Spokane Civic Theatre reveals the lineup for its 75th season

In terms of local arts institutions, few can match the longevity of Spokane Civic Theatre. Look no further than the organization's recent announcement of its 75th season. When you've survived for three-quarters of a century, your legacy is pretty well set in stone.

The Main Stage season consists of a couple stone-cold classics and a show that's become a fun theatrical staple in recent years.

The season kicks off with the timeless family magic of The Wizard of Oz (Sept. 16-Oct. 16). The holidays will see the (seemingly inevitable) return of A Christmas Carol (Nov. 25-Dec. 18). Rounding out the lineup is the comedic adaptation of the Hitchcockian thriller, The 39 Steps (Jan. 20-Feb. 12, 2023).

Seeking a more intimate experience? The Studio Theatre season might be more your speed. That lineup begins with Significant Other (Sept. 23-Oct. 16), a modern take on trying to find purpose and love as a late-20-something New Yorker. That's followed by Native Gardens (Dec. 2-18), a one-act comedy with social critique centered on the neighborly clash between an older white couple in Washington, D.C., and the young Latinx couple who moves in next door. The final Studio Theatre production is Photograph 51 (Jan. 13-Feb. 5, 2023), an examination of sexism in science based on the story of Rosalind Franklin, the X-ray crystallographer who helped discover DNA's double helix structure.

There are additionally three special event shows on the calendar. The first two come from Spokane Civic Theatre's resident playwright, Bryan Harnetiaux. The summer sees the arrival of his biographical play detailing the life of baseball barrier breaker and Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, National Pastime (July 8-17). Harnetiaux's Exile (Oct. 28-Nov. 6) takes the stage in the fall, telling the story of a retired military vet in his 50s who rekindles bad childhood memories as he attempts to retrieve a relic from his old home. The last show on the lineup is Parallel Lives (Feb. 17-25), a feminist comedic romp where the actors skewer the absurdity of the sexes in modern life through a series of sketches.

Season tickets for the upcoming Spokane Civic Theatre season are on sale now via spokanecivictheatre.com or by phone at 509-325-2507. Main Stage season tickets cost $90, while Studio Theatre season tickets cost $65. Tickets for individual shows go on sale on July 5.

Spokane Civic Theatre 2022-23 Season

Main Stage
Sept. 16-Oct. 16 - The Wizard of Oz
Nov. 25-Dec. 18 - A Christmas Carol
Jan. 20-Feb. 12 - The 39 Steps

Studio Theatre
Sept. 23-Oct. 18 - Significant Other
Dec. 2-18 - Native Gardens
Jan. 13-Feb. 5 - Photograph 51

Special Performances
July 8-17 - National Pastime
Oct. 28-Nov. 6 - Exile
Feb. 17-25 - Parallel Lives

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