The 2015-16 Season
Blackpool and Parrish by David Belke
Directed by Zip Rampy July 17- Aug 1
Armageddon has never been so funny. For five millennia Harriet Blackpool has been the agent for all Evil on Earth, while Rachel Parrish has represented Good. These implacable foes meet in a private club every twenty five years. With the end of the world scheduled for tomorrow at teatime, they must pass their duties to their oblivious heirs: a mild mannered physical education teacher and an aggressively Bohemian artist. Caught in the middle of their cosmic gamesmanship is an anxious club manager. As the sole representative of humanity, he may be the key to Armageddon’s outcome in this fast paced comedy of apocalyptic proportions.
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Mama Bear by Sharon Harris Warrick
Directed by Paris Crayton III August 14 - 23
How far would you go to save your child? What if that child has gone wild? What if society has written that child off? And what is your definition of “save”? Mama Bear revolves around Debra, mother of Keith, who, like many other urban youth, grew up paying more attention to the lessons of the street than to his own parents. An escalating series of events ultimately drives this stressed-out woman to an act of desperation that has a dramatic ripple effect.Before you judge her, spend some time in her shoes. Hear her story. And consider – what would YOU do to save your child?
Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz ATLANTA PREMIER
Directed by Kirk Seaman September 11 - 26
Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas with her prominent Republican parents, her brother, and her aunt. Brooke announces that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family’s history—a wound they don’t want reopened. In effect, she draws a line in the sand and dares them all to cross it. Written by ABC's “Brothers & Sisters” creator Jon Robin Baitz, it was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award nominee.
In a Forest, Dark and Deep by Neil LaBute
Directed by Kara Kantrell October 9 - 24
On a dark and stormy night, all Bobby thought he was doing was helping his sister Betty clear out her cottage in the forest. But in this cabin of lies nothing is as it seems and the truth refuses to be packed away. What is she hiding? Does he really want to find out? In A Forest, Dark And Deep is a dark journey into sibling rivalry escalating into a psychological thriller bursting with savage conflict.
Company by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Carolyn Choe November 6 – 22
Sondheim's game-changing musical is a sophisticated and honest look at modern, adult relationships. From musical theatre's most renowned composer, Company is largely regarded as a trailblazer of the dark-comedy, modern-musical genre and the winner of seven TONY Awards including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Lyrics and Best Book. On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor Robert contemplates his unmarried state. Over the course of a series of dinners, drinks, and even a wedding, his friends -- "those good and crazy people [his] married friends" -- explain the pro's and con's of taking on a spouse. The habitually single Robert is forced to question his adamant retention of bachelorhood during a hilarious array of interactions.
A Dicken's Christmas Carol: A Traveling Travesty in Two Tumultuous Acts by Mark Landon Smith
Directed by Jeffrey Bigger December 11 - 20
The Styckes-Upon-Thump Repertory Company embarks on their fifteenth annual tour of the Dickens classic. When the company's diva feigns illness, this merry troupe of over-the-hill and upstart actors carry on without her. The understudy finds herself on stage knowing only one line of dialogue. Her parts are written in and on almost everything, including the Christmas pudding! Midway through the doomed performance, the diva rushes in to reclaim her role. Total mayhem ensues as the company scrambles to keep the show going while everything goes hilariously wrong.
Santa After Hours 2015: The Wreck-oning by Usual Gang of Idiots
Directed by Bob Smith and Carolyn Choe December 4 - 19
The miscreants who've sullied each of the last six holiday seasons are back with another show to amuse, frighten, and perhaps disgust their audiences. Leave the kids at home, and enjoy late night fare guaranteed to replace your brain's good wholesome family cheer with our disturbing and hilarious take on the holidays.
The Spins by Sara Crawford WORLD PREMIER
Directed by Alexander Julian Verner January 22-31
Music always sounds better on vinyl, and the spinning of a record on a turntable is echoed by the drunken emotional vertigo of a young woman haunted by the death of her musician brother. Written by Creative Loafing’s 2010 Reader’s Choice for Best Local Songwriter, this play was a finalist in the 2011 Essential Theatre Playwriting Award competition.
Two Rooms by Lee Blessing
Directed by Joel Coady February 12 - 27
An American professor at a university in Beirut is captured by a militant faction and held in a tiny cell for three years. Back in the United States, his wife has "cleansed" his former office by removing everything from it. She spends most of her time there to share in his experience as much as she can. She is torn between a journalist intent to tell her story to the public and a State Department official who wants to keep her quiet. As events in the Middle East spin out of everyone's control, everyone tries to do their best to manage the situation to bring Michael back to the United Stages, but each have their own interests at stake.
The Library by Scott Z. Burns
Directed by Zip Rampy March 4 - 19
After Caitlin Gabriel survives a deadly shooting at her high school, she struggles to tell her story to her parents, the authorities and anyone who will listen. But there are other narratives that gain purchase in the media and paint her in a different light. Out of Box brings this bold and chilling regional premiere to its stage. Written by acclaimed writer Scott Z. Burns (Side Effects, Contagion, The Bourne Ultimatum), The Library asks us to examine our relationship to the truth and the lies that claim to heal us.
Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Carolyn Choe April 8 – 23
You’ve just run into your high school sweetheart. Lucky you. Margie, a tough middle-aged “Southie” from the wrong part of Boston, loses her job and is one Bingo game away from homelessness. In reaching out to an old flame from her youth—now a successful doctor—Margie risks all as she tries to find a fresh start. Will Margie’s luck finally change for the better? An insightful comedy of class and culture, this Broadway hit is darkly funny and surprisingly touching.
The Kitchen Witches by Caroline Smith
Directed by George Canady May 6 - 21
Isobel Lomax and Dolly Biddle are two "mature" cable-access cooking show hostesses who have hated each other for 30 years, ever since Larry Biddle dated one and married the other. When circumstances put them together on a TV show called The Kitchen Witches, the insults are flung harder than the food! Dolly's long-suffering TV-producer son Stephen tries to keep them on track, but as long as Dolly's dressing room is one inch closer to the set than Isobel's, it's a losing battle, and the show becomes a rating smash as Dolly and Isobel top both Martha Stewart and Jerry Springer!
Rapture, Blister, Burn by Gina Gionfriddo
Directed by Kristin Kalbli June 10 - 25
Three generations of women share their raucous and refreshing approaches to navigating work, love and family. Rock star academic Catherine envies her friend Gwen who finds her domestic responsibilities less than satisfying. Meanwhile the witty and wry student Avery wonders whether she has more in common with Catherine's aging mother than any of today's modern feminists. This new comedy takes a sharp look at how women, and men, find happiness and conquer disappointment.