Our exciting 2018-2019 season has been planned!

The season opens Sept. 14-23 with a Tony-winning musical directed by Chris Turner. We can’t yet share the title, BUT we can tell you it’s an a Tony award winning contemporary musical about the search of identity and truths about family.

Rumors, a Neil Simon farce directed by Luke Wallis, is Oct. 19-28. The deputy mayor of New York accidentally shot himself just before his anniversary party. As he lies bleeding in another room, his wife is nowhere in sight, the guests are arriving, confusions and miscommunications mount — and the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.

Shakespeare’s Tempest is planned for an intimate black box production by director Sean Maguire, running Nov. 8-11.

Our annual Chrysalis family show for the holidays will be the musical version of A Christmas Story, running Dec. 14-30 and directed by Lee Lewis. The heartwarming show involves a bespectacled boy named Ralphie, a kooky leg lamp, a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole and a Red Ryder BB gun.

We open 2019 with The Last Five Years, a musical directed by Staci Garber, running Feb. 1-10. Jason Roberts Brown’s musical focuses on two New Yorkers. Jamie tells his story conventionally, but Cathy tells her story backwards, so they meet once, at their wedding in the middle of the show.

Insignificance is a black box parable running March 14-17, from director Joe Pukatsch. Imagine if Marilyn Monroe and Albert Einstein met in a hotel room. Just for one night. What would they talk about? And what if they were interrupted by two guys named Joe — McCarthy and DiMaggio? Insignificance is the intriguing, hilarious and heartbreaking story of an actress, a genius, a senator and a ballplayer.

Ruined, a special event black box, is directed by Sean Kelly at a date to be determined. Set in a small mining town in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Lynn Nottage play follows Mama Nadi, a businesswoman who is trying to stay afloat in a land torn apart by civil war.

Aida, the Elton John-Tim Rice musical, follows May 3-12, with direction by Lauren Hope Gates and choreography by Dominic Santos.¬†An enslaved Nubian princess, Aida, finds her heart entangled with Radames, an Egyptian soldier who is betrothed to the Pharaoh’s daughter, Amneris. As their forbidden love blossoms, Aida is forced to weigh her heart against the responsibility that she faces as the leader of her people

The main-stage season ends with the musical version of Stuart Little, the story of an adventurous mouse growing up in Manhattan and exploring the world beyond. This Chrysalis show runs June 7-16 and is directed by Ken Mammarella.

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Beginning September 4, 2018 the Wilmington Drama League will have regular office hours Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-3 pm. Calls or visits can be made to the main office (side door on Shipley St) (302) 764-3396. Our box office line however will remain fully automated. Questions should be directed to the main office line or sent to kathy@wdleague.org.