Mainstage

by August Wilson | Sep 24 - Oct 20, 2013 

Blues diva Ma Rainey and her band have come to a Chicago studio to cut a record, but their artistic differences nearly stop the session before it starts. Full of unforgettable characters and the raw power of the blues, the 1920s installment of Wilson’s groundbreaking cycle of plays confronts issues of race, fame, and generational divides through the rhythms of the African-American South.  

 


by Morris Panych | OCT 29 - NOV 17, 2013 

In this dark comedy, a lifelong cynic hurries to the bedside of his dying aunt, only to find she keeps on living. As weeks turn into months, the pair develop a cautious understanding even as the nephew becomes ridiculously desperate for change. Peppered with wry humor, this off-beat fable of family and loneliness twists and turns to its surprising conclusion.
 

 



by David Sedaris | DEC 3 - DEC 22, 2013 

Spend an irreverent evening with Crumpet - one of Santa’s little helpers during the holiday rush at Macy’s - as he copes with thousands of shoppers (and their kiddies) with whacked out, wicked wit. This show is a holiday treat for grownups, so leave the little angels at home. In the Studio Theater.

 


 

With magical characters from crows to rosebushes to reindeer, Andersen’s beloved fairy tale of devotion, bravery 
and the triumph of love has warmed the hearts of children and adults around the world for almost 200 years.



by Hans Christian Andersen | NOV 29 - DEC 22, 2013 

With magical characters from crows to rosebushes to reindeer, 
Andersen’s beloved fairy tale of devotion, bravery and the triumph of love 
has warmed the hearts of children and adults around the world for almost 200 years.

 


 

by Joseph Vass | JAN 21 - FEB 16, 2014

A light-hearted musical revue about the life and lyrics of the legendary American librettist Ira Gershwin. From his early days writing comic tunes to Broadway and Hollywood stardom, two singers help Ira tell his story through his own words set to music by Jerome Kern, Kurt Weill, and of course, his brother and favorite collaborator, George.  

 



by Tom Coash | FEB 25 - MAR 16, 2014 
(World Premiere)

 A contemporary drama about bridging the gap between West and Middle East. When Intisar, 
an African-American Muslim student, arrives in Cairo for a year abroad, 
she hopes to finally be understood. She’s quickly enlisted by her exuberant Egyptian roommate, Samar, to help create 
a blog debating the practice of wearing veils, 
but when the Arab Spring 
intervenes, revolution threatens to overtake their friendship. 

Winner of the 2012 Clauder Competition for New England Playwrights



by Nina Raine | MAR 25 - APR 13, 2014

A dysfunctional family is forced to reconsider their relationships and how they communicate when their son, Billy – who was born deaf but stayed out of “deaf culture”– meets Sylvia, a young woman from a deaf family. Interweaving keen insight and surprising moments of humor, this Off-Broadway hit explores language, identity, and what it means to fit in with those close to you.  

 

 


by Evan Smith | APR 22 - MAY 18, 2014

Theology and sharp-tongued quips intersect when aging sisters Mary and Margaret find themselves defending their Catholic beliefs to a young evangelist who knocks at their door. Faced with persistent cheerfulness, the two women call in their parish priest for back-up and the debate takes off. Smith’s thought-provoking comedy asks how far our cares and creeds will carry us before we start asking questions. 

 

 


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2013-2014
SEASON

 

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
by August Wilson
SEP 24 - OCT 20, 2013


Vigil
by Morris Panych
OCT 29 - NOV 17, 2013


Santaland Diaries
by David Sedaris
Dec 3 - DEC 22, 2013
In the Studio Theater

A Christmas Carol
by Hans Christian Andersen
NOV 29 - DEC 22, 2013


Trouble Is My Business

by Joseph Vass
JAN 21 - FEB 16, 2014

Veils
WORLD PREMIERE
by Tom Coash

FEB 25 - MAR 16, 2014


Tribes
by Nina Raine
MAR 25 - APR 13, 2014

The Savannah Disputation
by Evan Smith
APR 22 - MAY 18, 2014