SEASON 35 (2019-2020)
It’s been 15 years since Norwegian house wife Nora Helmer slammed the door on her husband, three children and the rest of married life in Ibsen’s sober 19th-century drama. Now she’s back in Hnath’s darkly comic Broadway darling. In her new life as an incendiary feminist writer, Nora is being blackmailed by a judge and needs her estranged husband’s help. But her family has a few grievances they want to air first. With razor-sharp dialogue, A Doll’s House, Part 2 imagines the aftermath of Nora’s infamous exit— provoking questions about marriage, gender inequality, and the meaning of liberation in often hilarious and insightful ways. About this production>
"A triumph! Smart, funny and utterly engrossing!” New York Times
“A worthy successor to the Ibsen original . . . clearly stands on its own strong foundation.” Herald-Tribune
“A brisk and brainy sequel.” The Guardian
OCT 24 – NOV 17, 2019
NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE
JQA by Aaron Posner
directed by Tony Estrella
Complicated, passionate and difficult, John Quincy Adams was a brilliant diplomat, ineffectual one-term president and congressman known for his eloquence, arrogance and integrity. This unique, highly-theatrical play by award-winning playwright Aaron Posner (Stupid F**king Bird) imagines key confrontations between JQA and some of America’s most dynamic figures: George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, his own father, John Adams and more. At once provocative, haunting and hilarious, this power play challenges the way we think of our country, our government and ourselves.
"JQA is an ambitious, delightful work that not only makes for an enjoyable theater experience, but also leaves its audiences ruminating on the deeper philosophies it explores….Something that will linger in minds long after the lights have lifted, much like any presidential legacy." Broadway World
JAN 16 – FEB 9, 2020
ADMISSIONS by Joshua Harmon
directed by Bryn Boice
Sherri Rosen-Mason, head of the admissions department at a New England prep school, is intent on diversifying the student body. Alongside her husband, the school’s headmaster, she’s been largely successful. But when the couple’s only son sets his sights on an Ivy League university, progressive values and self-interest collide with shocking results. This biting comedy-drama by the author of Bad Jews and Significant Other explodes the ideals and contradictions of “liberal” white America.
WINNER OF THE DRAMA DESK AND OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS FOR BEST PLAY
"Astonishing and daring. An extraordinarily useful and excruciating satire—of the left, by the left, for the left
for today." New York Times
"The nuanced and competing truths . . . are like a first act that dares its spectators to create a second out of post-show conversations." Time Out (New York)
"A smart, hilarious and provocative drama." Hollywood Reporter
MAR 5 – 29, 2020
ASSASSINS music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman
directed by Tony Estrella
Success is like failure, It's how you perceive it, It's what you do with it, not how you achieve it.
–Leon Czolgosz to Emma Goldman in Assassins
The nation’s most notoriously successful and would-be presidential assassins inspire each other to dreadful acts in this Tony Award-winning sensation. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, Sondheim’s revue-style exposé bends time and space to reveal the underbelly of the American Dream and the country’s culture of celebrity. Don’t miss this audacious and alarmingly funny experience from the master of the modern American musical (A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods).
WINNER OF THE TONY AWARD FOR BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
“Nothing quite prepares you for the disturbing brilliance of Assassins.” New York Times
“Dark, demented humor, as horrifying as it is hilarious.” Associated Press
“Intelligent and thrilling musical theatre. Dazzling in its originality.” TheaterWeek
APR 23 – MAY 17, 2020
MARY JANE by Amy Herzog
directed by Rachel Walshe
From her apartment in Queens, Mary Jane navigates both the mundane and the unfathomable realities of caring for her chronically ill two-year-old son. Immersed in a world of medicines and feeding tubes, the unflinchingly optimistic single mom finds herself building a community of women from many walks of life. From the author of 4000 Miles (Pulitzer Prize finalist) and After the Revolution (Gamm 2012), Herzog’s beautifully unsentimental play is a tribute to a mother’s unconditional love and the power of empathy.
WINNER OF THE NEW YORK DRAMA CRITICS' CIRCLE AWARD FOR BEST PLAY
"A wrenching tale of everyday heroism that is all the more touching for its total lack of sentimentality. . . . It might just be Ms. Herzog's best play to date." Wall Street Journal
“[Mary Jane is] truthful in the way that Thornton Wilder’s ‘Our Town’ is, and for similar reasons. Like Wilder, Herzog has made theatre that shines from her characters’ inner life first.” The New Yorker
"Herzog at her best... Confirming its author as one of the most lucid and sensitive American playwriting voices to have emerged in the past decade." Hollywood Reporter
Plays and dates are subject to change.
GAMM EDUCATION PRESENTS
OCT 10 – 16, 2019
JUDY MOODY & STINK: THE MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD TREASURE HUNT
adpated for the stage by Allison Gregory, based on the book series by Megan McDonald, directed by Dave Rabinow
Judy and Stink Co-star in this exciting adventure, crawling with pirates and puzzles, carbuncles and chuckles! As soon as the Moody family drops anchor on "Artichoke" Island, they are greeted by Cap’n Weevil, a one-eyed buccaneer with a secret treasure map. Soon, Stink and Judy are racing across the island in search of gold. But—shiver me timbers!—they’re not the only salty dogs lookin’ for loot. Can Mad Molly O’Maggot and Scurvy Stink beat out their rivals, Tall Boy and Smart Girl? Can they find the hidden clues, crack the secret codes, and solve the tricky puzzles before time runs out? Aaarrr!
"A bounty filled with madcap fun and laughter." DC Theatre Scene
Season subscribers get $10 off unlimited tickets. This play is not part of our subscription packages.
DEC 5 – 22, 2019
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY adapted by Joe Landry
directed by Damon Kiely
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!
"One of the best holiday shows around. . . . A fresh and inventive way of reconnecting with a classic story of love and redemption." Chicago Sun-Times
"A well-loved tale told with style, charm and a heart so big it could burst the ribcage of the harshest Grinch." Chicago Tribune