May 02 – May 26 2019
By Julia Cho
Directed by Mathew Wright
Susan Smith Blackburn Prize-winning playwright
Alarmed by his grisly writings, a professor invites a troubled student to her office to shed light on – and build a bridge across – the dark clouds that surround him. As the clock ticks down and tensions rise, she learns that notions of “good” and “bad” are dangerous illusions. A stirring call for empathy and a bold experiment in form, this searing play tackles thorny issues of gun violence, immigration, and “the other” to reveal our essential, human need for connection.
Content note: Office Hour features realistic, non-firing prop guns, loud recorded gun shots, and depictions of violence.
Office Hour runs 90 minutes with no intermission.
…vital, honest, and valuable. …Office Hour is interested not only in the question of gun violence, but in the painful, isolating struggle faced by the children of immigrant parents in this country.” —NY Magazine
“…[an] urgent and sensitive drama… tense and extremely well thought out… What is so gripping about the play…is the ever-present fear of horrific violence that permeates the space, even as sympathy grows for Dennis. …Cho effectively calls for compassion and outreach from a society that commonly creates violent loners out of troubled children.” —Broadway World
Next in the Season: The Last World Octopus Wresting Champion >
Mar 14 – Apr 07 2019
By Annie Baker
Time Magazine – 10 Best Shows of 2015
Nominated for 6 Drama Desk Awards
Nominated for 5 Lucille Lortel Awards
At a weekend bed & breakfast, the shadow of infidelity hangs over a young couple struggling to rebuild their relationship – when the elderly owner shares her own memories, ghosts real and imagined arrive to haunt the living. Blending keen realism with the eerily supernatural, this quiet tale from a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright is unafraid to seek beauty in one of the most startling places: the solitude of human experience.
“Annie Baker’s John is so good on so many levels that it casts a unique and brilliant light.” – The New Yorker
“Baker does not merely tell a scary story. She shows them, piling up like ghosts of amputated limbs from the war wounded, and makes them riveting, unpredictable, altogether human theater.” – Newsday
Next in the Season: Office Hour >
Jan 24 – Feb 17 2019
By David Henry Hwang
Directed by Samip Raval
1988 Tony Award Winner – Best Play
1988 Drama Desk Award Winner – Outstanding New Play
1989 Pulitzer Prize Finalist
When we build fantasies to hide the truth, what happens when the walls come tumbling down? Clever parallels to the famous opera Madame Butterfly abound in this fearless play about a French diplomat who falls for a Chinese opera star – the ideal, exotic woman in his mind, but the truth is beyond his imagination. Hailed as a modern classic, M. Butterfly deftly skewers the perception of Eastern culture by the West and the persistent objectification that clouds it.
Photo: Tom Dang and David Quicksall. Photo by Michael Brunk.
“With M. Butterfly David Henry Hwang joins the first string of American playwrights. This is an audaciously imaginative play, big in conception and theme, and a satisfying instance of a talented writer hitting full stride.” —Variety
“It will move you, it will thrill you, it may even surprise you. It is a play not to be missed, and it is a play once caught that will never be forgotten.” —NY Post
Note: this production features nudity and graphic language.
Join us for a Cast Talk Back! Join members of the M. Butterfly cast for a Talk Back about the play after the Friday, February 15 performance. Tickets >
Additional performance! Now available: Sunday, February 17 at 7:30pm. Get tickets >
Next in the Season: John >
Nov 15 – Dec 23 2018
Music & Lyrics by Paul Gordon
Book and additional lyrics by John Caird
Adapted from the novel by Charlotte Brontë
Nominated for 5 Tony awards, including Best Musical
New 10-person Chamber version
When a spirited young orphan finds an unexpected home with a wealthy family, she also – against all odds and expectations – finds love. But strange voices from the attic and dark secrets from the past spark flames of fate that could consume them all. With sweeping music in a new chamber version of the celebrated musical, Charlotte Brontë’s classic love story soars to life and introduces this trailblazing heroine to a new generation.
Jane Eyre is presented in 2 acts with with one 10 minute intermission. Runtime is approximately 2 hours and 25 minutes.
*Note: this performance features the use of water-based haze.
“The glorious music will haunt you, enrapture you, and seep into your very bones. You may come for the story, but it is the music that will make you want to see it again and again.” Broadway World (reviewing the ArtsWest production)
“This fairytale of love and suspense, a sweeping story with universal and timeless themes that don’t need ever-more-impressive special effects to catch attention, grips from the start.” The Toronto Star
“…blessed with a luxuriant score, haunting and memorable music, and crisp, intelligent lyrics which speak from the very heart of this tragic and romantic story.” Talkin’ Broadway
Next in the Season: M. Butterfly >