Shakespeare Theatre Company and Artistic Director Simon Godwin announced the upcoming 23/24 season last week. The six-show season is being dubbed: Greater Wonders.
It opens with the long-awaited production of EVITA, which is directed by Sammi Cannold and based on her New York City Center concert version of the play. Audiences should expect this Evita to take a “uniquely humanizing” approach to the memory of Argentina’s most infamous First Lady.
Those who enjoyed Whitney White’s The Amen Corner will be excited with her return to D.C. with a powerhouse production of MACBETH IN STRIDE that examines Lady Macbeth’s story as an ambitious Black woman.
STC will also stage the D.C. premiere of THE LEHMAN TRILOGY. “This Tony Award-winning epic is a contemporary classic,” says Godwin. The captivating production follows three generations of the Lehman family as they build one of the largest banks in the country and — turning American dream to tragedy — catalyze the largest financial crisis in U.S. history.
But getting back to the Bard… AS YOU LIKE IT will bring resounding joy this holiday season, interestingly featuring songs from The Beatles intertwined with Shakespeare’s own lyricism.
Then, Godwin will direct his own interpretation of MACBETH. “I’m always surprised how Shakespeare’s words continue to mirror our contemporary political history,” Godwin said in a release. “Where are the lines between passionate enthusiasm and overt zealotry? When does ambition cross the line with greed? Thinking about Macbeth himself in conversation with our modern world, I found myself returning to the old phrase that absolute power corrupts absolutely. I am excited by the concept my team and I are crafting and I can confidently say that this will be a Macbeth you won’t want to miss.”
As for the sixth… we’re all on tenterhooks! This one is still under wraps, but may be announced in the next few weeks.