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A commuter train leaves San Francisco Airport at 4:15 a.m. on its way to the East Bay.
A man and a woman who have nothing in common but their crossword puzzles are on that BART train. She takes crosswords (and life) very seriously; he treats everything like a game. She's a bean counter; he's a loose cannon.
By the time they reach their destination and depart, the encounter has changed their lives. But will they meet again?
Over 40 Million people in the U.S. do crossword puzzles every day. Most never finish them; a driven few would rather die than give up. 2 Across has one of each, and the sparks that fly will have you laughing till you drop.
Based on true events, 9 Circles tells the shocking story of a soldier recently discharged after fighting in the War on Terror. Abandoned by his nation and on trial for his life, Private Reeves takes audiences on a haunting psychological journey that penetrates the innermost thoughts of a post-traumatic mind.
What will become of 19-year-old Daniel as he is left to salvage the remains of his own ravaged soul from the horror and chaos of warfare?
Volatile, hypnotizing, and strikingly human, 9 Circles boldly examines some of the toughest issues facing our society in the aftermath of a 13-year war.
Winner of 2010 Sky Cooper New American Play Prize (Marin Theatre Company) for outstanding new work and was a Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award Recipient.
Angels-in-training must face obstacles and lessons learned before they can earn their wings. Bring any food and drink you like and enjoy the show!
Banshee cuts to the heart of what ails a New York family headed by an impossible matriarch, Irish immigrant Kit Sullivan. Kit is disappointed with son Junior and makes no secret of it. Junior, turning 40 and having recently suffered a nervous breakdown after years of caring for his widowed mother, wants life to return to normal. He is helped by his well-meaning cop brother, Neil, and his new girlfriend, Cara. Soon the girlfriend meets the mother, Kit, and Mother has some supernatural suspicions about this young Irish woman. All might be well if Junior weren't having terrifying visions of his own. Be it the psychological trauma or the Irish legend plaguing their home, both beg the question, which is this family's true tormentor?
Sports stadiums, eminent domain, Cuban outfielders and the fight for what's best for the City of Angels — it's time for a return to The Ravine. Celebrating 30 years of theatremaking, Culture Clash — Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza — delivers new insights with their signature satirical eye as they perform their revised take on Chavez Ravine twelve years after its world premiere at the Mark Taper Forum. Energized with new material and music from The Rodarte Brothers, Culture Clash returns to one of their most beloved plays and reexamines the constantly changing landscape of Los Angeles in the still Wild West.
Conviction follows the story of a teacher accused of a crime he may or may not have committed and the impact that accusation has on his relationships with close family and friends, each of whom having different perspectives on what happened.
With Pink Floyd's album The Dark Side of the Moon as the backdrop, humanity goes through evolution and the battle between good and evil. Brink food and the beverage of your choice and enjoy!
In the tradition of REP's The Mousetrap and Sleuth, this ingeniously constructed thriller packs gasp-inducing surprises and spontaneous laughter into two hours of nerve-wracking adrenaline and tension-smashing hilarity. Dealing with the devious machinations of a writer of thrillers whose recent offerings have been flops, and who is prepared to go to any lengths to improve his fortunes, Deathtrap provides twists and turns and sudden shocks in such abundance that audiences will be held spellbound until the very last moment. Truly one of the greatest mystery thrillers of all time, don't miss this revival of one of Broadway's greatest hits!
Your obsession has led you here. You stand before the manor of the great author, Elena Fitzgerald. To the larger world, Miss Fitzgerald is a beloved novelist, creator of the Stygian Ascent; a twisted epic of dark fantasy.
To you, Elena is everything.
You've wept over the lives and deaths of her characters. You've dreamt of walking within her world; a dark world that follows the life of Elena's daughter, Mary, on a hopeless quest to be rejoined with her mother. Part fiction, part reflection of reality… as Elena's own daughter went missing before the series began.
For years now, no books have been released, nor has there been any sign of Mary or Elena. In its place, we hear only rumors of suicide, starvation… madness.
Like Elena, you have suffered long enough. You will invade Miss Fitzgerald's manor. Her story must continue, must find its end to bring peace to your long-waiting minds..
The Diary of Anne Frank is the dramatic true story of eight peoples' time in hiding in Amsterdam during World War II as told through the eyes and words of the eloquent and buoyant Anne. The play begins the morning the Franks go into hiding, and it chronicles the next two years' events in the tiny annex. Through the journey taken by these people, we experience hope, despair, and everything in between. It is a story of humanity -- the best, and the worst
While Passover is a celebration of freedom, it is also a quarrel about the meaning of freedom, the value of life, and the shadow of death, which symbolically "passes over" the house. This night is different from all other nights and of course, this being a Jewish family, it is also a comedy. We're all going to die--but first, you should eat.
Harlem, Père Lachaise Cemetery, rock 'n' roll, Jim Morrison, Richard Wright, poetry and ghosts. Celebrated playwright/performer Dael Orlandersmith returns to the Douglas for a limited world premiere run of her newest play, Forever, prior to its New York debut. Forever is a riveting and masterful piece about family — the ones we were born into, the ones we create for ourselves — and the legacies that shape us all.
In South Boston, this month's paycheck covers last month's bills, bingo is a night on the town, and sharp- tongued single-mom Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Scrambling to make ends meet, she looks up an old flame, hoping he'll help her make a fresh start in this comedy/drama from Pulitzer Prize- winner David Lindsay-Abaire about how twists of fate determine our path.
Goodbye Marilyn explores the last night of Marilyn Monroe's life. Essentially, the play is a love letter to Marilyn, attempting to show her not as a celebrity, but as a person. At times funny, sad, and exploring the full range of emotions within, Goodbye Marilyn is sure to delight audiences. Come see it for Marilyn; come say goodbye.
Aaron Loeb brings a dark comic edge to this psychological suspense thriller, in which group of corporate consultants work together on a mysterious and ethically ambiguous project. As the lines between right and wrong are blurred, these characters must navigate the cognitive dissonances and moral dilemmas to decide for themselves if everything is as it really seems.
A sweeping time-travel romance from master playwright Tom Stoppard, this exquisitely romantic play tells the story of a contemporary English biographer and a young Indian man, who separately attempt to explore the mysteries of the erotic artwork and poetry left behind by a racy, freethinking English poet from the 1930s and the Indian painter whom she has come to love. Through the passion of the poet's writing and letters, they each discover that she held many more secrets in Jummapur, India, than ever before imagined. Full of tender moments, Indian Ink is a brilliant study of the of the emotional and psychological after-effects of British colonialism.
It's Just Sex is "A Comic Home Run" (Los Angeles Times), "Convulsively Funny" (Variety), "Fast-Paced and Very Funny" (New York Post) and "A Turn-On! Entertaining, Funny and Clever" (Broadway.com). A 'Hilarious and Thought-Provoking" (Fox 11-TV) look at monogamy, infidelity, lust, trust and the boundaries of relationships. With the kids away at camp, three couples get together for an innocent cocktail party. But as the liquor flows, games are played, secrets are revealed, trust is tested, boundaries are broken and reality gets 'swapped' for fantasy.
When displaced New York director Miriam finds herself in Kingdom City, Missouri, she reluctantly agrees to direct a high school production of The Crucible. The play unlocks the students' unspoken desires, creating a firestorm in this small Christian town.
Kiss Me, Kate represents the legendary Cole Porter at his very best. It is without a doubt one of the great classics of the American musical theatre, celebrating Shakespeare and the joys, madness, and the rewards of working in the theatre— - both onstage and off. The Pasadena Playhouse production will view the work through a new lens, - using the wonderful material of this celebrated production to showcase the trailblazing African- American touring troupes of the early 20th century. Those "groups of traveling players" that brought the work of the Bard not just to New York City, but to theatres all over the country. Many of the most famous actors of our time owe much to those pioneers, who included such as Hattie McDaniel, Paul Robeson, Earle Hyman, Jane White, and Dorothy Van Eangle. Those brave ac
An intimate and disarmingly honest play from one of England's most celebrated modern playwrights (and Artistic Director of Baltimore's Center Stage), Let There Be Love tells the story of Alfred, a gruff and complicated West Indian immigrant, recently transplanted to London. Struggling with his new surroundings and his estrangement from both of his daughters, he experiences a new awakening, and a new reckoning with his past, when he comes to know a young Polish caregiver assigned to his case. Filled with the sumptuous jazz standards that pour forth from Alfred's beloved record player, Let There Be Love explores the forces of memory and mystery that lie at the heart of all immigrant experiences—and what can happen when, at any age, we open our minds to the possibility of change.
When choosing how best to protect a child, the wrong decision can lead to tragedy. Veteran social worker Caroline is determined to do what it takes to save baby Luna Gale, but the path ahead is shadowed by hidden motives, long held secrets and moral ambiguity. Powerful and arresting, Luna Gale is an unforgettable tale of conviction and passion.
In this workshop of N'Jameh Camara's one woman play, Marguerite to Maya Angelou: A Moment In Prose we follow a young woman as she struggles to form her identity by battling the trials, traumas and tribulations of her past and witness how these battles guide her to the empowered path that allowed her to emerge as the inspirational leader she was.
In Waiting for Lefty, we share Odets's 1935 classic tale of thousands of New York City cab drivers fighting for their rights and echoing the complicated politics surrounding labor unions today. Join us in an Oakland auto-repair shop and put some fire in your belly as we celebrate Odets's fighting words and our cultural memory of what it means to fight for human dignity.
A.C.T. presents the West Coast debut of the outrageous and enthusiastically acclaimed new comedy by Bay Area–born playwright Anne Washburn. The story begins in a dark dystopia, where a group of surviving strangers bond by recreating from memory an episode of The Simpsons. As the story moves decades later, their recollection becomes an almost religious-like fable, elaborately staged for adoring crowds through live theater and opera. A marvelously meta tribute to the pop-culture phenomenon The Simpsons and a paean to the power of storytelling, Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play is an ingenious exploration of how we share recollection, memory, and truth.
Brad Zimmerman waited tables for 29 years while chasing a career in acting and comedy, so waiting until his mid-50s to perform on stage seems so logical. If you've ever longed for something; if you ever desired it with all your heart; if you were willing to wait tables for 29 years to pursue your dream, My Son the Waiter will give meaning to your life! This hybrid play weaves a bittersweet tale of one man's lengthy – and we do mean lengthy – struggle in New York. His send-ups on his family, career, childhood and misbegotten lovelife are as warm and poignant as they are hysterical.
Winner of five Tony Awards including Best Musical. Based on the unfinished novel by Charles Dickens, the raucous world of a Victorian era music hall is the backdrop for this play-within-a-play.
Writer/director and media artist Lars Jan brings together the worlds of theater, network science, and data visualization to create a trans-disciplinary narrative for the digital age. Collaborating with actor Roger Guenveur Smith, ecologist Eric Berlow, data artist/designer David Gurman, computer scientist Kaustuv Debiswas, and classics researcher Daniel Powasek, Jan explores the ripple effect of creative influence that Homer's Odyssey has inspired across time, space, and culture.
A sold-out smash hit at New York's Signature Theatre last year, Old Hats combines the incomparable magic, slapstick, and hilarity of master clowns Bill Irwin and David Shiner, with technology, original music, and their truly unique style of movement.
Old Hats picks up where Fool Moon left off, and is a wildly imaginative journey about the anxieties of living in the modern world and an exquisite and hilarious meditation on life, lunacy, and the passage of time. It is the recipient of the 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Alternative Theatrical Experience and the 2013 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revue.
The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning is an award winning play that follows the personal journey of the 25 year-old American who leaked classified documents to Wikileaks and served 900 days in solitary isolation before being sentenced to 35 years in prison. We are thrilled to produce this development production that will rock you to your core.
Grounded shares the journey of an unexpected pregnancy that forces an air force pilot to give up all she knows. Grounded in a windowless trailer outside Las Vegas and flying remote drones halfway across the world in Iraq, one remarkable woman discovers the complex and radical consequences of modern-day American warfare.
See You, Maybe is a raw and realistic dramedy about relationships and intimacy. A revealing look into the life of a San Francisco couple from the first day they meet and then one year later when the relationship is tested. The audience gets to feel like a fly on the wall as they become witness to a seemingly unlikely love affair in this intimate two-person play.
Sharon Tate in Heaven is a one woman odyssey about model and international actress Sharon Tate who made a life in hollywood with her husband Roman Polanski.
At this juncture of August 1969, Sharon Tate has a TV interview in heaven to give a Valentine of love to her husband and loved ones.
Creating Arts Company is proud to bring to life another beloved Princess tale! When the King and Queen are blessed with a lovely baby girl, Princess Aurora, an evil sorceress cast a spell on the newborn Princess. She declares that on her sixteenth birthday, the Princess will prick her finger on a cursed spindle and fall into a deep slumber that only a kiss of true love can awake. Desperate to save their daughter, the King and Queen rely on the help of the forrest fairies to keep her safely hidden away until after her sixteenth birthday. Will they young Princess make it past her sixteenth birthday without the evil sorceress finding her or will she fall victim to the spell, to have a kiss of true love awake her?
From the award-winning musical team behind Honk! and Broadway's Mary Poppins, this "very curly musical tail" is perfect for the whole family, full of catchy songs, clever rhymes and silly charm, but also has some very smart things to say about home and family.
Supernatural: The Play takes you front and center to a natural hair meetup where women share how their hair journeys have shaped who they are today. If you haven't heard, women of color around the world are meeting and talking about natural hair. They are doing it fabulously in droves through hair workshops, hair makeover experiences, hair lectures, hair product testings, and so much more. You name it and women are coming together to celebrate their natural hair. When they meet, they bare themselves by sharing their stories and exchanging information. Simply Google "natural hair meetup" and your search engine's results will be explosive.
Originally staged at the Dublin Theatre Festival in 2011—and retitled for Broadway in 2013 as The Testament of Mary—Testament is an incisive, lyrical, and deeply human work that recounts in riveting detail a defiant mother's story of her son, who has been taken from her by men she regards as fanatics. Variety raved that "you've never seen anything like it," and you won't want to miss Canadian leading actor Seana McKenna (A.C.T.'s Napoli!) in this powerful, tour-de-force role.
Don Reed, Michael Airington, and Palmer Davis bring their own critically-acclaimed shows to the Hudson Backstage Theatre weekends through September:
• Don Reed's Comedy Shows (Can You Dig It? and Semi-Famous)
• Oh My Goodness It's Paul Lynde starring Michael Airington
• Suburban Showgirl starring Palmer Davis
A lecherous goat, Pentecostals on the radio, a house full of dogs, cats, and Febreze and Daddy's .38 special. These are just some of the ingredients in a delicious and magical stew of stories about a singular childhood in Grady County, written and performed by Lucy Alibar, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of the hit film Beasts Of The Southern Wild. See a landscape you won't soon forget.
Train To Zakopane: A true story of hate and love, by Henry Jaglom, reveals humanity in the most unlikely of places – prejudice. This original new play is based upon true events that occurred in the life of Henry Jaglom's father as he crossed Poland on a train in 1928.
"I set out to write a play about race and ended up writing a play about family," says playwright Julie Hebert about Tree, "About the inescapability of family, of being known over time, of recognizing yourself in others, of continuing relationships after betrayal and suffering. We keep each other honest. Sometimes it's funny, sometimes painful – and so it is with this play."
The Trip to Bountiful tells Mother Watts' story. She is an elderly woman forced to live with her overprotective son and domineering daughter-in-law. Her dream is to return for one last time to her small hometown in Bountiful, Texas. Her journey becomes a heartbreaking but ultimately life-affirming and inspiring tale that examines the fragility of memory and celebrates the enduring power of hope, faith and family.
A comic thriller about a reality TV show where the boundaries between fiction and fact, life and death, are dangerously blurred. Also skewering the effect of the information age on the nature of identity.
"A must-see for any age!" raves Chris Knopf, past president of Writers' Guild of America, West. "Guarantees laughs! She's done it again!" hails playwright Jerry Mayer (Aspirin & Elephants, Almost Perfect, Dietrich & Chevalier, etc). From the team that brought you the 2013 hit Raise Me Up ("Outstanding!" American Radio Network; "Timeless as romance itself!" LA Weekly) comes Lisa Phillips Visca's world premiere comedy about mothers, daughters, and the profound effect they have on each other and the men in their lives, directed by Chris DeCarlo. An obstacle course of weddings, Porsches, trust fund deadlines, biological clock time-bombs, and life-changing peanut butter frozen yogurt, Turning Thirty illuminates modern-day romance in all its unexpected glory, with the passion and pain of finding, losing, and finding once again your one and only true love. Turning Thirty – the ultimate year; the ultimate love story.
A clan of vampires and a few humans reveal dark mysteries and bring us fear mixed with love, perhaps a few tears, and a touch of laughter, all in the course of one night in the life of the clan. Bring food and any drink you like and enjoy!
During a heavy rainstorm a young man who has lost his way, finally comes upon a home. A mysterious male resident welcomes him in. The Man hands to the young man a book…in the book, is the forgotten tale of the Legend of humans. In the Man's hand is another book containing the story of this young man's life until the moment he had arrived to this place. After reading, the young man realizes why he was lead here. The storm subsides, the Man sends the young man off as he leaves.
Written by one of England's leading writers for young audiences, Walking the Tightrope is a sweet and funny story of a grandfather who, while trying to tell his five-year-old granddaughter that Grandma is gone, goes about building a beautiful new relationship with her.
The bigger the heart, the bigger the heartbreak.
Weighing in at almost 600 pounds, Charlie is a gentle but grieving giant, beached on a couch in Northern Idaho. Following a cardiac episode, he decides to reach out, after years of estrangement, to his troubled teenage daughter. This big-hearted drama won MTC's 2011 Sky Cooper New Play Prize.
In 1973, a rapidly changing Atlanta elected its first African-American mayor and looked ahead to an exhilarating but uncertain future. In the midst of cataclysmic social change, and keenly aware of their roles in the march of history, the key players in the winning campaign wrestle their most formidable opponent to date – Love. And as fate and feminism would have it, love truly does conquer all.
Sara Moore, the brilliant San Francisco-based clown, and her Thrillride Mechanics troupe star in Wunderworld, a stunning new re-imagining of the Alice in Wonderland story. Told through music, dance and her "hyper-comical Theatre of Human Animation," Wunderworld tells the story of an 80-year old Alice drawn back dwon the rabbit hole for yet another adventure. It is exquisitely wistful, hearbreakingly hilarious theatre.
From the Co-Writer/Director of the Off-Broadway hit Marry, F*** or Kill comes the world premiere of the fast-paced, R-rated dramedy You Love That I'm Not Your Wife.
Written and directed by Joanne Mosconi, You Love That I'm Not Your Wife features a tableau of quirky characters and lots of romance as it takes a look at modern relationships that mirror contemporary life in LA.