Season Announcement

Classic Dallas theater company looks back and ahead for 2020-21

Classic Dallas theater company looks back and ahead for 2020-21

The Hairy Ape Off Broadway 2017
Bobby Cannavale in the 2017 revival of The Hairy Ape at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. Photo by Stephanie Berger

Now in its third year, The Classics Theatre Project has announced its 2020-21 season of four plays with a couple of extras still to come. It will split its time between the historic Margo Jones Theatre in Fair Park and the new MainStage 222 in Irving.

The season starts with Moliere's The Imaginary Invalid, directed by TCTP artistic director Joey Folsom with special guest direction by Chad Cline. The three-act comedy-ballet by the French playwright premiered in 1673, and follows Argan, a fearful but miserly hypochondriac who divides his time between summoning the doctor to care for his ills and trying not to settle his resultant bills. It runs April 1-19, 2020, at the Margo Jones.

Eugene O'Neill's The Hairy Ape: A Comedy of Ancient and Modern Life in Eight Scenes is next, directed by Van Quattro. The 1922 expressionist play is about a beastly, unthinking laborer known as Yank who searches for a sense of belonging in a world controlled by the rich. The dramatic comedy with music runs May 20-June 6, 2020, at the Margo Jones.

TCTP switches to MainStage 222 for Look Back in Anger by John Osborne. Directed by Joey Folsom, the drama focuses on the life and marital struggles of an intelligent and educated but disaffected young man of working-class origin, Jimmy Porter, and his equally competent yet impassive upper-middle-class wife Alison. It runs July 10-25, 2020.

The season closes with the historical drama Abraham Lincoln by John Drinkwater. The play, first produced in 1918, covers events in Lincoln's presidency from his election in 1860 to his assassination, but omits most of the events in his private life. It runs November 5-22, 2020, at MainStage 222.

The Classics Theatre Project mounts 19th and 20th century plays in a way that's accessible for modern crowds. Flex season passes, group packages, and individual tickets will soon be on sale online at www.theclassicstheatreproject.com.