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Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival back in full for 2022 season

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival 2022 summer season is its 31st summer and final season with PSF Producing Artistic Director Patrick Mulcahy at the helm.

PSF returns to full-capacity attendance for live indoor performances June 3 - Aug. 7, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley, Upper Saucon Township.

The season is: Main Stage, “A Chorus Line,” June 22 - July 10; “Fences,” July 27 - Aug. 7, and “Shakespeare For Kids,” July 27 - Aug. 6, and Schubert Theatre: “Every Brilliant Thing,” June 7 - 19; “The River Bride,” July 1 - 3; “Much Ado About Nothing,” July 13 - Aug. 7, and “Little Red,” June 3 - Aug. 6.

Subscriptions for the 2022 season go on sale in January. Single tickets will be available to purchase starting Feb. 14.

Updates on safety protocol will be announced closer to the summer season opening.

Mulcahy, after 19 years, will step down from his role and return full-time to the DeSales University faculty at the conclusion of the season in August 2022.

“For me and for the Festival, this is a season of both renewal and metamorphosis,” said Mulcahy, adding, “It’s regenerating to return to full attendance indoors, as well as moving forward again with productions planned for previous seasons.”

The season opens in Schubert Theatre with “Every Brilliant Thing,” a one-actor play by Duncan Macmillan and Jonny Donahoe that examines a family’s resilience in the face of severe depression through laughter and a bittersweet appreciation for life.

Director Anne Hering, who has previously directed the play, is Orlando Shakes education director.

The Main Stage theater opens with the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning “A Chorus Line,” originally scheduled for the interrupted 2020 season.

The “singular sensation” from choreographer Michael Bennett and composer Marvin Hamlisch with a mix of song, dance and drama by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, boasts classic numbers such as “What I Did for Love” and “One.”

The production will be directed by PSF Associate Artistic Director Dennis Razze, who returns to the musical director’s chair following his PSF productions of “Ragtime” (2018), “Evita” (2017), “West Side Story” (2016) and “Les Misérables” (2015).

“I am thrilled that PSF is able to bring back live musical theater this season, and especially excited that we will be back with one of the most famous musicals in the modern American theater, ‘A Chorus Line,’” said Razze.

The season continues in Schubert Theater with William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” directed by Matt Pfeiffer, returning for his 23rd PSF season following his directorial success with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” outdoors for the summer 2021 PSF season.

The season concludes on the Main Stage with August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning drama “Fences,” originally scheduled for the 2020 season. The epic work by a Pennsylvania native is set in 1950s Pittsburgh.

Director Ryan Quinn, artistic director and a co-founder of the Esperance Theater Company, New York City, makes his PSF directorial debut with “Fences.”

PSF will present a limited engagement of a live staged reading of “The River Bride,” written by Marisela Treviño Orta. Brazilian folklore and lyrical storytelling combine to weave a magical tale of love, fate and transformation.

The production will be directed by KJ Sanchez, who helmed PSF’s first-ever staged reading, “Native Gardens,” in the 2021 summer season.

KJ Sanchez is founder and CEO of American Records, dedicated to making theater that chronicles our time and theater that serves as a bridge between people. She is the voice of many characters in the cartoons “Dora the Explorer” and “Go, Diego, Go!.”

PSF children’s productions include, in Schubert Theatre, “Little Red” by Andrew Kane and, on the Main Stage, Erin Sheffield’s “Shakespeare for Kids.”

PSF anticipates again opening its annual Young Company Shakespeare Project to theater-goers.

The 2022 Season Sponsors are Kathleen Kund Nolan and Timothy E. Nolan.

The Associate Season Sponsors are Linda Lapos and Paul Wirth, Douglas Dykhouse, the Szarko Family, and Harry C. Trexler Trust.

Information: www.pashakespeare.org

This article is dedicated to Stephen Sondheim (1930 - 2021): “Good night sweet prince/And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.” (“Hamlet,” Act 5, Scene 2)