The Jungle Theater will expand its 2018-19 season to seven shows, all of them directed by women (as they were in the 2017 season) and most of them written by women.
The lineup includes two world premieres commissioned by the Jungle (“Little Women,” “The Wickhams”), another world premiere (“Stinkers”) and four hits out of New York and London (“The Children,” “Every Brilliant Thing,” “Schoolgirls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play” and “Small Mouth Sounds”).
Here’s the season:
“Little Women,” Sept. 15-Oct. 21: Artistic director Sarah Rasmussen will direct the theater’s first-ever commission, the world premiere of Kate Hamill’s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women.” Twin Cities favorites Christina Baldwin and Wendy Lehr star.
“The Wickhams,” Dec. 1-30: A follow-up to the Jungle’s popular 2017 holiday show “Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley,” this is a co-commission and co-world premiere with theaters in Chicago and the Bay Area. Also by “Pemberley” creators Margo Melcon and Lauren Gunderson, it will be directed by Christina Baldwin and star Angela Timberman. “The Wickhams” will feature the return of Sun Mee Chomet, Kelsey Didion and James Rodriguez in their “Pemberley” roles and is a package addition for Jungle season subscribers.
“The Children,” Jan. 12-Feb. 10: Former Twin Cities theater-maker Casey Stangl returns to direct the regional premiere of “The Children,” which was recently nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play. Written by British playwright Lucy Kirkwood, “The Children” is set in the aftermath of a nuclear power station disaster.
“School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play,” March 16-April 14: Sha Cage will direct the regional premiere of Jocelyn Bioh’s comedy that explores the similarities — and differences — facing teenage girls around the world.
“Every Brilliant Thing”: The date and venue will be revealed later as the Jungle steps outside its Minneapolis Lyn-Lake theater space. Arizona Theatre Company artistic director David Ivers returns to Minnesota to star in this one-person show.
“Small Mouth Sounds,” May 18-June 16: This regional premiere will feature Jim Lichtscheidl, Christina Baldwin and Eric Sharp. Lauren Keating will direct. The 2016 New York Times Critics’ Pick asks if it’s possible to address life’s biggest questions without saying a word?
“Stinkers,” July 20-Aug. 18: Directed by Rasmussen and written by Josh Tobiessen (who did the Jungle’s 2017 hit “Lone Star Spirits”), this world premiere will feature actor Sally Wingert’s return to the Jungle after almost 15 years.
Season tickets ($188-$148) are on sale and single tickets ($50-$40) will go on sale in August. For more information, go to jungletheater.com or call 612-822-7063.