alfred Uhry’s Driving Miss Daisy, directed by Wright, is a warm-hearted, humorous and affecting study of the unlikely relationship between an aging, crotchety white Southern lady, and a proud, soft-spoken African-American man.
Then Valcq is directing and choreographing Anyone Can Whistle. Featuring Stephen Sondheim’s music and lyrics, this legendary cult show is an absurdist social satire about insanity and conformity that premiered on Broadway in 1964 following the great success of Sondheim’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
Moonlight and Magnolias, by Ron Hutchinson and directed by Boles, follows legendary producer David O. Selznick (Brhel), who has shut down production of Gone with the Wind because the screenplay just doesn’t work. Take a fun, farcical look at the behind-the-scenes birth of one of the most beloved films of all time.
Season tickets for TAP’s 2020 season are now on sale at the box office or at ThirdAvenuePlayhouse.com.