Apr 19 – May 13 2018
April 19 – May 13
By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
In 1859, the handsome George arrives as heir apparent to Terrabonne, his late uncle’s slave plantation. There he quickly falls in love with Zoe, a beautiful “octoroon” – someone who is one-eighth Black – but the evil overseer M’Closky has other plans for both Terrebonne and Zoe. Nothing is sacred in this genre-bending work: race, identity and time are bent by the whims of AN OCTOROON’s audacious storytelling. Racial stereotypes both past and present are shattered in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ bold, imaginative re-envisioning of a 19th century antebellum drama as an urgent message for today.
Winner – 2014 OBIE Award for Best New American Play
“Super oxygenating—despite moments of palpable fear and disquiet, we leave feeling somehow healthier, as though the theater has given us a violent shake and a pep talk.” —Time Out (New York)
Jun 07 – Jul 08 2018
June 7 – July 8, 2018
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Book by Terrence McNally
The Tony-award winning musical KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN tells the tale of two cell mates in a Latin American prison – one a Marxist revolutionary, the other a gay window dresser – who form a bond in captivity. As their friendship deepens, the window dresser escapes into a fantasy world of the movies he loved most as a child, conjuring a beautiful enchantress to pass the time and ease the pain – a spider woman, who kills with her kiss. Juxtaposing gritty realities with liberating fantasies, KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN revamps a harrowing tale of persecution into a dazzling spectacle.
Winner – 1993 Tony® Awards for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score
Winner – 1993 Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Music
“Compelling, beautiful, funny and moving….[Has] a cinematic fluidity and a poetic charge.”- New York Daily News