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For our 25th anniversary, I looked back at some of the great American classics and playwrights who shaped modern drama and paved the way for the playwrights of today. Throughout the season, I've been traveling the country discovering new voices in the American theatre to feature in our 2016-17 season. Next season, I'm proud to present to you some of the hottest new plays guaranteed to deliver lots of laughs, discoveries and thrills for our audiences.
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Wait Until Dark By Frederick Knott Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher Directed by Donald Hicken
WHEN: September 7, 2016 to October 9, 2016
“A roller-coaster ride, one that leaves the audience giddy from terror.” – Theater Mania
Murder, secret identities, and a switchblade named Geraldine set the stage for this white-knuckle thriller that will have you sleeping with the lights on. Suzy, a blind woman, lives with her husband Sam in a basement apartment in Greenwich Village. While away on business, Sam unknowingly smuggles a peculiar doll into the States. But when the doll goes missing, a woman is murdered and a mystery begins to unravel that leaves Suzy tangled up with a ruthless con man. A battle of wits ensues and light becomes dark as the tables are turned in a deadly game of cat and mouse — all leading to a “gripping finish.” (LA Times)
Baltimore/DC Premiere The Roommate By Jen Silverman
WHEN: October 26, 2016 to November 27, 2016
“Hilarious and reflective… a warm and wonderful story.” –The Courier Journal
A mash-up of Thelma and Louise meets TheOdd Couple, this hilarious, coming-of-age story about a middle-aged woman from acclaimed playwright Jen Silverman took the Humana Festival of New American Plays by storm in 2015. When Susan, a lonely Iowa divorcee, seeks a roommate and a change of pace in her quiet life, she meets Robyn, a mysterious vegan transplant from the Bronx whose secret past threatens to ignite Susan’s small world. Both women’s mismatched personalities and hidden talents erupt to reveal hysterical and inadvertent consequences, providing “a heartwarming reminder that it is never too late to completely reconstruct every facet of our lives that we wish to change.” (DestinationDiaries.com)
Baltimore/DC Premiere Dot By Colman Domingo Directed by Vincent M. Lancisi
WHEN: December 7, 2016 to January 8, 2017
“A thoroughly Entertaining Comedy-Drama!” – NY Times
“Full of Laughter and Heartbreak” –TheatreMania
For the holiday season, hot off its hit New York run, comes an uproariously funny new play from playwright/actor Colman Domingo (Wild With Happy / star of Fear the Walking Dead)that takes a touching look at shifting family dynamics and the fragility of the mind affecting an African-American family from West Philly. Dotty and her three adult children are home for the holidays, but this year there is more than presents and yuletide on their mind. While Dotty fights to maintain a grasp on her fading memory, brother and sister collide in a riotous and raw familial brawl where losing your mind and losing your sanity are two different things.
Baltimore/DC Premiere Great Expectations By Charles Dickens Adapted by Gale Childs Daly
WHEN: February 1, 2017 to March 5, 2107
“Daly's translation of the Charles Dickens classic embraces the spirit of the source while rendering it freshly revelatory” – Chicago Reader
In this “tight and suspenseful” (Chicago Tribune) adaptation, Charles Dickens’ timeless classic comes bursting to life in a stylized and fast-paced world that is sure to leave you gasping for breath as six actors portray 35 characters. Pip, a poor orphan child in nineteenth-century England, is mysteriously plucked from obscurity by the wealthy and decaying Miss Havisham, changing his life forever. A secretive benefactor, unrequited love, and a series of great expectations plague Pip as he attempts to discover whether people can change who they truly are.
Baltimore/DC Premiere Los Otros Book and lyrics by Ellen Fitzhugh Music by Michael John LaChiusa Directed by Noah Himmelstein
WHEN: March 22, 2017 to April 23, 2017
From Tony Award nominees Michael John LaChiusa (The Wild Party/Giant) and Ellen Fitzhugh (Grind/Paradise Found), and acclaimed director Noah Himmelstein (An Inspector Calls/I Am Harvey Milk) comes the premiere of this newly re-imagined version of an unusual kind of musical. Lillian and Carlos, two Californians, one white and one Latino, find their lives linked in unexpected ways. Told through three significant moments in their lives, a beautiful and intimate score captures the richness of each decade as they rise to face the preconceptions of what it means to be “The Other.”
Noises Off By Michael Frayn Directed by Vincent M. Lancisi
WHEN: May 17, 2017 to June 18, 2017
“Bust-a-gut funny….comic brilliance” – Variety
Everyman’s Resident Company of actors transforms into a British company of actors in this “side-splitting” (NY Magazine) farce to end all farces. With their opening night on London’s West End just hours away, a cast of actors staggers through rehearsal. Just when the director thinks things couldn’t get worse—they do. With lost lines, love triangles and sardines flying, pandemonium takes over before intermission. Can the cast pull their act together both in front of the footlights and behind the curtain? A love-letter to the thrilling and unpredictable nature of the stage, Noises Off will leave you rolling in the aisles as everything that could go wrong, does go wrong.