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Max McLean brings to life one of the most engaging personalities of our age and takes audiences on Lewis's fascinating journey from atheism to Christianity. Adapted exclusively from Lewis's writings, McLean inhabits Lewis from the death of his mother and his estranged relationship with his father through the experiences that led him from vigorous debunker to arguably the most vibrant and influential Christian intellectual of the 20th century. Experience a joyous evening of Lewis's entertaining wit and fascinating insight.
The legendary Royal Shakespeare Company returns to the Kennedy Center for the first time since 2007 with the Bard's searing tragedy of murder and revenge.
A student is called home from university to find his life turned upside down. He had the world at his feet, but now everything has changed. Who can be trusted; who can be believed? Sent by the ghost of his father to avenge his father's brutal death, Hamlet's mission to expose the truth is a perilous journey of madness, murder, and lost love. What will ultimately become of a young man sent to kill? This production's 2016 world premiere in Shakespeare's home of Stratford-upon-Avon, featuring rising star Paapa Essiedu in the title role and directed by Simon Godwin, won raves for both Godwin's vision of Hamlet's Denmark as a state in West Africa and Essiedu's revelatory portrayal.
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Disgraced comes a thriller about Nick, an American options trader and Citibank executive held hostage by a fringe radical group in Pakistan. In an ingenious twist on the Stockholm syndrome, the American captive offers to earn his own ransom by investing a multimillion-dollar portfolio on behalf of his Islamic captors. Assisted by his guard Bashir, he begins to harness the power of free markets to accumulate a fortune on behalf of the group's leader, Imam Saleem. Amid violence, corruption, and inequality, Bashir proves to be not just a sharp critic of Western materialism but also an apt pupil of Nick's trading strategies as they form an uneasy alliance.
In a small South African tea shop in 1950, two black men and a white boy joke and dance together, defying the brutalities of apartheid through their joyous love. But festering issues of family, race, and power are not so easy to ignore, and a single phone call can trigger catastrophe.
Winner of the Drama Desk and London Evening Standard Awards for Best Play, "Master Harold"…and the Boys reveals the profound personal consequences of oppression.
In August 1831, Nat Turner led a slave uprising that shook the conscience of the nation. Turner's startling account of his prophecy and the insurrection was recorded and published by attorney Thomas R. Gray. Nat Turner in Jerusalem imagines Turner's final night in a jail cell in Jerusalem, Virginia, as he is revisited by Gray and they reckon with what has passed and what the dawn will bring. Woven with vivid imagery and indelible lyricism, Nat Turner in Jerusalem examines the power of an individual's resolute convictions and their seismic reverberations through time.
This production of Titus Andronicus comes from Synetic Theater's visionary founding artistic director, Paata Tsikurishvili. Thirteenth in the "Wordless Shakespeare" series, this production lets Tsikurishvili sink his teeth into revenge-driven tragedy as he directs the bloody tale of Titus and Tamora with fiery passion, energy, and vengeance.
Note: This show is recommended for ages 16 and up because of its violence.
The year is 1833, and change is coming to rural County Donegal: While a hodgepodge group gather at an Irish-language hedge school to study classics of Greek and Latin literature, British army engineers arrive to map the country, draw new borders, and translate local place names into the King's English. Languages and histories collide, kindling romance and inciting violence. A modern classic from lauded Irish playwright Brian Friel, Translations reminds audiences how personal the political can be.
Lingering by the side of the road and killing time with hat tricks and half-remembered stories, Estragon and Vladimir dawdle through one of the greatest dramas of the 20th century. In Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett's absurd, anarchic exploration of time, life is vaudeville and tragedy, philosophy and confusion, teetering on the edge of despair, yet tuned with Beckett's unique blend of poetry and humor.