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Allegiance tells the story of the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and 120,000 other Japanese-Americans are forced to leave their homes following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Sam Kimura seeks to prove his patriotism by fighting for his country in the war, but his sister, Kei, fiercely protests the government's treatment of her people. An uplifting testament to the power of the human spirit, Allegiance follows the Kimuras as they struggle between duty and defiance, custom and change, and family bonds and forbidden loves.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this classic by Eugene O'Neill is a surprisingly contemporary play that crackles with fierce physicality, humor, and drama. After a 20-year separation, a coal barge captain is reunited with the daughter he unknowingly abandoned to a life of hardship. When Anna falls in love with a shipwrecked sailor, her father and her suitor come to recognize their own culpability in her plight, and all three struggle in their own way for salvation.
Delightfully gothic, beautiful and emotionally complex, Ada/Ava utilizes special-effect techniques from the early age of cinema — shadow puppetry, live-action silhouettes and overhead projection — to conjure a magic spell of multimedia storytelling, complete with a live musical score. Driven by innovation, the masterful technicians of Chicago-based Manual Cinema are one of the hottest rising ensembles in America, with audiences marveling at their creations even as their methods are plainly revealed.
Beside a lighthouse somewhere on the New England coastline, twin sisters tend to the tower's guiding light and to each other, until Ava unexpectedly dies. Here, the unrestrained imagination moves the melancholy act of mourning through of journey across the thresholds of life and death.
Adam was the scariest man in the National Hockey League, but now he's been demoted to the minors, gotten high on painkillers, and trashed the locker room at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. His friends need to talk him down before he gets into real trouble, but he's got his own agenda, and it isn't about making saves, dekes, dangles, snipes, and passes. Brawler, a modern-day take on Sophocles' Ajax, looks at hockey as the last true gladiator sport.
Berlin, 1932. A group of bohemian friends struggle to respond as Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party rise to power. Watching their world unravel around them from the uncertain safety of Agnes Eggling's apartment, these artists, activists, and idealists grapple with the responsibility of making moral choices in a time of vanishing options. Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as "unabashedly political, thought-provoking, and a little scary," A Bright Room Called Day by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in America) reverberates across time, from Germany's Weimar Republic to contemporary America, posing timely questions about citizenship, resistance, and complicity.
Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a remarkable theatrical experience. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, the play takes audiences inside the mind of Christopher Boone, a 15-year-old math savant who doesn't do "chat," speaks declamatory sentences, and can't stand to be touched. When he discovers one night that his neighbor's dog has been murdered, he sets out to solve the crime. His quest takes him on a journey that upends his world.
From Silence tells how Esther's world is turned upside down when her daughter Deborah rushes home with the news that their New Jersey temple is on lockdown and her granddaughter Elaina is trapped inside. Esther survived the Holocaust, but never talked about it, despite the pleas from her daughter and granddaughter — it was too painful to recount that part of her life. During the endless wait, Esther comes to regret her silence and realizes her duty to tell her story, but will it be too late for Elaina to hear it?
On an empty stage, a house is conjured from thin air. Residents move in, move out, clean up, burn down, sweep under, paint over, fence off and move on — and all the while, they live among the traces of residents present, past and future. Geoff Sobelle's HOME is a house party of the greatest proportion, telling the story of a house, and showing what it means to create home.
A magical, large-scale spectacle built from the ground up, HOME combines dance, illusion, live music, home-spun engineering and an inventive use of audience interaction to compose an experience that asks: Where is home? If it is not a place, what is home? HOME explores — and explodes — the relationship between "house" and "home," and it invites audiences to think twice about the physical and emotional bonds that connect us.
Shakespeare's epic political tragedy dramatizes the downfall of an arrogant and narcissistic ruler bent on turning the Roman Republic into a dictatorship. Set in a futuristic parallel universe where women are in power, this all-female production sees the race to claim control of Rome spiral out of control.
Written by Nobel Prize-winning author Albert Camus, staged by leading avant-garde French director Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota and produced by the celebrated Paris theater company Théâtre de la Ville, The State of Siege is set to take the country by storm this fall on its first visit to the United States. The rarely staged work, penned in 1948, weaves a tale of paranoia, endurance and political struggle resulting in a dizzying modern metaphor. With a renowned ensemble working on an epic scale, The State of Siege (L'État de siège) explores how art can serve as a way to process — and to resist — human atrocities. What role can art play in the face of peril? Faced with imminent danger, can the human spirit remain focused on the beauty of life?
Actor Ian Ruskin brings his acclaimed one-man play To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine to Boston at historic Faneuil Hall, following performances around the world, including a Los Angeles run and, most recently, the Public Theater in New York. The film of the play aired on PBS over the July 4th holiday.
No other Founding Father was anywhere close to Thomas Paine in his vision of democracy. Paine's book Common Sense was the spark that ignited the American Revolution and remains in print today. He helped shape our national character and inspires us to be better guardians of that legacy. Paine based his beliefs on one simple yet powerful idea: "justice for all." In this time of division and despair, we need, more than ever, to hear Paine's words.