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Every family has its secrets. When the Lafayette children gather to catalogue their recently deceased father's Arkansas estate, a gruesome relic of his haunted past is unearthed. As a family feud erupts, they struggle to come to terms with their shameful and uncomfortable legacy. In the great American tradition of family dramas, from Long Day's Journey Into Night to August: Osage County, this bitingly funny and subversive award-winning play unleashes a series of jaw-dropping surprises.
The Today Show aptly describes Playhouse on Park's final Mainstage Series show for Season Eight: "If you like Shakespeare, you'll like this show. If you hate Shakespeare, you'll love this show!"
Back by popular demand, and written by Adam Long, Daniel Singe,r and Jess Winfield, the cultural touchstone that is The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) features all 37 of Shakespeare's plays, performed in 97 minutes, by three actors. To celebrate the 20th anniversary two of its original writer/performers (Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield) thoroughly revised the show to bring it up to date for 21st-century audiences. Fast paced, witty, and physical, it's full of laughter for Shakespeare lovers and haters alike.
A small Norwegian town is banking on its medicinal baths to bring prosperity. But its economic growth and moral health are threatened when Dr. Thomas Stockmann uncovers a toxic secret that pits him against his brother, Mayor Peter Stockmann. In Henrik Ibsen's thrilling political masterpiece, a family in power struggles over its obligations to one another and to society: Who is the enemy of the people, and who is their benefactor?
In Far Away, Caryl Churchill's fable about a world where the line has disappeared between the normal and the fantastic, beauty and horror, plain talk and poetry, Joan has just seen something she shouldn't have. Far from home, she hears screams in the night. She's uncovered a terrible secret that will change the course of her life. Churchill confronts our deepest fears, depicting a chilling world where everyone is at war, and not even the birds in the trees or the river below can be trusted.
In the astonishing first installment of Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks' American Odyssey, set during the Civil War, Hero is offered his freedom from slavery in exchange for joining his master in the ranks of the Confederacy. Father Comes Home From the Wars is an epic new work filled with music, wit, and lyricism.
With breakneck speed and endless invention, Field Guide skates through one of the greatest — and longest! — novels ever written: The Brothers Karamazov. Rude Mechs takes a page (or several hundred) from Fyodor Dostoevsky's powerful meditation on faith, meaning, and morality and mischievously adds standup comedy, pop music dance numbers, a cardboard bear, and a talking bird to it.
She hunts terrorists by day and is haunted by terrors at night. An ace fighter pilot finds herself grounded by an unexpected pregnancy, and her world flips from top gun to top mom. No longer able to fly, she's reassigned as a drone pilot, working at a facility near Las Vegas. When the desert through her viewfinder starts to look eerily similar to the desert in which she lives, the realities of war and suburban comfort collide. Current and contemporary, this thrilling tale offers a glimpse into one soldier's struggle to define herself in the modern world.
A standing double date in Damascus quickly escalates into farce as four friends unburden their hearts and reveal their secret passions. But as civil war rages outside, nothing is really what it seems to be. Kiss is a politically charged and emotionally resonant exploration of what gets lost in translation: the unfathomable human toll taken on a nation in chaos.
Love is a familiar. Love is a devil. There is no evil angel but Love.
The King of Navarre and his lords have sworn off the pleasures of life to pursue their studies, but can their oaths hold up when a princess and her ladies come to town? Men and women test their own constitutions in this hilarious Shakespearean comedy that forces gentlemen in love to keep love – and food, and sleep – at arms' length.
Chicago's South Side, the 1930s. Bigger Thomas struggles to find a place for himself in a world whose prejudice has shut him out. After taking a job in a wealthy white man's house, he unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seals his fate. Native Son is an unforgettable theatrical experience that captures the power of Richard Wright's iconic novel about oppression, freedom, and justice.
Can love survive all? Shakespeare's most famous play transcends time and generations to tell the story of two star-crossed teenagers who fight to love each other in a violent world. Their families are at war, but their love cannot be torn apart. In the sure hands of Mark Lamos, you will experience this classic story anew, and find fresh truths no matter your age.
When Ethan, a young sex blogger-turned-New York Times bestselling author, meets Olivia, an obscure thirty-something novelist, lust turns to sex, and dating turns to something more complicated. This important and exhilarating new play follows the unexpected twists and turns of modern relationships as ambitions turn dark and self-reinvention is just a click away.
In the overwhelming quiet of the woods, six runaways from city life embark on a silent retreat. As these strangers confront internal demons both profound and absurd, their vows of silence collide with the achingly human need to connect. Filled with awkward humor, this strange and compassionate new play asks how we address life's biggest questions when words fail us.