Performance Dates: September 29 - October 8, 2016
After the collapse of civilization, a group of survivors share a campfire and begin to piece together the plot of The Simpsons episode "Cape Feare" entirely from memory. 7 years later, this and other snippets of pop culture (sitcom plots, commercials, jingles, and pop songs) have become the live entertainment of a post-apocalyptic society, sincerely trying to hold onto its past. 75 years later, these are the myths and legends from which new forms of performance are created. Mr. Burns is an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another.
Performance Dates: October 27 - November 12, 2016
American Idiot is a sung-through stage adaptation of punk rock band Green Day's rock opera, American Idiot. The story, expanded from that of the concept album, centers on three disaffected young men looking for meaning in life. They escape suburbia to try out the freedom and excitement of the city. One quickly gives up on life in the city, joins the military, and is shipped off to war. Another turns to drugs and finds a part of himself that he grows to dislike. American Idiot is an exploration of ideological freedom and the harsh realities of the world.
Performance Dates: February 16 - 25, 2017
After the death of his father, meek Jason finds an outlet for his anxiety at the Christian Puppet Ministry, in the devoutly religious, relatively quiet small town of Cypress, Texas. Jason’s complicated relationships with the town pastor, the school bully, the girl next door, and - most especially - his mother are thrown into upheaval when Jason’s puppet, Tyrone, takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own. Hand to God explores the startlingly fragile nature of faith, morality, and the ties that bind us.
Performance Dates: April 13-22, 2017
Lawyer Amir Kapoor and his wife Emily host an Upper East Side dinner. Amir is an American-born, Muslim-raised Manhattan mergers and acquisitions lawyer, while Emily is an up-and-coming artist who focuses on Islamic themes in her art. In all, the dinner table assembly includes an ex-Muslim, an African-American, a Jew and a WASP dining over the topic of religious faith. The play asks challenging questions about the nature of faith, about relationships between white and non-white races in post-9/11 America, and about the process and responsibilities of creating art.
Performance Dates: June 15-24, 2017
It's the summer of '69 and the death of music icon Judy Garland has emboldened her gay followers. A routine police raid on an underground Greenwich Village hotspot erupts in to a full-scale riot, the impetus of the modern gay rights movement. That's the well-known, oft-rehearsed myth of Stonewall, anyhow. Smash that myth against the vivid theatrical imagination of playwright Ike Holter, add a howling live rock 'n roll band, and you get the play, Hit the Wall. Remixing this historic confrontation reveals ten unlikely revolutionaries, caught in the turmoil and fighting to claim "I was there."
Performance Dates: October 8-10, 15-17 & 22-24, 2015
Veronica Sawyer was never particularly popular, but with a little work she finds herself in the middle of the most popular and most ruthless group of girls at Westerberg High, the Heathers. However everything changes when she meets J.D., the bad boy new kid who sets out on a quest to set the bullying social system straight…no matter the cost.
Performance Dates: December 3-5, 10-12 & 17-19
Eddie Birdlace is returning home from Vietnam in 1967. On his way the memory of Rose Fenny floods in and transports him 4 years prior. Rose is a shy waitress who becomes the subject of a cruel joke between Eddie and his buddies. When she discovers the truth behind Eddie’s intentions she changes the rules of the bet and teaches him a little about love and kindness. “Dogfight” is a moving pop-rock musical.
Performance Dates: January 28-30 & February 4-6
Grace Friedman, a professor and outspoken atheist, is participating in a “God Helmet” experiment attempting to disprove ‘god’. Meanwhile, her son is becoming a priest with Grace’s Jewish husband backing him up. When an incident challenges their incompatible ideologies, they must wisely choose their next step. “Grace” is a powerful look at inter-faith relationships within families and the global community.
Performance Dates: March 17-19 & 23-26
Best friends Catherine and Gwen go their separate ways at the end of grad school: Catherine becoming a prominent feminist theorizer in New York, while Gwen becomes a wife and mother. 20 years later the two women cross paths and realize a yearning for the other’s life. They compete for the love of Don, Catherine’s ex-boyfriend and Gwen’s husband. An unflinching look at three generations of gender politics.
Performance Dates: May 12-14 & 19-21, 2016
Vanya and Sonia, siblings, live together after the passing of their ailing parents. Their sister, Masha, has abandoned the family to become a movie star. The housekeeper Cassandra has the ability to predict the future and warns Vanya and Sonia of something grim to come. Masha then shows up with her boyfriend Spike and stirs up conflict with the family, and even threatens to sell the house.
Performance Dates: October 2-4 & 9-11, 2014
After suffering a major loss while on a cross-country bike trip, 21 year-old Leo seeks solace from his feisty 91 year-old grandmother Vera in her West Village apartment. Over the course of a single month, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately reach each other.
Performance Dates: DECEMBER 4-6, 11-13 & 18-20, 2014
Two of the world’s greatest chess masters battle it out at the world chess championships but their greatest contest is for the love of one woman. Amidst political intrigue and international conspiracies, the American and the Russian compete in a romantic triangle that mirrors the heightened passions of the Cold War, all set to the pulse of a monumental rock score.
Performance Dates: JANUARY 29-31 & FEBRUARY 5-7, 2015
Elliot, an Iraq war veteran, joins an internet chatroom in an effort to deal with the after-effects of war. Covering the distance between the virtual world to the physical, Water by the Spoonful ties together the lives of a host of unforgettable characters in a play of genuine warmth about forgiveness and redemption.
Performance Dates: MARCH 19-21 & 26-28, 2015
While sightseeing in Tuscany, Clara, a beautiful, surprisingly childish young woman, loses her hat in a sudden gust. As if guided by an unseen hand, the hat lands at the feet of Fabrizio Naccarelli, a handsome Florentine, who returns it to Clara.This brief encounter of fate sparks an intense romance between Clara and Fabrizio and a secret begins to unfold.
Performance Dates: MAY 14- 16 & 21-23, 2015
Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas with her parents, brother, and aunt. Brooke announces that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family's history—a wound they don't want reopened.