2017/18 Season

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35th ANNIVERSARY SEASON

AN OCTOROON
by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
directed by Lava Alapai & Dámaso Rodríguez

SEPT 5 - OCT 1

An Octoroon is a raucously irreverent Gone with the Wind meets Looney Tunes mash-up that The New York Times calls “…this decade’s most eloquent theatrical statement on race in America today.” Riffing off a 19th Century hit set on a Louisiana plantation, Jacobs-Jenkins offers a brazen, metatheatrical melodrama that twists a funhouse world of larger-than-life stereotypes into blistering social commentary. It’s gasp-inducing satire from one of America’s most thrilling writers.

  • Shocking Comedy
  • 2014 OBIE Award for Best New Play
  • McArthur Genius Grant winning playwright

CAUGHT
by Christopher Chen
directed by Shawn Lee

OCT 3 - OCT 29

Chinese activist artists have devised a four-part theatrical installation to jar audiences out of their complacent acceptance of the daily onslaught of ‘alternative facts.’ With rigorous intellect and an impish spirit, Chen presents a disconcerting philosophical puzzle that leaves everyone in the room off-kilter and trying to figure out their role. Ripped from today’s headlines and breaking the theatrical mold, Caught investigates the murky intersections of fact and fiction, how self-interest and false altruism shape perspective, and the fluidity of truth in crafting art … and news. 

  • Theatrical Installation
  • 2015 Barrymore Award for Best New Play
  • 2017 Dramatist Guild Award

THE HUMANS
by Stephen Karam
directed by Dámaso Rodríguez

NOV 21 - DEC 17

It’s the small family dinner that made big waves on Broadway. Enclosed in a basement apartment, a middle-class family gathers to christen Brigid and Richard’s new digs with a fancy Thanksgiving dinner on paper plates and undertake their holiday ritual of smashing the peppermint pig. With darkness falling and mysterious bumps from above, the lights ominously flicker on the Blake’s family banter. While Momo mumbles quasi-prophetic gibberish from her wheelchair and Aimee makes urgent trips to the bathroom, the world creaks curiously around them and layers of their fragile lives and lurking secrets are revealed. “There is so much love, dread, tenderness and brutality in The Humans…deeply-felt family tragicomedy thriller...” - Newsday

  • Tragicomic  Family Drama
  • 2016 Tony Award for Best Play
  • 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist

MAGELLANICA - World Premiere!
by E.M. Lewis
directed by Dámaso Rodríguez

JAN 25 - FEB 18

In 1985, scientists and engineers from around the world converge at the South Pole Research Station to figure out, among other things, if there really is a hole in the sky. In the darkest, coldest, most dangerous place on Earth, eight imperfect souls are trapped together. Utterly isolated from the outside world for eight and a half months, this research team must face life or death challenges, their own inner demons and depend upon each other for survival.

With epic scope in the tradition of The Kentucky Cycle or Angels in America, this play takes its inspiration from the true story of the discovery of the hole in the ozone layer at the height of the Cold War. Part historical adventure, love story and mystical foray into the unknown, it’s about a world that can either tear apart or come together for its own survival. It’s a vital story for today and an extraordinary excursion for audiences to the end of the Earth.

  • Epic. Captivating. Unforgettable.
  • A 5-act adventure, with a dinner break
  • Award-winning Oregonian playwright
  • Limited Run

BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY
by Stephen Adly Guirgis
directed by Adriana Baer
MAR 6 - APR 1

Meet Walter “Pops” Washington, retired after 30 years from the NYPD after being shot by a white, rookie cop. Holding court from his recently deceased wife’s wheelchair over a motley crew of housemates, he righteously, tenaciously, holds out for a police department settlement until an ecstatic experience shakes him from inaction.  For once, “Pops” will make it go how he wants it to go while everyone else hustles to get what they think they deserve. A well-lived life can’t only be eating Ring Dings, drinking whiskey all day and living in a ramshackle palace on Riverside Drive, now can it?

  • Explosive Comedy
  • 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
  • 2015 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play
  • From the writer of The Motherfucker with the Hat

THE THANKSGIVING PLAY - World Premiere!
by Larissa FastHorse
directed by Luan Schooler

APR 3 - APR 29

A group of mismatched teachers and actors have been charged by the school district to devise an ethnically sensitive play to somehow celebrate both Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Month. In order to be as respectful and accurate as possible, the three white actors defer to the only Native American in the room for guidance and find their expectations of her insights are wildly misguided. In this wickedly funny satire, this foursome must find their way through a hilarious thicket of assumptions, historical perspectives and school district policies as the absurd pageant must go on!

  • Provocative Satire
  • Multiple Fellowship and Award-winning playwright
  • PEN USA Literary Award for Drama
  • TABLE|ROOM|STAGE commission

I AND YOU
by Lauren Gunderson
directed by JoAnn Johnson

MAY 22 - JUN 17

Two teens – a sick and snarky girl who hates poetry, and a sweet and sporty boy who just wants to get his class work  project done  – are thrust together to work on a school project about Walt Whitman’s poems. Like boxers in a ring, the mismatched pair spar their way through Whitman's epic Song of Myself into an uneasy friendship. With growing urgency and searing poignancy, I and You is a funny, tender and surprising journey about the strange beauty of human connectedness.  

  • Revelatory Drama
  • 2014 Steinberg American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award
  • 2014 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize
  • 2016 Dramatist Guild Award Winner

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