“The Nether” by Jennifer Haley, directed by Rachael Lindhart
September 16, 17, 23 & 24, 2016
3 men/2 women
The Nether is a virtual wonderland that provides total sensory immersion. Just log in, choose an identity and indulge your every desire. But when a young detective uncovers a disturbing brand of entertainment, she triggers an interrogation into the darkest corners of the imagination. Winner of the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, The Nether is both a serpentine crime drama and haunting sci-fi thriller that explores the consequences of living out our private dreams.
“Dead Man’s Cell Phone” by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Brian Tanner
December 9,10, 16 & 17, 2016
2 men/4 women
An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man—with a lot of loose ends. So begins Dead Man’s Cell Phone, a wildly imaginative new comedy by MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Sarah Ruhl, author of The Clean House and Eurydice. A work about how we memorialize the dead—and how that remembering changes us—it is the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world.
“Antigone” by Mac Wellman, directed by Matthew Brewbaker, Adeara Jean Maurice, and Krista Neumann
February 10, 11, 17 & 18, 2017
Version of the classic Antigone story (Antigone buries her dead brother who had lead a revolt against Thebes; such an act was considered a crime against the state) told through 3 women (who may be the three Fates). It is a short play intended to be repeated three times during the same performance. Our idea is to have three different directors do three different interpretations.
“Down the Road” by Lee Blessing, directed by Nate Sullivan
March 24, 25 & 31 and April 1, 2017
2 men/1 woman
DOWN THE ROAD centers on a convicted serial killer and the husband and wife writing team hired to help him write an account of his crimes. The killer, Bill Reach, has admitted to the murders of nineteen women, but there may have been more. Over many weeks of interviews, the couple—Dan and Iris Henniman—grow more and more uncertain of the ethics of what they are doing. Are they simply relating terrifying events, or are they helping readers consume rape, murder and mutilation as if they are consuming any other product of our society? Are they, in fact, helping to turn Bill Reach into a celebrity?
“Copenhagen” by Michael Frayn, directed by Madonna Smith
May 12, 13, 19 & 20, 2017
2 men/1 woman
To round out our season, we will be producing Michael Frayn’s Tony-winning play, Copenhagen, which is a compelling examination of both the relationship between science and politics and the very nature of truth itself.
In 1941, German physicist Werner Heisenberg went to Copenhagen to see his Danish counterpart, Niels Bohr. Together they had revolutionized atomic science in the 1920s, but now they were on opposite sides of a world war. In this incisive drama by the prominent British playwright which premiered at the Royal National Theatre in London and opened to rave reviews on Broadway (ultimately winning the 2000 Tony Award for Best Play), the two men meet in a situation fraught with danger in hopes of discovering why we do what we do.