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Directed and Translated by Margo Gray
October 1 – October 4
“How can I make you understand that time is a fiction, that there is no past and no future?”
When engineer Rein invents a time machine that transports her to the part of Moscow called Bliss in the year 2222, her troubles seem to be over. But this utopian world may not be as welcoming as it first seems. Experience this Soviet satire by the author of "The Master and Margarita".
Directed by Cameron Knight
October 2 – October 11
"Cause I don’t like the world. I don't like what I see from the people. The people is too small. I always want to be a big man. Like Jesus Christ was a big man. He was the son of the father. I too. I am the son of my father."
Pittsburgh born August Wilson’s Seven Guitars shines a light on the African American male’s fight for identity and self worth in the face of societal and personal obstacles. Set in the Pittsburgh Hill District in 1948, the story shows the laughter, beauty, struggle and hope of seven African Americans who dare to dream.
Directed by Ian-Julian Williams
November 5 – November 7
How could I turn her down when she loved me like that? How could I turn away from her? We were completely whole.”
Set in a motel on the edge of the Mojave, Fool for Love chronicles the fierce love of Eddie and May, and their cycle of abandonment handed down from their ghostly father. Fool for Love tackles the mysteries of attraction, and how the heart wants what the heart wants, and there’s just no talking to it.
Directed by Jed Allen Harris
November 13 – November 22
“I pray that I could pull it all inside my body – all the murder, all the cruelty, the ruin, the fire, the wounds, broken limbs, bleeding children, my city – bring it all deep inside me so that I could understand.”
A hundred thousand years of modern humanity. A hundred thousand years of war. Charles Mee sets the ancient Greek play The Trojan Women in a modern world, bringing us face to face with the agonizing causes and undeniable effects of war and its impact on the vulnerable.
Directed by Alex Tobey
November 19 – November 21
Set on a farm near Mall Town, USA, MilkMilkLemonade is a queer exploration of childhood sexuality involving talking chickens, evil unborn twins, and sporadic dance numbers. It’s everyone’s favorite children’s play! (Not appropriate for children.)
Jean Genet, translated by Bernard Frechtman
Directed by Patrick Zakem
February 11 – February 14
Two maids, one mistress, one night, and many crimes. The Maids looks at how performance can be disruptive, challenging, and ultimately subversive. The literary legacy of Jean Genet collides with the music of the Velvet Underground in this fresh look at the 1947 French classic.
Directed by Ian-Julian Williams
February 18 – February 21
“If you do happen to stumble across a moral, well then this story is probably closer to you than you’d think and I’m not sure you’ll like that very much in the end.”
Wolves lurk in the city in this deconstruction of the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale. At least that’s what Ben believes. Things get messy when Jack, his ex, brings a gentleman called Wolf, back to their small apartment. Ben wants a story where love triumphs or the woodman kills the wolf and saves the day. Well, this isn’t that story.
Book, Music & Lyrics by William F. Brown
Directed and Choreographed by Tomé Cousin
Musical Direction by Thomas Douglas
February 19 – February 28
“Believe in yourself right from the start
You’ll have brains
You’ll have heart
You’ll have courage…to last your whole life through”
The Wiz is a Tony Award-winning musical from 1975. It is a vibrant re-telling of L. Frank Baum’s "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz". Using inspiration from rock, R&B, gospel and soul music, Dorothy “eases on down the road” with the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion towards Emerald City.
Directed by Eleanor Bishop
March 25 – March 28
Steubenville examines the first rape in the U.S. to be live tweeted at a high school football party in rural Ohio in August 2012. Jane Doe pieces together clues from Instagram, Twitter and text messaging to find out what happened to her. This production tackles rape culture in America today by piecing together the clues through the prisms of documentary, musical theater, fiction and media.
Translated by Paul Schmidt
Directed by Pamela Berlin
April 9 –11, April 21-25
“A person has to believe in something, or has to look for something to believe in, otherwise his life is empty…”
Anton Chekhov’s, The Three Sisters, unveils the tragic beauty of provincial life through a mixture of love, laughter, and loss. Olga, Masha and Irina ache for a return to the excitement of Moscow, as their brother, Andrei, accumulates debt and loses power to his wife. As the years progress, the sisters find themselves caught between hopes and disappointments.