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  • FALL 2018

    The Brothers Size
    By Tarell Alvin McCraney

    09/28/18 @ 7:30
    09/29/18 @ 1:30p
    10/02/18 @ 7:30p
    10/04/18 @ 7:30p
    10/06/18 @1:30p

    The writer of Moonlight, 2017 Academy Award winner for Best Picture, unfolds a tour-de-force modern-day story of the Size brothers of San Pere, Louisiana, and an outsider who threatens to transform their world. Playing fast and loose with West African myths, The Brothers Size tells a story that transcends culture and time, in which the audience is at once the community, the witness and the judge.

    Bully
    By Amina Henry

    09/29/18 @ 7:30p
    10/01/18 @ 7:30p
    10/03/18 @ 7:30p
    10/05/18 @ 7:30p
    10/06/18 @ 7:30p

    In this contemporary re-imagining of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, a group of women move from exercising at the gym to the forest as they attempt to exorcise their demons. Bully is a darkly funny exploration of women’s relationships to each other and the unspoken violence that takes place when a group of women are forced together… in an aerobics class.

    We’re Gonna Be Okay
    By Basil Kreimendahl

    09/28/18 @ 7:30p
    09/29/18 @ 7:30p
    10/03/18 @ 7:30p
    10/05/18 @ 7:30p
    10/06/18 @ 7:30p

    Can we survive the big one? Purchase College Playwriting Faculty Basil Kreimendahl’s play gives us two average American families confronting the looming threat of nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis.  A slyly hilarious, compassionate look at anxiety in America, We’re Gonna Be Okay confronts the fears of the American middle class as two families wrestle with macrame, female empowerment and a shared property line.

    Scenes from Metamorphoses
    Adapted by Mary Zimmerman from the Myths of Ovid

    10/19/18 @ 7:30p
    10/20/19 @ 7:30p
    10/22/18 @ 10:00a
    10/24/18 @ 10:00a
    10/26/18 @ 7:30p
    10/27/18 @ 7:30p

    From a simple, rippling pool of water, Mary Zimmerman conjures the force of Ovid’s Greek myths.  Known for lyrical storytelling, wit, and stunning imagery, this adaptation gives new life to these transformation stories about loss, isolation, redemption, and divinity. 

    Revolt. She Said.  Revolt Again.
    By Alice Birch

    11/02/18 @7:30p
    11/03/18 @ 1:30p
    11/03/18 @ 7:30p
    11/08/18 @ 7:30p
    11/09/18 @ 7:30p
    11/09/18 @ 10:00p
    11/10/18 @ 1:30p
    11/10/18 @ 7:30p

    How do you love learn work mate marry dress think feel fight sleep lose age bleed bake yell? How do you talk about it? Revolt. She Said, a huge success at Soho Rep in 2016, dives headfirst into a whirlwind tour of feminism, patriarchy, and the forces that make up our gendered selves. This powerhouse, 60-minute rallying cry of a play taps into the urgency of the #metoo movement and revolutionizes the language we use to talk about ourselves.

    Earthquakes in London
    By Mike Bartlett

    11/30/18 @ 7:30p
    12/01/18 @ 1:30p
    12/01/18 @ 7:30p
    12/05/18 @ 7:30p
    12/06/18 @ 7:30p
    12/07/18 @ 7:30p
    12/08/18 @ 1:30p
    12/08/18 @ 7:30p

    Apocalyptic questions drive a climate scientist and his three estranged daughters unexpectedly back together in this epic rollercoaster of a play.  From 1968 to 2525 and back again, we move in a fast and furious metropolitan crash of people, scenes, and decades as global destruction approaches.

  • SPRING 2019

    Mr. Burns
    By Anne Washburn

    03/09/19 @7:30p
    03/13/19 @ 7:30p
    03/15/19 @ 7:30p
    03/16/19 @ 1:30p

     What if your phone was never going to work again and all you had left was The Simpsons?  What will endure when the grid fails, society crumbles, and we’re faced with the task of rebuilding? Anne Washburn’s outrageous, enthusiastically acclaimed dark comedy propels us forward nearly a century, following a new civilization stumbling into its future. A meta-tribute to 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.

     

    Exit Strategy
    By Ike Holter

    03/08/19 @ 7:30p
    03/09/19 @1:30p
    03/14/19 @ 7:30p
    03/16/19 @ 7:30p

     A Chicago public high school slated for closure at the end of the year is the battleground in this taut play about the future of public education. Surprisingly, it’s a comedy. Ike Holter, winner of the 2017 Windham-Campbell Prize and a fierce new voice in American playwriting, introduces us to a small group of teachers who launch a heroic battle to save their school.  Over the course of the year, they put their careers, their futures and their safety in the hands of a fast-talking administrator who comes on strong, but might actually have no clue what he’s doing.

    Henry VI, part I
    By William Shakespeare

    04/19/19 @ 7:30p
    04/20/19 @ 1:30p
    04/20/19 @ 7:30p
    04/24/19 @ 7:30p
    04/25/19 @ 7:30p
    04/26/19 @ 7:30p
    04/27/19 @ 1:30p
    04/27/19 @ 7:30p

    King Henry V has died. As the English battle the armies of the brilliant and fanatical Joan of Arc, the underage King Henry VI’s courtiers are busy fighting each other instead of the French, thus beginning the Wars of the Roses.  Fast moving and packed with action, this early history play (a source for Game of Thrones) gives us a world burning unawares.  Oh, and swords. Lots and lots of swords.

    Project JIA
    Devised by BA and Arts Abroad Students

    04/26/19 @ 7:30p
    04/27/19 @ 1:30p
    04/27/19 @ 7:30p
    05/01/19 @ 7:30p
    05/02/19 @ 7:30p
    05/03/19 @ 7:30p
    05/04/19 @ 1:30p
    05/04/19 @ 7:30p

    Using Thornton Wilder’s masterpiece Our Town as a point of departure, Purchase students will collaborate with visiting students from China to create a bilingual, devised piece exploring urbanization, migration, community, and belonging in China and the U.S. Over the last two decades, China has experienced the world’s largest urban migration in human history, and the division between America’s cities and rural communities seems larger than ever. Taking its title from the character “jia,” meaning “home and family” in Chinese, this student driven project will integrate moments from Our Town along with original material to explore how we find and build home in a rapidly transforming world. Performed in Mandarin and English with subtitles.

    Showcases of New Dramatic Writing

    New Plays Now (FALL)

    Make It Play (SPRING)

2018-19 Theatrical Season