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Royal Family is thrilled to announce our 2020 Spring Programming! 

ROYAL FAMILY PRESENTS

FEMALE FORWARD FESTIVAL

FEB 7 - 11

Resident Choreographer and Creative Associate Lorna Ventura curates our festival celebrating women playwrights. It’s no surprise that the works from this impressive roster of women represent a diverse set of issues, sparking a much-needed dialogue. 

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Queen Esther: Blackbirding

Queen Esther forges her own sonic path with her Black Americana and jazz projects. Her new solo show Blackbirding shows how the 19th century practice of kidnapping and terrorizing black people never really ended.

Iman Schuk: This Open Earth

This Open Earth is a 75-minute play that encourages us to discover the rich texture of the relationships around us. It expresses the subtle but binding experiences and relationships that create the “community” we ultimately depend on.

Rosa Arredondo: Journeys

What are you willing to risk, leave behind, or fight for? Journeys is an intimate look at the personal journeys of six immigrants, in their pursuit of happiness.

WOMEN ON FIRE: STORIES FROM THE FRONTLINES

FEB 21 - MAR 16

After a sold-out run as our mainstage show in spring of 2018, we are bringing back WOMEN ON FIRE: Stories from the Frontlines by popular demand! Led once again by Kathleen Chalfant, this star-studded cast of women explores the “state of the United States.” Our cast includes Gina Naomi Baez, Maddie Corman, Steffanie Leigh, Cynthia Mace, Gargi Mukherjee, Alysia Reiner, Laila Robins, Constance Shulman, and Lianah Sta. Ana.

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GEN Z ON FIRE: LOUD AND CLEAR

MAR 2 - 15

In this companion piece to the WOMEN ON FIRE series, Chris Henry has taken actual stories from children and young people aged 11-19 and shaped them into an incisive look at what really concerns the youngest generation. This piece continues Royal Family’s educational mission by having an all-student cast.

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ROYAL FAMILY EMERGING ARTIST

MILES ORDUNA

APR 24 - 26

Not unlike previous participants in our Emerging Artists Program, Miles has a history with Royal Family and has worked as a dramaturg on such productions as thoughts of a COLORED MAN… and Anne of Green Gables: Part I. Miles has penned Los Altos, a funny and moving new drama that explores the nature of grief and family ties in the suburbs of Southern California.

ROYAL FAMILY DEVELOPMENT SERIES

MAY

Developing new works is the cornerstone of Royal Family’s mission. We are earmarking the month of May for the development of these exciting new works bringing much welcome new voices to the stage.

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The Marys

Tony Award nominee Kristin Hanggi joins forces with playwright Abdi Nazemian to bring Damon Intrabartolo’s (composer, “bare”) unfinished musical to the stage.

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Window Payne: A Love Story to Myself

Tyquan Payne from thoughts of a COLORED MAN, returns to Royal Family with a reading of his solo show.

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The Doormen

You will recognize Victor Verhaeghe from previous Royal Family productions. Now he returns for a reading of his new musical co-written with Joseph Boover and Jason Cohen.

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Untitled New Work

Royal Family has invited playwright/director Christina Franklin as writer-in-residence to develop a new work for our stage.

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This programming depends on your contribution to Royal Family. Become a member today and be the spark that sets our season ON FIRE!