SEASON 39 2023|24
TOPDOG|UNDERDOG by Suzan-Lori Parks | directed by Cliff Odle | SEP 7 - OCT 1
Parks’ Pulitzer Prize-winning fable of brotherly love and rivalry tells the story of Lincoln and Booth, named by their father before he walked out the door for good. Dressed as his presidential namesake and painted in whiteface, Lincoln sits in an arcade all day being assassinated over and over. His brother, Booth, stays in their rundown boardinghouse room practicing the street con game Three-card Monte in hopes of escaping his money woes. Haunted by their troubled past, inherited poverty, and the forces of racism, the brothers find that surviving the American Dream is the ultimate hustle in this often humorous and startling play. Don’t miss this deeply theatrical experience by one of the most adventurous playwrights of her generation.
“A theatrical event that deserves to be seen here and now.” Variety
“It’s tough, it’s gritty, it’s beautiful, it’s poetry, and it’s pretty damn funny.” Entertainment Weekly
hangmen by Martin McDonagh | directed by Tony Estrella | nov 2-26
It’s 1965, and the death penalty has just been abolished in the U.K. In a small town in northern England, everyone wants to know what Harry, the second-best hangman in the country, has to say about it. As the news breaks, Harry’s pub is overrun with a motley crew of sycophants and a cub reporter hungry for a quote…until attentions turn to Mooney, a smiley, inscrutable visitor with mysterious motives. From Martin McDonagh — award-winning playwright (The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Pillowman) and screenwriter (The Banshees of Inisherin, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) — this dark comedy-mystery is a criminally fun and macabre delight!
“A delectably dark comedy about injustice, revenge and man’s instinct for violence, state-sanctioned or otherwise.” Hollywood Reporter
“Brilliant and electrifyingly satisfying. McDonagh’s command of language and pace is as mischievous as it is virtuosic. It is both quietly devastating and revealingly absurd.” Daily Beast
Who's afraid of virginia woolf? by Edward Albee | directed by Steve Kidd | jan 25 - feb 18
From its Tony Award-winning debut for best play (1963) to its many revivals on the modern stage, Edward Albee’s masterful 3-act play is an explosively comedic and harrowing masterpiece. On the heels of a university faculty party, middle-aged professor George and his wife, Martha, invite campus newcomers Nick and Honey over for drinks. What starts as harmless patter escalates to a full night of vicious, booze-fueled barbs, as the unwitting young couple is drawn into their hosts’ all-out marital warfare. By sunrise, all secrets are laid bare and none of them will ever be the same. A landmark of the American theater and arguably Albee’s best work, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? explores the illusions we create in the face of painful truths and life’s uncertainty.
“Mr. Albee’s scalding drama … still retains the bantam energy and strong bite of its youth.” New York Times
“Its bitter sting, startling wit and visceral pathos have faded not a bit.” Hollywood Reporter
TWELFTH NIGHT by William Shakespeare | directed by Tony Estrella & Rachel Walshe | mar 21 - apr 14
Mistaken identities, gender bending, and twins lost at sea! Love unrequited and love triumphant! This buoyant comedy, populated with some of Shakespeare’s most memorable characters and clowns, has something for everyone. Penned in the celebratory spirit of Tudor England’s post-Christmas Twelfth Night festival, the Bard’s brilliant satire explores the mutable nature of gender, sexuality, and social standing with heart and humor. Experience The Gamm’s signature take on Shakespeare, in a production laced with melancholy and peppered with mirth. Twelfth Night is a song of love and laughter for all.
“Shakespeare runs in this company’s blood.” Providence Journal
DOUBT: A PARABLE by John Patrick Shanley | directed by Rachel Walshe | may 9 - JUN 2
St. Nicholas Church School in the Bronx, 1964. Sister Aloysius, the school’s principal, starts to question Father Flynn's ambiguous relationship with a troubled young man — the school's first Black student. As the progressive priest and traditional nun are drawn into a battle of wills, motivations are challenged and alliances are formed with possibly irreversible consequences. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award, this riveting psychological drama raises more questions than it answers. On the 20th anniversary of its off-Broadway premiere, Shanley's engrossing parable about the perils of moral certainty is more current and necessary than ever.
“A breathtaking work of immense proportion. Positively brilliant.” Entertainment Weekly
“An eloquent and provocative investigation of truth and consequences. A gripping mystery, tightly written.” Time Out NY
Plays and dates are subject to change.