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April, 1984. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is always watching, and the door to Room 101 can swing open in the blink of an eye. The definitive book of the 20th century is re-examined in a radical, award-winning adaptation exploring surveillance, identity and why Orwell's vision of the future is as relevant now as ever. This ground-breaking production comes direct from the UK and an extended smash-hit run in the West End.
Derbyshire, England, 1809: A brilliant thirteen year-old, Lady Thomasina Coverly, proposes a scientific theory with implications well beyond her own understanding while her tutor, Septimus Hodge, engages in romantic entanglements with the lady of the house, among others. Simultaneously, present day academics Hannah and Bernard investigate the scandals of Sidley Park in the early 19th Century, including a mysterious visit from Lord Byron and an elusive character known as the Sidley Hermit. Praised as "A play of wit, intellect, language, brio and.. emotion.. exhilarating!' by The New York Times, Tom Stoppard's Arcadia is a romantic and funny exploration of the heart, the sciences, and how history is mis-created.
With violence on campus rising to epidemic proportions, Em will have none of it. But when her best friend Cassie gets assaulted, Em makes some unexpected discoveries. Sometimes you do the wrong thing for the right reason.
After she's dismissed from her job in the athletics department, Shelby Wilson becomes Resident Advisor to a group of freshmen—after all, it'll look good on her resume. She soon discovers that a racially charged incident has set student against student, and it's up to her to mediate the situation. In this world premiere production, playwright Kirsten Greenidge explores the complexities of racism from the perspective of eight culturally diverse college students.
Success, meticulous planning, and an eye for detail have in no way prepared Vivienne for the news inside that little white envelope. Even with the aid of a creation myth of her own imagination and her insomnia-driven baking, apprehension takes hold as she grapples with the frightening thought of her mother fading away from advancing Alzheimer's Disease. A National New Play Network (NNPN) Rolling World Premiere, Blackberry Winter is a humorous and touching new work.
Bootycandy is a shockingly funny and saucy spin on race, sex, and sexuality. Based on the author's own experiences growing up black and gay, the play unfolds in a series of loosely linked vignettes that take no prisoners when confronting racial, sexual, and cultural stereotypes. With outrageous humor and real heart, O'Hara tests how we talk about our bodies at home, in church, and in the theatre.
It's Halloween night, and Miranda is desperate for a way out. She's up to her neck in debt, she might be in falling for the man who pays her bills, and now her date has threatened to kill her. A charismatic stranger offers shelter and a drink; where will the night take them? With her trademark dark humor, two-time Pulitzer finalist Gina Gionfriddo presents complicated characters wrestling with love, money, and their past in this sharp contemporary comedy.
Be the first to experience this new musical based on the classic children's story by Esphyr Slobodkina. Caps For Sale follows the life of a caps salesman who balances his entire inventory of caps on his head! When his caps are stolen by a band of mischievous monkeys, the caps salesman must outwit the monkeys in order to reclaim his caps and place them back in their rightful place- on his head. Filled with warmth, humor and sincerity, Caps For Sale will delight audiences young and old.
Southern Africa, 1895: A young Shona girl escapes an arranged marriage by converting to Christianity, becoming a servant and student to an African Evangelical. As anti-European sentiments spread throughout the native population, she is forced to choose between her family's traditions and her newfound faith. Danai Gurira's (In the Continuum and TV's The Walking Dead) rich play examines the cultural and religious clashes that shaped the post-colonial world, and are still being felt in Zimbabwe today.
Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary presents the astonishing tale of three towering figures in the life of versatile performer Marissa Chibas. As she recalls her father, Raul Chibas (who co-wrote the manifesto for the Cuban revolution with Fidel Castro), her uncle, Eddy Chibas (who was the frontrunner for the Cuban presidency in 1951), and her mother, Dalia Chibas (Miss Cuba runner-up in 1959), Daughter unfolds into an impassioned, live-wire performance propelled by Chibas' magnetic presence and storytelling. This solo tour de force illuminates the intersection of the personal and historical through her own stories and key episodes in the history of her illustrious family.
High-powered New York lawyer Amir has climbed the corporate ladder while distancing himself from his Muslim roots. When he and his wife Emily host a dinner party, what starts as a friendly conversation escalates, shattering their views on race, religion, and each other. This electric and riveting drama is directed and designed by the same artistic team as its highly acclaimed Broadway run.
It's November 21, 1963; and on the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys' night of debauchery, partying, and maybe a little trouble. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion.
This spectacular (that's fancy for awesome) musical is based on the wildly popular books by Jane O'Connor. In this high-spirited production, Nancy and her friends are performing in their very first stage show and Nancy is absolutely positive (that's fancy for 100% sure) that she and her best friend Bree will be cast as mermaids. What happens when Nancy is given the part of a dull, brown tree? How will Nancy bring her fancy flair to the role? With life lessons to learn in a fun, creative way, Fancy Nancy promises to be a smashing success (that's fancy for a big hit)!
The Lyric Stage loves stories that focus on family, but wait til you meet Blue and HER family in Fast Company. Blue's mom, Mable Kwan, is a tough cookie and the best grifter who ever lived . . . and she raised her kids to be just like her. Son Francis is the top roper around and H is the number one fixer. But it's Blue — the outcast of the family — who surprises everyone by putting together the score of the decade. Fast Company is a fast, funny, and dangerous theatrical crime caper that will keep you guessing about who's on top and who's getting conned. As playwright Carla Ching wrote, "I could say that Fast Company is about grifts, game theory, and magic. And it is. But at its essence, it's about family."
On the brink of war in Europe, author and former atheist C.S. Lewis visits the London home of Dr. Sigmund Freud. Lewis's recent embrace of Christianity stands in stark contrast to Dr. Freud, whose beliefs are influenced by his life's work in science. Amidst evacuations and air raid sirens these two legendary scholars debate religion, sex, love, the existence of God, and the meaning of life itself. Filled with humanity, humor, and razor-sharp dialogue, Freud's Last Session imagines the meeting of two of the 20th century's greatest academics.
In this solo show, the late Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson shares stories about his first few jobs, a stint in jail, his lifelong friends, and his encounters with racism, music, and love as a young poet in Pittsburgh's Hill District. Directed by Todd Kreidler and featuring Eugene Lee, both longtime Wilson collaborators, this theatrical memoir charts one man's journey of self-discovery through adversity, and what it means to be a black artist in America.
At Thanksgiving dinner, Knox shares that he is grateful for three things he thought were a curse: being Deaf, being gay, and being an alcoholic. After a terrible accident and what feels like the trials of Job, he and his family's resilience is put to the test. Written both in English and American Sign Language, Craig Lucas' funny, ambitious, and beautiful new play pulses with the exhilaration and ache of human connection.
In this world-premiere adaptation of her critically acclaimed 2013 memoir, Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues, Emotional Creature, The Good Body, O.P.C.) celebrates the strength and joy that connect a single body to the planet. As an activist and artist, Ensler has spent her career speaking about the female body. While working in the Congo, where war continues to inflict devastating violence on women, she was diagnosed with stage III/IV uterine cancer. This diagnosis erased the boundaries between Ensler's work and her own body. In this raw, humorous, and bold performance, Ensler charts the connections between the personal and the public, inviting and challenging all of us to come back into our bodies, and thus the world.
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.
Annie and her teenage friends want the same things: the hottest new phones, cute boys, designer bags. But when they enter into a pregnancy pact, she wonders if there might be a different path and a brighter future. Huntington Playwriting Fellow Kirsten Greenidge (Luck of the Irish) finds raw humor and gritty poetry in this provocative, ripped-from-the-headlines new play.
This classic Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner tells the true story of Annie Sullivan and her deaf and blind student Helen Keller. Truly unforgettable and inspiring.
In our mission to bring you entertaining and inspiring new work, we discovered one of the most exciting and challenging plays we've seen in years. Mr. Burns does the impossible: it manages to take the end of civilization and create glowing objects of wonder and beauty. After a world-wide catastrophe, refugees find each other huddled around a fire in the woods. To keep in touch with their past lives, they try recounting the "Cape Feare" episode of 'The Simpsons.' Mr. Burns is an emotional epic about the human ability to survive . . . and to reinvent the world through the art of storytelling.
In 1782, Choderlos de Laclos' novel of sex, intrigue and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France scandalised the world. Two hundred years later, Christopher Hampton's irresistible adaptation swept the board, winning the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Play. Josie Rourke's revival now marks the play's thirty year anniversary.
Former lovers, the Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont now compete in games of seduction and revenge. Merteuil incites Valmont to corrupt the innocent Cecile de Volanges before her wedding night but Valmont has targeted the peerlessly virtuous and beautiful Madame de Tourvel. While these merciless aristocrats toy with others' hearts and reputations, their own may prove more fragile than they supposed.
In this critically acclaimed staging of three one-woman plays by Samuel Beckett, directed by the playwright's longtime friend Walter Asmus, the obsessive rhythms of existence are laid bare. In Not I, a woman—reduced to a mere mouth, suspended in total darkness—seeks solace in a relentless stream of her own broken speech. In Footfalls, a tattered soul, drained of life, paces outside her dying mother's bedroom. And in Rockaby, a woman slowly withdraws from the world, rocked to eternal sleep in her mother's chair. Featuring the virtuosic talents of Irish actor Lisa Dwan, who drew ecstatic reviews for her performances at BAM, the Royal Court Theatre and in the West End.
Winner of the 2014 Obie Award for Best New American Play, An Octoroon is an incendiary, subversively funny exploration of contemporary cultural politics set against the backdrop of the Antebellum South. Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (author of Neighbors, Appropriate) radically revises a popular 19th century melodrama - complete with blushing Southern belles, dastardly schemes, and budding forbidden romances - for today's "post-racial," spectacle-obsessed world.
The 2015-16 season closes with an acclaimed new play that uses ingenious stagecraft, the talents of a dozen of our favorite actors, and the limitless possibilities of your imagination to create theatrical magic. Peter and the Starcatcher chronicles the adventures of Molly, a girl charged to protect a cargo of stardust from falling into the wrong hands, and an orphan named Peter who eventually becomes The Boy Who Never Grew Up. Peter and the Starcatcher is a swashbuckling grownup prequel to Peter Pan that will have you hooked from the moment you let your mind take wing. As the NY Times raved, "this show never stops flying!"
Fifty percent of marriages end in divorce, but how many end in murder? Meet two disgruntled housewives from opposite sides of the track: Esmeralda, sophisticated and calculating, and Lydia, foul-mouthed and pragmatic. Both are about to discover the lengths they'll go to get their husbands' attention. Premeditation takes audiences on a noir-inspired journey through the intricacies of marriage, while highlighting the Latino Theater Company's impeccable comedic chops, honed over their thirty years in performance together.
Sunny afternoon. Newbury Street. Meeting a friend for coffee. You're borderline depressed…crappy job, too neurotic to make the first move with a "good pal" co-worker, wallowing in self-pity…and maybe just a little hung-over. Everything is normal. And all at once, everyone you know turns into a rhinoceros. A brand-new adaptation of Eugene Ionesco's 20th century absurdist masterpiece, reimagined for the 21st.
Actors' Shakespeare Project continues its 12th season in the new year with Richard II, one of Shakespeare's most lyrical and epic plays. Written entirely in verse, Richard II is a compelling and provocative study of a king and his nation, caught in the upheaval of social change and political turmoil. Directed by ASP Artistic Director Allyn Burrows, the beautiful poetry of Richard II tugs at the heart, unflinchingly charting the descent of one leader and the meteoric rise of another. The prize in this battle of personalities is the crown of England, and the future of the nation hangs perilously in the balance.
On a hallucinatory road trip from the Badlands to Graceland, the spirits of Elvis Presley and Theodore Roosevelt battle over the soul of the painfully shy meat processing plant worker, Ann, and over what kind of man or woman Ann should become. Set against the boundless blue skies of the Great Plains and endless American highway, RoosevElvis is a new work about gender, appetite, and the multitudes we contain.
Intrigue and mischief drive the proceedings to heights of hilarity in Richard Brinsley Sheridan's masterful comedy of manners. Heartfelt flights of fancy have made this rollicking romp a crowd favorite since The Restoration, fueled by high stakes games with higher consequences that will also tickle 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.
The BU Arts Initiative-Office, the Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program, the Center for the Study of Asia, & the Department of English are pleased to host Theatre Nohgaku, an international performance group dedicated to sharing the beauty and power of the classical Japanese noh drama with English speaking audiences.
There are rules in this universe: seventh graders always win dance competitions, lunch table divisions are absolute, and there is only one right way to wear a backpack. In a nostalgia-filled pastiche of early '90s pop culture, three storytellers navigate the wilderness of leopard-print leotards and Jane Fonda workout videos as they relive the awkwardness of early sexual awakenings.
The East Coast premier of Gina Young's Tales of a Fourth Grade Lesbo thoughtfully – at times hilariously – captures the joy and the torment of adolescence that every kid who's ever been uninvited from a slumber party knows all too well.
Years after her son's death, Mary, mother of Jesus, is visited by the Gospel writers seeking the truth. In an honest, insightful, and moving first-person narrative, Mary recounts her son's final days. Based on the novella by author and playwright Colm Tóibín, this Tony-nominated play provides a stunning glimpse into the heart and mind of a grieving mother as she's left with the question: was it worth it?
One of Russia's premiere theatre companies presents this luminous retelling of Chekhov's masterpiece, which follows three sisters who are forced to leave Moscow for life in a provincial town. The family bravely confronts the tragic rift between personal desires and harsh, everyday realities. In this surprisingly sexy and emotionally raw production, Three Sisters gives us the chance to reflect on issues of economic recession and class disparity through the lens of the personal, cultural and political changes that shook Russia at the end of the 19th century. Directed by renowned director Lev Dodin and performed in Russian with English supertitles, this staging is a testament to the legacy of one of the world's greatest playwrights.
Using a mix of action-driven storytelling, puppetry, and visual magic, The Wong Kids transports its audience into the far reaches of the galaxy. Violet and Bruce Wong just don't fit in with the other Earth kids. Sure, they have superpowers, they're just not very good ones. But when an evil beast called the Space Chupacabra appears, intent on universal destruction, The Wong Kids must travel to outer space in order to stop it... if they can only stop bickering. Violet and Bruce ultimately realize that being different isn't just okay, it might just be the most important thing ever.