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A WORLD PREMIERE ROMANCE
By Matthew Barber
From the novel ELEANOR & ABEL by Annette Sanford
Directed by Gordon Edelstein
OCT 11 - NOV 5, 2017
Eleanor Bannister, a retired schoolteacher, lives a sleepy life in tiny Groverdell, Texas. Until one day, when walking alone through the brambles barefoot and in her nightgown, she encounters Abel Brown, a mysterious drifter. Brown has been wandering around town, looking for houses to fix and, rumor has it, single women to talk to. Brown is nothing but a drifter, but despite their obvious differences, Eleanor and Abel find themselves drawn to each other. This beautiful new romance by Matthew Barber, Tony Award-nominated author of Enchanted April, shows that connection can be found in the unlikeliest of places and in the unlikeliest of ways.
A MOVING FAMILY DRAMA
Adapted by Aaron Posner and Chaim Potok from the novel by Chaim Potok
Directed by Gordon Edelstein
NOV 22 - DEC 17, 2017
Brilliant young men from rival yeshivas, Reuven and Danny first meet on a baseball diamond. When Danny fells Reuven with a line drive in the heat of competition, the two boys start a tentative and unique friendship. Growing up in the shadows of imposing and impressive fathers, the young men question their places in the world. Set against the backdrop of 1940s Brooklyn and the specter of war, Posner's adaptation of Chaim Potok's award-winning novel is a story of fathers and sons, tradition, modernity, and the difficult choices one must make to achieve understanding.
THRILLING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING
A co-production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre
By Julia Cho
Directed by Lisa Peterson
JAN 17 - FEB 11, 2018
A college student hides behind dark glasses, a baseball cap pulled low, and writings that disturb and provoke. Is he just venting or is he really troubled? Gina, his writing professor, is the only one willing to get close, to try to understand what the student is going through. But at what peril to herself? The newest play from Obie Award-winning playwright Julia Cho is a thrilling ride through the psyches of two people learning to empathize with one another. "Office Hour has undeniable topicality ... This is a small play, but before you realize it, its rippling current has taken you far from the safety of shore," said the Los Angeles Times.
BASKERVILLE: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
Written by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Brendon Fox
FEB 28 - MARCH 25, 2018
A wild hellhound prowls the moors of Devonshire, dispatching the male heirs of the Baskerville line one by one. Sherlock Holmes is on the case. To find the ingenious killer, Holmes and Watson must brave the desolate moors before a family curse dooms its newest heir. Can our heroes discover the truth in time? Comedic genius and Tony Award-winner Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) transforms Arthur Conan Doyle's classic The Hound of the Baskervilles into a murderously funny adventure. Watch as our intrepid investigators try to escape a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises, and deceit as five actors deftly portray more than forty characters. Join the fun and see how far from elementary the truth can be. Baskerville is a fast-paced and joyful comedy teeming with theatrical inventiveness. "Baskerville is a madcap sendup of what you might hold dear about that Doyle classic, done up in the style of The 39 Steps," said DC Theatre Scene.
A MUSICAL CELEBRATION
In Association with McCarter Theatre Center
Written and Directed by Regina Taylor
Adapted from the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry
APRIL 18 - MAY 13, 2018
Yolonda is a tough girl from Brooklyn who is proud of her status as a true New Yorker. A family tragedy sends her to live in South Carolina with her grandmother, Mother Shaw. Surrounded by a circle of powerful women, Yolonda learns the "hat queen rules", awakening in her a deep sense of who she is and where she comes from. Crowns weaves together compelling stories and glorious gospel music to create a tapestry of voices that transcend time and place. Inspiring and stirring, the Chicago Tribune says, "There is something about Crowns that warms the soul."