2017-18 Season

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Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill by Lanie Robertson

Dates: Sept 19 - Oct 15, 2017

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill recounts Billie Holiday’s life story through the songs that made her famous. It’s 1959 and Billie Holiday is performing in a run-down bar during one of the last performances of her lifetime. Through her poignant voice and moving songs, one of the greatest jazz singers of all-time shares her loves and losses.


Complications from a Fall by Kate Hawley

Dates: Oct 24 - Nov 12, 2017

When Helen goes to an academic conference, she reluctantly calls on her absent younger brother Teddy for help with their elderly mother. Over the weekend Teddy truly sees his mother, perhaps for the first time, and learns secrets from the past in this heartwarming drama about the memories we cherish, and those we try to forget. (more…)

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play adapted by Joe Landry

Dates: Nov 24 - Dec 24, 2017

Celebrate the Holiday Season with this beloved American classic. This heartwarming story of renewal is presented as a 1940’s radio broadcast with sound effects performed live on stage.  With the help of an ensemble and an angel named Clarence, George Bailey learns the million different ways that we are tied to those around us. (more…)

Babette’s Feast

Dates: Jan 23 - Feb 18, 2018

Conceived & Developed by Abigail Killeen | Written by Rose Courtney

Adapted from the short story by Isak Dinesen

Babette’s Feast tells the story of how a refugee transforms a closed religious community by sacrificing all she has to throw a lavish dinner party. Through her radical hospitality, this mysterious woman converts her guests’ deeply held notions of scarcity and judgment and opens them up to give and receive abundant grace. This adaptation re-imagines the story you thought you knew about Babette’s singular feast: deep, funny, dangerous, sensual, and beautiful.


Red Herring by Michael Hollinger

Dates: Feb 27 - March 25, 2018

Maggie’s a tough, Boston cop, trying to get her finger on the one man who gave her the slip: a sly crime boss who worked his way into her heart. As she deals with murder, mystery, and intrigue in Boston Harbor, she also has to deal with Frank, an FBI gumshoe with a proposal more dangerous than commie spies, murderous mobs, and McCarthyism combined: marriage.


The Niceties by Eleanor Burgess

Dates: April 3 - 22, 2018

In this riveting two-person drama Zoe, a black student, and Janine, her white professor, meet to discuss their differing views on Zoe’s paper about slavery and the American Revolution. This polite clash of ideas soon landslides into an explosive discussion of race, history, privilege, and social justice.


Sex and Other Disturbances by Marisa Smith

Dates: May 1 - 20, 2018

Join us for the world premiere of New England playwright Marisa Smith’s latest play. When your husband is too busy buying cabins in Newfoundland for the apocalypse, what’s the harm in having a little affair? Sarah finds out the hard way in this fast-paced comedy about friendship, love, sex, and other disturbances.

Sex and Other Disturbances is a recipient of the 2018 Edgerton New Play Award.

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