Our New “Flex Season”Heartland’s new season was announced at our Season Announcement Party on March 7. And then came the COVID-19 Pandemic. Instead of beginning our five events with our 10-Minute Play Festival: THE CAMPOUT in June, we are hoping to open with TARTUFFE in February 2021. We will “CAMPOUT” in the summer of 2021.
DIRECTED BY DON LACASSE Banned by the Church after its first performance, Moliere’s comic masterpiece is about a pseudo-Christian con-man who worms his way into the affections of the very wealthy Orgon. Despite the warnings of Orgon’s wife and maid, he blindly opens his home, his heart and his finances to the sanctimonious scoundrel. Employing extreme piety and hypocrisy, Tartuffe appears to be unstoppable until a series of uproarious events saves the day. GENERAL AUDIENCES Performances: (TENTATIVE) February 4,5,6 | 11,12,13,14 | 18,19,20 -2021 DIRECTED BY SANDRA ZIELINSKI. A searing drama that plunges us into the middle of the war in Iraq and follows closely an American anthropologist named Mabry. Embedded within a military unit, she is charged with the task of teaching our military about the culture they are dealing with. How does one teach compassion and understanding to those whose inclinations may be to “shoot first and ask questions later?” It is the story of war through two female lenses—that of an American and that of an Iraqi. MATURE AUDIENCES – LANGUAGE & ADULT SITUATIONS Performances: (TENTATIVE) April 1,2,3 | 8,9,10,11 | 15,16,17 – 2021 DIRECTED BY DAVE KROSTAL, MAKENNA LOCKHART, CODY ROGERS, RICH TINAGLIA Heartland Theatre sounded its very own call of the wild and playwrights from around the world responded. Now we’re getting ready to take you on a campout—actually The Campout. Our woods are quiet, dark, and deep, and full of mysteries as well as revelations. In our woods, animals might behave like people and people sometimes behave like animals. Best of all, you won’t need backpacks, boots, or bug spray. Come join us by the fire (and bring some marshmallows). GENERAL AUDIENCES Performances: (TENTATIVE) June 3,4,5 | 10,11,12,13 | 17,18,19 | 24,25,26 – 2021
BIG BEAR LAKE by Alexander Wilkie, Moorestown, N.J.
CAMPFIRE STORIES by Loretta Bolger Wish, Manasquan, N.J.
MARSHMALLOWS AND OLD FLAMES by Matthew Weaver, Spokane, WA.
ROLLING MY OWN by John Patrick Bray, Athens, GA.
STAND EASY, STRANGER by Tod Shacklett, Victorville, CA
THE OTHER SIDE by Callie Minks, Danville, KY
THE STREAM by Brook North, Raleigh, N.C.
WANDERING STEPS AND SLOW by Jim Kraft, Carmel, INYoung at Heartland Showcases: (TENTATIVE) June & October 2021 A donation at the door is requested for this special event, and booking online is unavailable. New One-Act Plays from the Midwest: Enhanced Staged Readings DIRECTED BY JIMMY CHRISMON Performances: (TENTATIVE) July 23,24,25 – 2021 Free Open Forum with Guest Playwright Lisa Dillman July 22, 2021 A loose adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s tragicomedy, Uncle Vanya, this funny and insightful play examines a strange assortment of characters all afloat on a sea of despair, searching and thrashing about for love’s deliverance. All are in love, but with the unattainable. Beauty and mystery are sought—that special glimmer of light that one desperately wants, but cannot quite capture. MATURE AUDIENCES – LANGUAGE & ADULT CONTENT Performances: (TENTATIVE) September 2,3,4 | 9,10,11,12 | 16,17,18 – 2021 A Shayna Maidel is a story of courage, resilience, and the power of hope and love. Two Jewish sisters are reunited shortly after World War II in New York after years of separation—one living in the U.S. and the other living the nightmare of the Holocaust in Poland. Their stories unfold through realism, memory, and dreams in this compelling family drama. PARENTAL GUIDANCE SUGGESTED – MATURE CONTENT Performances: (TENTATIVE) November 4,5,6 | 11,12,13,14 | 18,19,20 – 2021 This one-weekend only event in early December, now in its third year, offers established playwrights a chance to hear one of their plays in development, read by Heartland actors before a discerning audience, and commented on by a panel of credentialed theatre responders. “The Play’s the Thing Wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king” – Hamlet Performances: (TENTATIVE) December 11, 12 – 2021
Our Season appeal packet, with Flex Pass offers and Donation opportunities, will be in your mailbox EARLY JUNE with a deadline to reply by JULY 15, 2020. If you want to receive a packet and are not on our mailing list currently, email your address to [email protected]