An Inside Look at Building the New B Street Theatre
B Street Theatre’s first season in its new $29 million midtown home will feature a mix of contemporary theater and classic children’s titles.
The Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts, at 27th Street and Capitol Avenue, is under construction and set to open early next year. The first play performed there will be Richard Bean’s “One Man, Two Guvnors,” an English adaptation of “Servant of Two Masters” with a lead role that was originated by current late-night star James Corden.
“One Man” is scheduled to run Jan. 30 to March 4. Buck Busfield, the B Street’s artistic director and co-founder, will direct.
“I love the play,” Busfield said. “It’s something we do quite well, and I’m really thrilled because we’re going to have as many of our company members in it as we can.”
Busfield said the rest of the mainstage season schedule is “a good representation of some of the best new plays in the last three or four years.” In the tradition of B Street, Busfield said, it “tends toward the fun and the lively, but we have a few serious dramas in there.”
The season continues with Sarah Burgess’ “Dry Powder” (March 27-April 15), Chelsea Marcantel’s “Airness” (May 8-June 10), a play about professional air guitar players, and a revival of Norm Foster’s “The Ladies Foursome (June 19-July 22).
After B Street’s inaugural New Works Festival (June 26-July 1), the company performs Basil Kreimendahl’s “We’re Gonna Be Okay” (Aug. 7-Sept. 9), about neighboring families in the Cold War, and Martyna Majok’s “Ironbound” (Sept. 25-Oct. 28), about a Polish immigrant searching for her son in America.
The season concludes with Matthew Lopez’s “The Legend of Georgia McBride” (Nov. 6-Dec. 9), about an Elvis impersonator turned drag queen.
B Street will also produce four shows for its family series, beginning with the U.S. premier of “Gandhi: The Musical” (Feb. 19-March 11), which had its world premier last summer in Mumbai, India.
The family series season includes “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” (April 9-29), “Treasure Island” (Oct. 15-Nov. 4) and Busfield’s adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” (Nov. 30-Dec. 30).
Tickets for the 2018 season will go on sale July 5.