Open Stage of Harrisburg’s announces ambitious 2018-19 season

PHOTOS PROVIDED Shown is Stuart Landon, the producing artisitic director of the Open Stage of Harrisburg, and former actor at Millbrook Playhouse.

HARRISBURG — Stuart Landon is switching hats again.

Landon is currently in the director’s chair, overseeing the rehearsals of Open Stage of Harrisburg’s season-ending production of “Little Women.” Louise May Alcott’s timeless classic will be presented from June 8 to June 30.

In switching hats, Landon also is now completing his first season as OSH’s producing artistic director, and announces its ambitious 2018-19 season.

Since his acting stints at Millbrook Playhouse and Allenberry Playhouse, Landon has acquired both praise for his versatile roles, and a following of area theatergoers who occasionally attend an Open Stage of Harrisburg performance.

Open Stage of Harrisburg is located at 25 N. Court St., between Market and Walnut streets, on the ground level of the Walnut St. Garage, in downtown Harrisburg.

The acclaimed professional non-equity group’s mission is to “present plays that appeal to audiences who enjoy challenges beyond mainstream theater offerings.”

Gearing up for the 33rd season, Landon announces Open Stage of Harrisburg’s lineup of the 2018-19 Subscription Series attractions:

“Carrie the Musical” (Sept. 29 to Oct. 21)

Adapted from Stephen King’s seminal tale of the young girl bullied at school and abused by her zealot mother, “Carrie the Musical” will be directed by Stuart Landon. OSH’s production promises to be “exhilarating and frightening.”

“A Christmas Carol” (Dec. 1 to 23)

Having seen last year’s offering, I can attest that this adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic tale of the old miser Scrooge’s redemption is both fresh and colorful. Obviously, a family favorite.

“For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow Is Enuf”

(Jan. 19 to 27)

This definitive piece of theater penned by Ntozake Shange 40 years ago is co-produced by OSH and the Sankofa African American Theater Company. It’s been dubbed as a relevant, compelling ode of what it means to be a woman of color.

“The Wolves” (Feb. 16 to March 3)

This finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama is a behind-the-scenes look at a girls’ indoor soccer team. An insightful coming-of-age tale, it was recently presented in repertory with “The Laramie Project” as a Penn State Centre Stage production.

“The Diary of Anne Frank” (Mar. 12-16)

For staging Wendy Kesselman’s adaptation of the beautiful and historic story for the 20th consecutive year, OSH’s production moves to a larger venue for a limited run.

“The Kids You Read About In Textbooks” (April 7, 14, 28 and May 7)

This devised piece of theater created by teenagers has been inserted into the season lineup as an articulation of modern issues young people face. Landon notes that ” … this project is designed to lay bare the anger, courage, and hopes of the rising generation currently taking the lead in the political movement in our country.”

“Ragtime” (May 25 to June 16)

Weaving together real-life and fictional characters at the turn of the century, this compelling musical raises themes that are relevant today. Based upon the D.L Doctorow novel, “Ragtime” is an emotional and provocative epic of America’s changing face.

For more information or to buy tickets, call 717-232-6736 or visit openstagehbg.com.

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