Artistic Director Temar Underwood is pleased to announce Redhouse Arts Center’s 2022-23 Main Stage Season, which will feature an epic Pulitzer Prize-winning play, a family holiday favorite, a diverse work by a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and a well-known poignant musical with an amazing score. All of these performances follow a theme of searching – in search of meaning, in search of family and friends, in search of identity and in search of love.
“As we move forward, with much of the pandemic hopefully behind us, I want to explore what we went through, what we’ve learned, and what might be next. First and foremost, we want to entertain. But, we also want to start a conversation about what we’re in search of.”
Redhouse will offer four Main Stage shows with an equal balance of plays and musicals.
By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
@ Redhouse Arts Center
In Search of Identity
Redhouse continues in 2023 with By The Way, Meet Vera Stark by Lynn Nottage. Our third show of the season takes us to the Golden Age of Hollywood and shines the spotlight on aspiring starlet Vera Stark who works as a maid to Gloria Mitchell, an aging star grasping at her fading career. Worlds collide when Vera lands a trailblazing role … a movie starring her boss.
Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage’s fast-paced, spritely, sly satire is a journey through Vera’s 70-year life and a sharp take on race and culture – both in the past and today. The story behind the cameras leaves Vera with a surprising and controversial legacy that historians and scholars will debate for years to come. This “sharp-toothed comedy” (The Wall Street Journal) is both hilarious and poignant and a must-see for our audiences.
Details about By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
The Bridges of Madison County
@ Redhouse Arts Center
In Search of Love
Redhouse will close its 2022-23 Season with the touching and powerful, Tony Award-winning Broadway musical The Bridges of Madison County. Based on the best-selling novel, and developed by Tony Award-winner Jason Robert Brown and Pulitzer Prize-winner Marsha Norman, The Bridges of Madison County captures the lyrical expanse of America’s heartland along with the yearning entangled in the eternal question: “What if…?”
Francesca Johnson, a beautiful Italian woman who married an American soldier to flee war-ravaged Italy, looks forward to a rare four days alone on her Iowa farm when her family heads to the 1965 State Fair. When ruggedly-handsome National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid pulls into her driveway seeking directions, though, what happens in those four days may very well alter the course of Francesca’s life. This stunning two-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical featuring gorgeous, soulful music is a sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross that is sure to leave audiences breathless.
Details about The Bridges of Madison County