OUR 2022/23 Season
“Theater animates the complexity of humanity and helps people open up to each other.”
Tony Estrella, Artistic Director
DESCRIBE THE NIGHT by Rajiv Joseph | Sep 15 - Oct 9
In 1920, the Russian writer Isaac Babel wanders the countryside with the Red Cavalry. In 1989, a mysterious KGB agent and future Russian president spies on a woman in Dresden and falls in love. In 2010, an aircraft carrying most of the Polish government crashes in the Russian city of Smolensk. Spanning 90 years, this thrilling and epic play by the author of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo traces the stories of eight men and women connected by history, myth, and conspiracy.
OBIE AWARD FOR BEST NEW AMERICAN PLAY
“Grand soap opera or great play, Describe the Night is that rare must-see in the theater.” The Wrap
“Feels like a vital attempt to hold a mirror up to the former Soviet Union. And since Joseph is an American playwright, it’s also a mirror in which we might see ourselves.” New York Magazine
SWEAT by Lynn Nottage | Nov 3 - 27
Life is hard but reassuringly predictable for a tight-knit group of friends in blue-collar Reading, PA. On the factory floor and in the local bar, bonds are forged, drinks are downed, and gossip flows. But when layoffs and picket lines chip away at their trust, friends find themselves pitted against each other in a primal fight for survival. From its slow-burn opening to its electrifying end, Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play confronts race, deindustrialization, and the ever-shrinking middle-class with humor and heart.
PULITZER PRIZE WINNER
“A heartbreaking glimpse into the domino effect of what happens when life as you know it is pulled out from under you.” Entertainment Weekly
“A masterful depiction of the forces that divide and conquer us.” Time Out, New York
FAITH HEALER by Brian Friel | Jan 12 - 29
A modern masterpiece by the acclaimed Irish author of Translations and Dancing at Lughnasa. Friel’s play weaves together the stories of an erratic, itinerant faith healer with those of his embittered but loving wife and his weary stage manager. In lyrical monologues, the characters deliver conflicting versions of “the fantastic Francis Hardy’s” performances, while slowly revealing a terrible event at the story’s center. A fascinating exploration of truth and superstition, and unconditional love that is not be missed.
“A major work of art.” New York Times
BAD JEWS by Joshua Harmon | Mar 2 - 26
From the author of Admissions (Gamm 2020), a deliciously savage comedy about family, faith and the complications of identity. A beloved grandfather and Holocaust survivor has died, leaving a treasured heirloom with religious significance up for grabs. But who should get it? Volatile, self-described “Super Jew” Daphna, who plans to move to Israel after college; or her wealthy, self-absorbed cousin Liam, an ethnic studies grad student with a secular worldview and a shiksa girlfriend? Then there’s Jonah, Liam’s younger brother, forced to play peacemaker as the rivals argue, insult, and try to outwit each other to the play’s bitter, hilarious end.
“Delicious, nasty fun…. Equal parts brains and brawl, Joshua Harmon's play isn't a textbook comedy of hostility, but a smart, divisive conversation starter.” NY Post
“A radioactive brew of neuroses and glee for audiences of all stripes.” Los Angeles Times
THE CHILDREN by Lucy Kirkwood | Apr 27 - May 14
In a remote English cottage by the sea, retired scientists Hazel and Robin are determined to grow old together as the world crumbles around them. Practicing yoga, tending cows, and rationing electricity, the couple does its best to live “normally” in the wake of a nuclear disaster. But their already precarious existence is challenged when Rose, a friend and former colleague, shows up after 38 years with a life-altering request. Kirkwood’s West End and Broadway hit raises big questions about culpability, and what we owe ourselves and younger generations.
“Grips compulsively . . . leaves you an abundance of ideas on which to ruminate.” The Guardian
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IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY adapted by Joe Landry | Dec 9 - 24
George, Clarence, and the entire town of Bedford Falls come to life in this staged 1940s radio broadcast of Frank Capra’s holiday movie classic. With live sound effects and a handful of actors, the story of beleaguered building and loan owner George Bailey and his affable helper angel, Clarence, unfolds one fateful Christmas Eve as you’ve never seen it before. This captivating, life-affirming story is a holiday treat for the entire family!
“If you’re looking for a new tradition . . . Gamm’s It’s A Wonderful Life deserves to be included in your holiday merriment.” WPRO