by Lauren Gunderson
directed by Cate Pappas
Nov 26,27 @8pm, 28 @ 2pm
Dec 2, 3,4 @ 8pm, Dec 5 @ 2pm
Dec 9,10,11 @8pm, Dec 12 @ 2pm
Dateline: Paris, 1793, during the Reign of Terror − the time when a death sentence and the guillotine became the norm. Olympe de Gouges, author and activist, is trying to write a play about the French Revolution from a woman’s point of view. In this effort she is advised, prodded, and spurred on by three brassy, impatient, and insistent women: Marianne (a black rebel from the Caribbean), Charlotte Corday (a gutsy, single-minded assassin), and Marie-Antoinette (ex-Queen of France). This historical fantasy is a passionate, raucous, irreverent, and often hilarious anthem for four female voices, striving to be heard over the man-run horror show that they see around them.
… As Marie Antoinette puts it: “Sometimes a revolution needs a woman’s touch”.
by Dominique Morisseau
directed by Connie Norwood
Feb 4, 5 @ 8pm, Feb 6 @ 2pm
Feb 10,11,12 @ 8pm, Feb 13 @ 2pm
Feb 17,18,19 @ 8pm, Feb 20 @ 2pm
This is a story of four people who work day-after-day in a Detroit automobile stamping factory, each connected to the others by years of working together and sharing their everyday joys, pains, hopes and despair; and also their worries for the future if the factory closes and they find themselves without means of support. Their intersecting, and at times heartbreaking, life stories are beautifully rendered, all finely nuanced and complex, and full of tenderness.
Winner of the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award (2015) and the Obie Award for Best Play (2016)
By Beth Henley
Directed by Yaga Brady
Apr 8,9 @ 8pm, Apr 10 @ 2pm
Apr 14,15,16 @ 8pm
Apr 21,22,23 @ 8pm
Apr 23,24 @ 2pm
It is the year 1976 in a small provincial Mississippi town where we follow 24 hours in the lives of three sisters: Lenny, Meg, and Babe, young women who, like their mother before them, provoke gossip and disapproval from the town’s leading citizens. The whirlwind events of those 24 hours brings these women more notoriety than ever before, but may actually change their lives and the way they see themselves. This black comedy, though stretching to the bizarre and gruesome at times, is in fact not only very funny, but also warm, insightful, and deeply human.
Playwright awarded Pulitzer Prize for CRIMES OF THE HEART (1981)
By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Suki
June 10,11 8pm, June 12 2pm
June 16,17,18 8pm, June 19 2pm
June 23,24,25 8pm, June 26 2pm
Vera Stark, aspiring film actress, is determined and talented. The time is 1933, and the place is Hollywood, USA, and Vera is Black. What awaits this young, ambitious woman is a string of roles as slaves, maids, cooks, and mammies. Public recognition of her contribution to the arts emerges only after several decades in the business, when she is invited to appear on a popular TV talk show, and years later, when she becomes the subject of a movie retrospective and an academic symposium. This life story of an actress of color in America is bitter, but also wildly humorous – a full-blown satire that takes on old-time Hollywood, latter-day pop culture, and private and public hypocrisies.
Playwright awarded Pulitzer Prize for RUINED (2009) and SWEAT (2017)
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