terrymartin-38Terry Martin, who is stepping down next month as WaterTower Theatre’s producing artistic director, has announced details of the company’s 2016-17 mainstage season — WTT’s 20th and Martin’s last.

“I have had the privilege and honor to call this theatre my artistic home for 17 glorious years,” said Martin. ” My heart is full of pride with all that we have accomplished.  I am thrilled to leave the community with a 20th Anniversary season that I feel is a wonderful representation of what WaterTower Theatre has always been about — true celebration  of the art of theater.”

The season opens with the regional premiere of Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash  (Oct . 7 –30), which pays tribute to the legendaryMan in Black and his iconic music. The season continues with another regional premiere, Silent Sky (Jan. 20–Feb. 12, 2017), a new play by Lauren Gunderson, which tells the story of Henrietta Leavitt, a brilliant and headstrong pioneer at the dawn of modern astronomy. Next will be a third regional premiere, The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord (Apr. 14–May 7) by Scott Carter (executive producer of Real Time with Bill Maher). This smart comedy examines what happens when great men of history are forced to repeat it. Up next is a new regional premiere comedy by Karen Zacarías, one of the country’s leading Latina playwrights, called Native Gardens (June 2–25).  The fifth and final production will be the iconic Stephen Sondheim musical, Sunday in the Park with George (July 28–Aug. 20).

Stephen SondheimThe five-show subscription package can be enhanced with the addition of the holiday extra, Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold (Dec. 2–23). Directors for each production will be announced at a later date.  All productions will be staged at the Addison Theatre Centre at 15650 Addison Road, Addison. The five-play season subscriptions range in price from $75 (previews) to $150 (Saturday evening). Audiences can also choose an A or B Sampler Series: A — Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, Silent Sky, Native Gardens; B —  The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord, Native Gardens, Sunday in the Park with George. There’s also a Design Your Own Series option.

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