Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo by Rajiv Joseph directed by Michael Hays Sept 18 - 21 & 25 - 28, 2014 Thursday - Saturday @ 8pm, Sunday @ 2pm
The lives of two American Marines and an Iraqi translator are forever changed by an encounter with a quick-witted tiger who haunts the streets of war-torn Baghdad attempting to find meaning, forgiveness and redemption amidst the city's ruins. Rajiv Joseph's groundbreaking new American play explores both the power and the perils of human nature. "Set in the chaotic first days of the American invasion of Iraq, this boldly imagined, harrowing and surprisingly funny drama considers the long afterlife of violent acts, as well as the impenetrable mysteries of the afterlife itself." —NY Times. "Joseph's metaphoric inventiveness is magnificently displayed throughout, and the kaleidoscope of figures and images bespeaks a purely theatrical imagination." —LA Times. "Tragic yet darkly comic and highly imaginative…Joseph has created a theatrical landscape that is totally different from the harrowing war reports to which the nightly news has accustomed us." —CurtainUp. "
UP NEXT: Parade with book and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown directed by Jane Falion, music direction by Seth Burk November 6 - 9 & 13 - 16, 2014
The tragic, true story of the trial and lynching of a man wrongly accused of murder is brought to emotional and theatrical life by one of Broadway's most accomplished composers. In 1913, Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-raised Jew living in Georgia, is put on trial for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan, a factory worker under his employ. Already guilty in the eyes of everyone around him, a sensationalist publisher and a janitor's false testimony seal Leo's fate. His only defenders are a governor with a conscience, and, eventually, his assimilated Southern wife who finds the strength and love to become his greatest champion. Daring, innovative and bold, Parade won well-earned Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Score in 2000. Its subject matter offers a moral lesson about the dangers of prejudice and ignorance that should not be forgotten.
Or You Could Kiss Me by Neil Bartlett & Handspring Puppet Co directed by Scott Crandall January 22 - 25 & 29 - February 1, 2015
is the first in a three-year initiative titled “LAUNCHING PAD” welcoming a
college student focused on the field of directing to helm a main stage
production in our season)
In the winter of 2036, in a shabby apartment in Port Elizabeth, two old men search for a way to say goodbye after a lifetime spent together. In the perfect summer of 1971, in a very different South Africa, their handsome younger selves search for the courage to fall in love. Poised halfway between these two stories – one imagined, one remembered – their real-life counterparts bear witness to both the beginning and the ending of an incredible journey. Neil Bartlett’s collaboration with the award winning War Horse team has brought an intimate history of two very private lives, lived in extraordinary times, and a powerful exploration of aging.
Dogfight with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, book by Peter Duchan directed by Chad Badgero, music direction by Edric Haleen March 19 - 22 & 26 - 29, 2015
The hauntingly beautiful musical Dogfight by Pasek and Paul (EDGES, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, A CHRISTMAS STORY), was praised by countless critics and nominated for nearly every award available including winning the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical. Based on the 1991 Warner Brothers film, Dogfight takes audiences on a romantic and heartbreaking theatrical journey. It's November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys' night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of compassion. Dogfight veers from quiet and intimate to thundering with enough energy you'll feel it shake the seats. Studded with impressive songs, an unexpected love affair, and a genuine and charming soul.
Venus in Fur by David Ives directed by Robert Roznowski May 7 - 10 & 14 - 17, 2015
Thomas, a beleaguered playwright/director, is desperate to find an actress to play Vanda, the female lead in his adaptation of the classic sadomasochistic tale Venus in Fur. Into his empty audition room walks a vulgar and equally desperate actress—oddly enough, named Vanda. Though utterly wrong for the sophisticated part, Vanda exhibits a strange command of the material, piquing Thomas' interest with her seductive talents and secretive manner. As the two work through the script, they blur the line between play and reality, entering into an increasingly serious game of submission and domination that only one of them can win. A mysterious, funny, erotic drama that represents yet another departure for the multifaceted David Ives. "The teeter-tottering test of wills that takes place in VENUS IN FUR makes even the most fraught encounter between a domineering director and a sensitive performer seem like a play date in the sandbox. Actors may be pleased to hear that in this ninety minutes of good, kinky fun, the upper hand does not necessarily belong to the usual suspect." —NY Times. "You want funny? You want sexy? Then you'll want to see VENUS IN FUR." —New Jersey Newsroom.