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Recognized as one of the greatest plays of the last 50 years, Arcadia is a captivating, comedic cocktail of literary sleuthing, romantic entanglements and scientific discoveries. In a stately home in the British countryside, poets, tutors, historians and lovers roam the halls some 200 years apart, trying to solve their particular mystery. In the early 19th century,
impetuous 13-year-old Thomasina and her tutor, Septimus, are discovering chaos theory too early. In the late 20th century, scholars Hannah and Bernard are piecing together history from the puzzling documents that remain. Along the way, there are mistaken identities, hermits, duels—and sex, the irrational force that brings everyone together and splits them apart with hilarious and tragic results.
Augustine Early, a crooked journalist, has made an art of clawing her way up the professional ladder. When she turns a politician's tawdry predilections into front-page news, the scandal threatens to undo the one person she thought was immune. A searing and hilarious play about the perfect headline, whatever the cost.
A viciously funny new take on family drama that skewers the stories we celebrate.
Brecht on Brecht celebrates one of the 20th century's greatest dramatists in a stunning revue of his life's work. Featuring songs and scenes from Kurt Weill, Hanns Eisler, and Bertolt Brecht's most famous collaborations, as well as first-hand accounts from Brecht himself, Brecht on Brecht explores the political and social issues he faced as an artist fleeing Nazism and his eventual exile in America.
Nora loves her husband above everything. But when she risks her reputation in order to save him, the consequences test the limits of her devotion, and she finds herself struggling for her own life. In an acclaimed new translation by Bryony Lavery, Ibsen's powerful, groundbreaking classic remains as fresh as ever with an unfading capacity to shock. "An undoubted masterpiece. Lavery's subtly modern version gets to the heart of the matter," says The London Telegraph.
When Aine returns home to Ireland to introduce her American fiancé to her family, she finds her younger sister pregnant, her mother still over-controlling, and her father suffering from a bad heart. Her departure might have been the cause, but some wounds never heal. A play about guilt, mercy, and the power of love.
Two generations of an Irish-American family gather in a hospital waiting room while awaiting the passing of their family matriarch. But when black sheep Skip unexpectedly returns, decades of baggage surface. A funny and moving look at family, faith, and forgiveness.
The job seems simple at first: all pickpocket Sue Trinder has to do is help a con man cheat a gullible young heiress out of her fortune. But nothing is quite what it seems in this mystery set in the shadows of Victorian England. Spiraling through London streets, madhouses, and a stifling mansion with a shocking secret, Sue finds herself in the most dangerous landscape of all: awakening sexuality, love, and betrayal. Oregon Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Bill Rauch (All the Way) directs this adaptation of Sarah Waters' best-selling novel, a finalist for the Man Booker Prize.
Finish Line: A Documentary Play About the 2013 Boston Marathon is a story of recovery, resilience, and determination that focuses on how a community came together to heal and grow stronger, rather than on the act of violence itself. The script is created verbatim from dozens of interviews. Among those interviewed are survivors, runners, doctors, police officers, journalists, clergy, students, and many others. Notable interviewees who contributed their stories include Police Commissioner William Evans, news anchor Maria Stephanos, Life is Good founder John Jacobs, Boston Strong co-author Dave Wedge, 1976 Marathon winner Jack Fultz, and Boston Globe photographer John Tlumacki.
The Franklin expedition to the Arctic in 1845 sought the Northwest Passage and instead found ice, starvation, and insanity. The ship was never found. Modern-day underwater archeologist Caroline has been searching for three years, but time is running out. Two crews, two ships, and one 200-year-old mystery.
Featuring Bobbie Steinbach (Collected Stories, The Clean House), Golda's Balcony follows Golda Meir from her humble beginnings as a Wisconsin school teacher to her meteoric rise through Israel's early political system, becoming one of the world's first elected female heads of state and one of the most influential women in Jewish history.
How does a good man turn toward the unthinkable? In 1930s Germany, Professor John Halder, played by Michael Kaye (Broken Glass, Amadeus), writes a novel about compassionate euthanasia, drawing the attention of the Nazi Party. Despite his own misgivings and the pleadings of his Jewish friend Maurice, John is tempted by the changing world around him. In this expressionistic play with music, CP Taylor poses questions that remain all too familiar in today's political landscape.
Called to a life of religious service, Shelley now struggles to find meaning in her work as the manager of a Bronx soup kitchen. The arrival of Emma, a college dropout looking for a sense of purpose, is at first a welcome addition, but the girl's erratic behavior soon pushes Shelley to the breaking point, in this compelling drama about the mysteries of faith, forgiveness, and compassion.
"The readiness is all." A brilliant young man discovers himself at the intersection of devastating betrayals. If he acts, when? Hamlet straddles a fault line of family treachery, a chasm stretching out before his conscience. Love is the victim. "The rest is silence."
Tyrone causes trouble. Tyrone breaks things. Tyrone wants to hurt people, which is bad news for Jason, because Tyrone is Jason's sock puppet, and he's refusing to go away. Created as a coping mechanism for a shy and introverted teen, Tyrone now battles Jason for the body that they share, and the church's after-school activities program will never be the same. Robert Askins explodes notions of morality, family and possession of all kinds in this vicious and oddly heart-warming comedy about a boy and his right hand.
When two off-duty British soldiers go for a drink on the outskirts of Belfast in 1979, they meet two local girls. What seems like a typical night at the pub turns into something much darker. Decades later, reliving that night for an oral history project, Dave reopens old wounds that send him back to Belfast in search of answers and revenge. An Irish tragedy.
"In a living room strewn with vinyl records, beer bottles and drug paraphernalia, a mustached man begins railing about his missing copy of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks album, and it seems he won't back down until the universe bestows upon him some elusive state of grace. Part Gonzo rock performance, part mental breakdown — all thrillingly theatrical— How To Be A Rock Critic pulls the greatest hits from Bangs' own legendary words to imagine a single night of his turbulent life.
Inside his wild, all-night typewriter sessions, Lester Bangs embraced mistakes as strokes of genius, popularized now ubiquitous terms like "Heavy Metal" and "Punk Rock," and died of an overdose at the Biblical age of 33. Join us for an evening with music's great, lost critical voice."
Written by Lillian Hellman, one of the 20th century's greatest playwrights, Little Foxes revolves around a scheming Southern family.
GSC is excited to present the world premiere of Founding Artistic Director, Israel Horovitz's newest play, Man In Snow. A drama suffused with relational cues and miscues, we follow the varied passions of a family seeking resolutions to the highs and lows of the mountains we climb in life. This is passionate, compelling storytelling that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Italian director, Andrea Paciotto helms the production.
In 2008, National Public Radio asked Gregory Maguire (Wicked) to compose an original story with a Christmas theme. Thus was born Matchless, a rekindling of Anderson's classic tale of the Little Match Girl from a surprising point of view. A story for all ages about being open to life's magic transformations: how love can make a family, and how imagination can find beauty in the most unexpected places.
When her "untraditional" memorial is selected to commemorate Vietnam veterans on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., 21-year-old architect Maya Lin finds herself defending it to the veterans, the United States Congress, and even her own parents. As the opposition to her design gains momentum, Maya must make a difficult choice. Should art challenge the way we honor the fallen?
On the edge of the Mexican jungle, a group of troubled travelers seek shelter from a storm. Directed by Michael Wilson (The Trip to Bountiful, The Best Man), Williams' feverishly poetic 1961 drama follows a hotel proprietress and the scandal-soaked Southern preacher who turns up on her veranda. A Nantucket portrait artist traveling with her ancient grandfather, a bus full of fuming Texan college administrators, and a party of vacationers round out the roster of misfits in this drama about how far we travel to outrun the demons within.
A.R.T. brings the Abbey Theatre's acclaimed production of The Plough and the Stars during the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising. As revolution sweeps Ireland, the residents of a Dublin tenement take shelter from the violence that sweeps through the city's streets. Sean O'Casey—one of Ireland's most renowned and controversial playwrights—captures a conflict between idealism and ordinary lives. Celebrating nearly a century of the Irish nation state, this production by the national theater of Ireland, staged by Olivier Award-winning director Sean Holmes, will bring a new perspective to O'Casey's absorbing play.
On the fiftieth anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, the Apple family gathers to celebrate the life of an ailing relative: talking, eating, laughing, and singing. This slice-of-life snapshot shows how our family histories can intersect with the history of our country. Featuring the same cast of Boston-area favorites that audiences have adored in the first three Apple Family plays, Regular Singing is the triumphant conclusion to Richard Nelson's American epic.
When cantankerous Abby is forced to share her room in assisted living with endlessly chipper Marilyn, the two women make a seemingly harmless bet that quickly escalates into a dangerous and hilarious game of one-upmanship, revealing hidden truths that neither wants exposed. Ripcord is a deliciously inappropriate new comedy from Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire.
A playful new adaptation of Jane Austen's beloved novel follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne after their fathers sudden death leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable. Set in gossipy late 18th-century England, with a fresh female voice, the play is full of humor, emotional depth, and bold theatricality. Sense & Sensibility examines our reactions, both reasonable and ridiculous, to societal pressures. When reputation is everything, how do you follow your heart?
Seen by over ten million people worldwide, this wildly popular comedy keeps every audience laughing as they try to outwit the suspects and catch the killer. New clues and up to the minute improvisation deliver a different show every night.
From Joshua Harmon, author of the hit play Bad Jews, comes a sharply observed new comedy about of the challenges of finding love and letting go. Jordan Berman and BFFs Kiki, Lauren, and Vanessa have been inseparable up until now; but as singles' nights become bachelorette parties, Jordan finds himself increasingly on his own. As these once passionate friendships morph and cool, Jordan starts to worry about his own prospects, embarking on a series of romantic misadventures on a quest to find Mr. Right.
Sarah Ruhl's backstage comedy about the perilous nature of love, on-stage and off.
Featuring Johnny Lee Davenport (The Whipping Man) as Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American to sit on the Supreme Court, Thurgood spans Marshall's impressive career as a lawyer, arguing such landmark cases as Brown v. Board of Education. Presented during the final month of the Obama Administration, Thurgood is a tribute to Marshall's enduring legacy.
Squabbling siblings Albert and Jennifer Chen reached the pinnacle of academic achievement. But as adults, they're epic failures: he's just been passed up for promotion and she's been dumped by her loser boyfriend. So, naturally, they confront their parents and launch an Asian Freedom Tour! From California to China, this hilarious new comedy examines race, parenting, and success with wit and sharp humor.
Lincoln and Booth are brothers: best friends and bitter rivals. Lincoln, a former 3-card monte hustler, works as a Lincoln impersonator in a shooting gallery; Booth is an aspiring grifter. He tempts his brother to get back in the game, but the consequences could be deadly. Suzan-Lori Parks made history as the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama with this darkly comic, deeply theatrical fable about family wounds and healing bonds. The New York Times calls it a "thrilling comic drama. Dazzlingly written!"
A raucous dark comedy about the state of modern political discourse, modern relationships, and how easy it is to believe truths without facts. Peter Sinn Nachtrieb has crafted a not-so-tall tale of oligarchic takeover, led by a Palinesque Manchurian candidate, possibly thwarted by a hapless one-man commando squad in… Nebraska? What better tonic to election-year madness! Gloucester Stage is thrilled to present this New England premiere. Managing Director, Jeff Zinn, directs. Strong language – mature audiences only.
Drawn from dozens of interviews conducted around the world, Trans Scripts uses the real words of women to shed light on the rich and diverse experiences within the transgender community. Jo Bonney (Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)) directs a cast of seven in the US premiere of this moving, humorous, and timely work that received a Fringe First Award for new writing at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
An absorbing drama set in the rooms where politics really happen. Just in time for the election season!
Brilliant novelist Zarina is writing about women and Islam when she meets Eli, a young convert who bridges the gap between her modern life and traditional heritage. When her conservative father discovers her controversial manuscript, they all must confront the beliefs that define them. A fierce and funny new play about relationships, religion, and the contradictions that make us who we are, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the blockbuster hit Disgraced.