Know Theatre formally introduced its incoming artistic director, Andrew Hungerford, before a full house on Wednesday evening. He might not approach the boundless energy of his
predecessor Eric Vosmeier (more on his half-dozen years at the helm here), but Hungerford has a kind of boyish
enthusiasm for the job he's taking on that feels fresh and infectious.
The crowd of supporters seemed enthusiastic about his engagement and were
especially pleased as he filled in details about coming productions for
the months ahead in 2014.
Know's 17th season "Adaptation," he stressed that shows he's selected
are adaptations of literary works, of different genres for the stage, of
people struggling with changing circumstances and — by the way — of a
theater company adapting to a new artistic director. He announced four
The Twentieth-Century Way
by Tom Jacobson (April). Two actors play more than a dozen roles to
recreate the true story of how, in 1914, police in Long Beach, Calif.,
hired two actors to entrap gay men in the crime of "social vagrancy."
Inspired by episodic TV series, Know will present 15-minute
slices of six "series" every other week, commencing during the Fringe
(in early June) and proceeding through the summer. This promises to be a
playground for local artists to connect with audiences returning for
more during the summer months on Know's Underground stage, with the bar
nearby — and popcorn promised.
Harry and the Thief
by Sigrid Gilmer (August). The story of a guy with a time machine and a
plan to go back to the Civil War era, find abolitionist Harriet Tubman
and give her guns. Hungerford describes this play "a socially conscious
riot of a play that uses a form of a Michael Bay action movie to tell a
story full of adventure, social relevance, and answering the call of
(October). This one was previously announced, a stage version of Herman
Melville's immense 19th-century American novel about an obsessive sea
captain and a "great white whale." Hungerford will co-direct Julian
Rad's script with "local theatrical rabble-rouser" Michael Burnham
(recently retired from the drama faculty at CCM). The production mixes
sea shanties and inventive physicality with a text that explores issues
of youth, friendship, duty and how far a man like Captain Ahab will go.
an intriguing lineup, one that seems likely to keep audiences returning
for doses of Know's brand of off-kilter but engaging theater.