2019-2020 Season

MR. BURNS: A POST ELECTRIC PLAY

By Anne Washburn • Directed by Alex Ungerman • November 8-23, 2019

In the near future, an apocalypse has wiped out society as we know it. As the survivors struggle to find a cultural touchstone that they all relate to, they land on a common reference: The Simpsons. This dark comedy explores how these television characters become a new storytelling device, then a new kind of theatre, then archetypes for a new age. A tribute to live theater, and the resilience of Bart Simpson through the ages, Mr. Burns is an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another.


SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS

By Bess Wohl • Directed by Jonathan Sweatt • January 24-February 8, 2020

In the overwhelming quiet of the woods, six runaways from city life embark on a silent retreat. As these strangers confront internal demons both profound and absurd, their vows of silence collide with the achingly human need to connect. Filled with awkward humor, this strange and compassionate new play asks how we address life’s biggest questions when words fail us. “The play asks – and admirably never quite answers – deep questions about how we connect with other people, a feat that the characters achieve through channels both profound and silly. Wohl isn’t afraid to let the ridiculous rub up against the sublime, and it makes Small Mouth Sounds as entertaining as it is transcendent.” —Time Out (New York).




SIGNIFICANT OTHER

By Josh Harmon • Directed by Mel Christian • June 12-27, 2020

Jordan Berman would love to be in love, but that’s easier said than done. So, until he meets Mr. Right, he wards off lonely nights with his trio of close girlfriends. But as singles’ nights turn into bachelorette parties, Jordan discovers that the only thing harder than finding love is supporting the loved ones around you when they do. From the critically acclaimed writer who brought you Bad Jews. “A tenderly unromantic romantic comedy, as richly funny as it is ultimately heart-stirring.” – The New York Times Four Stars! “As funny as Joshua Harmon’s breakthrough play, Bad Jews, Significant Other makes you slap your knees until they’re bruised.” – Time Out New York



HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE

By Paula Vogel • Directed by Marcus Lane • September 18-October 3, 2020

A wildly funny, surprising and devastating tale of survival as seen through the lens of a troubling relationship between a young girl and an older man. How I Learned to Drive is the story of a woman who learns the rules of the road and life from behind the wheel. Winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize. Co-winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Co-winner of the 1998 Lucille Lortel Award for outstanding play. “With subtle humor and teasing erotic encounters, Vogel addresses the dangerous intersections of teenage temptation. She also paints a richly poetic and picturesque landscape… The play is a potent and convincing comment on a taboo subject, and its impact sneaks up on its audience.” – Variety