Marcela Lorca begins role as artistic director with new season
Ten Thousand Things has announced plans for its 2018-19 season, Marcela Lorca’s first season as Artistic Director. The company will tour a new adaptation of Molière’s Scapin, its first-ever production of Into the Woods, and Karen Zacarías’ The Sins of Sor Juana. All three shows will tour to prisons, housing projects, homeless shelters, schools and to locations for paid public audiences.
“The shows, though unique in genre, all will celebrate Ten Thousand Things’ great spirit of adventure and engagement of highly skilled actors,” said Lorca. “I look forward to building upon the traditions this company has so diligently developed, especially the focus on performing for non-traditional audiences.”
The season opens in October with Randy Reyes’ new adaptation of Scapin by Molière, a raucous comedy about love affairs, revenge, family dynamics, deception, intrigue, and greed (or Monday at the White House). “I am excited to work with some of the best theatrical comedians in the Twin Cities to bring laughter to all the communities that Ten Thousand Things touches,” said Reyes. “The world really needs laughter right now.” Reyes will direct the show, with a cast that includes Sarah Agnew as Scapin, Ricardo Beaird, Joy Dolo, Elise Langer, and Kimberly Richardson. Public performances are October 11–November 4.
The season continues in February 2019 with Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods. “This delightful musical invites us to confront our deep desires, conquer our fears, and ride alongside familiar fairy tale characters with one of the best and funniest scores ever written,” said Lorca, who will direct the show. The cast includes Christina Baldwin, Rajane Brown, Aimee Bryant, Tyson Forbes, Jim Litchscheidl, Ben Lohrberg, Eric Sharp and Austene Van. Public performances are February 21–March 24.
TTT closes the season with Karen Zacarias’ romantic and humorous The Sins of Sor Juana, the true story of the famous writer Juana Inéz de la Cruz, a woman of great resilience who was determined to break the conventions of 17th century Mexico. Lorca will direct a cast featuring Sun Mee Chomet, George Keller, Jason Rojas, Thallis Santesteban, and others to be named. Public performances are May 17–June 9.
Tickets for Ten Thousand Things’ 2018–19 season will go on sale in September.