Manning

DATES June 5 - June 16

RUN TIME tbd

PRICE $20 -$67

PLAYWRIGHT Benjamin Benne

DIRECTOR Alex Keegan

Manning

After the death of their mother two boys return home to find their father has lost the will to live, and a giant zucchini (that seems to have a heartbeat) sprouts overnight. The brothers try their best to coax their father out of his room. All three men begin to develop language for their individual experiences of loss through their interactions with the supernatural vegetable, but can they also develop a communal vocabulary to express their grief with each other?

2023 Clauder Competition Grand Prize Winning Play

Special Dates
  • Industry Night
    Wed, Jun 12, 7:30pm
Pay-What-You-Can
  • Wed, Jun 5, 7:30pm
  • Thu, Jun 13, 2:00pm
  • Sat, Jun 15, 8:00pm
On sale 12pm, day of show, in person.
Discussions
  • Artistic Perspective
    Sun, Jun 9, post show
  • Curtain Call
    Sun, Jun 16, post show

Benjamin Benne (he/him) is a Playwrights’ Center Affiliated Writer, American Blues Theater Blue Ink Playwriting Award winner, Arizona Theatre Company National Latinx Playwriting Award winner, KCACTF Latinx Playwriting Award winner, and was recently named part of “LA Vanguardia: The Latino innovators, investigators and power players breaking through barriers” by the Los Angeles Times. His plays include Alma (World Premiere ‘22: Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles & American Blues Theater in Chicago; Seattle Premiere ‘22: ArtsWest Playhouse; Regional Premiere ‘23: Curious Theatre Company in Denver; Central Square Theater in Cambridge MA), In His Hands (World Premiere ‘22: Mosaic Theater Company of DC), and What / Washed Ashore / Astray (World Premiere ‘23: Pillsbury House + Theatre in Minneapolis). He is a current member of Primary Stage’s Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group and has been commissioned by South Coast Repertory and Seattle Repertory. MFA: David Geffen/Yale School of Drama ’22. www.benjaminbenne.com

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Angels in America

DATES May 1 - May 26

RUN TIME approximately 3hrs and 30min including intermissions

PRICE $20 - $67

PLAYWRIGHT Tony Kushner

DIRECTOR Keith Powell Beyland & Peter Brown

Angels in America

Louis abandons his lover. Prior becomes a prophet. Harper visits Antarctica. Joe questions his Mormon. Belize offers kindness and care to an unlikely patient. Six New Yorker’s lives intertwine at the height of the AIDS crisis. Confronting politics, spirituality, and sexuality with sharp humor and a sage observational eye, this great American epic shows us how community and connection can be forged in even the darkest of times.

Special Dates
  • Industry Night
    Wed, May 8, 7:00pm
Pay-What-You-Can
  • Wed, May 1, 7:00pm
  • Wed, May 8, 7:00pm
  • Thu, May 16, 2:00pm
On sale 12pm, day of show, in person.
Discussions
  • Artistic Perspective
    Sun, May 5, post show
  • Curtain Call
    Sun, May 12, post show

Born in New York City in 1956, and raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Tony Kushner is best known for his two-part epic, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes. His other plays include A Bright Room Called Day, Slavs!, Hydrotaphia, Homebody/Kabul, and Caroline, Or Change, the musical for which he wrote book and lyrics, with music by composer Jeanine Tesori. Kushner has translated and adapted Pierre Corneille’s The Illusion, S.Y. Ansky’s The Dybbuk, Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Person of Sezuan and Mother Courage and her Children, and the English-language libretto for the children’s opera Brundibár by Hans Krasa. He wrote the screenplays for Mike Nichols’ film of Angels in America and Steven Spielberg’s Munich. In 2012 he wrote the screenplay for Spielberg’s movie Lincoln. His books include But the Giraffe: A Curtain Raising and Brundibar: The Libretto, with illustrations by Maurice Sendak; The Art of Maurice Sendak: 1980 to the Present; and Wrestling with Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict, co-edited with Alisa Solomon. His recent work includes a collection of one-act plays entitled Tiny Kushner, and The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures. Kushner is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, an Emmy Award, two Tony Awards, three Obie Awards, an Arts Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a PEN/Laura Pels Award, a Spirit of Justice Award from the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, a Cultural Achievement Award from The National Foundation for Jewish Culture, a Chicago Tribune Literary Prize for lifetime achievement, and the 2012 National Medal of Arts, among many others. In September 2008, Tony Kushner became the first recipient of the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, the largest theater award in the US. He is the subject of a documentary film, Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner, made by the Oscar-winning filmmaker Freida Lee Mock. He lives in Manhattan with his husband, Mark Harris.

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Clyde’s

DATES April 3 - April 21

RUN TIME approximately 1hr 35min with no intermission

PRICE $20-$67

PLAYWRIGHT Lynn Nottage

DIRECTOR Dominique Rider


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Clyde’s

It may seem like a run-down truck stop diner, but for the formerly incarcerated staff of Clyde’s, it’s a place where they can find community, support, and a second chance at life. Their quest to create the perfect sandwich keeps them motivated to access their full potential and move on to bigger and better things, even when Clyde tries to keep them right where they are. A savory comedy that shows us what we can achieve with patience, dedication, and a little thyme.

Lynn Nottage is a playwright from Brooklyn. Her plays include Crumbs from the Table of Joy; Mud, River, Stone; Por 'Knockers; Poof! (Heideman Award); and Las Meninas, which premiered at San Jose Repertory in 2002. Her plays have been produced Off-Broadway and regionally by The Acting Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Alliance Theatre, Buffalo Studio Arena, Crossroads Theatre, Freedom Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, South Coast Repertory, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Yale Repertory, the Vineyard Theatre and many others. Ms. Nottage has received playwriting fellowships from Manhattan Theatre Club, New Dramatists, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is also the recipient of a Playwrights Horizons Amblin/Dreamworks Commission, AT&T Onstage award and a NEA/TCG (1999-2000) grant for a year-long residency at Freedom Theatre. She is a member of New Dramatists and a graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Drama.

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What the Constitution Means To Me

DATES Mar. 6 - Mar. 24

RUN TIME Approximately 1hr 30 min with no intermission

PRICE $20-$67

PLAYWRIGHT Heidi Schreck

DIRECTOR Todd Brian Backus


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What the Constitution Means To Me

In this thrilling tour-de-force Heidi Schreck grapples with the Constitution, Roe v. Wade, and what it means to be a woman in America. Told through the lens of her teenage years as a Constitutional Debater, Heidi takes us through our nation’s highs and lows and ultimately delivers a hopeful message, “We all belong in the preamble.” Funny, thought-provoking, and heartwarming, this explosive piece culminates in a live debate to be judged by the audience: should we keep our centuries-old constitution, or start fresh?

Special Dates
  • Industry Night
    Wed, Mar 13, 7:30pm
Pay-What-You-Can
  • Wed, Mar 6, 7:30pm
  • Sat, Mar 16, 8:00pm
  • Thu, Mar 21, 2:00pm
On sale 12pm, day of show, in person.
Discussions
  • Artistic Perspective
    Sun, Mar 10, 3:45pm
  • Curtain Call
    Sun, Mar 17, 3:45pm

Heidi Schreck is a writer and performer living in Brooklyn. Her critically acclaimed, award-winning play What the Constitution Means to Me played an extended, sold-out run on Broadway in 2019, and was nominated for two Tony Awards. It had subsequent sold-out runs at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., as well as at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, and will continue its national tour when safe to do so. Schreck’s other plays Grand Concourse, Creature, and There Are No More Big Secrets have been produced all over the country and she has worked as a stage actor in NYC for almost 20 years. Her screenwriting credits include I Love Dick, Billions, Nurse Jackie and shows in development with Amazon Studios, Big Beach, Imagine Television and A24. As both an actor and writer she is the recipient of three Obie Awards, a Drama Desk Award, and a Theatre World Award, as well as the Horton Foote Playwriting Award and the Hull-Warriner Award from the Dramatists Guild. She was named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business in 2019 and was featured on Variety’s 2019 Broadway Impact List. Schreck was awarded Smithsonian magazine’s 2019 American Ingenuity Award for her work in the Performing Arts.

Heidi Abigail Killeen *

The Legionnaire Matthew Delamater *

* Member, Actor Equity Association

The Debaters

Lily Marie Jessen – Mar 6, 7:30 · Mar 9, 3:30 · Mar 16, 8:00 · Mar 21, 2:00 · Mar 22, 7:30

Vagni Das - Mar 7, 7:30 · Mar 10, 2:00 · Mar 14, 7:30

Evangeline Cambria - Mar 8, 7:30 · Mar 16, 3:30 · Mar 17, 2:00 · Mar 24, 2:00

Paige Scala - Mar 13, 7:30 · Mar 15, 7:30 · Mar 21, 7:30

Lyra Legawiec - Mar 20, 7:30 · Mar 23, 3:30 · Mar 23, 8:00

Director Todd Brian Backus

Scenic Designer Anita Stewart **

Costume Designer Savannah Irish

Lighting Designer Mary Lana Rice

Sound Designer Seth Asa Sengel

Stage Manager Meg Lydon *

** Member, United Scenic Artists

The Play That Goes Wrong

DATES Jan. 31 - Feb. 25

RUN TIME approximately 2 hours, including one intermission

PRICE $20.00 - $72.00

PLAYWRIGHT Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer & Henry Shields

DIRECTOR Kevin R. Free

The Play That Goes Wrong

It’s opening night for the Cornley Drama Society’s production of The Murder at Haversham Manor and the cast wants everything to go right, but with a missing dog, a set that won’t hold together, and actors going up on their lines… it seems like the play might just go wrong.

Special Dates
  • Industry Night
    Wed, Feb 7, 7:30pm
Pay-What-You-Can
  • Wed, Jan 31, 7:30pm
  • Sat, Feb 10, 8:00pm
  • Thu, Feb 15, 2:00pm
  • Thu, Feb 22, 2:00pm
On sale 12pm, day of show, in person.

Discussions

  • Artistic Perspective
    Sun, Feb 4, 4:15pm
  • Curtain Call
    Sun, Feb 11, 4:15pm

Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields

Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields met while training at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). All core members of Mischief Theatre, they had already worked in comedy together for several years before they started out as a writing team. The three’s first piece was The Play That Goes Wrong (winner – Best New Comedy – Olivier Awards and What’s On Stage Awards). The show started out on the London and Edinburgh fringe before touring the UK and internationally and then returning to the West End in September 2014, where it is still running. It's also playing on Broadway and headed out on a US tour in 2018 and has been performed in over 20 other countries around the world. Peter Pan Goes Wrong was the trio’s second piece, opening in November 2014 for a UK tour before a hugely successful West End season in Christmas 2015. Henry, Henry, and Jonathan recently adapted the script of Peter Pan Goes Wrong for the BBC, which was filmed with the original West End cast and broadcast to rave reviews on New Year’s Eve. They were invited back to wreak more havoc at the BBC in 2017 with Christmas Carol Goes Wrong on BBC1. The Comedy About A Bank Robbery marks their third writing project as a trio and earned them another Olivier Nomination. @mischiefcomedy and mischieftheatre.co.uk

Chris Ross Cowan *

Jonathan Khalil LeSaldo *

Robert Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper *

Dennis Max Samuels *

Sandra Laura Darrell *

Max Dean Linnard *

Annie Erica Murphy

Trevor J.Stephen Brantley *

* Member, Actors' Equity Association

Director Kevin R. Free

Scenic Designer Anita Stewart **

Costume Designer Patrice Trower

Lighting Designer Weston Wilkerson **

Sound Designer Seth Asa Sengel

Stage Manager Myles C. Hatch *

Movement Coordinator Michael Trautman

** Member, United Scenic Artists

Kevin R. Free

Ross Cowan (member AEA)

Khalil LeSaldo (member AEA)

Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper (member AEA)

Max Samuels (member AEA)

Laura Darrell (member AEA)

Dean Linnard (member AEA)

Erica Murphy

J.Stephen Brantley (member AEA)

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A Christmas Carol

DATES Dec. 2nd – Dec. 24th

RUN TIME approximately 90 minutes with intermission

PRICE $20-$53

PLAYWRIGHT Charles Dickens'

DIRECTOR Michael Dix Thomas

A Christmas Carol

Celebrate the holidays with this timeless tale that embodies the season: love, family, and the spirit of goodwill. See it brought to life on-stage, with charming costumes, delightful music, and a few ghostly apparitions. This magical production is perfect for the entire family, guaranteed to warm the heart of every Scrooge. Start a family tradition of your own.

*Masking is welcome but not required.

Charles Dickens’ poignant and action-packed novels lifted him from a lower-middle-class childhood to become an international celebrity of the Victorian era, and remain popular today. Still, in book after book, from Oliver Twist to Great Expectations, he remained true to his roots: calling attention to hypocrisy, injustice, and the plight of the poorest among us.

Ebenezer Scrooge Tom Ford *

Bob Cratchit Dustin Tucker *

Ghosts Caley Milliken *

Nephew Fred Jay Mack *

Mrs. Cratchit Grace Bauer *

Belle Rebecca Ho *

Jacob Marley Alex Purcell *

*Member, AEA

Director Michael Dix Thomas

Scenic Designer Anita Stewart **

Costume Coordinator Kathleen Payton Brown

Lighting Designer Bryon Winn **

Sound Designer Seth Asa Sengel

Stage Manager Myles C. Hatch *

Asst. Stage Manager Meg Lydon *

*Member, AEA

**Member, USA

Michale Dix Thomas, Director

Tom Ford (Member, AEA)

Dustin Tucker (Member, AEA)

Caley Milliken (Member, AEA)

Jay Mack (Member, AEA)

Grace Bauer (Member, AEA)

Rebecca Ho (Member, AEA)

Alex Purcell (Member, AEA)

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Saint Dad

DATES Oct. 25th – Nov. 19th

RUN TIME 2 hours and 5 minutes including intermission.

PRICE $20-$67

PLAYWRIGHT Monica Wood

DIRECTOR Sally Wood

Saint Dad
Made in Maine

Suzanne, Bud, and Denise made the tough decision to sell their childhood camp when their father was at death’s door, but now that he’s made a miraculous recovery, they’re doing everything in their power to make sure he doesn’t find out. The new owner, Leona, gets more than she bargained for when all three siblings, and her college-bound daughter all unexpectedly drop by.

*Masking is welcome but not required.

Special Dates

  • Industry Night Wed, Nov. 1st 7:30PM
  • Rush35 Party Thurs, Nov. 2nd 6:30PM

Pay-What-You-Can

Go on sale day of show at 12PM

  • Wed, Oct. 25th 7:30PM
  • Sat, Nov. 4th 8PM
  • Sun, Nov. 5th 7:30 PM
  • Thu, Nov. 9th 2 PM
  • Sun, Nov. 12th 7:30 PM
  • Wed, Nov. 15th 2 PM

Discussions

  • Page to Stage (Featuring Monica Wood!) Oct. 10, 2023 5PM
  • Artistic Perspective Oct. 29, 2023 Following The Show
  • Curtain Call Nov. 5th, 2023 Following The Show

Monica Wood is a novelist, memoirist, and playwright, the 2019 recipient of the Carlson Prize for contributions to the public humanities, and the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance Distinguished Achievement Award for contributions to the literary arts. Her new novel, How to Read a Book, is forthcoming from Mariner Books, and a new play, Saint Dad, will debut in October 2023 at Portland Stage. Her previous novel, The One-in-a-Million Boy, was translated into 20 languages in over 30 countries. She is also the author of When We Were the Kennedys, a New England bestseller, Oprah magazine summer-reading pick, and winner of the May Sarton Memoir Award. Her other fiction, Any Bitter Thing, Ernie’s Ark, and My Only Story have also won awards and made bestseller lists. Her short stories have been widely anthologized, and her nonfiction has appeared in Oprah, New York Times, Literary Hub, Down East, Martha Stewart Living, Parade, and many other publications. She lives in Portland, Maine, with her husband and their cat, Susie.

Thomasina Emily Upton

Suzanne Casey Jenny Woodward

Bud Casey Liam Craig*

Denise Thibodeau Moira Driscoll*

Chummy O'Brien Patrick O'Brien*

Leona Williams Pilar Witherspoon*

*Member, AEA

Director Sally Wood

Scenic Designer Anita Stewart**

Costume Designer Michelle Handley

Lighting Designer Gregg Carville

Sound Designer Seth Asa Sengel

Stage Manager Meg Lydon*

Casting Director Jenn Haltman

*Member, AEA

**Member, USA

Sally Wood, Director

Emily Upton

Jenny Woodward

Liam Craig (Member, AEA)

Moira Driscoll (Member, AEA)

Patrick O'Brien (Member, AEA)

Pilar Witherspoon (Member, AEA)

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