Keegan Theater announces 2022/23 season

The Keegan Theater has announced its 2022-2023 season, its 26th, with eight main productions at its intimate and welcoming Dupont Circle theatre. The season includes the world premieres of two newly commissioned works from DC-area playwrights, a regional premiere, a DC premiere, two musicals, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

“We have planned an exciting season, as we strive to continue our commitment to presenting a wide range of offerings for audiences,” said Susan Marie Rhea, artistic director of the company. “Our upcoming season includes DC, regional and global premieres, as well as a range of shows that enrich, entertain, tickle the funny bone, provoke the mind and, most importantly, connect us to each other through the power of theater: exceptional storytelling by extraordinary artists from across the DMV.

Artistic teams will be announced in the coming months, along with additional performances as part of the company’s new works-focused Boiler Room Series initiative. More information about the 2022-2023 season is available online, and single tickets and ticket packages are on sale now. Please visit keegantheatre.com.

Keegan Theater 2022-2023 Season

THE STRANGER
By Paul Slade Smith
Regional premiere
August 27 – September 24, 2022

Ned Newley doesn’t even want to be governor. He’s terrified of public speaking and his polls are incredibly bad. To his ever-supportive Chief of Staff, Ned seems doomed. But political consultant Arthur Vance sees things differently: Ned might be the worst candidate to ever run for office. Unless the public is looking for… the worst candidate to ever run for office. THE OUTSIDER is a timely and hilarious comedy that confuses politics and celebrates democracy.

“Funny, timely, and dare we say, entirely possible, the stranger is a wonderfully crafted and superbly presented show… It is an insightful and witty satire on modern American politics that will appeal to a wide audience. — Broadway World

ELEGIES: A SINGING CYCLE
By William Finn
October 22 – November 20, 2022

ELEGIES is a celebration of life and music, written by Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist William Finn, that commemorates the lives of real and fictional people with rousing theatrics and unforgettable songs. From Finn’s friends, to his mother, to his dogs, to the victims of the World Trade Center collapse, these characters and their stories will enchant and enrich your mind in this stunning masterpiece that celebrates the human experience and the endless joys of life.

“The talkative ghosts that soar through the nearly two dozen songs that make up William Finn’s moving and exuberant suite of songs, Elegies, are not the gloomy, twilight ghosts that haunt the typical popular song commemorating a loved one. Those friends and colleagues of the composer who died over the past two decades are resurrected in playful lyrics brimming with internal rhyme that remember them in all their quirky vitality. – The New York Times

AN IRISH CAROL
By Matthew J. Keenan
December 15 – December 31, 2022

An original work by Keegan Company member Matthew J. Keenan, AN IRISH CAROL is a tribute to Dickens’ classic, told as only the Irish can. This comical and touching play, set in a modern Dublin pub, follows an evening in the life of David, a wealthy pub owner who has lost touch with his own humanity in the interests of his own protection and material success. But on this Christmas Eve – challenged by voices from the past, provoked by those of the present, and confronted with the reality of a lonely future – David’s life could change forever.

“Trust the Irish to put a little grain in the eggnog. AN IRISH CAROL is sweet and cheerfully profane…” — The Washington Post

“[T]The fairy tale scope and classic tale primary colors have been brought back into a more subtle, sepia vibe. … an irish song will go down like a glass of sweet whiskey on a cold winter night. – DC Theater Stage

THE LIFETIME OF A FACT
Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell and Gordon Farrell
First DC
January 28 – February 25, 2023

Jim Fingal is a fact-checker fresh out of Harvard for a prominent but failing New York magazine. John D’Agata is a talented writer with a transcendental essay on teenage suicide – an essay that could save the magazine from collapse. When Jim is tasked with fact-checking D’Agata’s trial, the two face off in a comical yet gripping battle between facts and truth.

“Awfully funny…the debate at the heart of this play transcends comedy and demands serious attention. -Variety

“…highly literate…quite resonant questions [are] wrestled with in this entertaining and lively play… you’ll find yourself happy to see your preconceptions disrupted and your assumptions shaken. —Washington Post

PUSH THE BUTTON
By Drew Anderson and Dwayne Lawson-Brown
world premiere
March 25 – April 7, 2023

In a city plagued by the sordid shenanigans of a prank-prone villain, justice finally seems to be served when the famous hero accuses the villain of the worst crime of all: pushing the button. But when the conscientious reporter begins to ask the right questions, will convicting the villain turn out to be the wrong answer? This playful and poignant parody of modern morality will ask its audience to question its very notions of right and wrong, crime and punishment, truth and storytelling. But above all, it will raise the question: “Who pressed the button?”

PUSH THE BUTTON is a bold and loud new hip-hop musical from the creators of the play FROM GUMBO TO MUMBO, nominated by Helen Hayes, Drew Anderson and Dwayne Lawson-Brown.

THE CREASE POINT
By Graziella Jackson
world premiere
April 13 – April 30, 2023

In THE WILTING POINT, audiences travel with award-winning podcast producer Mina Melo Climate, back in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in southern Colorado, where she reluctantly adapts Climate as a series for a new streaming entertainment company. The series producer wants Mina to resume with an investigation into an unsolved murder, but Mina is determined to tell a story about how climate-related water shortages and drought threaten the community’s way of life.

THE WILTING POINT is one of four pieces in Graziella Jackson’s ELEMENTS cycle, which explores the intersection of local communities, media representation and the climate crisis. Keegan will feature readings from Jackon’s other three ELEMENTS games during the 2022-23 season.

SEUSSICAL: THE MUSIC
By Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
June 17 – July 22, 2023

A fantastical, magical and musical extravaganza for all ages, SEUSSICAL: THE MUSICAL lovingly brings all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters to life, including Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Sloth Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination — Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Christmas Jungle to the McGurkus Circus in the invisible world of the Whos in a musical adventure that tests the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community…

“The main virtue of Flaherty and Ahrens’ book is that it focuses on the outsiders of the Seuss canon – from those microscopic Whos and their pachyderm protector, Horton, to the simple avian Jane Gertrude McFuzz, who wants a bigger tail. to catch Horton’s eye…. [A] show that celebrates friendship and community as much as the power of individual imagination, and proves that these qualities are not mutually exclusive…” – Chicago Tribune

SWEAT
By Lynn Nottage
Pulitzer Prize Winner
August 19 – September 16, 2023

Filled with warm humor and a great heart, SWEAT tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets and laughs while working together in the factory. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to undermine their confidence, the friends come face to face in a heartbreaking struggle to stay afloat.

“Carefully observed and often startlingly funny – but ultimately heartbreaking – the work traces the roots of a tragedy with both forensic psychological detail and embracing compassion. Mrs. Nottage…writes at the height of her powers…” — New York Times.

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