Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples announced its 2021-2022 season. On the heels of successful live performances and sold-out shows this spring, Gulfshore Playhouse is forging ahead with five new world-class professional productions slated for November 2021 to May 2022. This exciting lineup features a mix of comedic, musical and dramatic productions destined to uplift and inspire Naples audiences. The 2021-2022 season includes:
- Radio Golf by August Wilson, Nov. 13 through Dec. 5, 2021: Ambitious real estate developer Harmond Wilks is determined to save his blighted childhood neighborhood by becoming the first Black mayor of Pittsburgh. But his efforts come with a cost that puts the neighborhood’s history in jeopardy in this final play in Wilson’s revered American Century Cycle.
- Higher by Jeffrey Binder, Jan. 15-30, 2022: This world premiere production, written by and starring Jeffrey Binder, will finally be seen the way it was intended: live on stage. Whether or not audiences watched the filmed production of this one-man tour-de-force, theater-lovers will not want to miss this moving story of faith, healing and hope where two worlds, lives and times collide. Directed by Kristen Coury, CEO and producing artistic director of Gulfshore Playhouse.
- The 39 Steps by John Bucan, Feb. 12 through March 13, 2022: This hilarious whodunit adapted by Patrick Barlow and directed by Kristen Coury tells the tale of Richard Hannay. Trapped in a boring life, he encounters a woman who claims to be a spy and soon finds himself entangled in a nationwide manhunt. This two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award–winning comedy based on the Alfred Hitchock film of the same name features more than 150 zany characters played by a ridiculously talented cast of four.
- The Invisible Hand by Ayad Akhtar, March 26 through April 16, 2022: American investment banker Nick Bright is being held for ransom by a militant group in Pakistan. In exchange for a shot at freedom, he strikes a risky deal with his captors to teach them how to manipulate the global market. Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Ayad Akhtar’s suspenseful and provocative political thriller explores the consequences of fanatical devotion to both the scripture and the dollar.
- Another Revolution by Jacqueline Bircher, April 30 through May 15, 2022: In 1968, two graduate students forced to share a lab at Columbia University find they are opposed in more ways than just their scientific disciplines. Amid interpersonal differences, a campus devolving into political chaos, and the uncertainty and turmoil of the outside world, they each discover what it’s like to be thrown into someone else’s orbit.
In addition to the main stage season lineup, Gulfshore Playhouse will present a fall “Broadway Cabaret Series” on Oct. 14-17, Oct. 21-24 and Oct. 28-31, 2021. Grammy and Emmy Award–winning performer John McDaniel will serve as master of ceremonies for the three fabulous performances. Patrons can experience Broadway in a new way as Gulfshore Playhouse is transformed into a New York–style cabaret club where performers straight from the Big Apple dazzle with songs and stories from Broadway and beyond.
Also this fall, Gulfshore Playhouse Education will debut two student productions, Annie, presented Dec. 16-18, 2021 and Clue, taking place May 20-22, 2022.
For purchase information, visit www.gulfshoreplayhouse.org or call 239-261- PLAY (7529).
Gulfshore Playhouse is passionately committed to enriching the cultural landscape of our region by producing professional theatre to the highest artistic standards and providing unique educational opportunities to diverse groups of people in a spirit of service, adventure, and excitement. Inspired by a belief in the magic of theater to expand the imagination, Gulfshore Playhouse is dedicated to creating productions that challenge the senses, provoke discussion, and revitalize in its audiences an understanding of our common humanity. This belief drives the care with which Gulfshore Playhouse treats its artists, audiences, students, staff, and members of the greater community.