YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – After canceling last season because of the pandemic, Hopewell Theatre will return in 2021-22 with a five-show lineup.
The season will begin with “20th Century Blues” Sept. 3-4 and 10-12. This adult-themed show, directed by Matthew Mazuroski, is about four women who meet once a year to chronicle their changing selves with a photo shoot. The women must confront what lies ahead when a threat arises that could take the private photos public.
“I’ll Be Back Before Midnight,” directed by Christopher Fidram, will be presented during the Halloween season with shows Oct. 29-30 and Nov. 5-7. The witty thriller, in the tradition of Alfred Hitchcock, is about a couple that retreats to an old farmhouse so one can recover from a nervous breakdown. But could she be having another breakdown or is someone trying to drive her mad?
“For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf,” directed by Carla D. Gipson, will be performed Feb. 1-12 and 18-20. In this show, poems choreographed to music weave interconnected stories of love, loss, struggle and empowerment into a complex and moving representation of Black sisterhood.
“Deep in the Heart of Tuna,” directed by Pat Foltz, will be April 1-2 and 8-10. This “best of” show from the Tuna, Texas, series follows the story of Bertha Bumiller and her dysfunctional family. It’s a heartfelt and humorous satire on life in rural America.
The season will end with “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” directed by Jeanine Rees, May 27-28 and June 4-6. This adult drama is about a young man from New York who moves west in 1890 in search of a new life.
Ongoing through the season will be the New Voices series of staged readings of original plays by local and national authors. To submit a script or for information, email email@example.com.
The upcoming season will also include a one-night only special show, “Let’s Talk Theatre: Lynn Nelson Rafferty in Conversation.” The veteran local actress will discuss her 50-year community theater career in this free event. Admission will be free but reservations are recommended.
For reservations and information for all shows, call 330 746 5455. The Hopewell is at 702 Mahoning Ave., just west of downtown.
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Posted July 21, 2021.