Over the past year, we’ve seen many powerful people demanding apologies. Apologies from artists who dared to speak their mind. Apologies from those who are “different”. From those who won’t sit down and shut up. From those who persist.
With this as our backdrop, we are excited to announce Season IV:
6 plays filled with characters who refuse to apologize. Young people who do not apologize for speaking their mind, even when they know they are Totally Fucked. A writer who does not apologize for making his art, no matter who it upsets. 50 brides who do not apologize for saying no to a society that would take choice away from them. Lovers who do not apologize for telling the truth, even if the only way is to write it down and then put, “Burn this.”
Spring Awakening Book and lyrics by Steven Sater / Music by Duncan Sheik
Based on the play by Frank Wedekind, this Tony Award-winning rock musical shows us a dozen teenagers struggling to make sense of their newfound sexual desires and find their place in a world run by adults who would rather keep them silent and in the dark. Still all too relevant, this play is a reminder of the pain of adolescence as well as a plea to us, as adults, to do better by the next generation.
The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh
In an interrogation room in an unnamed totalitarian dictatorship, writer Katurian Katurian is being interrogated by two detectives. Next door, Katurian’s mentally disabled brother Michal waits. The detectives want to know why Katurian’s stories feature gruesome plots about child murder and torture, and in particular, why they seem to mirror a string of recent child murders in the area. Drawing on inspiration as diverse as Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Kafka, and Antonin Artaud, The Pillowman is a dark, twisty, and utterly unforgettable masterpiece from one of Ireland’s most treasured writers.
Big Love by Charles Mee
Fifty brides flee their fifty grooms and seek refuge in a villa on the coast of Italy in this modern re-making of one of the western world’s oldest plays, The Danaids by Aeschylus. And, in this villa on the Italian coast, the fifty grooms catch up with the brides, and mayhem ensues: the grooms arriving by helicopter in their flight suits, women throwing themselves over and over again to the ground, pop songs and romantic dances, and, finally, unable to escape their forced marriages, 49 of the brides murder 49 of the grooms-and one bride falls in love. About the same odds as today.
Burn This by Lanford Wilson
Anna, a young choreographer, is still mourning the loss of her friend and dance partner when his brother, Pale, comes crashing into her life. And then he just keeps crashing back in, as he and Anna find themselves drawn to each other, despite all of the reasons they shouldn’t be. Finally, Anna must choose between the safety of her old life and the much more dangerous possibility of real passion with Pale.