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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.
Sylvia, an American Jewish woman, mysteriously becomes paralyzed as news reports thrust Nazi Germany's Kristallnacht (The Night of Broken Glass) into the American consciousness. As Sylvia's doctor tries to diagnose this strange affliction, her husband's debilitating struggle with his Jewish identity comes to light, shattering their already fragile marriage. This powerful late masterpiece by Arthur Miller, one of America's greatest playwrights, incites a thrilling game of concealment through guilt, tragedy, and love.
Brian Dennehy (Love Letters, Krapp's Last Tape, and Hughie) and John Douglas Thompson (Satchmo at the Waldorf), two of the greatest stage actors of this generation, star in a once in a lifetime theatrical event, performing one of the most influential plays of the 20th century. Endgame, Samuel Beckett's uncompromising masterpiece, explores the biggest question we all face – can love, family, or belief truly give meaning to our lives? Beckett's rich use of language, mordant sense of humor, and courageous worldview combine to weave a spell both humorous and chilling.
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.
All the world's a stage, but in Elizabethan England, all the roles are given to men. Enter Imogen, who seizes a wordless walk-on in Shakespeare's new comedy and recasts herself in a ferocious real-life leading role. Imogen Says Nothing is the wildly theatrical and subversively funny tale of an unforgettable creature refusing to let history erase her part.
As Mary Jane navigates both the mundane and the unfathomable realities of caring for Alex, her chronically ill young son, she finds herself building a community of women from many walks of life. Mary Jane is Pulitzer Prize finalist Amy Herzog's remarkably powerful and compassionate portrait of a contemporary American woman striving for grace.
1960, Brooklyn. The women of the Muscolino family are desperate to find a life beyond their four walls, hiding dreams, loves, and longings. Francesca, the youngest, yearns for her true love; Jean, confidence and friendship, and Nina, the chance to live the kind of life she pleases. Their mother Anna nurses her own quiet pains. Yet, in the quest for happiness, each of these women fights to find their voices. They struggle to hold on to them, and to each other. Napoli, Brooklyn is a poetic and beautiful play about sisterhood, freedom, and forgiveness.
A darkly comic new take on Brecht and Weill's raucous musical broadcast live from the stage of the National Theatre. London scrubs up for the coronation. The thieves are on the make, the whores on the pull, the police cutting deals to keep it all out of sight. Mr and Mrs Peachum are looking forward to a bumper day in the beggary business, but their daughter didn't come home last night and it's all about to kick off…
"I've no talent for life."
Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free… Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel.
Following their hit run on Broadway, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the West End stage in Harold Pinter's No Man's Land, broadcast live to cinemas from Wyndham's Theatre, London.
One summer's evening, two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst's stately house nearby. As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men.
Gemma Arterton is Joan of Arc, broadcast live from the Donmar Warehouse. Bernard Shaw's classic play follows the life and trial of a young country girl who declares a bloody mission to drive the English from France. As one of the first Protestants and nationalists, she threatens the very fabric of the feudal society and the Catholic Church across Europe.
Larry 'The Liquidator' Garfinkle is a donut-chomping, fast-talking Wall Street takeover artist, and if you are running a business, he's the last person you want to darken your door. When he goes crazy over New England Wire and Cable's undervalued stock, it's up to Kate, a brilliant young lawyer, to stop him from gutting the company. Can she save her hometown's venerable factory from a gleeful corporate shark? Or should she?
Playwrights on Park Reading Series is a new and exciting artistic endeavor for Playhouse on Park to develop and produce original plays and musicals, to foster emerging and established playwrights, and to become a leader in new play development.
All readings include a talk back with the cast and the playwright and opportunity for audience members to complete a response card.
When Rossi's mother discovers the microwave, home cooked meals become a thing of the past. What starts as Rossi's rebellion against her Orthodox Jewish mom ends with her becoming New York's #1 punk-rock caterer. The playwright behind the hit I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti heads back to the kitchen with this hilarious and heartfelt new comedy. Based on the true life story of Chef Rossi.
In 1902 Albert and Mileva Einstein had a baby daughter. After 1904 she was never seen again. When a young reporter confronts Einstein years later in Princeton, Einstein must face his greatest challenge: his past. Relativity explores the bonds of family and the cost of genius. To be a great man, does one first need to be a good man?
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.
History, remixed. In 17th-century Great Britain, the Stuarts—Charles I and Charles II—defend their divine rights, with the help of a whipping boy. In our own time, Jeb and George W. Bush play hardball—both politics and tennis—battling for power, as siblings and statesmen. By turns intimate and epic, Sarah Ruhl's astonishing new play reveals the cost of dynastic privilege.
Pittsburgh, 1948. Following the untimely death of Floyd "Schoolboy" Barton, a local blues guitarist on the edge of stardom, friends grapple with his legacy. The fifth chapter in August Wilson's epic Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning cycle, Seven Guitars strikes moving chords of the African American experience in the 20th century: faith, artistry, humor, oppression, brutality, and love.
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.
Brilliant, hilarious, and incisive, Lydia R. Diamond (adaptor of The Bluest Eye and author of Broadway's Stick Fly) explores the deep questions of race and identity in this controversial and fiercely funny play. On the eve of Obama's first election, four intellectuals – a doctor, an actress, a psychologist, and a neurobiologist studying the human brain's response to racial differences – find themselves entangled in a complex web of social and sexual politics. Everyone wants to be successful, to find love, and to feel as if they've made a positive impact on the world. But what influence does race have on that quest? In the great tradition of Clybourne Park and Disgraced, Smart People asks the questions that don't always get asked in public.
A powerful and honest story of one woman's journey from a hard existence to her own liberation. Sunset Baby is an energetic, daring look at the point where the personal and political collide. From one of the most exciting young voices in American theatre, this dynamic new play about fathers and daughters sears with wit and wisdom and the politics of freedom.