It seems like just yesterday that we were kicking off our 2017/18 season. Alas, our season is now officially over, so before we dive into our new and exciting 2018/19 season, here is our year in review:
Our first show of the season was The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord. A few of history’s most famous men, all of whom wrote their own version of the gospels, debated everything from religion to literature to marriage. Whose ideas did you agree with most?
Next, you’ll fondly recall our second show of the season, Kate Hamill’s Pride and Prejudice. This adaption had many of us laughing for two straight hours. (And if you haven’t yet heard, Kate Hamill is returning next season to Primary Stages with her adaptation of Little Women next May! Make sure you don’t miss it!)
Our Annual Gala (this was number 33!) honored Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, the tony-winning songwriting team behind Ragtime, Once On this Island, and Anastasia; Broadway producers Janet B. and Marvin Rosen of In Transit; and corporate honorees Jose Mendez and Katie Graziano.
This season, we also had the pleasure of enjoying live music in A Walk With Mr. Heifetz. Mariella Haubs skillfully played the violin as the story in pre-Israel Palestine unfolded before our eyes. (And some of you may have even stayed for our special post-show concert series, Saturday Night Strings.)
Our last show of the season was Feeding the Dragon. Written and performed by Sharon Washington, it was a true story of Sharon’s experience growing up inside the St. Agnes branch of the New York City Public Library. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, we’ve had quite the literary season this year.
In addition, we honored the 10th Anniversary of Primary Stages ESPA, our multidisciplinary theater training school for artists in all stages of their development. As part of the celebration, we brought back some of our favorite throwback classes and faculty from the past decade, and enjoyed many special events.
And we finished off our season with the Spring Fling, where we presented the Einhorn Mentorship Award to Kimberly Senior. Kimberly is a beloved teacher at Primary Stages ESPA as well as the director of the season opener, …Discord.
Overall, it has been a truly wonderful season. Thank you for being a part of it and we hope you are looking forward to our coming 2018/2019 Season as much as we are!