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Mat Smart's play The Agitators tells of the enduring but tempestuous friendship of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. The two were great allies and, at times, great adversaries. When they met in Rochester in the 1840s, young abolitionists Anthony and Douglass were full of hopes, dreams, and a common purpose. As they grew to become the cultural icons we know today, their movements collided, and their friendship was severely tested. This is the story of that 45-year friendship — from its beginning in New York, through the Civil War, and to the highest halls of government. They agitated the nation, they agitated each other, and, in doing so, they helped shape the Constitution and the course of American history.
Experience the history as these two monumental icons come alive on stage under the direction by Jacqueline Parker.
As an African-American actor auditions for Othello, he is met with 400 years of prejudice, racism, and privilege while negotiating with a young, white director who presumes to understand, and ultimately dictate, how to portray the character. American Moor challenges the capacity of theater to fulfill the human longing to be fully visible and embraced; it's a powerful show that poses the question "who gets to perform Shakespeare?" while exploring the inequities of life as a black actor and life as a black man. Keith Hamilton Cobb's stunning, tour-de-force solo performance returns to Boston after its award-winning 2017 run.
Set in northern Uganda at the turn of the millennium, this poetic drama explores love and dedication amidst a background of an escalating civil war. In a secret wedding ceremony, a local teenage girl and the daughter of American missionaries solidify their union despite growing violence and assured intolerance. Cardboard Piano is a powerful new work that deftly examines the roots of hate and the capacity for forgiveness.
Join us for the 28th annual production of A Christmas Carol, New England's brightest holiday tradition! This brilliant musical, based on the Charles Dickens classic, is an original adaptation written specifically for North Shore Music Theatre by former artistic director Jon Kimbell.
A Christmas Carol is a musical ghost story that follows Scrooge through a series of strange and magical journeys, helping him ultimately discover the true spirit of the holiday season. With dazzling special effects, original songs, and colorful costumes, this award-winning production of A Christmas Carol has been seen by more than one million people since its debut in 1989.
This eagerly anticipated production of Brian Friel's masterpiece brings together award-winning director Benny Sato Ambush and Academy Award nominee Lindsay Crouse. The Olivier and Tony Award-winning Dancing at Lughnasa is one of the greatest and most loved Irish plays of recent times.
Set in County Donegal in 1936 during the Celtic harvest festival, Dancing at Lughnasa, chronicles the five Mundy sisters and their brother Jack, who has returned home from the missions after 25 years away. The story is told by the sisters' nephew, Michael, who recalls the summer spent with his aunts when he was seven years old. A radio brings 1930s dance and traditional Irish folk music into the home at rather random moments and then, equally randomly, ceases to play. As August gives way to September, Michael recounts his time in Donegal, where his aunts raised him in their crumbling, rural home and where once, they danced a wild, raucous dance. The dream-wild dance of their memories. A dance to the exciting, fleeting melody of the past and a dance against the harsh, progressive beat of the present. Join the Mundy sisters as they surrender to movement.
Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Fun Home is a heartbreaking and fiercely funny new show about seeing one's parents through grownup eyes. Based on Alison Bechdel's best-selling memoir, this groundbreaking musical introduces audiences to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories that celebrate the curiosity of childhood and the complexities of family.
William Shakespeare had one son: Hamnet. While William was away working in London, Hamnet died at 11 years old without ever knowing his famous father. How do our dreams impact our families? Do adults really have it all figured out? Or are we blind to what we could have done better until it's too late? In Hamnet, a tour-de-force performance from a young actor confronts what it means — and what it costs — to be great, and how living in the shadow of that greatness can keep one in the dark. In this moving, meticulous, multimedia wonder, ambition clashes with family responsibilities in a way that rivals the stakes of a great Shakespearean tragedy.
When Afghan refugee Nazrullah shows up unexpectedly on the doorstep of Dr. Harold Banks claiming to have known his adopted daughter Getee, the two men become unlikely roommates. Through flashbacks, Getee and Nazrullah's relationship unfolds, and a clearer picture of Harold's estrangement from his daughter is revealed. Gabriel Jason Dean's poignant new work Heartland, inspired by true events, is a stirring emotional journey about love, loss, and understanding.
Hailed as the theatrical event of its generation and winning more awards than any other production in history, the National Theatre's landmark production of J.B. Priestley's classic thriller, An Inspector Calls, lands in Boston. First produced at the National Theatre of Great Britain, this production has been seen on Broadway, had six seasons in London's West End, 10 UK tours, two Australian tours, and a season in Tokyo. This is the first time it's been seen on tour in the United States. Stephen Daldry (Oscar-nominated director of The Reader, The Hours, and Billy Elliot) returns to direct this masterpiece. When Inspector Goole arrives unexpectedly at the prosperous Birling family home, their peaceful dinner party is shattered by his investigations into the death of a young working-class woman. Wildly entertaining and on a gorgeous grand-scale set, this 1945 thriller is a must-see for a whole new generation of theatergoers.
A Gothic musical thriller based on Robert Louis Stevenson's novel of similar name, Jekyll & Hyde tells the story of London scientist Dr. Henry Jekyll, who creates a potion that turns him into a murderous alter ego dubbed Edward Hyde. As Hyde's violent rampage continues, Jekyll must figure out a way to stop the transformations before it results in deadly consequences for his fiancée Emma and a prostitute named Lucy, who has fallen for the doctor. Frank Wildhorn's soaring score features powerful and romantic songs including "This Is the Moment," "In His Eyes," "Someone Like You," and "A New Life."
Prepare to have the time of your life at Mamma Mia!
Sophie, a 20-year-old bride-to-be, is on the search for her father. After reading her mother's diary, she discovers there are three potential suitors. Unbeknownst to her mother, Donna, Sophie invites each of them to her wedding in hopes of having one of them walk her down the aisle. As the big day draws near, surprises abound with old flames and old friends.
Mamma Mia! is packed with 22 ABBA hits, including "Dancing Queen," "Super Trouper," "Take A Chance on Me," and "The Winner Takes It All." This worldwide megahit will have audiences shouting "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!" more!
The stakes are high and the performances are mesmerizing. Experience Shakespeare's tale in a ripped-from-the-headlines context that is as shocking as it is revelatory. Measure for Measure asks vital and unsettling questions about how we are governed and, in the process, unmasks the true nature of authority, love and justice. Presented on tour in the US for the first time, this production of Shakespeare's infamously complex play from London's Cheek by Jowl and Moscow's Pushkin Theatre has been hailed as "a real thriller, piercing the heart of the entire audience" (Mir24) and "a shattering portrait of contemporary Russia" (Novaya Gazeta).
An exceptional ensemble of actor-musicians bring to life this enchanting tale of an unexpected romance between a down-on-his-luck Dublin street musician and a lively, determined Czech immigrant. Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Once is an unforgettable story that reminds audiences of the importance of going for their dreams, and the power of music to connect us all.
Inspired by her decades-long work with prison populations, including on the notorious Riker's Island, Liza Jessie Peterson's timely and urgent one-person show unpacks the human impact of mass incarceration in America. Fearlessly funny, smart, and provocative, The Peculiar Patriot traces the migration of systemic injustice from the plantation to the prison yard. The story follows Liza's narrator, Betsy, a self-proclaimed "peculiar patriot," who makes regular visits to penitentiaries to boost the morale of her incarcerated friends and family. Betsy is both victim and victor of this country's prison system and her story turns statistics into achingly relatable stories, drawn from the experience of more than 2.5 million people behind bars.
Poet-performer Marc Bamuthi Joseph's love of soccer is a heritage story. As a child of Haitian immigrants, the blissful freedom of the soccer field represented the race toward the American dream. Using spoken word and fútbol-inspired choreography, /peh-LO-tah/ travels from the pickup games in rural Haiti to the World Cup stadiums of Rio de Janeiro and Johannesburg, all while combating the discrepancies of a game that promises freedom yet suffers from racial inequities. An exploration of childhood fantasies and global realities, /peh-LO-tah/ is a multidisciplinary performance set to sounds of hip-hop and samba that celebrates the joy of soccer as perhaps the only game the entire world can agree to play together.
Nineteen Cambodian circus performers utilize their extraordinary physical skills to travel back in time and shatter a legacy of silence. Created by second-generation survivors of the Khmer Rouge genocide, See You Yesterday is a visually stunning US premiere that explores the fragmented narratives these young artists have inherited from their parents and grandparents. As the performers unpack the long shadow of a genocidal regime, they transform isolated memories into a shared story of hope and courage.
For over 120 years, Poland was partitioned and its national identity erased from the map of the world. When a group of young artists unearth a mother lode of folk songs and classic compositions from that period, they discover their true cultural inheritance. With a surprisingly contemporary lens, To the Source takes audiences on a harmonically thrilling journey to the musical Rosetta Stone of great Polish composers such as Chopin and Szymanowski. It's a sung-through evening built on fresh approaches to classic Polish folk songs that is sure to ignite a range of emotions. With a smart, sexy, infectious appeal, these artists share their delight at uncovering their own cultural DNA, one song at a time.
When Wes, a young fashion designer from 2017, buys an abandoned building in the French Quarter of New Orleans, he finds himself transported to the UpStairs Lounge, a vibrant 1970s gay bar. As this forgotten community comes to life, Wes embarks on an exhilarating journey of self-exploration that spans two generations of gay history. With a gritty, glam-rock score and a tight-knit ensemble of unforgettable characters, The View UpStairs asks what has been gained and lost in the fight for equality, and how the past can help guide us through an uncertain future.
Risking everything to stand up for social justice, German college student Sophie Scholl courageously led the only major act of civil disobedience against Hitler and his fascist regime. Scholl's moral strength is tested while she is interrogated for her crimes, leading her to question whether to save her own life or continue her righteous crusade. Based on true events, We Will Not Be Silent is a provocative and timely new work that examines ordinary people in extraordinary times.
Wet: A DACAmented Journey is a true story of what it means to be an American in every sense of the word except one: on paper. Written and performed by Alex Alpharaoh, it chronicles one man's ongoing story of living all but his first three months of life in the United States as an undocumented American. Wet captures the precarious, red-tape-ravaged life that's aptly nicknamed the "DREAMer" experience while trying to realize their own American dream.
Alpharaoh, a social worker who knows firsthand the mental, emotional, and psychological hardship of this unending process, risks his own freedom to share his story in this nationwide tour. The production — which rockets between hilarity and heartbreak — will instantly humanize the headlines and take audiences inside the realities of striving for a better life under the extreme conditions of living life as a political football.
French interdisciplinary pioneer Raphaëlle Boitel premieres her ravishing aesthetic and world-class artistry in Boston with When Angels Fall. Drawing its inspiration from such disparate sources as Pina Bausch, David Lynch, and her longtime collaborator, James Therrier, this delightfully dark and wordless wonder employs dance, cinema, and circus to weave a tale of flightless angels surviving in a postapocalyptic world.