The Seacoast Rep’s 2021 season, which opens Jan. 28, is the Rep doing what it does, introducing the new, keeping the traditional, playing it safe, and a bit risky, this time all in the name of “Recover.”
“‘Recover’ is the seasonal theme,” Co-Artistic Director Brandon James says.
It’s a big basket, piled with the theater’s own 2020 stresses and financial hits, along with the emotional, psychological and all-encompassing toll the year took on the community, inside and outside the theater’s walls.
It was a rough one. Yet the Rep found itself a playing field in 2020. It mastered livestreaming and organized a safe house, inclusive of a staffing structure, formalized and carried into 2021.
If all goes to plan, it will offer 12 main-stage productions, along with additional ongoing series and programs this season.
“Recover” won’t soft-peddle the past year’s difficulties, or the ones yet to be faced, James says. The 2021 collection will take them head on: suicide, mental illness, racism, growing up, facing the real world and more.
“We’ve talked a lot about the responsibility of storytellers … the artist as storyteller. We have a responsibility to theater as a practice in examining the human condition,” James says. “A responsible storyteller will … leave you with a feeling of ‘look and acknowledge,’ but experiencing it together.”
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