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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.
Restaurant manager and shoe connoisseur Haley Walker is finally ready to reenter the dating world. From the privacy of her bedroom, she relates a series of hilarious tales while preparing for — and recovering from — one dreadful date after another. Theresa Rebeck's sweet and sharp comedy Bad Dates is one of the most popular shows in Huntington history.
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.
Based on the 1985 movie adaptation of the classic board game, Clue is a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery. Adapted from Jonathan Lynn's screenplay (My Cousin Vinny) with additional material by Hunter Foster and Eric Price, this staging tells the shocking tale of six mysterious guests who attend an unusual dinner party hosted by Mr. Boddy. Murder and blackmail are both on the menu. When Boddy himself winds up dead, all the guests become suspects, and together they must solve the mystery before the police arrive. An evening of slapstick, slamming doors, and some of the funniest one-liners in movie history, Clue leaves both devoted fans and newcomers in stitches.
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.
When Devon visits Simone for an end-of-summer sibs fest on Martha's Vineyard, she finds her little sister changed beyond recognition. As personal assistant to Michaela Kell, a wealthy and demanding trophy wife, Simone enjoys a lavish beachfront lifestyle that these girls never could have imagined growing up in blue-collar Buffalo — but is all this luxury free of cost? Worlds collide and sisters square off in this keenly observed comedy about ambition, regret, and the choices that shape who we become.
1. Ice cream. 2. Water fights. 3. Staying up past your bedtime and being allowed to watch TV. These are just a few items on a list of things worth living for compiled by a young girl trying to ease her mother's depression at the start of Every Brilliant Thing. Through adulthood, as the list grows, she learns the deep significance it holds in her own life. It stays with her as she goes to college, falls in love, and builds a home. A tribute to the irrepressible resilience inside all of us and the capacity to find delight in the everyday, Every Brilliant Thing is a charming new play that enlists members of the audience to help tell its story.
Arthur Miller, the most celebrated American playwright of the 20th century, was said to be the moral conscience of the nation, but he had a secret: a son born with Down syndrome whom he refused to acknowledge. In Fall, renowned Hollywood reporter Bernard Weinraub explores the fascinating untold story of Miller and his third wife, photographer Inge Morath, and the divide between their public personas and private lives.
Across Syria, many gardens conceal the dead bodies of activists and protesters who took to the streets during the early periods of the uprising against the Ba'athist government in 2011. These domestic burials play out a continuing collaboration between the living and the dead — each providing safety, truth and a voice for each other. In Gardens Speak, Lebanese artist Tania El Khoury carefully reconstructs the oral histories of ten ordinary people and transforms Syrian statistics into universal, human stories via a stunning, full-body interactive experience.
Each narrative has been carefully constructed with the friends and family members of the deceased to retell their stories as they themselves may have recounted it. Gardens Speak was a sold-out experience at The Public's Under The Radar Festival in New York, so don't miss this limited engagement!
On his way home after a year in East Africa, a young aid worker goes back to a shabby Amsterdam hotel room with a fellow American. The two strangers replay their pasts and confess their shared fear that they betrayed the people who needed them most. A powerful chance encounter offers the possibility of connection and redemption in this new play by Huntington Playwriting Fellow Ken Urban.
Hold These Truths is the true story of Gordon Hirabayashi, an American son of Japanese immigrants. He resisted internment during World War Two, a policy which continues to be cited and debated today. Michael Hisamoto (Stage Kiss) plays Hirabayashi, a college student and a Quaker, whose hope and unquenchable patriotism over 50 years will leave audiences cheering.
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.
A farcical masterpiece with rapid-fire wit and eccentric characters, The Importance of Being Earnest is Oscar Wilde's last and most celebrated play. In late Victorian London, companions-in-cavorting Jack Worthing and Algernon "Algy" Moncrieff have fallen in love with two ladies who have their hearts set on marrying a man named Ernest. In pursuit of romance, both men concoct an elaborate deception. When Algy's aunt, the formidable Lady Bracknell, starts searching for the truth, an outlandish surprise is revealed. Wilde's buoyant comedy of manners keeps audiences poised for a fresh twist of plot from one moment to the next.
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.
When a young, aspirational theatre troupe discovers and performs what they believe is a Syrian soap opera, they come to realize just how much they got wrong. Kiss is a brilliant play-within-a-play that shows how misunderstanding cultural cues can reveal blind spots you never knew you had. Chilean playwright and director Guillermo Calderón brings his masterful sensibility to this intense, tightly wound new production where naiveté can turn out to be the kiss of death.
Gifted jazz saxophonist Willie "Cool" Jones is lured back from Paris by Babs, a past love, with the promise of ownership in Mitzy's Jazz Kitchen, but Cool's inner demons compete with his ambitions as he tries to make sense of his life. Lost Tempo is a jazz riff on the addictions from which we suffer, musical and otherwise.
In 2008, National Public Radio asked Gregory Maguire (Wicked) to compose an original story with a Christmas theme. Thus was born Matchless, a rekindling of Anderson's classic tale of the Little Match Girl from a surprising point of view. A story for all ages about being open to life's magic transformations: how love can make a family, and how imagination can find beauty in the most unexpected places.
Men on Boats is a rollicking adventure tale brought thrillingly to life by a gender-bending cast of diverse performers who use carefully exaggerated theatrics to tell the story of an actual 1869 expedition to chart the Colorado River. Comedic but never camp, pointed but never political, this rousing historical saga is a provocative meditation on gender and historical memory that offers a new lens through which to view our shared past.
Benedick is never getting married. Not ever. And Beatrice can't imagine loving a man she can't tolerate! They might just be the perfect couple. While the villain Don Jon sows seeds of rumor and discord, the success of two noble marriages hinges on the hilarious efforts of local constables. Shakespeare's most frequently performed comedy is a joyous romp that sparkles with wit and romance.
Virginia Woolf's novel Orlando has been described as the most charming love letter in literature. Sarah Ruhl (Stage Kiss) brings the novel to life in an epic theatrical adventure that transcends time, space, and sex. Born in the 16th century, Orlando, a handsome man, wakes up one day two centuries later to find himself a beautiful woman! Orlando abandons herself to six centuries of change with an insatiable appetite to discover what it means to live fully in the present, in her own skin, and in her own time.
The Book of Revelation ends at chapter 22. Or does it?
Rev. 23 is the hitherto unpublished last chapter of the Book of Revelation as dictated by St. John the Divine and transcribed by Cerise Lim Jacobs. It narrates the last battle to recapture Paradise-on-Earth and restore the balance of good and evil to our world. Persephone, the only being able to pass freely between Hell and Earth, is recruited by Lucifer in the fight against the rulers of Paradise-on-Earth. No one is exempt from this battle.
Based on the Academy Award-winning film, Shakespeare in Love tells the story of young Will Shakespeare, suffering from a case of writer's block as the deadline fast approaches to deliver his new play, Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter. Enter Viola, a headstrong noblewoman and admirer of Will's, who disguises herself as a boy so that she can skirt the law and appear (as a girl) in his play. But when the playwright and his muse fall in love, the plot undergoes some surprising rewrites. Mistaken identities, courtly intrigue, and backstage bickering are all part of the fun in this romantic comedy of errors. Shakespeare in Love reminds audiences that while all the world's a stage, love is unrehearsed.
In the break room of the last small auto plant still standing, a makeshift family of workers swap stories, share dreams, and take pride in their work. When confronted with the possibility of the factory closing, power dynamics shift and each worker is pushed to the limits of survival. Inspired by August Wilson's Century Cycle, Morisseau's bold and compassionate new play is part of her Detroit Project cycle of plays.
Souvenir is a sweet and hilarious fantasia on the life of Florence Foster Jenkins, the passionate but self-deceiving music lover. Jenkins was one of the finest coloratura sopranos in history — but alas, only in her own mind! Despite being called "majestically awful," her concerts in the 1930s and '40s were not only sold-out but attended by the crème de la crème of Manhattan society. Souvenir is the story of a woman who believed that "what matters most is the music you hear in your head."
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?
Set in Louisiana in the 1980s, Robert Harling's Steel Magnolias is equally hilarious and heartwarming. At Truvy's beauty shop, six southern ladies gather each week to chat and support each other through thick and thin. But those bonds are about to be tested when M'Lynn and her daughter Shelby face a life-changing crisis. Harling's play touches on love, loss, and enduring friendship.
Empty nesters Greg and Kate have moved back to Manhattan after 22 years in the suburbs. Greg finds Sylvia, a street-smart lab/poodle mix, and brings her home. She promptly becomes a bone of contention between Greg and Kate, testing their marriage to comic and touching effect. This play by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner A.R. Gurney looks into the complexities of love and commitment, asking what it truly means to be devoted to your partner…and how you choose between the love of your life and man's best friend.
Devious Tartuffe charms his way into Orgon's household and schemes to marry his daughter, seduce his wife, and run off with the family's fortune. Orgon remains entranced despite the appalling evidence of Tartuffe's behavior — will he see through this con man before it's too late? In one of the world's great plays, Molière spins religious piety and hypocrisy into high comedy, making for a hilarious and biting satire.
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.
Career-driven Marlene has just landed the top job at a London employment agency over a male colleague. To celebrate, she hosts a lavish dinner with a group of famous and adventurous historical women who cheer the successes and bemoan the sacrifices required to be a "top girl" in a man's world. Caryl Churchill's groundbreaking masterpiece, originally a rebuke to Margaret Thatcher's England in the 1980s, remains just as relevant and powerful today.
In the late 1970s, Truman Capote and Andy Warhol decided that they were destined to create a Broadway play together. Over the course of the next several months, they would sit down to record a series of intimate, wide-ranging conversations. The play never came to be, and the hours and hours of tape were lost to the ages. Until now.