This summer we return to live performances on the Julie Harris Stage with three razor sharp contemporary comedies, a moving musical tribute to a theater legend, and a 20th Century British classic on a timeless theme.
STRAIGHT WHITE MEN
by Young Jean Lee
directed by Sasha Brätt
June 3 – 24, 2022
(Previews June 1 – 2)
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. One brother’s existential crisis prompts a spirited and comedic dialogue on the value of privilege in an evolving society and the tragedy of failing to live up to one’s potential.
“Ms. Lee’s fascinating play goes far beyond cheap satire, ultimately becoming a compassionate and stimulating exploration of one man’s existential crisis.” – NY Times
“To cut to the obvious, STRAIGHT WHITE MEN is a loaded title…But the play turns out to have a disarming gentleness to it. Lee has more sympathy for her subject than scorn.” – LA Times
MARRY ME A LITTLE
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Conceived by Craig Lucas & Norman René
directed by Christopher Ostrom
July 1 – 22, 2022
(Previews June 29 – 30)
A charming and bittersweet musical revue that features songs by the late Stephen Sondheim, the undisputed master of the contemporary Broadway musical.
Two New York singles share a Saturday night of sweet fantasies and deep yearning while never leaving the confines of their solitary apartments. Together, they breathe new theatrical life and meaning into a collection of trunk songs culled from the final productions of Anyone Can Whistle, Follies, Company, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and A Little Night Music.
“No one else captured love as he did—not as a prize, or as an ending, but as something fleeting, hungered for, impenetrable…” – The Atlantic
GARY: A SEQUEL TO TITUS ANDRONICUS
by Taylor Mac
directed by RJ Tolan
July 29 – August 19, 2022
(Previews July 27 – 28)
Set during the fall of the Roman Empire, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus picks up where Shakespeare’s blood-soaked tale left off: the coup has ended, the country has been stolen by madmen, and there are casualties everywhere. Two servants are tasked with cleaning up the mess and sorting through what remains of humanity in this bold, brash, and bawdy comedy from one of the contemporary theater’s most imaginative voices. It’s only the year 400—but it feels like the end of the world. 2019 Tony™ Award nominee for Best Play.
“Mashing up a menagerie of forms and traditions, from farce and theatre of the absurd to Brechtian self-reference and the bawdiness of National Lampoon, Mac conjures a hyper-stimulating experience unlike any other.”
by Lauren Gunderson
directed by Megan Nussle
August 27 – September 17, 2022
(Previews August 25 – 26)
An irreverent, girl-powered comedy set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. Playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle hang out, murder Marat, and try to beat back the insanity in 1793 Paris. This grand and dream-tweaked comedy is about violence and legacy, art and activism, feminism and terrorism, compatriots and chosen sisters, and how we actually go about changing the world. It’s a true story. Or total fiction. Or a play about a play. Or a raucous resurrection…that ends in a song and a scaffold.
“…a sassy, hold-on-to-your-seats theatrical adventure…” —Cincinnati Enquirer
by Harold Pinter
directed by Dana Greenfield
September 24 – October 16, 2022
(Previews September 22 – 23)
Dealing with the “eternal triangle”—wife, husband and the wife’s lover—Pinter, with his customary inventiveness and subtlety, brings new insights to this timeless theme. Told in reverse chronology, from the end of a marriage to the first forbidden spark and filled with poetic precision, rich humor and powerful emotions. Recipient of the 1979 Olivier Award for Play of the Year.
“…an exquisite play, brilliantly simple in form and courageous in its search for a poetry that turns banality into melancholy beauty.”—Newsweek
“…a powerful expression of the chasm between recollection and reality, of the gaps between people who need to be intimate with each other.” —Village Voice
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