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Public Theater of San Antonio fills 2019-’20 with debuts

February 11, 2019

Next season, The Public Theater of San Antonio will present a slew of San Antonio premieres as well as a few established favorites.

The 2019-’20 season was announced during a party Sunday night.

Here’s what’s in the works:

“Mary Poppins”: The musical, adapted from both the 1964 Disney film and P.L. Travers’ children’s books, is about a “practically perfect” nanny. Sept. 13-Oct. 13.

“Elf”: This will mark the San Antonio premiere of the holiday musical. It is based on the 2003 movie about a man raised as one of Santa’s elves who learns that he is actually human. He then embarks on a mission to track down his birth father in New York, even though he learns that the man is — horrors! — on the naughty list. Nov. 22-Dec. 22.

“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”: The show has come through on tour, but this will be the first locally produced staging. The musical comedy is about a man who learns that he is eighth in line to an inheritance and cooks up a murderous plan to jump to the front of the line. Jan. 31-Feb. 23

“Bright Star”: This is another San Antonio premiere. The musical follows a woman as she looks back on her life, including the child she lost. It was written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. March 27-April 19, 2020.

“Amélie”: The musical is adapted from the 2001 French film about an shy young woman whose decision to do good deeds changes her life. This is another San Antonio premiere. May 15-June 7, 2020.

“Into the Woods”: The much-adored musical, with a score by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Lapine, explores what happens to various fairy tale characters after “and they lived happily ever after.” July 10-Aug. 9, 2020.

The Cellar Theatre shows are:

“First Date”: The musical transpires in real time as a couple go out for a drink that swiftly becomes a high-stakes dinner. As they dine and get to know each other, fellow diners transform into confidantes, exes and other relationship stakeholders. Oct. 13-Nov. 17.

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”: Simon Stephens adapted Mark Haddon’s novel for the stage. The well-reviewed show follows a teenager on the autism spectrum as he works to solve the murder of a neighborhood dog. Dec. 27-Jan. 19.

“Admissions”: Joshua Harmon’s acclaimed play looks at what happens when a white couple with liberal values — who have worked professionally on diversity issues — learns that their son has not made the cut for admission to an Ivy League university that has accepted his biracial best friend. Feb. 28-March 22, 2020.

“Lonely Planet”: Steven Dietz’s play looks at the friendship between two gay men during the AIDS epidemic. April 24-May 10, 2020.

“More Better Beautiful”: The play is part of the theater’s Fresh Ink project, which develops new work. It is a dark comedy by Robert Caisley in which a woman wakes up with no memory of what went on the night before and a stranger sleeping in her living room. June 12-28, 2020.

“Fade”: Tanya Saracho’s play is about a TV writer whose friendship with a janitor drives an exploration of class, race and status. Aug. 14-30, 2020.

Subscriptions are available in three packages. A full season costs from $143 to $293; and a six-show series, for which subscribers get to select the shows they want to see, sells for $84 to $175. The family package — which includes “Matilda,” “Mary Poppins” and “Elf” — costs $45 to $98.

Visit thepublicsa.org or call 210-733-7258 for more information.

Deborah Martin is an arts writer in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read her on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | dlmartin@express-news.net | Twitter: @DeborahMartinEN

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