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Syracuse Stage announces new season of live theater showings

Syracuse Stages' live showing of "Somewhere Over the Border" during their 2021 to 2022 season
John Smith
Syracuse Stages' live showing of "Somewhere Over the Border" during their 2021 to 2022 season

Fans of live theater will have many new productions to look forward to as a new slate of shows is set to debut later this year as part of the 2022 to 2023 Syracuse Stage season. The goal for the new line-up is to create plays that tell fun stories, but also to provide new ways of looking at the world. One of the new productions is the musical How to Dance in Ohio. Syracuse Stage Artistic Director Bob Hupp believed the show will have a long run beyond the premiere to local audiences.

“It is our expectation that this play will be seen here in Syracuse and then will have a commercial life perhaps on Broadway after it happens here in Syracuse. Our audiences in Central New York will have the opportunity to see this musical for the very first time, and so I’m especially excited about that.”

Despite the ongoing COVID pandemic, Syracuse Stage was able to produce their entire season live at the theater. Among the things that Hupp and his team have learned by working through the pandemic is the importance of connecting with others.

“One of the things that I think we’ve lost over the last couple of years is our connection to each other, to our families, to our friends. One of the things that the performing arts can offer us is an opportunity to connect. These plays all, at their core, center on this issue of how we connect with each other. And so that to me is the driving force behind this season.”

Other productions scheduled for the upcoming season include “The Little Mermaid”, bilingual drama “Clean/Espejos”, and “Our Town”, which Hupp will have the opportunity to direct himself. The new season begins in the fall on September 2, and will run through June 25, 2023.

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