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Weekdays of performance, noon to 5 pm and 6:30 pm to 8 pm
Weekends of performance, an hour and a half before curtain

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Upcoming Performances

Lives of the Saints

David Ives
Directed by Gregory Lehane
April 17 – April 26


“I put my eyedrops in my ears and my eardrops in my eyes. Now I feel like I’m deaf but I’ve got 20/20 hearing.”

LIVES OF THE SAINTS combines brittle word play with zany humor in existential proportions. Ives creates a wacky world of doppelgängers, bumbling detectives, Mesopotamian construction workers, and talking televisions in this series of uniquely witty playlets.

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The Brother's Size

Tarrell Alvin McCraney
Directed by Priscila Elena Garcia
April 23 – 25

THE BROTHERS SIZE is second in a trilogy of plays by McCraney, a powerful new voice who melds together modern urban life and Yoruban mythology to create rhythmical dialogues that delve into an America not often seen in film and theatre. This soulful story of two brothers explores family, friendship, and freedom.

Past Performances

The Crucible

Arthur Miller
Directed by Tony Mckay
October 3 – October 12

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“A fire, a fire is burning. I hear the boot of Lucifer, I see his filthy face! And it is my face and yours!”

The new world in the 1600’s. A colony of the righteous in the middle of a vast heathen wilderness. God’s edifice is crumbling. Who’s to blame? This is the setting for Arthur Miller’s modern classic and Tony Award-winning THE CRUCIBLE. In a crucible of searing heat, where a man’s soul must submit to relentless examination, his character will either be forged or destroyed. God’s test is upon us.

Graduate Directed One-Acts

HOW TO BE A GOOD PERSON, directed by Eleanor Bishop

SMOKERS, Tobias Wolff,  directed by Quinten Gordon.

New Works

Stick Figures
Josh Ginsburg

directed by Ian-Jullian Williams.

Alice in Bed

Susan Sontag
Directed by Margo Gray
November 6 - 8

Surreal and provocative, Sontag explores the life of diarist Alice James, an invalid shadowed by her brilliant brother, author Henry James. A mad tea party of ghosts and idols incite Alice to free herself from the prison of her bed and stretch the power of her imagination.

You Can't Take It With You

George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart
Directed by Barbara Mackenzie-Wood
November 14 – November 23


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"I told you there was a bright side to everything. All except my twenty-three years' back income tax."

Pulitzer Prize winner in 1937, YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU is a screwball comedy which resonates today as it brings a message of optimistic bravery and love during the Great Depression. The story centers around the madcap eccentrics of the free-thinking Vanderhof household. When granddaughter Alice falls in love with the son of a conservative Wall Street banker, the two families meet, resulting in hilarious fireworks.

The Nina Variations

Steven Dietz
Directed by Caleb Hammond
November 20-23, 2013


THE NINA VARIATIONS takes an incisive, heartbreaking and contemporary look at the famous final scene between the lovers, Nina and Treplev, in Anton Chekhov's breathtaking play, THE SEAGULL. In vain, Nina and Treplev make various attempts to escape their misplaced love, reflecting the myriad of choices we all face.

The Last Page: A Nuclear Folk-Tale

Written and Directed by Sam French
February 12 - 14

The Earth’s stopped spinning: America has become a wasteland ruled by mythical scavengers with the only remaining source of water being the storm-cloud heart of a lost young girl. Joined by a colonial soldier, the young girl embarks on a personal odyssey of revelation and discovery.


Andrea Beschel
Directed by Andrea Beschel
February 12-14, 2014

Set in the Persian Gulf, a journalist sets out to investigate the use and abuse of foreign workers. Based on interviews, this timely and revealing work about regional cruelty resonates across the globe.

The Wild Party

Book, Music & Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Based on the poem by Joseph Moncure March
Directed by Matthew Gardiner
Musical Director: Thomas Douglas
February 20 – March 1


“Are you ready to laugh? Are you ready to smile? Are you ready to sing and dance for awhile?”

THE WILD PARTY is the story of a reckless relationship between a vaudeville dancer and a clown enjoying one wild evening in a Manhattan apartment. Jealousy and passions rage out of control. Lippa’s PARTY gives us a closer look at our own decadence in this party to end all parties.

The Aliens

Annie Baker
Directed by Cameron Margeson
February 26 – 28

In an increasingly challenging world, this haunting play asks audiences to look at their own lives, and at each other. Three eccentric outsiders journey together through music, storytelling, and unique friendships to reveal the deepest truths about how we relate to one another.

The Glass Menagerie

Tennessee Williams
Directed by Michelle Sutherland
March 26 – March 29


“In memory, everything seems to happen to music.”

Tennessee Williams’ classic semi-autobiographical play, THE GLASS MENAGERIE, explores themes of memory, time, and how one young man must leave behind his past in order to define the artist within himself. Tom Wingfield lives out his memory of breaking away from his sister and mother, leaving them behind in order to embrace his future.

This Is How It Goes

Neil Labute
Directed by Ian-Julian Williams
February 26 – 28

Deception and betrayal inhabit this love triangle, told from the perspective of a self-described “unreliable narrator.” The truth becomes malleable and elusive and we may never know exactly how things went. But, isn’t that always the case?

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