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The new season of Urbanite Theater focuses on family ties.arts and entertainment

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The next season at the Urbanite Theater will include new landmarks in the organization’s history.

For the first time, Urbanite will produce the world premiere of a work that has been commissioned and part of the development since it was a one page deal. ‘That Must Be The Entrance To Heaven’ by Franky D. Gonzalez was developed as part of his 2020 Charles Rowan Beye New Play Commission for Urbanite.

Years later, it will become a reality and will be unveiled to the world for the first time on June 9, 2023.

The theme of the next season is “heredity”, with Urbanite Theater co-founder Brendan Ragan saying that each production explores family ties in some form or way.

“The plays are very different, both theatrically and stylistically,” he says. “I mean, ‘The Burdens’ has a zany Dark-his comedy. ‘Birds of North America’ has a very tender father-daughter drama.” “Backwards Forwards Back” has more touching drama. I think you could even classify “That Must Be the Gate to Heaven” as a tragedy. And of course, “Mr. New Year’s ‘Yuni Oshi’ is also a pretty sad comedy, but it’s a comedy.”

“Mr. Yunioshi,” the first show of the new season, will be an exclusive special engagement from September 7-11. Written and performed by J. Elijah Cho, the production explores Mickey Rooney’s infamous Yellowface his performance in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

Written by Matt Schatz and directed by Ragan, The Bardens tells the story of two grandchildren waiting for their grandfather to leave them an inheritance. According to Ragan, the play is a revolutionary format told primarily by text and his message, showing how technology has not only brought us closer, but also divided us.

“Most people will immediately think, ‘Oh, that means all the dialogue will be projected onto the wall so you can read it like a text message,'” he says. “But the concept of the show is really to speak these text messages like normal dialogue, including typos.

“The Burdens” runs Urbanite from October 21st to November 27th.

Anna Uyag Mönch’s next play, Birds of North America, will run from January 6 to February 12, 2023 at Urbanite. It is related to the nature of our society in the past few years when family relations were strained.

“It’s about two families who are so in love with each other that it felt relevant and important,” he says. “They crave a good relationship. Like generations of fathers and daughters, the closer we try to get closer, the more we drift apart.”

Jacqueline Goldfinger’s Backwards Forwards Back will run from March 24 to April 23, 2023 and will also be directed by Ragan. This monologue starring L. James focuses on a soldier returning from war having to confront his PTSD on himself. James is a former U.S. Army soldier, and Ragan says he brings authenticity and life experience to an irreplaceable role.

Urbanite will also host the Modern Works Festival May 3-7, 2023.

The season’s final show, That Must Be The Entrance To Heaven, is Gonzales’ vehicle about four Latino boxers aiming for world titles and rising social status. Ragan said the play has generated quite a bit of buzz in the theater world, and from June 9, 2023, he is excited to have its world premiere through July 9.

“I felt[Gonzalez]brought a lot of authenticity and interesting perspectives,” says Ragan. “Immigration is always an important topic, but especially now. It was just one perfect world with all kinds of things coming together. But he’s come a long way in two years.”


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