RACE

by David Mamet
directed by Jackie Davis
June 5 – 28, 2019
As two lawyers struggle to defend a wealthy white executive charged with raping a black woman they quickly discover that present-day racial and gender politics are as complex as the case in front of them. When a new legal assistant gets involved in the case the opinions that boil beneath explode to the surface.
“Scalpel-edged intelligence!” – The New York Times

MURDER FOR TWO

book and lyrics by Kellen Blair
book and music by Joe Kinosian
directed by Sam Scalamoni
July 3 – 27, 2019
Murder For Two is the perfect blend of music, mayhem and murder!  In this hilarious 90-minute show, 2 performers play 13 roles—not to mention the piano—in a witty and winking homage to old-fashioned murder mysteries.
“Undeniably fun! An entertaining, vaudeville-style romp!” – LA Weekly

LENIN’S EMBALMERS

by Vern Thiessen
directed by RJ Tolan
August 7 – 31, 2019
When two biochemists are recruited by Josef Stalin to embalm the late Soviet leader, both men are pushed to their limits. Driven by fear and fame, both men attempt to achieve the impossible, but discover a dark secret. If they should succeed the rewards will be boundless, but failure can bring only one outcome.
“Lenin’s Embalmers is a happy success, combining self-aware humor, obscure science facts and a humane but irreverent attitude toward both the winners and losers of the Russian Revolution. ” – Time Out NY

RHINOCEROS


by Eugene Ionesco

translation by Derek Prouse

directed by Daisy Walker
September 5 – 28, 2019
In celebration of WHAT’s 35th Anniversary we return to our roots and the play that started it all, Ionesco’s absurdist masterpiece Rhinoceros. Written in 1959 in alarmed reaction to the mid-20th century proliferation of totalitarianism, Ionesco’s play takes aim at the underlying roots and the seductively corrosive lure of herd mentality.
“With outrageous comedy, Ionesco attacks the most serious of subjects: blind conformity and totalitarianism, despair and death.” – The New York Times

ORSON’S SHADOW


by Austin Pendleton
directed by Brad Dalton
September 12 – 29, 2019
An ingenious tale of two Hollywood giants—Orson Welles and Laurence Olivier. The time is 1960; the place is a West End theater. Legendary critic Kenneth Tynan has made a startling proposal: Welles should direct Olivier and the young Joan Plowright in Rhinoceros, Ionesco’s absurdist masterpiece. But it is the rehearsal process that brims with absurdity as titanic personalities, including Vivien Leigh, wrestle the muse in this witty and incisive depiction of drama, both on and off-stage.
“…beguiling and thematically substantial…full of wit, intelligence and salacious interest.” —Chicago Tribune.