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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.
Becoming Dr. Ruth chronicles the life of noted psychologist Dr. Ruth Westheimer from her early years fleeing Nazi Germany to her time spent as a sniper in Jerusalem and beyond. This illuminating one-woman show from the author of Freud's Last Session is a humorous and heartfelt dramatization of Dr. Ruth's incredible journey to become a pioneer in the psychology of human sexuality and the world's most famous sex therapist.
Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Stephen Adly Guirgis's dark urban comedy explores, with both street-smart wit and disarming tenderness, the slippery nature of justice and the grit it takes to persevere. In an effort to hang on to one of Manhattan's last great rent-stabilized apartments, ex-cop Walter "Pops" Washington does battle with a dazzling array of outlandish characters, each one a celebration of the glorious contradictions that make up human nature.
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.
Based on the 1985 movie adaptation of the classic board game, Clue is a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery. Adapted from Jonathan Lynn's screenplay (My Cousin Vinny) with additional material by Hunter Foster and Eric Price, this staging tells the shocking tale of six mysterious guests who attend an unusual dinner party hosted by Mr. Boddy. Murder and blackmail are both on the menu. When Boddy himself winds up dead, all the guests become suspects, and together they must solve the mystery before the police arrive. An evening of slapstick, slamming doors, and some of the funniest one-liners in movie history, Clue leaves both devoted fans and newcomers in stitches.
In Jason O'Connell and Brenda Withers's adapted play Cyrano, who wins the battle of beauty versus brains? Cyrano is a swordsman, philosopher, poet, and raconteur — everything that the love of his life, Roxane, would want. There's just one colossal problem: his nose, rendering him unworthy of her affection (or so he believes). Enter Christian, a handsome, yet tongue-tied, young cadet equally smitten by Roxane. Surely together this unlikely pair can win the fair maiden's heart. A cast of five plays a multitude of roles in this imaginative version of the classic tale.
Edmond Rostand's 1897 play, Cyrano de Bergerac, is a classic of the stage at almost operatic proportions and this fantastic retelling, directed by by Robert Walsh, brings the story into the 21st Century.
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.
Back by popular demand after enchanting Boston audiences with the lo-fi magic of Ada/Ava in 2018, Manual Cinema arrives with another feat of innovative, cinematic storytelling. The End of TV dovetails the Technicolor promises of TV advertisements and the decline of the Rust Belt to weave a portrait of true human connection.
In The End of TV, the ingenious artists of Manual Cinema cast a theatrical spell through live-action silhouettes, video feeds, overhead projections, and a five-piece band performing an original score. Set against the grain of a Midwestern city in decline, an elderly white woman — who was once a supervisor at the thriving local auto plant — and a young black woman — laid off from her job when the same plant closes — build a genuine connection among all of the chatter of the television ads that surround daily American life.
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.
Get into the Christmas spirit with the Greater Boston Stage Company version of It's a Wonderful Life — one of the most iconic films ever made. When misfortune befalls George Bailey on Christmas Eve, guardian angel Clarence swoops in to remind him of all the good he has done in the lives of those who love him most.
Adapted from Frank Capra's original screenplay by Weylin Symes, It's a Wonderful Life takes audiences to Bedford Falls for the timeless message that faith, hope, and family make life truly wonderful.
Terrence McNally's Love! Valour! Compassion! is the story of friendship, loyalty, lust, and love between an intergenerational group of gay men who gather over the course of one summer in a turn-of-the-century farmhouse in Duchess County, New York. By turns hilarious, sexy, and deeply moving, indeed their journey allows each man to claim a deeper depth of love, valour, and compassion for themselves, for one another, and for the unknown road ahead.
In 2008, National Public Radio asked Gregory Maguire (Wicked) to compose an original story with a Christmas theme. Thus was born Matchless, a rekindling of Anderson's classic tale of the Little Match Girl from a surprising point of view. A story for all ages about being open to life's magic transformations: how love can make a family, and how imagination can find beauty in the most unexpected places.
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).
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.
In pre-Revolutionary Paris, a young girl who promised to marry a duke to pay off her father's debts flees to the literary salon of her later mother's friends: aristocratic women who conceal radical politics within reinvented folk tales. Which of them is her fairy godmother, and which the cruel stepmother? Is the duke a Prince Charming or a Beast? And is the maid just a maid, or the hero of a story none of them knows they are in?
Directed by Weylin Symes, The Salonnieres is a world-premiere play by Liz Duffy Adams.
Paulina's reign as the haughty "queen bee" at Ghana's most exclusive boarding school may be over when Ericka, the daughter of a local cocoa tycoon, transfers in from Ohio for her senior year. Throwing unsparing light on questions of ambition, deceit, and the ultimate value of a fair-skinned complexion, this biting comedy by Jocelyn Bioh reinvents the American mean-girl genre to explore the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing female teenagers across the globe.
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.
Seen by over 10 million people worldwide, this wildly popular comedy keeps every audience laughing as they try to outwit the suspects and catch the killer. New clues and up-to-the-minute improvisation deliver a different show every night.
Six strangers in search of serenity meet at a wellness retreat for what they all hope will be a life-changing five-day experience in this hit off-Broadway comedy by Bess Wohl. Though it employs very little dialogue, there is nothing quiet about Small Mouth Sounds, a luminous and compassionate new play that asks how we address life's biggest questions when words fail us.
Ed and his sons are celebrating the holidays in their traditional style. As Jake and Drew sit around eating Chinese takeout, playing games, and pranking each other, it quickly becomes apparent that something is wrong with their brother, Matt.
Straight White Men is a searing satirical comedy that fearlessly examines identity and questions the value of being straight white men.
Empty nesters Greg and Kate have moved back to Manhattan after 22 years in the suburbs. Greg finds Sylvia, a street-smart lab/poodle mix, and brings her home. She promptly becomes a bone of contention between Greg and Kate, testing their marriage to comic and touching effect. This play by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner A.R. Gurney looks into the complexities of love and commitment, asking what it truly means to be devoted to your partner…and how you choose between the love of your life and man's best friend.
It's all for one and one for all as D'Artagnan and the three musketeers fight to protect the ones they love from the sinister exploits of Cardinal Richelieu. With a diverse cast of actors, this action-packed, humor-filled, and romantic take on Alexandre Dumas's classic tale reminds us that with strength, courage, wit, wisdom, and friends, you should always fight for what you believe in.
Written by Catherine Bush, The Three Musketeers> is directed by Dawn M. Simmons.
Tiny Tim is determined to have his father home for Christmas day even if it means teaching Ebenezer Scrooge a lesson in Christmas cheer!
Adapted from the classic Charles Dickens' novel by Tony Award winner Ken Ludwig ('Twas the Night Before Christmas) and his son Jack, Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol is a heartwarming hour-long Christmas tale full of family fun for all ages.
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.
True West, written by Sam Shepard, is a true American classic exploring the alternatives that might spring from the demented terrain of the California landscape. Sons of a desert-dwelling alcoholic and a suburban wanderer clash over a film script. Austin, the achiever, is working on a screenplay he has sold to producer Sal Kimmer when Lee, his brother and demented petty thief, drops in. He pitches his own idea for a movie to Kimmer, who then wants Austin to junk his bleak, modern love story and write Lee's trashy Western tale. The conflict between the brothers creates a heated situation in which their roles as successful family man and nomadic drifter are somehow reversed, and each man finds himself admitting that he had somehow always wished he were in the other's shoes.
With direction by Joe Short, watch the internal revolutions of the two brothers unfold on stage in True West.
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.