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Performances & Events

Drama Productions: Current Season 2017-2018

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- Past Productions

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Kin

By Bathsheba Doran
Directed by Barbara Wallace Grossman

October 26-28 and November 2-4, 2017 at 8:00 pm
November 4, 2017 at 2:00 pm


In writing Kin, Bathsheba Doran said she was "attempting to conjure the globe." The play takes place over a seven-year period in various locations in Ireland and America. At a historical moment when some want to build walls to separate people, Kin explores the strong bonds between them. It delineates emotional relationships with humor and compassion to show how real and sustaining even the most unlikely connections can be. The action unfolds like snapshots from the characters' lives. Anna, a graduate student, is writing her dissertation on Keats's punctuation, with a particular interest in his ellipses, and has just begun dating Sean, an Irish personal trainer. Like the ellipses she studies, their developing relationship, complicated by issues of class and geography, becomes a kind of "connect the dots" game as they are almost never seen together onstage. Through the experience of characters drawn into Anna and Sean's emotional orbit, Kin becomes a reflection on community. Notwithstanding the fear, doubt, and anxiety that afflicts many of them, the human need for connection and the courage to take risks helps Kin end on a note of optimism.


Lysistrata

Based on Ellen McLaughlin's adaptation and translation of Aristophanes' Lysistrata
Directed by Sheriden Thomas

February 15-17 and 22-24, 2018 at 8:00 pm

"Don't give them a piece of ass, until they give us peace that lasts!"
It's a bawdy, anti-war, sex comedy! Come join the protest!
It's a raunchy comedy! Come join the lusty fun!
It's by that ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes
Hey, it 'opened' in 411 BCE!

Director Sheriden Thomas collaborates with playwright Ellen McLaughlin to explore her 2003 adaptation of Lysistrata, originally featured in the Lysistrata Project that emerged "to stand against war" and that reminds audiences of the dangers of demonizing communities as "the other." Artists have returned to this biting comedy for more than 2000 years. Come join the gals who capture the treasury and organize a sex strike to end war.


Fires in the Mirror

By Anna Deavere Smith
Directed by Bridget O'Leary

April 12-14 and 19-21, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Written by acclaimed actress, author, and playwright Anna Deavere Smith, Fires in the Mirror is an exploration of racial and cultural identity told verbatim through the accounts of over two dozen eyewitness, community leaders, and victims of the events that occurred in Crown Heights Brooklyn in August of 1991. This play is a conversation about the tensions and divides in our country. Smith's play takes a complicated issue and examines it from all sides of the story – leaving us with more questions than answers and putting it on the audience to keep the conversation going.