Coronado Playhouse (CPH) proudly announces their 2021 Season, which will be the 75th anniversary for the Playhouse. CPH has prepared shows that will adhere to standards necessitated by COVID-19, while being comfortable for patrons and performers alike. The shows at the beginning of the year are smaller in scale but will have a big impact in terms of entertainment and significance. The shows later in the season, if permitted, will bring music and some of the larger scale productions patrons have come to expect from the historic institution.
CPH is also announcing a complete rebrand, including a new look and new website. The new site is found at coronadoplayhouse.org. The old site, with the .com suffix, is still active and will fork to the new URL. The new site will be hosting historical images and stories from the Playhouse’s 75-year history. They are also asking the public’s help in filling any gaps and in sharing other Playhouse history. Those with information can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The new season includes six main shows, including a FREE classic production, and several concert and cabaret events. Other exciting programming includes readings and other 75th anniversary events. CPH welcomes back three returning directors and welcomes new debuting directors to their stage.
“Cul-de-sac,” a dark (suburban) comedy by John Cariani, will stream live, via Zoom Jan. 30-Feb. 14, 2021, on weekends Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. “Cul-de-sac” follows three couples living on the same cul-de-sac as they go to great lengths to appear happy in what turns out to be both a darkly comedic and heartbreaking tale examining the American dream.
“Harlem Duet,” by Djanet Sears is a rhapsodic blues tragedy in what could be a prelude to Skakespeare’s “Othello” where it recounts the story of Othello and his first wife, Billie (before Desdemona) and their history, as told through the lives of three couples during eras of special significance in the Black American experience. It’s a weighty play, and one that leaves us with no easy answers. “Harlem Duet” will be streaming on demand, March 19 - April 18.
“Constellations” will be available May 21-June 20, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Written by Nick Payne, “Constellations” is about one relationship, infinite possibilities, as it follows Marianne and Roland who meet at a party; they hit it off…or perhaps they don’t. It explores the idea that life exists in a multiverse, a set of parallel existences that contain infinitely different outcomes, where a chance encounter between two drifting souls and opens the door to infinite possibilities.
Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” is the 25th annual free classic series, made possible by a grant from the City of Coronado, will be available July 16 - Aug. 8, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Set in the city of Ephesus, “The Comedy of Errors“ is about the farcical misadventures of two sets of identical twins. Egeon, a Syracusan merchant, had twin sons both named Antipholus. At their birth, he bought another pair of newborn twins, both named Dromio, as their servants.“The Comedy of Errors” was first performed in 1594, and was probably written the year before, during the plague of 1592-93. Due to our current “plague”, we are now subject to new limits of social distancing and quarantining which add to the mishaps and the frustrations experienced by the characters in this production. Humor stems from their foibles as they navigate the necessary restrictions in a way that will seem all too familiar.
“The World Goes ‘Round” is a brilliant revue of the songbook from the multi-Tony award-winning team of John Kander and Fred Ebb. “The World Goes ‘Round” will be available Sept. 3- Oct. 10. The original production of this stunningly constructed retrospective of the prolific musical theatre collaborators won three Drama Desk Awards. It was conceived by director Scott Ellis, choreographer Susan Stroman, and librettist David Thompson, who collaborated on such Kander and Ebb shows as Steel Pier and the 1996 revival of Chicago. Filled with humor, romance, drama and nonstop melody, this theatre favorite is a thrilling celebration of life and the fighting spirit that keeps us all going. The show opens with “And the World Goes ‘Round” with the message that no matter what good or bad things happen in life, the world, and life, goes on.
“Clue” will be available Nov. 5 - Dec. 12, with its six oddball guests, a butler and a maid meet on a dark and stormy night for a dinner party at the home of Mr. Boddy.
Season ticket renewals and new subscriptions are available now. Please contact the box office for best seating. Single tickets are also available.