Introducing Our 2020-2021 Season
Our Inaugural Season in the John and Joan Mullen Center for the Performing Arts!
Sept 24 - Oct 2, 2020
A New Version by Anne Carson
Directed by James Ijames
When Dionysus, god of theatre, ecstasy and intoxication discovers that his cousin King Pentheus has banned his worship and denied his divinity, all hell breaks loose. Wild women revolt, revels turn to revenge, and heads will roll. Simultaneously ancient and shockingly contemporary, this new adaptation takes a sharp look at familial violence, the dangers of despotism, and the shackles of strict gender roles. This epic tragedy of mythic proportions–subversive for its time and still provocative today–captures the raw power of live theatre with the ever-mischievous Dionysus presiding as master of ceremonies.
Nov 5 - 15, 2020
Music & Lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin | Book by Ken Ludwig | Co-conception by Ken Ludwig and Mike Ockrent
Directed by Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD
Bobby Child, a reluctant uptown banker, dreams of dancing on Broadway–but instead of getting his foot in the door, it seems he’s always stepping on toes. When Bobby is sent to foreclose on a rundown theatre in Nevada, his luck takes an unexpected turn as he falls head-over-heels for the theatre owner’s daughter, Polly Baker. Set in the 1930s and scored with the infectious music of George and Ira Gershwin, this firecracker of a musical showcases classic tunes like “I Got Rhythm,” “Embraceable You” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” Winner of the Tony Award for “Best Musical,” this madcap comedy “makes everything old feel new again” (New York Times).
February 11 - 21, 2021
By Nancy Harris
Directed by Edward Sobel
Behind the shiny door of Hazel’s immaculate London home, things aren't nearly as pristine as they appear. Her plastic surgeon husband, Richard, has embarked on his latest charitable mission to Haiti, leaving the pregnant Hazel to cope with her failing business and their troubled son. When a professional nanny arrives unannounced on her doorstep, Hazel begins to suspect that this seemingly perfect stranger may have secrets of her own. Balanced on a knife’s edge between psychological drama and razor-sharp thriller, Our New Girl will grab you from the first minute, and refuse to let go until it builds to its shattering conclusion.
Feb 17 - 28, 2021
A Season Extra
By Hannah Khalil
They expected to be free from the horrors of their homelands when they finally fled to the United Kingdom; instead, imprisoned together at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre, a cohort of women find themselves stuck in limbo, stripped of their privacy, and isolated a world away from the lives they used to know. Based on interviews with current and former detainees, Irish-Palestinian playwright Hannah Khalil’s The Scar Test offers a powerful and unflinching snapshot of life inside England’s migrant detention system. Fiercely felt and fearlessly told, The Scar Test is an incendiary theatrical experience that will stay with you long after the performance has ended.
April 15 - 25, 2021
By Kate Hamill
Based on the novel by Jane Austen
Directed by Valerie Joyce
Bursting with buoyant humor and frank affection, Kate Hamill’s delightful adaptation of Austen’s beloved novel comes alive on stage with deep feeling and breathtaking theatrical ingenuity. This audacious, inventive new play faithfully follows the (mis)adventures of the destitute Dashwood sisters–sensible Elinor and sensitive Marianne–as each navigates life and love following the untimely death of their father. Crippled by financial hardship and pursued by a dizzying whirl of gossip, the two must determine whether to follow the rules of a rigid society, or abide by the beating of their hearts.