Season 33 (2013-2014)
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The season of New-Found Power.
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Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
book by Alex Timbers, and music & lyrics by Michael Friedman
Directed by Brendan Hoyle
August 23 - September 15
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson tells the story of America's first political maverick. A.J. kicked British butt, shafted the Indians and smacked down the Spaniards all in the name of these United States--who cares if he didn't have permission? An exhilarating and white-knuckled look at one of our nation's founding rock stars, this hit new musical recreates and reinvents the life of "Old Hickory," from his humble beginnings on the Tennessee frontier to his new-found power as Commander-in-Chief. Time Out NY calls it "the smartest, sharpest new musical in years."
Contains adult language.
Carrie: The Musical
book by Lawrence D. Cohen, lyrics by Dean Pritchford, music by Michael Gore
Directed by David Springstead
October 18 - November 10
Based on the classic novel by Stephen King, and just in time for Halloween, "Carrie" tells the chilling story of an outcast high school girl who finds a dangerous new power. Perhaps the most famous anti-bullying story of all time, this newly re-worked musical version will have you squeezing your neighbor's arm and wishing you'd never met poor Carrie White. "This infamous rock musical about a telekinetic teen has the strange power to move you. The new and improved Carrie is gripping." (Time Out NY)
by Thomas McCormack
January 17 - February 9
One of the last great publishing companies of the world, Joshua Maynard Books, is under attack. When its legendary founder departs, it sets up an epic battle of wills and wits between his daughter and the two talented editors grasping the reins of power. She must choose which will save the company: the artistic idealist or the cutthroat businessman? If "The West Wing" were set in New York, it might look like "Endpapers," which NY Magazine calls a "breathlessly fast, funny, and thoughtful comedy."
by Michael Hollinger
March 14 - April 6*
may be subject to change)
The Lazara Quartet is renowned worldwide for it's impeccable renditions of the world's classical masterpieces. But under that polished surface is all the drama of a high school lunchroom. The powerful passions of great musicians collide in "Opus," a touching, funny, and inspiring tale of a string quartet on a desperate search to replace a fired member in time for a performance at the White House. Time Out NY calls it "a tart and witty chamber piece about the politics and passions that threaten a classical string quartet. Like a good quartet, OPUS is an intimate, intense and profoundly moving conversation among artists."
In the Next Room
by Sarah Ruhl
June 6 - June 29
This remarkable historical drama has got the whole nation buzzing. In this regional premiere of "In The Next Room (or the Vibrator Play)," a doctor and his wife struggle to rekindle their love at the dawn of the age of electricity. Based on historical events, this story about the phenomenon of "female hysteria" takes us under the stiff corsets of 1890's and into the pent-up passions beneath. A play about women finding their power, and men finally finding their women. The New York Times calls it "insightful, fresh and funny; the play is as rich in thought as it is in feeling."
Season 32 (2012-2013)
From off-the-wall to sultry to smart, it's Generic style theater—just the way you like it.
Book and lyrics by
Music and lyrics by
August 31 - September 23
Flushed down to Norfolk straight from its subversive and award-winning run on Broadway, this hilarious satire is set in a (not too distant) future, in which water is scarce and everyone must pay to use the bathroom. Corrupt politicians and corporate titans unite to pass strict laws outlawing urination anywhere but the official toilets, and anyone too poor or too foolish to pay is carted off to “Urinetown”—a mysterious place that no one knows anything about and everyone fears. A young crusader leads a popular revolt to restore dignity...and, since this is a musical, obviously falls in love along the way.
Don't mind the title: this show is appropriate for ages 7 and up.
by David Mamet
October 19 - November 11
Pulitzer-Prize winner David Mamet’s The Cryptogram is an eerie departure from his machismo drenched dramas like Glengarry Glen Ross and American Buffalo. Set in a typical suburban home, a young boy is forced to grow up quickly as he uncovers the mystery surrounding recent abrupt changes in his home life. The Cryptogram is a macabre Hitchcockian story; and is arguably Mamet’s most personal play...brilliantly crafted with his signature style of language, which “illuminate[s], creating a child’s vision of the world with a poignancy seldom experienced in the contemporary theater” (Vincent Canby, The New York Times).
by Tom Stoppard
December 7- 30
“Septimus, what is carnal embrace?” With this one naïve question, posed by a thirteen-year-old girl of her math tutor in an English manor house in 1809, a chain of chaotic events is set in motion that reverberates across centuries! Set in both 1809 and the present in the same room, Tom Stoppard’s brilliant and hilarious play poses serious questions about what we know and how we know it, and even manages to prove the Second Law of Thermodynamics! “A play of wit, intellect, language, brio, and...emotion” (Vincent Canby, The New York Times).
by Katori Hall
February 1 - 24
Lorraine Hansberry Award-winning playwright Katori Hall’s drama electrifies with a blend of romance, magic, and jealousy! In 1930s Tennessee, a young African-American woman named Toulou escapes the cotton fields of the rural South to achieve her dreams of being a blues singer in Memphis. When she falls in love with a rambling blues man named The Ace of Spades, she enlists the help of her neighbor, an old Hoodoo priestess to win his heart forever. But such magic can be difficult to control, and Toulou finds herself in a battle for her lover bigger than she ever imagined!
Circle Mirror Transformation
by Annie Baker
June 7 - 30
In an artsy small town, an unlikely collection of strangers sign up for Marty's "Adult Creative Drama" class: a recently divorced carpenter, a high school junior, a former actress, and Marty's husband. Unfolding like a charmingly funny indie film, the group plays Marty's imaginative (and sometimes awkward) theatre games. But as their relationships develop over the course of the summer, the seemingly silly games generate some real-life drama. This delightful comedy from new playwright Annie Baker landed on Top Ten lists of The New York Times and The New Yorker for 2010, and won the Obie Award for Best New American Play.
Shows are Thursday, Friday, Saturday @ 8 p.m., Sunday @ 2:30 p.m.
Season Subject to Change.
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