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By MARCO RAMIREZ
Directed by MICHAEL JOHN GARCÉS
A power-packed boxing drama. The Royale is not your usual sports play. First of all, it is not really about life in the ring. Second, not a single punch will be thrown, at least not with fists. Set in 1910, deep in the midst of Jim Crow, the story is loosely based on the life of Jack Johnson, the world’s first African-American heavy weight boxing champion. The play explores one man’s struggle while reflecting a much broader one. It is also a play about a brother and his sister – his sister, who as he climbs for glory and respect, remains his greatest adversary and strongest motivation.
“Original and graceful. The Royale packs a punch!” – The New York Times
By LAUREN GUNDERSON
Directed by CASEY STANGL
A celebration of discovery, originality, and curiosity.Based on the true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, astonishing discoveries await as she maps distant stars in galaxies beyond our own. But this brilliant, headstrong pioneer must struggle for recognition in the man’s world of turn-of-the-century astronomy. During this time of immense scientific discoveries, women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. In this exquisite blend of science, history, family ties, and fragile love, a passionate young woman must map her own passage through a society determined to keep a woman in her place.
“Bottom line: Heavenly” – Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Music by JOHN KANDER | Lyrics by FRED EBB
Book by JOE MASTEROFF | Directed by SARA BRUNER
Music Director JESSE SANCHEZ | Choreographer JACLYN MILLER
Wilkommen! Bienvenue! Welcome!Cliff Bradshaw, an American author working on a novel in Berlin, encounters Sally Bowles, a talented cabaret performer, at the seedy Kit Kat Klub where she sings. When she is fired by the club’s owner, also her jealous boyfriend, she moves in with Cliff and the two fall in love. As the Nazis begin taking control of the German government, the atmosphere of the Kit Kat Klub and the lives of Cliff and Sally begin to change dramatically. At its core, Cabaret is a big, award-winning musical critique of apathy, and a chilling look at totalitarianism.
“…a masterpiece of musical theatre” – Chicago Tribune
By ATHOL FUGARD
Directed by KENT GASH
A semi-autobiographical masterwork. Athol Fugard’s “Master Harold”…and the Boys may take place in South Africa during the early years of apartheid, but its depiction of the ways in which people are capable of hurting even those they love transcends the political landscape of bigotry and oppression that inspired it. An ordinary rainy afternoon in 1950s South Africa turns into a profound and life-changing experience for young, white Harold and his beloved black servants. A stunning masterpiece, one of the most powerful coming-of-age plays ever written, and still timely, still compelling, still profoundly moving.
“…a blistering fusion of the personal and the political.” – New York Times
By MATTHEW LOPEZ
Directed by MEREDITH McDONOUGH
a co-production with Milwaukee Repertory TheaterTucson: 03/07/20 – 03/28/20
A big-hearted, FIERCE, music-filled comedy. Casey is an Elvis impersonator with everything going for him, including a flashy sequin jumpsuit. But just like that he loses his gig, rent is overdue and his wife announces a baby on the way. So when Elvis leaves the building and a drag show moves in, “The King” transforms into an all-out queen with the help of some new friends who become the second family Casey never saw coming. With snappy zingers and dance-worthy numbers, this wildly entertaining story will challenge your assumptions with extraordinary humor and depth.
“Stitch-in-your-side funny! Full of sass and good spirits.” – New York Times
By WENDY MACLEOD
Directed by SEAN DANIELS
A riotous comedy! Screw the mid-life crisis; let’s solve some crimes! Middle-aged mom Liz has a new man. And let’s face it… he’s just plain creepy. When a mysterious disappearance sets the community on edge, Liz’s best friends leap to the rescue. This is a hilarious comedy about trading in wine glasses for spy glasses when the mid-life crisis just isn’t your speed.
“The laughs in Wendy MacLeod’s play, come fast and furious…It’s all good, silly fun, directed with precise comic timing by the seasoned Sean Daniels… a new work that’s modern, lively, and loads of fun.” – Boston Globe