2017/2018 Season: A SEASON OF TRUTH
Facts, Fiction & Faith
We want to do more than just put on shows; we want to engage our audience in a conversation through the vibrant and exciting language of theatre. And the time seems ripe to talk about the truth. In an age of propaganda and political spin, fake news and alternative facts, it can be hard to be sure of anything anymore. Who can we trust? The news? Our elected leaders? The internet? Ourselves?
This season, we present three intimate, dynamic, and compelling plays that ask our audience to consider: What is the truth? And how do you know it's true?
BY THORNTON WILDER
October 6 - 22, 2017
Described by dramatist Edward Albee as “the greatest American play ever written,” Our Town shares the simplest, but most important, truths about ordinary American life: birth, youth, love, marriage, family, death. The story is deceptively plain: in tiny Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, high school athlete George Gibbs falls in love with his neighbor, the optimistic young Emily Webb and - after a few bouts of cold feet - they marry. But love is never simple, and for every moment we enjoy of sunlight, there are shadows. Directed by Larry Snipes.
Shadelandhouse Modern Press
BY BILL CAIN February 9-25, 2018
The queen is dead, and Shakespeare is getting used to the newly-crowned King James. When he’s commanded to write a play about the recently-foiled “Gunpowder Plot” to blow up Parliament, he agrees only if he can interview the condemned suspects. But he learns that the plot was deeper than anyone suspected, and its secrets threaten to destroy him, his players, and all of England. This fascinatingly comic drama is funny, touching, and troubling - and absolutely Shakespearean in its scope and wit. Directed by Jerre Dye (Failure: a Love Story).
BY LUCAS HNATH April 13-29, 2018
Pastor Paul has an announcement. His beautiful mega-church is paid off, thousands attend every Sunday, and he’s had a revelation. But not everybody is happy to hear his revision of the Good News, and the bedrock of his community is shaken to its core. Can Paul’s church survive when he upends everything his followers thought they believed? This provocative drama has been hailed across the social and political spectrum, earning raves from both Christianity Today and The New York Times. Directed by Patti Heying and featuring Roger Leasor.