All shows are performed at 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 3pm on Sundays,
2nd Thursdays are Pay-What-You-Can Performances
ANNOUNCING KNOW THEATRE’S 2019-2020 SEASON
Man of La Mancha Book by Dale Wasserman, Music by Mitch Leigh, Lyrics by Joe Darion
September 13, 14, 15 / 19*, 20, 21, 22 / 27, 28, 29
Man of La Mancha is one of the world’s most popular musicals. Inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ seventeenth-century masterwork Don Quixote and set during the Spanish Inquisition, the original 1965 production won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
Cervantes is in prison awaiting trial. He and his fellow prisoners perform a play-within-a-play, telling the story of the elderly Alonso Quijana, who renames himself Don Quixote and goes on a quest to right all wrongs in the world.
16th Annual Playwrights & Artists Festival
November 22, 23, 24 / 29, 30, Dec 1 (All at 8pm)
$15 per night or $25 for the entire weekend.
This festival is an important part of our season. It is about inspiration and interpretation. We challenge playwrights to look at our three chosen pieces of art and see where inspiration takes them and each of the journeys are unique. After blind reading the plays we whittle those 60+ submissions down to six plays, two for each artwork. And this year we are happy to bring back the element of music to the collaboration, coordinated by Strange Fangs Song Factory (www.strangefangs.com).
Then 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, perform the two plays, and hear the music inspired by it. Afterwards there is 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 theater.
Tickets are $15 per night or you can purchase a weekend pass for $25 and get to see all 6 plays.
There are NO reserved seats for these performances as seating is general admission. Tickets can be purchased at the door only.
KNOW Theatre’s Celtic Christmas
December 14, 2019 (7 – 10pm)
Tickets—$50 – only 150 available, PRESOLD ONLY
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:
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
Tickets are $50 and are presale only – no tickets will be sold at the door. And there are only 150 of them so get yours now! Call 607-724-4341 or visit www.knowtheatre.org for tickets!
Killer Joe by Tracy Letts
February 14, 15, 16 / 20* 21, 22, 23 / 28, 29, & March 1
This exciting first play by the author of August: Osage County premiered at Chicago’s
Steppenwolf Theatre before going on to acclaimed productions in London and New York. Hired by the dissolute Smith family to murder the matriarch for insurance money, Killer Joe takes the daughter to bed as a retainer against his final payoff, which sets in motion a bloody aftermath as the “hit man” meets his match.
“Set in Dallas, Killer Joe revels in its white trash stereotypes, and gives you permission to do the same; it’s pulp fiction which has it both ways, deriving humor from dirty realism. It’s slick, it’s well constructed, it knows exactly where it’s going.” — New York Daily News
Gidion’s Knot by Johnna Adams
April 10, 11, 12 / 16*, 17, 18, 19 / 24, 25, 26
Over the course of a parent/teacher conference, a grieving mother and an emotionally
overwhelmed primary school teacher have a fraught conversation about the mother’s son. Gidion may have been bullied severely — or he may have been an abuser. As his story is slowly uncovered, the women try to come to terms with excruciating feelings of their own culpability.
“…[A] particularly eloquent study of people caught between the competing demands of reason, morality and family… harrowing… a narrative that is as elegant as it is chilling.”
“[H]eart-stopping… the show has pathos and suspense in bucketloads…. Within a lean 80 minutes, the show raises profound questions about parenting and education and documents the gut-wrenching force of maternal loyalty.” — Washingtonian
“GIDION’S KNOT is as sad as life itself, and as funny and startling as well… a beautiful, disturbing story.” — DCTheatreScene.com
Agnes of God by John Pielmeier
June 12, 13, 14 / 18*, 19, 20, 21 / 26, 27, 28
Summoned to a convent, Dr. Martha Livingstone, a court-appointed psychiatrist, is charged with assessing the sanity of a novice accused of murdering her newborn. Miriam Ruth, the Mother Superior, determinedly keeps young Agnes from the doctor, further arousing Livingstone’s suspicions. Who killed the infant, and who fathered the tiny victim? Livingstone’s questions force all three women to re-examine the meaning of faith and the power of love, leading to a dramatic, compelling climax. A hit on Broadway and later on film.
“Riveting, powerful, electrifying drama… the dialogue crackles.” — New York Daily News
“Unquestionably blindingly theatrical… cleverly executed blood and guts evening in the theatre.” — New York Post
15th Annual Playwrights and Artists Festival
Call for Artists!
It is that time of year again. We have chosen our artwork for the 2019 Playwrights and Artists Festival. We, as always, extend first look to those who have submitted to our festival in years previous.
Last season we introduced 3 prizes to out festival. We will be continuing that new tradition this season.
$300 for Best of Festival.
$200 for Artistic Merit.
$100 for Audience Favorite.
The artwork will follow a refresher on the rules.
1. The play must be inspired by one of the works of art below.
2. The play must be written between the dates June 1, and July 31, 2019.
3. The play length needs to be between 15 – 20 minutes
4. Cast size maximum, 5 characters. Set should be implied.
5. Plays submitted MUST be a complete play and must include a beginning, middle and an end and contain a conflict. Our judges will be adhering to strict parameters during the adjudication process.
6. Playwrights may only submit one play for the festival.
7. The playwright would need to attend at least one of the two weekend performances (which take place in November). In person is preferred but we have in the past skyped with playwrights. As our festival is starting to reach a greater number people in wider locations we feel that we must take this into consideration. We always hope our playwrights can attend in person and feel the energy and excitement of having their work performed onstage for the first time but we understand that sometimes this is not logistically possible.
8. Plays must be submitted by midnight of July 31, 2019. This submission must include 2 copies of your play, one “blind” version without name but including which artwork you were inspired by and one with a full title page. They must be submitted to email@example.com. Please use the title of your work in the file name and whether it is the blind or named copy. This makes it easier on the person coordinating the files and sending them on to the adjudicators. We receive many plays and don’t want anything to get lost in the mix.
There are no exceptions to these rules. We love the idea of fresh work based on the inspiration of our chosen art. We choose our artworks carefully. We love to see where it takes our playwrights. Each piece of art has infinite possibilities of inspiration. We wish all good luck writing and can’t wait to see the results.
“Folded” by Audrey Higginsow
Traces – Mud Room JW Johnston
“Someday My Prints Will Come” – Tom Haines