Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike
by Christopher Durang
April 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, May 1, 2
The perfect melding of Bucks County charm and family dysfunction. Come join us for an evening that is by turns endearing, ridiculous, and surprising- but never dull. Crazy siblings, a cleaning woman who can predict the future, an aging starlet and her boy-toy, all honed to a fever comedic pitch that will no doubt have Anton Chekhov rolling over in his grave. We won't spoil the fun, but the costume party alone is worth the price of admission. Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play.
Red by John Logan
May 29, 30, 31, June 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13
An intense study of a brilliant mind that immerses viewers in the "texture of thoughts". Red follows renowned expressionist Mark Rothko as he executes a series of murals that in 1958 represent the biggest modern art commission in history. The play follows the evolving tension between Rothko and his young assistant that culminates in what Dramatists describes as " the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing". A portrait of intense retrospection, ambition, and vulnerability, and an exhilarating explosion of activity and paint that you won't soon forget. "John Logan sends the American abstract painter Mark Rothko into battle with his demons... and the artist's howls are pure music." (Variety) Winner of six Tony Awards.
Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire
July 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25
Margie, barely covering last month's bills with this month's paycheck, has lost yet another job. Facing eviction, she places her hopes on an old fling who's made it out of her South Boston neighborhood- but is the guy confident enough to face his humble beginnings? With unique style and appealing characters, Lindsay-Abaire explores the "struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America" and asks whether it's character or just being in the right place at the right time that determines our fates. Lindsay-Abaire is the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Rabbit Hole and his Good People received two nominations including Best Play in 2011.
Speed-The-Plow by David Mamet
August 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29
The original production starred Joe Mantegna, Ron Silver, and Madonna in dissecting- well, maybe vivisecting- corrupt Hollywood culture. Two producer/friends are reaching for the big time, pitching a new script with a big star already on board, to a major studio. Their efforts get sidetracked when they wager over the seduction of a temporary secretary. She seduces one of them to advance her own interest in another project- an "apocalyptically spiritual novel" with no screen potential. The New York Times called Speed-The-Plow "hilarious and chilling" and the New York Post chimed in with "wonderful, dazzling, brilliant".
Breaking The Code by Hugh Whitemore
October 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17
Breaking The Code is based on the true story of famed mathematician and computer science pioneer Alan Turing, who cracked the Enigma Code during World War II, not aware he'd be facing a more personal battle back home. An elegant and moving tour de force, Hugh Whitemore's play is about a brilliant and expansive spirit who died too soon, either overlooked or vilified. Turing was unable to receive public recognition for his work because it was too far ahead of its time and conducted under a veil of wartime secrecy. Yet he was vilified by that same public when he was caught up in a homosexual scandal in the midst of Cold War paranoia that considered anyone different to be the enemy.