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In a small house in the mountains of Ireland, a lonely spinster locks horns with her house-bound, manipulative mother in a rage-filled battle of the wills. Ireland's most important contemporary playwright, Martin McDonagh's (The Pillowman, The Cripple of Inishmaan) The Beauty Queen of Leenane is a subversive thriller that takes audiences through the twists and turns of the ultimate dysfunctional relationship, revealing what can happen when family ties go too far…way too far.Twenty years ago, the Druid Theatre Company's production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane, rocked America and Broadway and was nominated for six Tony awards and won four. Druid returns with Tony Award® winning director, Garry Hynes remount of this spectacular production. Marie Mullen, who won the Tony for her performance as the daughter, returns this time in the role of the mother, while Aisling O'Sullivan takes the role of the daughter. Once again, audiences will have the opportunity to experience this masterful play.
The prose and music of Samuel Beckett's writing find new life, and a fresh resonance, in this stunning new theatrical work for soprano, actor and chamber orchestra. Arriving from Ireland as part of a year-long celebration of the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, Here All Night brings back the players of Gare St Lazare Ireland, who wowed Boston audiences with their productions of Waiting for Godot and Moby Dick at ArtsEmerson. The group is among the world's foremost interpreters of Beckett's work and this U.S. Premiere an absolute must-see. Folk and high art weave together with exquisite results in the hands of actor Conor Lovett, composer Paul Clark, soprano Melanie Papenheim, and The Gloaming's Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh as they create enchanting musical landscapes for the incomparable writing found in novels like Watt and The Unnamable and the short story "First Love."
Elements Theatre Company crowns its year-long commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death with King Lear. Performed in the striking outdoor setting of the Atrium of the Church of the Transfiguration, Elements brings all of its passion and expertise to this tragic tale of betrayal, revenge, and hard-won reconciliation.
Funny, brutally honest, and ultimately cathartic, Mala puts a sharp focus on what it means to put our loved ones first, right to the very end, and what happens when we strive to be good, but don't always succeed. A world premiere production by ArtsEmerson, this powerful one-woman show by Melinda Lopez transports us into a world which is uniquely Cuban-American in its specifics, and universal in its power.
- Communist Budapest. In a dance hall, a musician confesses his private sexual desire for his seven-year-old step-daughter. And his government is taping his every word. Under threat of being exposed as a pedophile, the musician is pressured into becoming a government informant leading to the arrest and murder of his best friend who had been running an anti-Communism underground newspaper.Under Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's increasingly nationalist government, Hungary's cultural scene has been rocked by a rapid return to government control of artistic choice. Béla Pintér and Company is dedicated to creating contemporary productions based on critical and ironic observations of Hungarian society. Employing the company's signature theatrical style, combining folk music, dance, staggering ensemble work, and no-holds-barred theatricality to tell a story of what it is to live between a rock and a hard place in a world where there is no such thing as a right to privacy.
Together, this epic cycle, explores themes of life, death and rebirth. Each opera is a fully realized production, separately created by three living composers, all featuring librettos by Cerise Lim Jacobs. Naga (composed by Boston's Scott Wheeler) is the story of a young Monk who renounces everything to find nirvana, but is tempted to abandon the path when he encounters The White Snake. Madame White Snake (composed by Zhou Long) is the story of a demon who longs to become human to experience love. And Gilgamesh (composed by Paola Prestini) finds the half-demon son of Madame White Snake realizing his true power and being pushed into a position where he must choose between his family and happiness.
Arthur Kipps, a middle-aged solicitor is tortured by an episode from his past when, while settling the estate of an elderly recluse, he is visited by a woman in black, a figure who terrifies the locals. He hires an actor and a theater to help him reenact his experience, and exorcise the spector that haunts his life. - A classic ghost story and the second longest running play in London's West End.