For our 2019/20 Season, expect the unexpected! There are surprises around every corner at Flint Repertory Theatre! This unique season
offers an eclectic mix of world premiere plays and musicals as well as bold new interpretations of theatrical classics.
We begin with a new take on the deeply moving, Pulitzer Prize winning drama THE EFFECT OF GAMMA RAYS ON MAN-IN-THEMOON MARIGOLDS. Next up, we present Ionesco's landmark theatre of the absurd play THE CHAIRS starring Kay Kelly and Michael Kelly. For the holidays, we present Sondheim and Lapine's shimmering musical masterpiece INTO THE WOODS for the entire family.
In the New Year, our third annual NEW WORKS FESTIVAL brings playwrights and composers from all over the country to Flint for a week of staged readings and workshops of new plays and musicals. Our Theatre for Young Audiences show follows; the inventive new puppet play PACKRAT a co-production with Concrete Temple Theatre.
In the spring, we take on the thrilling and dangerous ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST starring Janet Haley and Michael Lopetrone. We end the season with the World Premiere Musical THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN. This exciting new piece explores the inner lives of the 1996 U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team as they compete for Olympic Gold while capturing the nation's imagination.
This season, expect the unexpected as we continue to present ambitious, entertaining and daring new work for Flint. See you at the theatre!
Producing Artistic Director
September 13-22, 2019
PULITZER PRIZE WINNING PLAY
The old, converted vegetable shop where Tillie lives is more like a madhouse than a home. Tillie's mother, Beatrice, is bitter and cruel, yet desperate for her daughters' love. Her sister, Ruth, suffers epileptic fits and sneaks cigarettes every chance she gets. In the midst of chaos, Tillie struggles to keep her focus and dreams alive. Tillie -- keeper of rabbits, dreamer of atoms, true believer in life, hope, and the effect of gamma rays on man-in-the-moon marigolds.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award
Winner of the Obie Award for Best American Play
By Eugène Ionesco
Translation by Donald M. Allen
November 1-10, 2019
Bower Black Box
In a house on an island a very old couple pass their time with private games and half-remembered stories. With brilliant eccentricity, Ionesco's tragic farce combines a comic portrait of human folly with a magical experiment in theatrical possibilities.
Starring Kay Kelly and Michael Kelly
"As the world is incomprehensible to me, I am waiting for someone to explain it." - Eugène Ionesco
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
December 6-15, 2019
TONY AWARD WINNING MUSICAL
"Anything can happen in the woods" in Sondheim's darkly comical, Tony Award Winning Musical remix of beloved fairy tales. Cinderella, Little Red Ridinghood, Rapunzel, and other familiar characters are entangled in this reimagining of what happens after "happily ever after". A funny and poignant exploration of the wishes we make, and what happens when they really do come true.
By Dale Wasserman
Adapted from the book by Ken Kesey
March 13 - March 22, 2020
EDGE OF YOUR SEAT DRAMA
When Randle P. McMurphy gets transferred to a mental institution, he encounters Nurse Ratched who runs the psychiatric ward with an iron fist, keeping her patients cowed through abuse, medication, and sessions of electroconvulsive therapy. The battle of wills between the rebellious McMurphy and the authoritarian Ratched soon escalates, leaving no one in the ward left unscathed.
Starring Janet Haley and Michael Lopetrone
"Scarifying and powerful." - The New York Times
"One of the finest, most meaningful and most moving play of recent times." WPIX TV
Rescheduled to 20/21 Season
Book & Lyrics by Gordon Leary
Music by Julia Meinwald
WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL
Amanda Borden, Amy Chow, Dominique Dawes, Shannon Miller, Dominique Moceanu, Jaycie Phelps, and Kerri Strug made up the first U.S. women's gymnastics team to win Olympic gold in 1996. This World Premiere Musical imagines their inner lives on the two days of team competition, as they reach for their young dreams and their faces on the Wheaties box, all leading up to a star-making vault heard 'round the world.
Developed in Flint Rep's 2019 New Works Festival