Our New 2020-2021 Season
Heartland’s new season was announced at our Season Announcement Party on March 7, 2020 to our patrons who were excited for a sneak peak ahead of our April Season Ticket and Donation Appeal. Heartland’s 2020-2021 season kicks off with the 10-Minute Play Festival in June 2020 and runs through April 2021.
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).
Performances: June 4,5,6 | 11,12,13,14 | 18,19,20 | 25,26,27* – 2020
Young at Heartland Summer Showcases
CANCELLED: Performances: June 24, 7:30 pm and June 26, 2:00 pm – 2020 at Heartland Theatre. Fall performances in October 2020 are still planned.
New One-Act Plays from the Midwest: Enhanced Staged Readings
Performances: July 24,25,26, 2020: Open Forum with Guest Playwright Lisa Dillman July 23, 2020
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.
Performances: September 3,4,5 |10,11,12,13 | 17,18,19* – 2020
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 the American and that of the Iraqi.
Performances: November 5,6,7 | 12,13,14,15 | 19,20,21* – 2020
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: December 12 & 13, 2020
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.
Performances: February 4,5,6 | 11,12,13,14 | 18,19,20* – 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.
Performances: April 1,2,3 | 8,9,10,11 | 15,16,17* -2021
*2 performances (matinee and evening) on final performance date
Our Season appeal packet, with Flex Pass offers and Donation opportunities, will be in your mailbox mid-April, with a deadline to reply by June 1, 2020.