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brownsville song (b-side for tray)

by kimber lee

director tba

September 1 – 24, 2017

regional Premiere

*2015 Lucille lortel Award nominee

Set in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, brownsville song (b-side for tray) is a powerful tale of resilience in the face of tragedy. Moving fluidly between past and present, this bold new play tells the story of Tray, a spirited African-American 18-year-old and his family, who must hold on to hope when Tray's life is cut short. Kimber Lee's lyrical social drama about the shocking death of a young African-American teenager is a poignant story for our time, and demands the attention of audiences far and wide. 

"Uncompromising in its examination of grief and big-hearted in its belief in forgiveness, brownsville song sings with the rhythms of an often-misrepresented community, following in the footsteps of Lorraine Hansberry and August Wilson."
- Theatre Mania

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MARJORIE PRIME

by Jordan harrison

directed by shannon sindelar

STARRING DOROTHY SILVER

October 13 – November 12, 2017

regional Premiere

*2015 pulitzer prize award for drama - finalist

It’s the age of artificial intelligence, and 85-year-old Marjorie — a jumble of disparate, fading memories — has a handsome new companion who’s programmed to feed the story of her life back to her. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance? In this richly spare, wondrous new play, Jordan Harrison explores the mysteries of human identity and the limits — if any — of what technology can replace.

"elegant, thoughtful and quietly unsettling… keeps developing in your head, like a photographic negative, long after you have seen it...At some point, you realize that it’s been landing skillfully targeted punch after punch, right where it hurts."
The New York Times

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SHERLOCK HOLMES:
THE BAKER STREET IRREGULARS

adapted by eric coble
Based on the graphic Novels by tony lee and dan boultwood

directed by Nathan Motta

December 1 – December 30, 2017

REGIONAL PREMIERE

Sherlock Holmes is missing, and the streets of London are awash with crime. Who will save the day? The Baker Street Irregulars—a gang of street kids hired by Sherlock himself to help solve cases. Now they must band together to prove that Sherlock is not dead, find the mayor's missing daughter, untangle a murder mystery from their own past, and face the masked criminal mastermind behind it all—a bandit who just may be the brilliant evil Moriarty, the man who killed Sherlock himself! Can a group of orphans, pickpockets, inventors and artists rescue the people of London? The game is afoot!

"The motley five courageously demonstrate their bravado
when they assume Sherlock's incomparable sleuthing skills …
and … steal the audience's hearts when solving their own crimes."
www.broadwayworld.com

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GrOUNDED

by george brant

director tba

January 19 – February 11, 2018

cleveland-produced Premiere

The Smith Prize for Political Theatre
Fringe First Award - Edinburg Fringe Festival
Off-West End Theatre Award for Best Production of 2013

The story of an ace fighter pilot whose career in the sky is ended early due to an unexpected pregnancy. Reassigned to operate military drones from a windowless trailer outside Las Vegas, she hunts terrorists by day and returns to her family each night. As the pressure to track a high-profile target mounts, the boundaries begin to blur between the desert in which she lives and the one she patrols half a world away.

“Thought provoking, thoroughly engrossing…
pulses with the rhythms of an epic war poem”
- TheatreMania

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THE effect

by lucy prebble

director tba

March 2 – 25, 2018

midwest Premiere

* 2012 UK Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Play

Hearts racing. Minds reeling. Knees buckling. Connie and Tristan have palpable chemistry—or is it a side effect of a new antidepressant? They are volunteers in a clinical trial, but their sudden and illicit romance forces the supervising doctors to face off over the ethical consequences of their work. THE EFFECT takes on our pill-popping culture with humor and scintillating drama.

“…smashing…plays like a thriller…
The story keeps unwinding in fascinating, organic directions…
What started as a clean and narrowly defined ‘situation’ play by the end leaves you feeling you have experienced a hefty chunk of human possibility and despair.”
—NY Magazine

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appropriate

by branden jacobs-jenkins

directed by nathan motta

April 20 – May 20, 2018

regional Premiere

*2014-15 Obie Award for Best Play

Every estranged member of the Lafayette clan has descended upon the crumbling Arkansas homestead to settle the accounts of the newly-dead patriarch. As his three adult children sort through a lifetime of hoarded mementos and junk, they collide over clutter, debt, and a contentious family history. But after a disturbing discovery surfaces among their father's possessions, the reunion takes a turn for the explosive, unleashing a series of crackling surprises and confrontations.

"…biliously funny…Jacobs-Jenkins [is] a witty provocateur and a dramatist…
What distinguishes [APPROPRIATE] is the playwright's gift for drawing his characters into an escalating conflict and sustaining, with humor and craft,
our curiosity about how they digest the terrible information thrown at them."
—The Washington Post