So how do you plan to support the arts in 2020?


In the coming weeks, you will be reading a lot in this column about Savannah Stopover, Savannah Music Festival and other upcoming musical performances, but I want to devote this first Do column of 2020 to local theatre.



If you are looking for new things to do and new ways to engage with our local arts communities, you should think about supporting any and all of our organizations that are producing quality work.


Sure, we wouldn’t have so many quality productions if the public did not show adequate support, but too often I find myself reviewing performances that are nowhere near sold out. (And, yes, I buy my own tickets to show my personal support for the efforts.)


I routinely talk to friends who vaguely vow to attend more performances, and I talk to theatregoers who follow only one company and don’t branch out.


No more excuses. I hope readers will take some chances in 2020. Individual tickets are generally $20 or so – far less than some of you are spending on a typical night out, or even just lunch.


I am probably leaving out something important, but consider the following options on the horizon.


The Savannah Stage Company will announce their 2020 season on Jan. 24., and The Collective Face Theatre Ensemble will continue their 10th anniversary season in February with Lynn Nottage’s “Intimate Apparel.”


Savannah Repertory Theatre’s production of Christopher Durang’s comedy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” opens on Feb. 28.


Asbury Memorial Theatre will stage “Man of La Mancha” in March.


The Savannah Theatre cast and band will stage the tribute “Beatles By Request” from Jan. 25 to Feb. 2. and “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” from Feb. 7 to Feb. 16.


The Savannah Children’s Theatre’s “Matilda” runs from Jan. 24 to Feb. 9.


The Bay Street Theatre has not yet scheduled any dates for 2020, but fans are certainly planning on “The Rocky Horror Show” musical around Halloween.


We are also looking forward to news from Savannah Shakes and the new Unvarnished Theater Company.


And that’s not all. Local colleges and schools also do strong work.


Georgia Southern University, where I hold a lecturer position, will stage Michael Hollinger’s “Red Herring” in the black box at Jenkins Hall on the Armstrong Campus from Feb. 20 to 23 and Bruce Norris’ “Clybourne Park” on the main stage in March.


So start marking those calendars and following new Facebook pages.


Bill Dawers writes City Talk in Savannah Morning News and blogs at hissing lawns (www.hissinglawns.com). Email billdawers@comcast.net.


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