Announcing Our 2022-2023 Season


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Moonbox’s twelfth season to kick-off in September.

 

BOSTON, MA – Moonbox Productions, winner of numerous IRNE and Elliot Norton Awards, is thrilled to announce its theatrical line up for the 2022-2023 season.  In September, Moonbox is excited to kick-off its season with two original works performed in repertory, The Good Deli by Kevin Cirone and Jonathan by Mary ElizaBeth Peters.  The season continues in December with Harvey Fierstein’s Tony-Award-winning play, Torch Song and in April Moonbox will showcase its own take on one of the greatest musicals of all time, the Tony-Award-winning favorite Guys and Dolls.  Moonbox will close out its season in the summer of 2023 with its 2nd Annual Boston New Works Festival.

As in previous seasons, Moonbox continues its commitment to bring new works to the stage with the debut of two original plays by two local playwrights and Moonbox Alumni: The Good Deli by Kevin Cirone, directed by Allison Olivia Choat, and Jonathan by Mary ElizaBeth Peters, directed by Brad Reinking.  Performed in repertory, the plays will open at the Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theatre on September 15th and run through October 2nd.

The Good Deli
September 15 — October 2

A Boston comedy by Kevin Cirone

The Good Deli centers on Julia, an up-and-coming Boston comedian whose career is building even as her life is falling apart. It’s a night like any other until Julia’s stepmom calls in a panic – her estranged father is on his deathbed. Julia rushes to his side, only to find him seemingly the same wise-ass curmudgeon he always was – only now he’s obsessed with the Italian deli the family visited when Julia was a child.  With moral support from an unlikely group of allies, including a former priest, an exotic dancer, and her nerdy brother Max, Julia sets out to find the mythical deli and give their father the sandwich of his dreams… only now her entire family is tagging along and they’re hitting every red light from Maine to Boston, all while trying to reconnect to a deli – and a past – that may be lost forever.

 

Jonathan
September 15 — October 2

Man in Red Shirt labeled Jonathan by Michael ElizaBeth Peters

In Jonathan, Jonathan is a young man with autism working at a big-box store the week before Christmas.  But as the holiday season heats up, his personal aspirations are at odds with the reality of how he is treated.  Will Jonathan push to keep his job, or give up?  Will his employer help him succeed, or get rid of him? Jonathan will ask audiences to consider what we really believe in America: about adults with disabilities, about employment, and about the creature comforts of a retail economy.

 

Torch Song
December 2 – December 23

Torch Song by Harvey Fierstein

In December, Moonbox Productions will continue the season with the Harvey Fierstein’s Tony-Award-winning play Torch Song, directed by Allison Olivia Choat. Torch Song opens December 2nd and runs through December 23rd at the Boston Center for the Arts Roberts Theater.

Hilarious and heart wrenching, Torch Song follows Arnold Beckoff on his odyssey to find happiness in New York. All he wants is a husband, a child and a pair of bunny slippers that fit, but a visit from his overbearing mother reminds him that he needs one thing more: respect.  Join Arnold on this all-too-human journey about the families we’re born into, the families we choose, and the battles to bring them all home. Starring Moonbox alum and Elliot Norton Award nominee Peter Mill as Arnold Beckoff.

 

Guys and Dolls
April 14 — May 13

In April, Moonbox will perform the Broadway classic, Guys and Dolls.  Hailed by many as the perfect musical comedy, Guys and Dolls will open on April 14th and run through May 13th at the Main Stage at Mosesian Center for the Arts.  The musical will be directed by Arthur Gomez with musical direction by Dan Rodriguez and choreography by Joy Clark.

Guys and Dolls tells of con-man Nathan Detroit’s efforts to find new life for his illegal, but notorious, craps game. When his trusty venue is found out by the police, Nathan has to find a new home for his craps game quickly – but he doesn’t have the dough to secure the one location he finds.  Enter Sky Masterson, a high-rolling gambler willing to take on any honest bet with a high enough reward attached.  Nathan bets Sky that he can’t take the “doll” of Nathan’s choosing to Havana, Cuba, with him on a date. When Sky agrees to the bet, Nathan chooses uptight Evangelist Sergeant Sarah Brown, head of Save-a-Soul Mission.  Sky thinks he’s been duped, but he’s in for even more of a surprise when his efforts to woo Sarah are so successful that he falls in love with her himself!  Get ready for a romping good time with a show that’ll make you cry laughing while tugging at your heart strings.

 

2nd Annual Boston New Works Festival
June 2023

To wrap up its season, Moonbox looks forward to bringing its 2nd Annual Boston New Works Festival to the Calderwood Pavilion and the Boston Center for the Arts during the summer of 2023.

 

 

 

Sharman Altshuler
Sharman Altshuler

“In addition to holding our SECOND New Works Festival next summer, we will, for the first time, be presenting two brand new theatrical pieces by local playwrights as part of our mainstage season,” said Producer Sharman Altshuler.  

“That feels amazing as we come out of our very first New Works Festival this past June, and it really puts a cherry on the top of our bustling new works initiative!  Torch Song will bring warmth and hilarious humor to the chilly months, and Guys and Dolls is an all-time favorite of mine and many of us on the Moonbox team, so wrapping up the regular season with this incredible musical is a dream come true!  It’s going to be a great season and we can’t wait to share it with our amazing community,” said Altshuler.

 

 

Throughout the 2022-2023 season, Moonbox will also continue its support of local non-profits by partnering with a different non-profit organization for each show, giving them greater visibility and helping them to increase the reach and impact of their work.