Comrades Announce 2018/19 Season and Directors

Comrades Announce 2018/19 Season and Directors

Pictured: Carol Ann Tan 

The Comrades have announced the three shows that will make up their 18/19 season.

The season starts with the Midwest premiere of Kenneth’s Lin’s WARRIOR CLASS directed by Artistic Associate Carol Ann Tan, followed in the Winter of 2019 with a revival of Sarah Ruhl’s DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE directed by Arianna Soloway. The season concludes with the world premiere of ROAST by Harry Wood, directed by Artistic Director Derek Bertelsen.

The Comrades 2018/19 Season (from the press release)

WARRIOR CLASS by Kenneth Lin
Directed by Carol Ann Tan
October 11 through November 11, 2018

When Assemblyman Julius Lee makes a bid for Congress, the ghosts of his college days come back to haunt him. Nothing reveals true colors like a sprint to the finish, when friends become enemies and allies can turn on a dime. WARRIOR CLASS is a political battle of race, romance, forgiveness, and debt. Award: TCG Edgerton New Play Prize

Directed by Arianna Soloway
February 7 through March 10, 2019

An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man – with a lot of loose ends. So begins DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE, a wildly imaginative comedy about how we memorialize the dead – and how that remembering changes us – it is the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world. Awards: Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play, Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding Original New Play or Musical

ROAST by Harry Wood
Directed by Derek Bertelsen
July 18 through August 18, 2019

ROAST follows the friends and family of Sam, a talented young comedian who took his own life, as they fulfill his last request: to hold a roast of him instead of a traditional funeral. As each of the roasters has their turn on stage, they reflect on who Sam was, and what he meant to them. Throughout, the play asks an important question: when a loved one is lost, how does the world change in their absence? ROAST by Harry Wood explores the deeply intertwined worlds of comedy and tragedy, humor and grief.

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