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TWELVE ANGRY MEN By Reginald Rose | Directed by James Still Co-produced with Indiana Repertory Theatre October 9 - 27 1954. A teen-ager is accused of murdering his father. His fate rests with twelve jurors. “He doesn’t stand a chance,” mutters the courtroom guard. As the jurors deliberate, the impulse to quickly convict is thwarted by one holdout, who insists on a close evaluation of the evidence. Slowly, without hectoring rhetoric or even firm belief in the youth’s innocence, he argues the case for further questioning. Then gradually and in different ways, other jurors begin to change their minds, a development that fuels simmering tension and threatens volatile confrontation. Prejudices, passions, and human failings collide in a search for truth as a young man’s life hangs in the balance. A taut and absorbing drama as compelling now as when it was written.
DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Music by Alan Menken | Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice Book by Linda Woolverton | Directed by Donna Drake Choreography by Anthony Salatino | Musical Direction by Brian Cimmet Flying Effects by ZFX Inc. Co-produced with the Syracuse University Department of Drama November 22 - January 5 Be our guest for family theatre at its very best. Spectacular costumes and fantastic sets combine with beloved songs in this classic story about finding the magic in love. A wicked curse has transformed a young prince into a ghastly Beast. To break the power of this spell and return to his former self, the Beast must learn how to love and be loved. His fate is in the hands of a young woman, Belle, who must guide and teach him before he is lost forever. A tale as old as time to celebrate the holiday season.
THE WOLVES By Sarah DeLappe | Directed by Melissa Rain Anderson Co-produced with the Syracuse University Department of Drama Performed in the Storch Theatre January 22 – February 16 Enter a world you think you may know. The Wolves are a girls’ soccer team. The nine players are 16 and 17 years old. Over a series of wintry Saturdays on an AstroTurf indoor soccer field somewhere in suburban America, they perform their ritual pre-game warm-up. Between stretches and pep talks, cajoling and consoling, jokes and jibes, an eye-opening and sympathetic portrait of nine young women emerges, revealing their complexities and confusions as they grapple with issues large and small, near at hand and far away. Through precisely orchestrated cross talk, snappy overlapping dialogue, and some pretty nifty footwork, playwright Sarah DeLappe celebrates these young women as independent individuals: athletes, scholars, daughters, students, and friends. “The scary, exhilarating brightness of raw adolescence emanates from every scene of this uncannily assured first play,” wrote The New York Times.
AMADEUS By Peter Shaffer | Directed by Robert Hupp Co-produced with the Syracuse University Department of Drama March 11 - 29 Mickey Rowe (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time) returns to Syracuse Stage to take on the role of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in this contemporary favorite about artistic rivalry and suspected murder. Antonio Salieri has pledged his life to God in exchange for success as a composer. Yet the music that most captures God’s voice comes not from Salieri, but from the prodigy Mozart. Could jealousy have driven Salieri to murder this “obscene child” who is unworthy of the musical genius he possesses? On the eve of his own death, Salieri reveals his final composition: “The Death of Mozart – or, Did I Do It?” Well, did he or didn’t he? An enticing and enjoyable theatrical experience enhanced by a variety of musical events in partnership with Symphoria.
ONCE Book by Enda Walsh | Music and Lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová Based on the Motion Picture Written and Directed by John Carney Directed by Mark Cuddy | Co-produced with Geva Theatre Center April 15 – May 3 The exuberant spirit of a lively pub session (what the Irish call craic) meets an out-of-the-ordinary love story in this irresistible musical based on the beloved indie film. Guy has been busking on Dublin’s Grafton St. for too long. He’s ready to chuck his music and forget the girlfriend who relocated to New York. Girl is an émigré from the Czech Republic with a tangled personal life, a passion for music, and a belief in Guy and his songs. It’s a complicated business this love. It doesn’t always turn out as expected. Sometimes, that’s ok. Nominated for 11 Tony Awards and winner of eight, including Best Musical, “Once” is a warmly affecting show that understands the power of music to move the human heart.
YOGA PLAY By Dipika Guha | Directed by Robert Hupp May 27 – June 14 Joan has a big problem. Recently named CEO of athletic-wear giant Jojomon—think high-end brand that’s part 60s one-hit wonder and part citrus fruit—she even more recently learned that a BBC investigative team is about to expose her Bangladeshi manufacturer of lavender scented yoga pants as an exploiter of child labor. Suddenly, Jojomon’s family of customers is all atwitter with accusations of inauthenticity. Only one solution will do—find a reclusive and revered yogi to serve as a spokesman and restore the company’s all-important claim to authenticity. They find him all right. The rest is 90 minutes of side-splitting comedy. The East Coast premiere of a timely new comedy by Dipika Guha, a talent to watch who was recently awarded a Venturous Playwright Fellowship by The Lark.
Off-subscription: A Cold Read world premiere event: THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN By Keenan Scott II | Directed by Taye Diggs Choreography by Jenny Parsinen | In association with Brian Moreland and Ron Simons Associate directed by Shannon Stoeke | Co-produced with Baltimore Center Stage September 4 - 22 As the sun rises on an ordinary day in New York, seven men are about to discover the extraordinary. Directed by renowned artist Taye Diggs, and written by Keenan Scott II, one of today’s boldest new voices, Thoughts of a Colored Man blends language, music and dance into a daringly universal new play. Welcome to the vibrant inner life of being Black, proud and thriving in the 21st century. Set over a single day, this richly theatrical mosaic goes beyond the rhythms of the basketball court and the boisterousness of the barbershop. It sheds brilliant light into the hearts and minds of a community of men searching for their most triumphant selves. And what they reveal are the deeply human hopes, dreams, fears and sensitivities of all men, all people.
COLD READ: A FESTIVAL OF HOT NEW PLAYS Playwright-In-Residence Octavio Solis | Write Here Featured Author Charles Martin Curated by Kyle Bass April 1 - 5