An Insider’s Look

Just like its tagline, Cygnet Theatre’s seventeenth season takes audiences UP CLOSE – close to the heart, close to the action, close to the edge. It is also FAR REACHING -traveling across oceans, across time, and across the tracks.

“Once again, we have put together a great season with what we call Artistic Whiplash” Artistic Director Sean Murray shared with GB Magazine. “The season has everything from fun and flamboyant musicals to intense drama and classic favorites.”

Currently running is the hit musical comedy Rock of Ages. Through August 25thaudiences will enjoy some of the best rock hits from the 80’s with music from Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and more.Nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Musical,Rock of Ages will fire up theatre-goers whether or not they actually remember that decade!

In the fall, audiences will be treated to the eagerly awaited companion piece to the runaway hit The Last Wife.The Virgin Trial is a racy political thriller and second in the Queenmaker Trilogy by Canadian actress and playwright Kate Hennig.

Next up is an ingenious modern musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over half a decade inThe Last Five Years.Musical stylesdraw on a variety of genres including pop, jazz, classical, klezmer, Latin, rock and folk. Nominated for six Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Musical, it won for Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics

San Diegans just can’t seem to get enough of the family favorite A Christmas Carol, which returns for the holidays. This heartwarming musical adaptation of Dickens’ classic tale rekindles the true spirit of Christmas.

Cygnet literally bounds into 2020 with the Sharp-witted new drama The Great Leapwhich explores cultural and political risks of raising your voice and standing your ground.Playwright Lauren Yee is a UCSD MFA graduate whose work topped the 2017 Kilroys list, an annual list of under-produced plays by woman, trans, and non-binary writers. The Great Leapwas #2 alongside Yee’s Cambodian Rock Band,which topped the list at #1.

In the spring, get ready for flamboyant musical fun with the hilarious La Cage Aux Folles, featuring David McBean as Albin and Lance Arthur Smith as Georges. Among its numerous awards, the original Broadway production was nominated for nine Tony Awards and won six, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book.

Cygnet’s 17th season ends with August Wilson’s powerfully resonant drama, Two Trains Running, bringing Cygnet’s total of six of the ten Century Cycle plays produced. Two Trains Running premiered on Broadway in 1992 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It was also nominated for three Tony awards including Best Play.