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Drama Productions: Current Season 2016-2017

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Gem of the Ocean
By August Wilson

Directed by Monica Ndounou
October 27-29, November 3-5, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Gem of the Ocean is the POWERFUL, SOUL-STIRRING first chapter in Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, August Wilson's ten-play cycle. Set in 1904, it is the penultimate play in a cycle focusing on black experiences in the United States throughout the twentieth century. Gem of the Ocean is a touchstone of all of the plays that come before it. Featuring a 280 year-old woman also described as the "Book of Life" incarnate, it is the culmination of Wilson's legendary exploration of HUMANITY and DIVINITY through the lens of characters who are a generation removed from slavery. Gem of the Ocean is a testimony that uplifts the long memories and ancestral voices resonating across space and time. This story of the price of FREEDOM is a reminder to every generation of the grace of REDEMPTION and the beauty of LOVE. With intertwining memories of the past and present members of this community seek transcendence and empowerment by envisioning and creating a future worth living...TOGETHER.

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The King Stag
By Carlo Gozzi

Adapted and directed by Natalya Baldyga
In Collaboration with Daniel McCusker

February 16-18 and 23-24, 2017 at 8:00 pm
February 25 at 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm

Angela found the love of her life and was preparing to live happily ever after. But now her beloved king has been enchanted and his evil advisor has taken over the kingdom! What's a girl to do? Welcome to Carlo Gozzi's magical fairy tale of love and laughter, of transformation and treachery. Delighting audiences since its premiere in eighteenth-century Venice, The King Stag combines hilarious physical comedy with theatrical beauty and charming romance. Will good triumph over evil? Can love really conquer all? And what's up with the mysterious parrot that's popping up everywhere? Join us in this fantastical world of magic and intrigue to find out! A Magical Comedy for All Ages!

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Desire Under the Elms
By Eugene O'Neill
Directed by Heather S. Nathans
April 6-8, April 13, April 15, 2017 at 8:00 pm

In his classic tale of forbidden passion and murder, Desire Under the Elms draws audiences into a dark labyrinth of torment and longing. Originally banned in Boston in the 1920s for its provocative themes, O'Neill's drama focuses on the triangle between Eben, Abbie, and Ephraim, who find themselves locked in an intense battle for survival. The play plunges the characters into extremes of love and hate, driving each to terrible acts of vengeance. While some reviewers found it "hideous" or "twisted" on its debut, others claimed that its poetry seared the soul. Almost a century after it opened, Desire Under the Elms remains a play that challenges audiences to question conventional ideas of morality and love.

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