The New Season
What is this place America, that we call home? Who are the “we” in question? The “we” who are supposed to stand united, supporting, celebrating and accomplishing a set of common goals together? What are those goals? And why do “we the people” seem anything but united?
This season, we will encounter a group of individuals engaged in the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness in the country they’ve been told make all things possible – the American Dream. It’s a journey I can’t wait to take with you and a season of six incredible productions I can’t wait to share. – Mathew Wright, Artistic Director
[Single tickets on sale July 31, 2015.]
September 10 – October 11, 2015
2011 Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle nominated Best Musical
Directed by Eric Ankrim
Green Day’s powerhouse album is brought to life in this electric-rock musical of youthful disillusion. The two-time TONY Award-winning hit musical American Idiot, based on Green Day’s GRAMMY Award-winning multi-platinum album, boldly takes the American musical where it’s never gone before. This high-octane show includes every song from Green Day’s album American Idiot, as well as several songs from follow-up release, 21st Century Breakdown.
Johnny, Tunny and Will struggle to find meaning in a post-9/11 world. When the three disgruntled men flee the constraints of their hometown for the thrills of city life, their paths are quickly estranged when Tunny enters the armed forces, Michael is called back home to attend familial responsibilities, and Johnny’s attention becomes divided by a seductive love interest and a hazardous new friendship. An energy-fueled rock opera, American Idiot, features little dialogue and instead relies on the lyrics from Green Day’s groundbreaking album to execute the story line.
“American Idiot knows no limits — it’s a global knockout.” – Rolling Stone
“Invigorating, moving and thrilling!.. A true rock opera.” – The New York Times
“…kinetically entertaining in a way that intentionally reflects the shallow, media-saturated culture the album rails against.” – LA Times
Revised Dates October 29 – November 22, 2015
Just released! Off Broadway September 2014
Just beyond the elegant dining room of an Upper East Side restaurant, four busboys angle for shifts, pray for tips, and cling to dreams of life beyond their dingy back-of-house grind. Expertly juggling delicate entrees, fussy customers and beer-swilling line cooks, the young men face off with management and each other. As tensions reach a boiling point, how far will each of them go to see his own mañana come?
“By turns humorous and haunting…” – New York Daily News
“A surprisingly complex taste of the American Dream.” – TheatreMania
“Irwin writes fast, funny, lived-in dialogue” – Time Out New York
By Helen Pafumi & Jason Lott
December 3 – 27, 2015
2012 Helen Hayes Award Nominee for Outstanding New Play or Musical
George Bailey’s struggle to grasp why life is worth living finds a fresh voice in this enchanting one-person retelling of Frank Capra’s classic film It’s a Wonderful Life. Penned by Helen Pafumi and Jason Lott, this memory play introduces audiences to the residents of Bedford Falls, New York on a fateful Christmas Eve in 1945. Wonderful Life is a heart-warming story about the effect one hardworking man’s life has on the people around him.
“A sensationally moving masterpiece, perfect for the holiday season” – DC Metro Theatre Arts
“A warm-and-fuzzy vision of trust and neighborliness in small-town America” – Washington Post
“A fascinating combination of both creativity and inspiration” – Maryland Theatre Guide
By Paul Downs Collaizzo
January 21 – February 14, 2016
A contemporary drama that pushes the edges and embraces the harsh reality of today’s youth. At an elite university, when the party of the year results in the regret of a lifetime, one person will stop at nothing to salvage a future that is suddenly slipping away. In this quick-witted and gripping comic tragedy about ‘Generation Me,’ it’s every man for himself.
“An exceedingly well-made play. Unexpected and thrilling.” —New York Observer
“Gripping. This provocative drama displays a crackling intensity.” —The Hollywood Reporter
“Sucks you in with its brio and caustic wit and holds you with its teasingly clever double-edged plot.” —Washington Post
“This is Lord of the Flies with smartphones.” – The New York Times
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Lyrics and Book by Brian Crawley
March 3 – April 3, 2016
2014 Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle nominated Best Revival
Directed by Andrew Russell
On a cross-country bus trip in search of a minister to heal her scarred face, one woman discovers the true meaning of beauty, courage and love.
Winner of the Drama Critics’ Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical when it premiered off-Broadway, Violet features a score of show-stopping anthems ranging from American-roots to folk to gospel from one of most vibrant composers of modern musical theatre – Jeanine Tesori (Caroline Or Change, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Shrek). With its powerful story Violet has astounded critics and audiences alike making it one of the most acclaimed off-Broadway shows of the ’90s.
As a girl, Violet was struck by a wayward axe blade when her father was chopping wood, leaving her with a visible scar across her face. With enough money finally saved she’s traveling across the 1964 Deep South towards a miracle – the healing touch of a TV evangelist that will make her beautiful. Though she may not succeed in having the scar on her face healed, Violet is able to repair those that are lying deeper than her skin; and on the way she meets a young, African-American Soldier whose love for her reaches far past her physical “imperfections”.
“…packs an uncommon emotional intensity of the kind that stays with you for years.” – Chicago Tribune
“Deeply stirring.” – New York Times
“…a mastery of pastiche in a score that soars.” – Bloomberg.com
By Arthur Miller
April 28 – May 29, 2016
Winner of the 1949 Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play
Directed by Mathew Wright
Death of a Salesman tells the story of the last days of Willy Loman, a failing salesman, who cannot understand how he failed to win success and happiness. Through a series of tragic soul-searching revelations of the life he has lived with his wife, his sons, and his business associates, we discover how his quest for the “American Dream” kept him blind to the people who truly loved him. A thrilling work of deep and revealing beauty that remains one of the most profound classic dramas of the American theatre.