Lisa Kron
Playwright Lisa Kron of “Fun Home.”

San Diego Repertory Theatre announced its 43rd season on Sunday, promising a series of productions that are “eloquent, personal and brave” in exploring issues that continue to make headlines.

“Next season’s productions will cover a variety of topics including LGBT issues, female empowerment, sexual consent, race, class and corporations versus unions—the same issues that make the headlines and shape our lives each day,” said Artistic Director Sam Woodhouse.

In a celebration of female theatre artists, four of the six productions during the 2018-19 season are by award-winning female playwrights.

Fun Home,” Sept. 6-30 — This Tony Award-winning musical by Lisa Kron is the coming-out memoir of graphic artist Alison Bechdel, an exploration of family, memory, first love and a daughter’s relationship with her father.

Actually,” Oct. 11-Nov. 4 — Playwright Anna Ziegler investigates gender, politics and the three sides to every story in a play that won a Southern California Ovation Award for best production.

A Doll’s House, Part 2,” Nov. 21-Dec. 16 — A door slams; fifteen years later Nora is back. Based on Henrik Ibsen’s classic play and nominated for eight Tony Awards including best play.

Lynn Nottage

Aubergine,” Jan. 24-Feb. 17 — Comfort food takes on a new meaning in Julia Cho‘s drama about a Korean-American chef taking charge of his dying father’s care where a perfect meal can have magical, life-giving properties.

Hershey Felder, Beethoven,” Feb. 21-March 24 –A return of Hershey Felder, the best-selling artist in the San Diego Rep’s history, as the young boy, Gerhard von Breuning, caring for the legendary composer in his last two years.

Sweat,” April 18-May 12 — Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for drama, playwright Lynn Nottage goes where few have dared to go—into the heart of working-class America. Her characters went to the same schools, work at the same factory, drink at the same bar and are going to hell in the same hand basket.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.