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Brierpatch Productions on behalf of VH Theatrical Development Foundation presents: The Brightness of Heaven
A new play by acclaimed author Laura Pedersen
Directed by Ludovica Vilar-Hauser
The Kilgannons are a typical Irish family in 1974 Buffalo. However, the world is changing fast, the generation gap is widening, and the future is up for grabs. Will the Kilgannons find the serenity to accept the things they cannot change and the wisdom to know that what needs changing most is sitting around the dinner table? THE BRIGHTNESS OF HEAVEN is a witty drama about Family, Faith, and the ties that bind - sometimes too tightly.
October 16 - December 14
*Wednesday - Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 3pm & 7pm, Sunday at 3pm. Tuesday performances: October 21 & 28, November 25
*No performance: October 31, November 27
Three soldiers come back from Iraq and adjust to life on the home front. When one gets engaged, they come up with a plan to provide them all with financial security.
11 Grand Guignol plays directed by 11 Flea Resident Directors.
These turn of the century French plays – graphic, amoral horror entertainment – will be grouped in 2 to 3 play evenings. Audience members are invited to vote on each group and the winners will take part in an extended run in January.
Performances are divided into 4 groups: Gore plays September 23-October 5, Cruelty plays October 14-25, Night Terror plays November 18-December 3, and Lust plays December 9-22.
Disgraced is the story of a successful Muslim-American lawyer and his wife -- an artist influenced by Islamic imagery -- enjoying their comfortable and successful life on New York's Upper East Side. When a co-worker and her husband come to dinner, what begins as polite table conversation explodes, leaving everyone's relationships and beliefs about race and identity in shards.
Two-time Academy Award® nominee Bradley Cooper (American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook) returns to Broadway in Bernard Pomerance's Tony Award®-winning classic, The Elephant Man. Directed by Tony nominee Scott Ellis (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), this captivating new production also stars Academy Award nominee Patricia Clarkson (Pieces of April, Shutter Island) and Alessandro Nivola (American Hustle, The Winslow Boy).
Based on the real life of Joseph Merrick, The Elephant Man tells the story of a 19th-century British man (Cooper) whose severe disfigurement made him a star of the traveling freak show circuit. When the renowned Dr. Treves (Nivola) takes Merrick under his care at the London Hospital, he discovers that beneath this shocking exterior lies a brilliant mind and an unshakable faith. Soon all of Victorian high society becomes fascinated by Merrick, especially the beautiful actress Mrs. Kendal (Clarkson). But with his new life comes new complexity… and as Merrick's condition grows more severe, a "normal" life begins to seem all but impossible.
Written by Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Jo Bonney
Featuring Sterling K. Brown, Louis Cancelmi, Peter Jay Fernandez, Jeremie Harris, Russell G. Jones,Jenny Jules, Ken Marks, Jacob Ming-Trent, Tonye Patano, and Julian Rozzell Jr.
Presented in association with American Repertory Theater
Pulitzer Prize winner and The Public's Master Writer Chair Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog, The Book of Grace) continues her longstanding relationship with The Public Theater with Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3), a devastatingly beautiful, dramatic work set over the course of the Civil War.
Jo Bonney (Small Engine Repair, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark) directs this moving and haunting drama comprising three plays presented in a single performance. In Part 1, "A Measure of the Man," Hero, a slave who is accustomed to his master's lies, must now decide whether to join him on the Confederate battlefield in exchange for a promise of freedom. Part 2, "A Battle in the Wilderness," follows Hero and the Colonel as they lead a captured Union soldier toward the Confederate lines as the cannons approach. In Part 3, "The Union of My Confederate Parts," the loved ones Hero left behind question whether to escape or wait for his return -- only to discover that for Hero, freedom may have come at a great spiritual cost.
"To be, or not to be? That is the question." Generation after generation of great actors have gone on to give their own unique and personal answer to Hamlet's most famous query. Actor Peter Sarsgaard (Uncle Vanya) reunites with director Austin Pendleton for what promises to be a riveting and contemporary take on this timeless classic.
Hope and Charles, lonely and in their twenties, are at the end of a rather lackluster first date. Though it would appear that there is little chance for a second one, they quickly discover that their whole future is about to unfold before them.
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar (Disgraced) makes his New York Theatre Workshop debut with The Invisible Hand, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll (Red Dog Howls). The Invisible Hand follows Nick Bright, an American stock broker, into a terrifying world of kidnapping and torture in a remote region of Pakistan. As Nick negotiates to save his own life, he begins to see his captors in a new light. This new play is a chilling and complex look at how far we will go to save ourselves and the devastating ramifications of our individual actions.
Let the Right One In is a brutal and tender vampire myth told through the turbulence of a coming-of-age romance. Oskar, a lonely boy from a broken home, is bullied at school and longing for friendship. Eli, the young girl who moves in next door, doesn't attend school and rarely leaves home.When a series of mysterious killings plagues the neighborhood, these two young misfits, sensing in each other a kindred spirit, forge a deep connection. But the shocking truth about one of them tests their young friendship — and love — beyond all imaginable limits.
The White Witch has trapped Narnia in a perpetual state of winter with no hope of Christmas. But all that changes when four siblings venture through an old wardrobe and enter this land of talking animals, charming fauns, giants and dwarves. Standing shoulder to shoulder with Aslan the Great Lion, the children courageously battle the forces of evil and discover that Love is the deepest magic of all.
Romance, Drama, and Enchantment in the World's Greatest Tragic Love Story
After Warren proposes to Josie, she decides she must make one last attempt to find her long-lost father before she walks down the aisle. What she finds instead is a dangerous, seductive world of secrets and magic from which she may not want to escape. Once Upon a Bride There Was a Forest is a lyrical, haunting and surprisingly funny fairy tale about children and parents, forgetting and remembering, and the power of a good story to capture us or set us free.
In 1981, a village girl in Rwanda claims to see the Virgin Mary. Ostracized by her schoolmates and labeled disturbed, everyone refuses to believe, until the impossible starts happening again and again. Skepticism gives way to fear, faith, and fate, causing upheaval in the school community and beyond. Based on real events, Our Lady of Kibeho is the second production of Olivier Award-winning playwright Katori Hall's Residency at Signature.
Signature and Ireland's renowned Field Day Theatre Company are thrilled to present the U.S. premiere of 1996-97 Playwright-in-Residence Sam Shepard's A Particle of Dread (Oedipus Variations). This dark, fragmented, modern-day take on Oedipus Rex premiered in Derry, Ireland and features Academy Award-nominee Stephen Rea in the canonical central role, alongside a cast of actors from both sides of the Atlantic.
Eddie manages an Italian chain restaurant in Pocatello—a small, unexceptional American city that is slowly being paved over with strip malls and franchises. But he can't serve enough Soup, Salad and Breadstick Specials to make his hometown feel like home. Against the harsh backdrop of Samuel D. Hunter's Idaho, this heartbreaking comedy is a cry for connection in an increasingly lonely American landscape.
The Real Thing returns to Broadway in a stirring and sensual new production starring Ewan McGregor and helmed by Sam Gold (Roundabout's Picnic, Seminar). Delectably witty and deeply affecting, this Tony Award–winning play by Tom Stoppard (The Coast of Utopia, Arcadia) takes a daring glimpse at relationships, fidelity, and the passions that often blur our perception of love.
Henry (Ewan McGregor) is a playwright not so happily married to Charlotte, the lead actress in his play about a marriage on the verge of collapse. When Henry's affair with their friend Annie threatens to destroy his own marriage, he discovers that life has started imitating art. After Annie leaves her husband so she and Henry can begin a new life together, he can't help but wonder whether their love is fiction or the real thing. Delectably witty and deeply affecting, The Real Thing takes a daring glimpse at relationships, fidelity, and the passions that often blur our perception of love.
After receiving praise from audiences and critics alike for their smash hit season opener Much Ado About Nothing, What Dreams May Co Shakespeare continues their exploration into the dangers and the delights of love. It's risks, it's rewards, it's passion and it's price. Join us for the finale of our 2014 season as we bring to life this timeless couple whose tale embodies all these qualities with uproarious laughter, with unrestrained joy, and with unfathomable sorrow.
Director Chris Rivera brings literatures most famous and most tragic pair of star-crossed lovers into a gritty modern fantasy. Audiences will find themselves pulled into a world where religion turns the pages, family politics pulls the strings, and lives lived by the sword…are ended by it.
bie Award winning ensemble Elevator Repair Service returns to The Public, home to its sold-out productions of Gatz (2010 and 2012) and Arguendo (2013), with their highly praised staging of William Faulkner's modernist masterpiece, The Sound and the Fury.
With a lush sound score, high-energy choreography and a profoundly versatile ensemble, ERS delivers a verbatim staging of the novel's opening chapter ("the Benjy chapter"), Faulkner's famous experiment with memory and language.
Serving up the tragic demise of Faulkner's Compson family with humor and pathos against a backdrop of an eerily timeless Southern living room, this ensemble of theatrical daredevils, known for their fearless commitment, breathes thrilling new life into another American literary classic.
New York Premiere
Written and directed by Young Jean Lee
Featuring Austin Pendleton, Scott Shepherd, Pete Simpson, and James Stanley
The New York Times has named Obie Award-winner Young Jean Lee (The Public's Church and We're Gonna Die) "the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation." The Public presents the New York premiere of Straight White Men, in which she defies expectations with a conventionally structured take on the classic American father-son drama.
When Ed and his three adult sons come together to celebrate Christmas, they enjoy cheerful trash-talking, pranks, and takeout Chinese. Then they confront a problem that even being a happy family can't solve: when identity is the cornerstone of one's worth, and privilege is increasingly problematic, what is the value of being a straight white man?
STRAIGHT WHITE MEN is a production by Young Jean Lee's Theater Company and is commissioned by the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University, Center Theater Group (Los Angeles), Steirischer Herbst Festival (Graz), Les Spectacles Vivants – Centre Pompidou (Paris), Festival d'Automne à Paris, and The Public Theater (New York).
The first half of this beautiful musical portrays the artist Seurat's exhilaration and struggles in his exploration of color and light during the neo-impressionist movement. Later, we meet his American descendant, an avant-garde sculptor/inventor at odds with his life, creativity, and the universal dilemmas facing contemporary artists. Inspired by the painting "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" by Georges Seurat, Sunday in the Park with George is an intricate opus of art, music, technology and our need for connection
Part One: Wolf Hall
Part Two: Bring Up the Bodies
Deceit, Betrayal & Intrigue in the Court of King Henry VIII
The novels, by two-time Man Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel, won multiple honors and became world-famous, best-selling sensations. The plays sold out at Stratford-upon-Avon and quickly transferred to London, where they received critical raves, broke box office records and triumphed as the West End's biggest hit plays. Now the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Wolf Hall Parts One & Two is coming to Broadway for a strictly limited engagement! Performed in repertory, this exhilarating story of lust, power and politics will transport audiences to the volatile court of King Henry VIII, where words cut like steel and the shadow of the Tower loomed over all. You cannot afford to miss the most thrilling theatrical event of the season, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two.