2019 - 2020 SEASON

Azuka Theatre's 20th Season explores the transformation that occurs when the personal becomes public. Can the secrets we protect or objects we hold dear remain special once they’re shared? How are our own histories transformed under the scrutiny of strangers? And can these revelations make us better people?

As always, Azuka approaches these unique stories and outcast characters with compassion and humor. This season, we invite audiences to be part of our exploration -- what happens when you watch these characters? How do the questions asked onstage transform into your questions, and are there ever simple answers?

We are proudly continuing our commitment to community and accessibility by extending our innovative Pay What You Decide box office initiative for a 4th full season! There are no tricks and no loopholes — we believe you belong here no matter who you are or what you can give.

Thank you to our Season Sponsor!

Thank you to our Season Sponsor!

We hope you’ll join us for these stories we truly believe are worth telling.


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Dominique Morriseau

Dominique Morriseau

SUNSET BABY

By Dominique Morriseau
Directed by Amina Robinson
November 6 - 24, 2019

Sunset Baby revolves around the reunion of a former Black revolutionary and political prisoner with his estranged daughter, Nina. At the center of this fraught and broken relationship are the now historically significant and valuable letters Nina’s mother wrote to her father while he was in jail. Caught in a tug-of-war over these documents, father and daughter confront their shared past. Sunset Baby is an energized, vibrant, and witty look at the point where the personal and political collide.


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Douglas Williams

Douglas Williams

SHIP

World Premiere by a Philadelphia Playwright!
By Douglas Williams
Directed by Kevin Glaccum
February 26 - March 15, 2020

Fresh out of rehab, Nell returns to her hometown of Mystic, CT with two goals: track down her former classmate who tried and failed to grow the longest fingernails in the world, and be promoted to the most high profile job in town: tour guide at the Seaport. With the help and hindrance of her older sister, Nell grabs at her chance for hometown glory – but it’s not as easy as it looks.


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Lena Barnard

Lena Barnard

A ROOM AT THE
FLAMINGO HOTEL

World Premiere by a Philadelphia Playwright!
By Lena Barnard
Directed by Maura Krause
April 29 - May 17, 2020

An absurd take on the noir thriller, the play is set in a country where art is king – he’s literally a statue. During a period of political rebellion, four intertwined groups of visitors to a single hotel room lie, cheat, fall out of love, and play high stakes games of Go Fish. Through these haunting and secretive characters, the show explores what it means to make art or be art, and who gets to decide the difference.