Current Season

All shows are performed at 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 3pm on Sundays,

2nd Thursdays are Pay-What-You-Can Performances

The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? by Edward Albee

June 9, 10, 11 / *15, 16, 17, 18 / 23, 24, 25

Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm

*Thursday, June 15th is a Pay-What-You-Can performance which starts at 8pm

Winner of the 2002 Tony Award for Best Play
This tale of married, middle-aged architect, Martin, his wife Stevie, and their son Billy, whose lives crumble when Martin falls in love with a goat. The play focuses on the limits of an ostensibly liberal society. Through showing this family in crisis, Albee challenges audience members to question their own moral judgment of social taboo.

“THE GOAT is about a profoundly unsettling subject, the confounding, and convention-thwarting nature of love. Powerful [and] extraordinary…Mr. Albee still asks questions that no other major American dramatist dares to ask.” —NY Times. “…as challenging—and…as outrageously funny—as theater gets.” —NY Post. “…as fine a piece of theatrical art as any Edward Albee has created—and perhaps boldest of them all.” —Houston Chronicle. “The edgiest, most fervently debated Broadway play of 2002…” —Seattle Times.

Upcoming 2017-2018 Season

The Nance by Douglas Carter Beane

JOINTLY PRODUCED WITH SRO PRODUCTIONS!

September 8, 9, 10  /  14*, 15, 16, 17  /  22, 23, 24

Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm
Thursday, September 14th is Pay-What-You-Can Night which starts at 8pm

THE STORY: In the 1930s, burlesque impresarios welcomed the hilarious comics and musical parodies of vaudeville to their decidedly lowbrow niche.  A headliner called “the nance”—usually played by a straight man—was a stereotypically camp homosexual and master of comic double entendre.  THE NANCE recreates the naughty, raucous world of burlesque’s heyday and tells the backstage story of Chauncey Miles and his fellow performers.  At a time when it was easy to play gay and dangerous to be gay, Chauncey’s uproarious antics on the stage stand out in marked contrast to his offstage life.

“A heartfelt new play set in the twilight of burlesque.” —The New York Times.

“A nearly perfect work of dramatic art…” —The New Yorker.

“A heartfelt period piece about coded and censored gay life in 1930s New York…this is Beane’s finest straight (well, straight-acting) play since THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED.” —Time Out (NY).

“Douglas Carter Beane has found a way to use the campiness that is his primary theatrical color to relevant and moving effect…THE NANCE never hides its emotions behind a cloud of camp, nor does it settle for easy applause-sign trickery. (Even the political jokes are understated.)  It shows you the real pain of a real man, and makes you feel what he feels.” —Wall Street Journal.

14th Annual Playwrights & Artists Festival

November 17, 18, 19  /  24, 25, 26  (All at 8pm)

$15 per night or $25 for the entire weekend

This festival is an important part of our season.  The festival is about inspiration and interpretation. We challenge playwrights to look at our three chosen pieces of artwork and see where inspiration takes them and each of the journeys are unique.  After blind reading the plays they had to whittle those 90 down to six plays, 2 for each artwork.  And this year we are happy to bring back the element of music to the collaboration.

Now it is you, our audience, whose turn it is to come and be a part of the process.  For a playwright there is nothing better than seeing their work fleshed out onstage.  And in seeing it also receive feedback about their work.  Each night of the weekend we choose one artwork and the two plays inspired by it.  The plays are performed after which there will be a talkback that includes the playwright, the composer, the director and actors. We also like to include our artists if possible.  This makes for an exciting night of theatre.

Celtic Christmas

December 9 – 7-10pm

$50

Join us for yuletide mirth and merriment at our annual fundraising event at Atomic Tom’s on State Street!  It’s an evening of Irish music, food, drink & laughter to warm the holiday heart.

Here is just some of the fine entertainment we’ll have:
The Stoutmen
B.C. Celtic Pipe & Drums
Comedy by Gleason’s Groaners
Ample Guinness, Harp & domestic beer, wine, and sodas
Silent & Live auctions of one-of-a-kind items

True West by Sam Shepard

February 9, 10, 11  / 15*, 16, 17, 18  /  23, 24, 25

Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm
Thursday, February 15th is Pay-What-You-Can Night which starts at 8pm

Finalist 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

This American classic explores alternatives that might spring from the demented terrain of the California landscape.  Sons of a desert-dwelling alcoholic and a suburban wanderer clash over a film script.  Austin, the achiever, is working on a script he has sold to producer Sal Kimmer when Lee, a demented petty thief, drops in.  He pitches his own idea for a movie to Kimmer, who then wants Austin to junk his bleak, modern love story and write Lee’s trashy Western tale.

“True West has […] arguably become Shepard’s signature piece, the leanest, most pointed of his full-length works.” – David Krasner, A Companion to Twentieth Century American Drama.

“Shepard’s masterwork […] It tells us a truth, as glimpsed by a 37-year-old genius.” – New York Post

“It’s clear, funny, naturalistic. It’s also opaque, terrifying, surrealistic.  If that sounds contradictory, you’re on to one aspect of Shepard’s winning genius; the ability to make you think you’re watching one thing while at the same time he’s presenting another.” – San Francisco Chronicle

True West premiered at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco on July 10, 1980.

The Mercy Seat by Neil LaBute

April 13, 14, 15  /  19*, 20, 21, 22  /  27, 28, 29

Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm
Thursday, April 19th is Pay-What-You-Can Night which starts at 8pm

The world has changed overnight.  It is September 12, 2001, Ben Harcourt finds himself in the New York downtown apartment of his lover and boss, Abby Prescott.  His cell phone rings incessantly, haunting their conversation as Ben and Abby explore the choices now available to them in a world that is now completely different from the day before.  The tragedy outside uncovers the turmoil inside, that exists in them both.

KCACTF Region 1 Finalists

May 10, 11, 12, 13

KNOW’s production is the first time the best young playwrights of the northeast region of the KCACTF get to see their work performed onstage outside of academia.  Be there when it happens!

The plays will be staged at 8:00pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday with a matinee at 3:00pm on Sunday.  See all three any night for a mere $15.  On Saturday, May 12th there will be talkback with our guests, playwrights, actors, and directors.  Join us!

Tortured, Tender, and Triumphant – An Evening with Tennessee Williams

June 15, 16, 17  /  21*, 22, 23, 24  /  29, 30, July 1

Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm
Thursday, June 21st is Pay-What-You-Can Night which starts at 8pm

27 Wagons Full of Cotton
27 Wagons Full of Cotton
is a 1946 one-act that Williams referred to as “a Mississippi Delta comedy.”  In it, Jake, a middle-aged, shady cotton gin owner burns down the syndicate mill.  Silva Vicarro, the syndicate superintendent is suspicious of Jake but cannot prove it.  He seeks his revenge in the form of Jake’s wife, Flora.  Elia Kazan’s controversial 1956 film Baby Doll was based on this play.

The Pretty Trap
Derived from the final act of The Glass Menagerie, The Pretty Trap brings us to dinner with the Wingfield family and gentleman caller Jim Delaney, but with what Williams calls “a lighter treatment and a different ending.”

Interior: Panic
A stunning precursor to A Streetcar Named Desire that takes you on a different path.  Written the year before, it begins the story of Blanche and her journey.  The characters have different names, but they are all recognizable. Could Blanche find happiness?

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