THE MYSTERY OF LOVE & SEX

by Bathsheba Doran

directed by Shannon Sindelar

September 2 – October 2, 2016

Midwest Premiere

*2016 Lambda Literary Award Finalist

Charlotte and Jonny have been best friends since they were nine. She's Jewish, he's Christian, he's black, she's white. Their differences intensify their connection until sex and love complicate everything in surprising, compulsive ways. Spanning five years, Bathsheba Doran’s (KIN) new play is full of compassion and wry wisdom.

Full of twists and turns, this is a love story about the consequences of growing up.

“Perfectly wonderful! Among the season’s finest new plays.
It is tender, funny, packed with humanity and brimming with surprising revelations.” – The New York Times

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AN OCTOROON

by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

directed by Nathan Motta

October 21 – November 13, 2016

Midwest Premiere

*Winner of the 2014 Obie Award for Best New American Play

*Top 10 of 2014 – The New York Times, Guardian, Time Out New York

Judge Peyton is dead and his plantation is in financial ruins. Peyton’s handsome nephew George arrives as heir apparent and quickly falls in love with Zoe, a beautiful octoroon. But the evil overseer M’Closky has other plans - for both the plantation and for Zoe. In 1859, a famous Irishman wrote this play about slavery in America.

Now an American tries to write his own.

 “This decade’s most eloquent theatrical statement on race.”
The New York Times

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PETER AND THE STARCATCHER

by Rick Elice, Based on the Novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

music by Wayne Barker

production by Nathan Motta

directed by Melissa Crum

December 2 – December 30, 2016

*Encore Production*

*Top Ten of 2015 – The Plain Dealer
*5-Time Tony Winner

Dobama’s hit production is back! Join Molly Aster as she encounters a colossal storm, a giant crocodile, and a mustached pirate captain and his sidekick Smee. With the help of the future Peter Pan, Molly attempts to return a trunk of precious starstuff to her father and along the way learns what it means to grow up. A dozen actors play more than 100 characters using talent, stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination.

"...perfectly cast...13 actors perform more than 100 roles, jumping in and out of well-honed dialects and characters with a light-footed nimbleness and something that looks a lot like pure joy...one of the best of the year."- THE PLAIN DEALER

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THE NIGHT ALIVE

by Conor McPherson

directed by leighann delorenzo

January 20 – February 12, 2017

Regional Premiere

*Winner - New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play 2013–14

Tommy is getting by - kind of: he is crashing in his uncle’s decrepit house in Dublin, dodging his estranged family, and plotting a parade of get-rich-quick schemes with his buddy Doc. Then one day he defends a destitute woman against a violent attack, and a fragile glimmer of hope appears.

“THE NIGHT ALIVE is a stunner… so fresh and full of vital poetry that you’ll cling to every word.” – The Wall Street Journal

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THE FLICK

by Annie Baker

directed by Nathan Motta

March 3 – 26, 2017

Regional Premiere

*Winner - 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
*Winner - 2013 OBIE Award, Playwriting
*Winner - 2013 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize

In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35-millimeter film projectors in the state. Their tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the movies on screen.

With keen insight and finely-tuned comedy, THE FLICK is
a hilarious and heartrending cry for authenticity in a changing world.

“Funny, heartbreaking, sly, and unblinking. THE FLICK may be the best argument anyone has yet made for the continued necessity, and profound uniqueness, of theater.” – New York Magazine

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HAND TO GOD

by Robert Askins

directed by Matthew Wright

April 21 – May 21, 2017

Cleveland Premiere

*5 Tony Nominations including Best Play

The children of Cypress, Texas are taught to evade Satan’s hand. But this becomes difficult for students at Christian Puppet Ministry when one young man’s puppet takes on a devilish personality. A foul-mouthed sock puppet Tyrone is at the center of this play that was a Broadway hit.

This raucous comedy teaches us that the urges that drive a person to give in to their darkest desires can fit like a glove.

“HAND TO GOD is so ridiculously raunchy, irreverent and funny
it’s bound to leave you sore from laughing. Ah, hurts so good.”
– New York Daily News