Big news today from the world of live local theater…the Issaquah, Washington based theater company VILLAGE THEATRE has announced they will be returning to live, in-person programming in January of 2022.
As in previous seasons, the company will debut all productions at its home base in Issaquah for an approximate month long run, then transfer each show to Everett, Washington for an additional run. Unlike previous seasons, the 2022 will focus on smaller, more intimate shows like the popular You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and the musical Raisin, which is based on Lorraine Hansberry’s classic play, A Raisin in the Sun.
The news release:
|ISSAQUAH, WA (JUNE 3, 2021) – Village Theatre today announced its highly-anticipated return to the Mainstage with a 2022 Season of live theatre at both its Issaquah and Everett locations. Curated with safety and potential social distancing at heart, the 2022 Welcome Back Season provides an opportunity to slowly reintroduce aspects of the live theatre-going experience that Village Theatre patrons know and love, allowing for more performers, more movement, and more dance as the season progresses. The 2022 season will get underway in January 2022 and run through August 2022; subscriptions are available now through Village Theatre’s Patron Services Box Office at (425) 392-2202 as well as online at VillageTheatre.org. Single tickets will go on sale in the Fall of 2021.|
“This season embraces the perseverance and road to recovery that we see in our world through stories of connection,” Jerry Dixon, Village Theatre artistic director said. “The productions in our 2022 Season reflect that there is hope and rising anticipation of a better tomorrow. While our communities continue to find ways to create new connections, embrace honesty and acceptance, and recognize that there can be joy in overcoming adversity or challenges as we face them together, we will bring that spirit and hope to the stage.”
ABOUT THE 2022 SEASON
Village Theatre will kick off its 2022 Season with Songs for a New World, a contemporary song cycle from Tony Award-winner, Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Bridges of Madison County) that reflects on the human condition, brings stories to life, and contemplates the ways we can feel and understand each other. The season continues with The Book Club Play by Karen Zacarías (Just Like Us, Ferdinand and the Bull), an award-winning story that takes a delightfully entertaining and wry look at how books shared can change our lives. Come Springtime, Village Theatre audiences will see more traditional musical theatre return to the stage with You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, a musical comedy that The New York Times called “a continuous pleasure.” Finally, the 2022 Welcome Back Season will culminate with the Tony Award-winning hit Broadway musical Raisin, which is based on Lorraine Hansberry’s classic play, A Raisin in the Sun.
Please find the complete four-show season and details below:
|SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD|
Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Issaquah – January 14 – February 13, 2022
Everett – February 18 – March 13, 2022
Get swept away with this moving collection of powerful songs that explore life, love, and the choices that we make. Even the most challenging events can inspire something powerful within each one of us. This production embraces every turn, every unexpected bend, and strives to show us that renewal and survival are always within reach.
|THE BOOK CLUB PLAY|
By Karen Zacarías
Issaquah – March 3 – April 3, 2022
Everett – April 8 – May 1, 2022
Laughter and literature collide when five friends of a cherished book club become the focus of a documentary film. The Book Club Play is a fast-paced smart comedy about books and the people who love them. With novels that audience members of all ages will recognize, this compact and hilarious production will keep you guessing what will happen next as the friends face the inescapable camera lens and shake up the group dynamic with plenty of twists and turns.
|YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN |
Based on the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Clark Gesner
Additional Dialogue by Michael Mayer
Additional Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Issaquah – April 21 – May 22, 2022
Everett May 27 – June 19, 2022
Growing up is serious business! Explore a day in the life of Charlie Brown as he goes from wild optimism to utter despair. Linus, Lucy, Schroder, and the whole Peanuts gang will bring us along as they learn how a great big dose of sunlight and positivity can be the best medicine. This musical comedy will remind us all that the truth can hurt and sometimes it’s gut-bustingly funny!
Book by Robert Nemiroff and Charlotte Zaltzberg
Music by Judd Woldin Lyrics by Robert Brittan
Based on Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun
Issaquah – June 9 – July 10, 2022
Everett – July 15 – August 7, 2022
Soulful and inspiring, Raisin won the 1974 Tony Award for Best Musical and wowed audiences. This pulsating, inspirational musical is an adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry’s breakthrough Broadway play, A Raisin in the Sun. We journey with a proud black family, motivated by a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to move out and move up. This story of deep determination and a quest for a better life explodes in song and incisive human drama while reminding us all what it means to dream and to reach for those dreams.
ABOUT VILLAGE THEATRE
Based in Issaquah, WA, with operations in Everett, WA, Village Theatre is a leading producer of musical theatre in the Pacific Northwest. Producing entertaining, quality productions since 1979, Village Theatre has grown into one of the region’s best-attended theatres. Through its Village Originals program, Village Theatre is nationally recognized for its contribution to the development of new musicals, having supported the creation of over 175 new works to date. Village Theatre also takes pride in nurturing tomorrow’s audiences through its Youth Education programs, serving thousands of young people and their families annually.