201​​​7-1​8 Segerstrom Stage Season

The best of the best, stunning classics, modern masterpieces and proven hits.


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ONCE
book by Enda Walsh
music & lyrics by Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová
based on the motion picture written and directed by John Carney
directed by Kent Nicholson
September 2-30, 2017

 “Glorious and inspiring” (Time Out New York), “fun and heartfelt” (The New Yorker), Once tells the story of a Dublin street musician about to abandon his dream when a beautiful woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to new heights, and their connection becomes more than an everyday romance. A captivating tale that will draw you in from the very first note.


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GEM OF THE OCEAN
​by August Wilson
directed by Kent Gash
October 14 - November 11, 2017

1904. Many former slaves and descendants venturing north find themselves at Aunt Ester’s door in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. A renowned cleanser of souls claiming to be 285 years old, Ester provides solace, advice and healing. Citizen Barlow, racked with guilt over letting another man take the rap for of his crimes, desperately wants to be pure again. And Aunt Ester may be his only hope. From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Fences, comes a mystical story of freedom, justice and redemption. 


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SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
​based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
adapted for the stage by Lee Hall
music by Paddy Cunneen
directed by Marc Masterson
January 13 - February 10, 2018

Young Will Shakespeare is desperate. He has writer’s block and owes two demanding producers a new comedy—a half-baked mess titled Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter. Enter his inspiration: Viola. Smart, beautiful and Will’s greatest admirer, she will stop at nothing—including breaking the law—to be in his play. As their love blossoms, so does his greatest masterpiece. Mistaken identities, ruthless scheming, and backstage theatrics make this romantic feast “a joyous celebration of theatre” (Daily Telegraph).


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SHREW!
​by ​Amy Freed
directed by Art Manke
March 24 - April 21, 2018

In Shakespeare’s battle of the sexes, The Taming of the Shrew, Petruchio wins. But, what if a 16th century woman had written it? In Amy Freed’s clever and wickedly funny spin on the classic, Kate triumphs, too. When her unstoppable force meets his immovable object (or is it the other way around?), the impact is red-hot and, oh, so sexy! From the author of The Beard of Avon comes a love story for our time.


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THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG
​by ​​​Wendy Wasserstein
directed by Casey Stangl
May 5 - June 2, 2018

They’re each extraordinary in their own way. Sara, the successful banker. Pfeni, the globe-trotting journalist. And Gorgeous, the irrepressible radio host. Not bad for three sisters from Brooklyn in the early 1990s. When they gather in London for Sara’s 54th birthday, along with some of the men in their lives, the result is a witty, enthralling look at the quest for love, acceptance and self-fulfillment.


ALL PLAYS SUBJECT TO CHANGE, PENDING RIGHTS.


Photo: Nike Doukas, Hugo Armstrong and JD Cullum​ in All the Way. Photo by Debora Robinson.