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The hit dramatic play The Answers to Apathy is returning to the stage after its original production in 2015! Embrace your past and accept the present — or your future may haunt you. Rainey Grander has just received news of a life-changing event, and when old friendships and new relationships collide in the present day, the course of everyone's fate lies in the hands of confronting their hopes, their fears, their dreams, their secrets, and their ways of coping with their own mortality.
The Answers to Apathy is a beautiful and inspiring story about unique relationships and people navigating their lives after they have all experienced a profound loss, which is also their gain. The play tackles every human emotion, including love, resentment, forgiveness, passion, happiness, ambition, and sorrow. This dramatic and sometimes humorous play centers around six people and their lives before and after an incident and how all are adversely effected in different ways while reflecting on their own choices.
In a small Boston suburb, a single schoolteacher is struggling to get by when the wealthy father of one of her students surprises her with a financial proposal that could change her daughter's life. Suddenly, their worlds collide in ways that open up questions: What truly separates the haves and the have nots? Is it wrong to seize an incredible chance, even if the circumstances seem questionable? Loosely inspired by a passage from The Great Gatsby, this timely new play by the author of The City of Conversation probes the troubling relationship of finance and educational opportunity in American life today. Directing is Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Doubt).
Daybreak, written by Joyce Van Dyke and directed by Lucie Tiberghien, is a world premiere play highlighting Armenian-American history. Set in three time periods, Van Dyke's drama is inspired by the true stories of two female friends who survived the Armenian genocide. Using memory, dreams, and music, Daybreak carries the story of these women into the 21st century in a celebration of the human spirit's endurance.
In 2006, the Department of Homeland Security opened the first family detention center for undocumented immigrants — at a former prison in Texas surrounded by razor-wire fencing and operated by the nation's largest for-profit corrections company. Detained tells their story.
None of the detainees has a criminal record, yet all are treated as if they do. They're required to wear orange prison jump suits. Their meals, recreation, and family time are rigorously regulated. Their communication with the outside world is strictly limited. There is no privacy. This is the world in which Doug and Maria, teenagers from different lands, forge an alliance to help each other's families survive incarceration and escape deportation. In the face of oppression and humiliation, the teenagers unite against a deeply fractured system in their fight for freedom.
By Takeshi Kawamura and John Jesurun Directed by Takeshi Kawamura and John Jesurun Lighting by Jeff Nash
Distant Observer: Tokyo/New York Correspondence is a collaboration between Japanese playwright-director Takeshi Kawamura and American playwright-director John Jesurun. The project is conceived as a play written and directed in collaborative partnership by both artists. Written in corresponding chapters by each playwright, it combines two established artists of the same generation, both with distinct voices and significant work, in a deep creative conversation across cultures.
Ash has a blessed life and is thankful every day for the gifts of his family, his addiction, and his son's deafness. But on one fateful day, everything's taken from him. How can he see this unexpected test, which threatens to cast him and his loved ones into darkness, as the ultimate gift? Craig Lucas's new play is performed simultaneously in English and American Sign Language by two casts.
New Yiddish Rep presents two plays by postmodern master Hanoch Levin in another Yiddish world premiere. For the first time ever, The Labor of Life and The Whore From Ohio are being performed in repertory in the three languages of the Jewish diaspora: Hebrew, Yiddish, and English. In these two groundbreaking plays, Levin sculpts a dystopian vision of family and sexuality, exposing the layers of political corruption and social injustice that pervade our lives and putting them in stark comic relief. Scoffing at nationalistic and materialistic ambitions, Levin seamlessly weaves high-minded prose and vulgar scenarios to create a brilliant tapestry of nihilistic dreams.
On the heels of her acclaimed production of Hadestown at New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) and her Broadway debut with Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, multi-Obie Award winner Rachel Chavkin returns to NYTW with Caryl Churchill's incisive drama Light Shining in Buckinghamshire. In 1647 England, power is shifting, and amid the chaos and confusion, revolutionaries across the country are dreaming of a new future.
Little Rock tells the riveting true story of the Little Rock Nine, the first black students to attend their city's formerly segregated central high school, three years after the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision declared that separating students by race was unconstitutional. What began as their quest for a better education soon became a national crisis, igniting the passions of a divided country and sparking a historic fight for justice in the Jim Crow south. On the cusp of the civil rights movement, a changing world watched as these nine children from Arkansas battled for their rights, armed with only a book and pencil. At once harrowing and hopeful, Little Rock brings to life the Nine's untold personal stories of challenge and resilience, conjuring memories of America not so long ago. From writer and director Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj, this moving play honors the bravery of these young heroes and asks audiences, "Would you have had the courage?"
Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville (Ghosts) reprise their roles in Sir Richard Eyre's acclaimed production of this Eugene O'Neill classic.
This season, multi-Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage returns to the Public Theater with a new drama as moving and incisive as her Broadway debut play, Sweat. Taking audiences on a journey that starts in a game park in Kenya and goes around the world, Mlima's Tale is the story of Mlima, a magnificent elephant trapped in the clandestine international ivory market. Following a trail of greed and desire as old as trade itself, Mlima leads viewers through memory and fear, history and tradition, and want and need. Obie Award winner Jo Bonney directs this poignant play that reveals the surprising and complicated deals that connect us all.
Pay No Attention to the Girl is a multiyear exploration of The Thousand and One Nights, a collection of Silk Road, Middle Eastern-North African, and South Asian stories. Huge in scope, mystical, political, and problematic, the folk tales are examined here in the first section of a larger theatrical adaptation directed by David Herskovits. This interlocking set of tales about the deceptions of the sexes leads viewers deep into a labyrinth of storytelling.
Theresa Hanneck is a celebrated author and veteran feminist warrior; Msemaji Ukweli is a promising young writer who is quickly becoming the leading cultural critic on race, class, and gender for a new generation. When a heated exchange between the two women goes viral, Theresa finds herself ill-equipped to manage her message in the era of 140-character tweets — especially against a rival whose time may have come. A collision of ideals within the feminist movement propels JC Lee's riveting drama from breathless start to surprising finish.
In 1949, Dr. Jacob Bronowski installs a secret alarmed room in his house. Fifty years later, his grandson discovers his secrets, unearthing echoes from across six million years of human history, told from the perspective of a century in which every year is a revolutionary year. Secret Life of Humans is inspired by Yuval Harari's international bestseller, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind.
When college professor Calvin Jones moves his doggedly independent, blue-collar, ailing 82-year-old father from Greenwald, Mississippi, into his Harlem penthouse, an argument over what to eat for breakfast turns into a generational clash over race, opportunity, and a decision that Calvin made years ago.
Simon Grindberg is the world's most illustrious children's book writer and illustrator — but his next masterpiece is a decade overdue. Peter Chandler is a starving artist with unparalleled potential — but he doesn't yet know his own value. The two men are thrown together by Clair Forlorni, an ambitious editor who hopes Peter's youthful exuberance can unleash Simon's aging genius for one final story. But creativity comes at a cost. The Stone Witch is a wondrous, hopeful, and heartbreaking new play in which imagination runs wild.
In Mississippi at the turn of the 20th century, the local minister's daughter walks the line between piety and sensuality with the neighborhood doctor, who grew up next door. Jack Cummings III directs this sultry Southern Gothic play by Tennessee Williams. The production is Transport Group's first collaboration with Classic Stage Company.
In a strange relationship that lasted 14 years and was conducted exclusively through letters, Pyotor Ilyich Tchaikovsky and his patroness Nadezhda von Meck were united through the invincible power of a disembodied love in which they both found refuge. Plagued by doubts about the greatness of his music, tormented by the fear that his homosexuality would be discovered, and trapped in a marriage to a woman who was eventually committed to an insane asylum, Tchaikovsky found in von Meck an "invisible angel." Tchaikovsky: None but the Lonely Heart honors their unique relationship in part through music, including the composer's Piano Trio in A minor.
At a middle school in a seaside town, the unthinkable has happened, placing a bewildered community in the national spotlight. Stuck at home in a state of shocked limbo, Julie and Zander, two 13-year-olds, try to make sense of the chaos they witnessed, their awkward crushes, and an infinitely more complicated future — but the grown-ups are no help at all. An urgent response to our times, This Flat Earth is a startling and deeply felt story of growing up in our confounding world.
The cast features Drama Desk and Theatre World Award winner Cassie Beck (The Humans), Ella Kennedy Davis (Matilda the Musical), Theatre World Award winner Lynda Gravatt (Skeleton Crew), Lucas Papaelias (Once), and Ian Saint-Germain (Tamburlaine). Tony Award winner Rebecca Taichman (Indecent) directs.
A Walk in the Woods, Lee Blessing's insightful two-character play set during the end of the Cold War, tells the tale of a series of meetings between two diplomats, American and Russian. The play raises deep questions: What can we do to heal the world? What is the value of human connection? How can we best bridge fundamental differences? In today's political climate, Blessing's story has chilling resonance.
In X: or, Betty Shabazz v. the Nation, witnesses give testimonies that bleed into flashbacks, and the play, blurring the real and the half-remembered and giving voice to subjective truths, pieces together its version of the events leading up to the day of Malcolm X's assassination at Washington Heights's Audubon Ballroom. His wife, Betty Shabazz, prosecutes Malcolm X's former ally Louis X (inspired by now-Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan), whom she adamantly felt was involved in the assassination plot against her husband. Louis X resists her interpretation, calling upon his own witnesses and casting suspicion upon the FBI and NYPD, for whom Malcolm X's bodyguard Eugene Roberts was an informant. Gardley's play, in its courtroom limbo setting, examines the growing adversity between Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam, the constricting weight of white supremacist society, and the potential of the behemoth institutions that uphold it to distort any story.
The play hinges on the recollections of the widowed Shabazz in the traumatic aftermath of the assassination. (Left to raise six children alone, she eventually went on to earn a doctorate degree in higher education administration and become Director of Institutional Advancement and Public Affairs at Brooklyn's Medgar Evers College.) With Shabazz's memories weaving the story together, X: or, Betty Shabazz v. the Nation centralizes the experience and voice of a figure who had to fight from within the margins of the margins. As one secretary character in the play puts it, "We're women, secretaries, Negroes, and we're Muslim. If there is a low on the totem pole, put us there, or better yet, put us under the pole. No one can see us anyway. We're whispers." In Gardley's play, such "whispers" become booming presences as Shabazz vehemently seeks justice.