The 2014-2015 season:
All Performances in Studio Theatre
By Stephen Karam and PJ Paparelli
Directed by Matthew Gray
Performances: February 24 – March 1
Motivated by the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School, columbinus is a multi-media docudrama that connections fact and fiction to illuminate today’s culture of violence. Developed by Stephen Karam and PJ Paparelli from interviews with teenagers across the country, as well as with the survivors and community members, this poignant, disturbing performance-event sheds light on the dark recesses of American adolescence.
The Importance of Being Earnest
By Oscar Wilde
Directed by Scott Edmiston
Performances: March 31 – April 12
Oscar Wilde’s most famous play is a deliciously biting, wittily subversive comedy of manners that has delighted millions since its premiere in 1895. Dapper Jack Worthing and his mischievous best friend Algernon have fallen in love with two ladies who insist on marrying a man named Ernest. Mistaken identities, secret assignations, epic epigrams, and a misplaced handbag combine to create one of the most stylish and beloved plays of all time.
“The rare work of art that achieves perfection on its own terms. It dazzles both with its light touch and with its sturdy construction, like a cathedral made of spun sugar. It treats all the trivial things of life seriously, and all the serious things of life with sincere and studied triviality.’” – The New York Times
Written by Sophocles, adapted by Brendan Kennelly
Directed by Antonio Ocampo-Guzman
Performances: October 14-26
Sophocles’ timeless tragedy is given new life in a stunning translation by Irish poet Brendan Kennelly. The daughter of Oedipus, Antigone is a rebel who challenges the King of Thebes in a bloody test of wills that leaves few unharmed. Doomed yet determined, her choices raise questions of law and morality that are as relevant today as two thousand years ago.
“In this brilliant reworking of Antigone, Kennelly has produced a work of dramatic poetry that is vigorous and immediate, but also deep and resonant… all those who rejoice in the continuing vitality of the Greek theatre will surely want to [see] this outstanding version.” – Classics Ireland
The Last Five Years
Music & lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Directed by Jonathan Carr
Performances: November 12-23
One of the most popular musicals of recent years, Jason Robert Brown’s Drama Desk winner has achieved cult status among musical theatre fans. It depicts the lives of two twentysomething New Yorkers who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. Bending time through the stages of love, we experience their bad romance from vastly different perspectives.
“An engaging chamber musical infused with intimate, emotionally perceptive, nonstop songs in which the woman tells their story backward in time from the breakup and the guy tells his side from the smitten beginning.’’ – Newsday