This 28th season here at Jungle Theater is one of our finest yet. From the hottest plays just out of New York and London, to our own World Premiere adaptation, holiday show and new comedy, this season is lovingly curated to delight, inspire and encourage you to see the world in new ways.
Theater is the place we come together to embrace our shared humanity through timely questions, imaginative leaps and the much needed joy of laughter. Come and be a part of the magic.
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by Kate Hamill • dir. by Sarah Rasmussen
SEPTEMBER 15 - OCTOBER 21, 2018
In the midst of the Civil War, the four March sisters are set on a journey from adolescence to adulthood: a classic tale saturated with a contemporary air. The Jungle commissioned Kate Hamill, a playwright who’s been praised by The New York Times as “ingenious, saucy, & spunky,” to adapt this beloved and timely classic work and reunites her with Sarah Rasmussen (Sense & Sensibility at Guthrie Theater). Little Women will surprise, excite, and empower you.
by Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon • dir. by Christina Baldwin
DECEMBER 1 - 30, 2018
The event of the season! Take a trip to the downstairs residence at Pemberley - the house a-twitter with the bustle of servants and the arrival of the Bennet clan as seen in last season’s hit, Miss Bennet. From the most produced living playwright, hailed by New York Magazine as “a rare theatrical talent,” comes a twinkling tale of family, honor, and love. Add on your tickets to this very special premiere, and spend the holidays wrapped in Edwardian charm.
by Lucy Kirkwood • dir. by Casey Stangl
JANUARY 12 - FEBRUARY 10, 2019
On the lonely British coast, two retired nuclear scientists reside in a quiet cabin while the outside world erupts in utter chaos. An old friend arrives, revealing a frightening request. Winner of Best Play by The U.K. Writers’ Guild Awards, The Children is a “thought-provoking and haunting drama” (The New York Times). Playwright Lucy Kirkwood challenges ideas on morality and generational obligation in a critically acclaimed work just ending its successful Broadway run.
NEW YORK TIMES CRITIC’S PICK
UK WRITER’S GUILD BEST PLAY 2018
by Jocelyn Bioh • dir. by Shá Cage
MARCH 16 - APRIL 14, 2019
The reigning queen bee at Ghana’s most exclusive boarding school has her sights set on the Miss Universe pageant. But a new student captures the attention of the pageant recruiter - and the previously hive-minded students. Award-winning playwright Jocelyn Bioh’s buoyant and biting comedy explores the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls across the globe.
WINNER OF A 2018 LORTEL AWARD
NEW YORK TIMES CRITIC’s PICK
by Bess Wohl • dir. by Lauren Keating
MAY 18 - JUNE 16, 2019
After a sold-out national tour, this 2016 New York Times Critics’ Pick will take on new life here at the Jungle. In the overwhelming quiet of the woods, six wildly disparate urbanites embark on a silent retreat. The Huffington Post calls it, “a play unlike any other;” Variety claims it’s “flawless.” Filled with awkward and insightful humor, Drama Desk Award-winner Bess Wohl’s Small Mouth Sounds is the unique and compassionate new play that asks how we address life’s biggest questions when words fail us.
NEW YORK TIMES CRITIC’S PICK
TIME OUT NEW YORK CRITIC’S PICK
NEW YORK MAGAZINE CRITIC’S PICK
by Josh Tobiessen • dir. by Sarah Rasmussen
JULY 20 - AUGUST 18, 2019
Two adorable kids? Check. One stay-at-home dad? Check. One felonious Meemaw? Check. This season reunites the much-loved writer/director team from our 2017 hit Lone Star Spirits, Josh Tobiessen and Sarah Rasmussen. Joining them is local favorite Sally Wingert, returning to the Jungle after almost 15 years. This exceptional creative team will brilliantly capture the humanity of parenting and the complexity of life’s balances.
dir. By Sarah Rasmussen • starring David Ivers
You’re seven years old. Mom finds it hard to be happy. You start a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. You leave it on her pillow. You know she’s read it because she’s corrected your spelling. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, this one-person show turned HBO Documentary, has been lauded on London and New York stages. The Jungles brings local favorite David Ivers back to Minneapolis for a special run of an unmissable show.