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When the President of the United States nominates Dr. Lyssa Dent Hughes to the position of Surgeon General, the excavation of her past triggers a scandal that threatens her confirmation. As partisan politics play out, Lyssa's deep personal relationships and impressive career trajectory hang in the balance. Evan Cabnet directs Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Wendy Wasserstein's prescient 1997 play about the cost one woman pays when she dares to have it all.
When a recently estranged biracial couple is called into a police station after their son's car is found, their differing views on parenting boil to the surface. This timely and thought-provoking new play tackles issues of race, bias, and culture in present-day America.
Obie Award-winner Anne Kauffman directs Tony and Emmy Award nominee Alfred Molina and Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee Jane Kaczmarek in this intense and intimate drama by Australian playwright Tom Holloway. When Pam (Kaczmarek) becomes terminally ill, she and her husband Don (Molina) must face the most difficult decision yet in their long and loving marriage. With passion, fear, strength and even humor, they grapple with how, and if, to say goodbye.
It's the end of World War II, and Holland is in chaos. The artist Van Meegeren is arrested. His crime? Selling a long-lost painting by the Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer to the Nazi Leader, Hermann Goering. His defense? It was a perfect forgery painted by him. His proof? In front of his prosecutor Geert Piller, art historian and resistance fighter, he must paint another flawless Vermeer to save his life. The Bakelite Masterpiece is a play that debates beauty, faith, memory and the reconstruction of a country.
A spell is cast on a conceited, immature prince and his castle, turning the strikingly handsome young man into a hideous, cruel creature: The Beast. To break the curse, The Beast must discover how to love someone for the kindness of their heart, and be loved in return in his grisly form. Meanwhile, in a small, mundane French town, Belle, a bright and beautiful bookworm, has always felt out of place. Picked on by her peers, and constantly sought after by the superficial town hunk, Gaston, Belle aches for adventure. The only person that truly believes in Belle is her father, Maurice, an affectionate, eccentric inventor. After losing his way in the woods, Maurice is captured by The Beast. Belle agrees to become prisoner in exchange for her father's freedom. With the aid of The Beast's enchanted, charming servants—Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts and Chip—Belle finds that there is more to The Beast than meets the eye. Beauty and The Beast is bursting with stunning dance numbers and memorable songs, such as: "Be Our Guest," "Beauty and The Beast," "Gaston," and more!
Starring Annie Golden as herself, this exciting new musical is inspired by the Blaxploitation movies of 1970's (think Shaft), and follows a 60-year-old unemployed actor Annie as she's asked to become a bounty hunter and capture one of the most dangerous criminals alive, an ex-Broadway producer turned drug warlord. With a score rich with R&B and Funk (and a splash of 80's Rock 'n' Roll), this musical is pure unadulterated fun!
In 1921, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and President Warren G. Harding took a camping trip together into the Maryland woods to escape civilization; what they couldn't escape was each other. Inspired by an actual event, Camping with Henry and Tom is an exploration of friendship, politics and leadership—a comedic and dramatic clash of two great minds and one great heart of the twentieth century.
Mississippi plantation owner, the cantankerous Big Daddy, is celebrating his 65th birthday. His family has returned for the occasion, including his favorite son, the masculine Brick, and Brick's wife, the lonely and longing Maggie. Brick and Maggie's strained marriage plagues Big Daddy's mind, and he demands answers to why they haven't given him a grandchild yet. However, Big Daddy's family holds a powerful secret, and an ulterior motive as to why they have returned to the plantation. The families' troubled relationships and emotional lies become exposed in the timeless American treasure, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
Obie Award winner James Macdonald directs this sci-fi comedy thriller by Irish playwright Michael West, starring Golden Globe and Tony Award nominee Michael Stuhlbarg (Jobs, Trumbo). A visionary in the field of Artificial Intelligence, Frank (Stuhlbarg) has built a humandroid to preserve his wife's memory — because she is losing hers. But when he is ousted from the company he founded, he must race to save his life's work. As Frank scrambles to protect his property, his legacy and the technology he invented, the play examines how far we will go to preserve what we love.
The heartfelt and poignant two-character drama follows Marianne, a quirky quantum physicist, played by Kate Baldwin, and Roland, a beekeeper, played by Graham Rowat. Their first encounter is seemingly ordinary—crossing paths at a mutual friend's barbeque. Exploring the endless possibilities of their budding romance, the characters create their own multi-verse to see how their relationship would play out if they had chosen fate over chance.
Obie Award winner Jo Bonney directs Martyna Majok's play about four very different people, with four very different circumstances, each trying to get by. Eddie, an unemployed truck driver, reunites with his ex-wife Ani after she suffers a devastating accident. John, a brilliant and witty doctoral student, hires over-worked Jess as a caregiver. As the lives of these very different people intersect, Majok's play delves into the chasm between abundance and need, and explores the space where bodies – abled and disabled – meet each other.
Stephan Wolfert recounts his own experience pre- and post-military service. Through the lines of Shakespeare's most famous speeches and his own personal insights, Wolfert explores our societal neurosis of war. The military recruits citizens and trains them to kill, but what does the "de-cruit" process look like? How do we re-learn to live together? Each performance is followed by an engaging discussion between actor, audience, and veterans that dares to explore these questions.
When love strikes, chaos ensues and a coup of astronomic proportions results. Sisters, suitors, servants, and a father obsessed with the moon set the stage for a stellar farce performed under the open-air tent. Ware's fast-paced, family-friendly adaptation of Aphra Behn's Restoration comedy, based in Commedia dell'Arte, offers audiences of every age a hearty dose of mayhem, music and merriment.
What is a progressive politic? Look no further than Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning Fiorello!. A big-hearted look at Mayor LaGuardia and his battle for the people of New York City.
Tammany Hall is in dire need of an honest leader, and Fiorello LaGuardia is just the man for the job. Battling against the corrupt, political puppets of New York City, Fiorello vows to clean up the Big Apple. A man of the people, Fiorello must use his wit and charm to fight for the right of the citizens. Based on the real-life rise to power of Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, Fiorello! is one of only eight musicals to have been awarded the esteemed Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
The beloved holiday production returns to Shakespeare & Company, with its live sound effects and rapid character changes. Follow George Bailey as he discovers the value of this wonderful life, guided by "angel, second-class" Clarence, on his own quest to earn his wings.
Starring Debra Jo Rupp, Kimberly Akimbo is a hilarious and heartrending play about a teenager with a rare condition causing her body to age faster than normal. When she and her family flee Secaucus under dubious circumstances, Kimberly is forced to reevaluate her life while contending with a hypochondriac mother, a rarely sober father, a scam-artist aunt, her own mortality and, most terrifying of all, the possibility of first love.
Seymour Krelborn, a timid, poor floral assistant, lives downtown on Skid Row. Constantly berated by his boss, Mr. Mushnik, and longing to be noticed by his beautifully flawed co-worker, Audrey, Seymour serendipitously discovers a mysterious plant in town. Aptly naming it the Audrey II, Seymour takes the plant back to his run-down flower shop. Suddenly Seymour's life is filled with recognition and riches, all thanks to the Audrey II. Unfortunately, the plant has an unconventional thirst for something other than water. Seymour is faced with the tough decision of giving into the lewd Audrey II's demands and continuing down the path to success, or returning back to his simple life. Hit-filled and hair-raising, ludicrous laughs unfold in this unconventional, killer comedy musical.
A Pulitzer Prize finalist, written by A.R. Gurney, Love Letters has been performed all over the country. Love Letters is a touching, funny and ultimately moving story of a 50-year old correspondence between two childhood friends whose relationship weathers time and distance.
Madama Butterfly tells the story of the young geisha Cio-Cio-San, who has just married B.F. Pinkerton, an American naval officer. Her love for him is enormous, but when Pinkerton returns to America, he marries another woman, leaving Cio-Cio-San forgotten. She clings to the hope that Pinkerton will return for her, but soon must face the truth of this betrayal and dishonor.
A perilous romance. A tragic history. An infamous wager. Shakespeare's most controversial yet poignant play offers a visceral display of courtship, prejudice, money and revenge, ending ultimately in a choice between life and death. Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer reunites with longtime Company member Jonathan Epstein as Shylock, the Bard's most memorable and highly charged outsider.
The bawdy 1660s look a lot like the modern day in this playful comedy about one chaotic night in the life of the poet, spy, and first female playwright Aphra Behn. Determined to leave the spy trade behind and launch her new career, Ms. Behn must deliver a play by morning, a task complicated by an array of amorous distractions and scandalous revelations. Can she resist the charms of an infatuated actress, save the king, win a pardon, and write her masterpiece, all in one night?
How far would you go to get into the college of your choice? When brilliant, ambitious twin sisters L and M realize that perfect academics and superb extracurricular activities aren't enough to get into their dream college, they decide to take matters into their own hands. Peerless is a comedy ... until it isn't.
With its swashbuckling pirates, bumbling policeman and a Modern Major-General who sings one of the most famous patter songs in musical theatre history, The Pirates of Penzance is sure to be a treat for the whole family.
Inspired by actual events surrounding the 2010 suicide of Tyler Clementi, a college student who brought national attention to cyber-bullying, Poster Boy is a new American musical by Tony Award-nominated composer Craig Carnelia and playwright Joe Tracz. A community of gay men in an online chat room come together to discover what drove one of their own to take his life. With movement by Danny Mefford and direction by Olivier Award nominee Stafford Arima, this provocative and moving new musical lays bare the complexity of protecting our privacy, identity and humanity in the digital era.
Sisters Liz and Bernie couldn't be more different: Liz is a good, Southern stay-at-home mom; Bernie is a flailing actress smoking and swearing her way through New York City. But when Liz is suddenly widowed, she and her young daughter move in with Bernie to start again. While Bernie challenges all of Liz's assumptions about life, love and raising a child, Liz goes out on a series of internet dates which eclipse the grief, fear and gentility she's known, for so long. Can Liz compel her own story to end like a romance novel? Tony Award nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel directs this new comedy by Boo Killebrew, which asks us to imagine how we might handle the curve-balls – big and small – that life throws us.
Obie Award winner Trip Cullman directs Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei in this new production of Pulitzer Prize winner Tennessee Williams' intoxicating comedy, which won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1951. After retreating from the world in grief, widow Serafina (Tomei) revives and rejoins the world when the hot-blooded trucker Alvaro arrives at her doorstep. Passion, gossip, music and mystery fill the air in this steamy Gulf Coast town, where possibility and promise ignite.
This haunting work by the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of Anna in the Tropics explores the indelible power of memories and the resiliency of true love. A passionate, Jewish-Cuban young man seeks out a famous, reclusive novelist who, decades earlier was separated from her lover when he boarded the MS St. Louis, an ill-fated ship of Jewish refugees during World War II. Acclaimed actor Annette Miller vividly portrays this remarkable woman. Ms. Miller and director Daniel Gidron are the same artistic team behind Shakespeare & Company's 2009 production of Golda's Balcony.
Peter, an aspiring children's book author, is sent to the cabin of his idol, Simon, played by Judd Hirsch, a reclusive award-winning author and illustrator of children's books, to help him finish what might be his last book. Desperate to save his own career, Peter hopes to discover the secret of Simon's genius, but first he must accept the impossible task: helping Simon confront the monsters that populate the woods inside his mind. This darkly humorous play makes us question the cost of success.
Inside the heightened, cheerfully absurd world of The Taming, Gunderson spanks America's sound-bite politics, wrestles with a Shakespeare-inspired, playful and problematic battle of the sexes, and proves the point that true debate is hot. In a hilarious red-state versus blue-state comedy originally inspired by the banter in The Taming of the Shrew, America's overheated political rhetoric is exposed through the passions of three slightly insane women who just might be revolutionary geniuses.
Billy was born deaf into a fiercely idiosyncratic and politically incorrect family. While he has adapted brilliantly to his family's unconventional ways, they've never bothered to return the favor. It's not until he meets Sylvia, a young woman on the brink of deafness, that he finally understands what it means to "speak up" for himself.
Outdoors, fresh, and fast-paced, Shakespeare's rebellious comedy catapults audiences into a world of illusion, debauchery and mayhem. Amidst the forest and foliage, audiences are transported to the mythical land of Illyria—alongside the recently shipwrecked and lovelorn Viola. This 90-minute frolic unravels a madcap mix-up of characters and offers a reunion of epic proportions.
Boy meets girl. Boy loves girl. Boy's best friend meets girl and also loves girl. Hilarity ensues as love is professed, secret plans are made, and friendships are betrayed. This early romantic comedy takes a gleeful look at the fickle nature of young love and features one of Shakespeare's most engaging comic heroines, two of his funniest clowns, and the best role ever for a dog.
Combat veteran Jess comes home to Florida after three tours in Afghanistan bearing deep physical and emotional scars. An innovative, experimental video game therapy offers an escape from her excruciating pain - but can virtual reality help Jess come to terms with the altered reality of her hometown, relationships, and dreams? This timely, tough, and humorous new drama received the Woodward/Newman Award and the Laurents/Hatcher Citation of Excellence.