Gabriela is an Argentine concert cellist living in Chicago with her American husband and adjusting to life as a new mom. A surprise visit from two strangers exposes a devastating secret in this visceral look at the repercussions of Argentina’s so-called “Dirty War.” This West Coast Premiere explores the heart’s capacity for forgiveness — even in the face of the harshest betrayal.
Set in one apartment in New York over the span of several generations, this World Premiere follows the poignant journey of a German Jewish refugee and her family in this heartfelt, lyrical portrait of a woman haunted by the past but resiliently moving toward the future.
“Some rise by sin and some by virtue fall.” Sex and hypocrisy abound in this dark comedy about the corruption of power and authority … and the true nature of love and justice.
The Boatman ferries the dead across the water; but what happens if one day, a soul arrives who’s not ready for transport? This beautiful, darkly funny and theatrical play re-examines the classic myth of the River Styx.
Mom kills Dad and his mistress. Daughter vows vengeance. Along with her brother, she wreaks havoc with another bloody double murder. If that’s not a comedy, what is? Catherine Butterfield’s ELECTRA, REVISITED explores the lighter side of Greek tragedy with spectacle, poignancy and the occasional song.
Recovering from the destruction of World War I, two sisters seek sexual freedom, gender equality and love. D.H. Lawrence’s classic novel reemerges in a new stage adaptation that is as provocative and shocking today as it was in 1920.
Kaufman & Hart’s first collaboration, Once in a Lifetime, is an early-days-of-talking-pictures mad-cap comedy featuring some 60 characters. The story centers around three young down-at-the-heels friends who quit the vaudeville circuit and move out to Hollywood to teach elocution to would be screen actors in the brave new world of sound. Their dumb luck combined with the absurd nature of the burgeoning film industry propels them to new heights.
Drama critic Mortimer Brewster appears to lead a normal, happy life, until he discovers that his aunts have a deadly secret buried in the basement: a
dozen older gentlemen. Hilarity and madness ensue as he tries to wrangle his crazy aunts along with his brothers— Theodore, who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt; and maniacal, murderous Jonathan.
The Tempest is Shakespeare’s final play. A ship is wrecked in a mighty storm and the survivors are marooned on a mystical island controlled by the wizardly magician Prospero. What happens to them on this eventful day deals with the whole condition of man. Fathers will lose their children and discover them again. First love will bloom and revenge plots will be carried out. Shakespeare asks: can mercy triumph over vengeance? Can tyrants set free those they hold? Shakespeare’s masterpiece comes alive in a very contemporary fashion in this striking new adaptation by Kenneth Cavander.
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After receiving an opportunity to attend the prestigious Vanguard Academy, 13-year old SHE is forced to “make her own way” and face the harsh realities of adult life. SHE copes through a world of poetry, and soon discovers that the small town she was so desperate to escape is filled with the very people who give her wings to fly.
Martina has always been the best at video games since “turning over” Defender in 1984. The skills she learned with the games that she played got her through many battles. Now Martina is propelled in a world of past traumas video-game style. As she battles levels and the “monsters” from her past can she make the decision to be a better wife, mother, and human?
At a Willed Body ceremony — an event where medical students meet the families of medical cadavers — Lydia, an ambitious first-year med student, meets Harrison, the son of the cadaver she is about to dissect. As Lydia cuts deeper and deeper into his father’s body, she and Harrison enter into an unconventional relationship that straddles the line between sweet and horrifying.
Brothers Play is a nativity scene… of sorts. Thomas throws a rock through the rose window at church to shatter his family’s code of silence, a few days before Christmas. A darkly funny, brutally honest exposure of abuse, and secrets, and how they spill out despite ourselves. And the love of brothers, of course.
Frank, a married heterosexual crossdresser in his late 30s living in Montana, discovers Miss Olivia’s Finishing School for Girls, a club for fellow recreational crossdressers. Finally able to share his secret with another like-minded man, Frank’s newfound freedom threatens his marriage and his relationship with his best friend.
When 15-year old Tori goes to work as a summer intern for her godmother’s new African American boyfriend, Jamal, everyone is thrilled… until sexually charged photos turn up in Jamal’s office. Then suspicions turn to accusations and accusations turn into paranoia. What exactly is Jamal doing in his garage with teenage Tori?
Adapted from the classic Ovid poem, Metamorphoses explores the classic myth. The reading will be followed by a talkback with playwright Mary Zimmerman.
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