Langhorne Players – performing at the historic Spring Garden Mill in Newtown – have announced their 75th season (and first back in the theater since 2019) of plays worth talking about.
Following the upheaval of the COVID pandemic and the subsequent rise of Black Lives Matter and similar social justice movements, Langhorne Players will present a spate of plays by celebrated female, LGBTQ+, and POC playwrights. Additionally, the theater space has been upgraded following a massive flood in September 2021 with new floors, paint, restroom renovations, and more, as well as newly-implemented COVID safety protocols, such as increased sanitizing and high-quality air filters.
“We want audience members to be challenged by the material we present, not by the circumstances of their return to the theater,” said vice president John Boccanfuso. “But we also took the time over the last few seasons to discuss what our company’s ultimate goal is. We have always celebrated diverse voices, but we made a concerted effort to highlight those voices with our first season back on stage after two completely dark summers. We have a comedy by a Jewish drag queen, a satire by a Mexican-American woman, a drama about gender identity, and more.”
The plays comprising the 2022 season at Langhorne Players include Charles Busch’s “Olive and the Bitter Herbs,” which opens just after Passover on April 29; Daniel Pearle’s “A Kid Like Jake” in June; Laurie Gunderson’s popular two-hander “I and You” in July; “Third,” the final play completed by Tony and Pulitzer winner Wendy Wasserstein before her death in 2006, in late August and September; and the satirical comedy “Native Gardens” by Karen Zacarías closing out the season in October. Single tickets and season subscriptions are available at langhorneplayers.org.