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hands on a hardbody

Book by Doug Wright
Lyrics by Amanda Green
Music by Trey Anastasio & Amanda Green
REGIONAL PREMIERE Musical
September 2-21, 2014
nominated for 3 tony awards

Based on the 1997 documentary film of the same name, Hands on a Hardbody garnered three Tony Award nominations, and features a brilliant score from Amanda Green and Trey Anastasio (front man for the band Phish), along with a masterful story by Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright (I Am My Own Wife, Grey Gardens). For 10 hard-luck Texans, a new lease on life is so close they can touch it. Under a scorching sun for days on end, armed with nothing but hope, humor and ambition, they'll fight to keep at least one hand on a brand-new truck in order to win it. Inspired by true events, and infused with a "fresh roots-rock vibe," this is the hilarious, hard-fought contest where only one winner can drive away with the American dream. Featuring a catchy combination of blues, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, and country songs, Hands on a Hardbody is a peek into the lives of everyday, ordinary Americans, struggling to survive against the backdrop of a broken and beaten working middle class.


an iliad

Adapted from Homer
By Lisa Peterson & Denis O'Hare
Translation by Robert Fagles
Directed by Michael Evan Haney
REGIONAL PREMIERE
October 14-November 2, 2014

TimeOut NY declared An Iliad "pure theater: shocking, glorious, primal and deeply satisfying." With the lingering shadow of war in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, this is a breathtakingly relevant retelling of the timeless class. The ancient thrilling tales of the Trojan War and the modern world collide in this captivating theatrical experience as we explore the psychology of passion and rage. Acclaimed Cincinnati actor Bruce Cromer will play the Greek classic's famous characters from Achilles and Hector to Agammemnon—as well as the beautiful Helen of Troy—as he shares the stage with only a virtuoso musician. This lean, muscular, tour-de-force performance is filled with wit and wisdom that conjures the rage of the gods as it delves deep into mankind's unshakeable attraction to violence, destruction, and chaos.



sleeping beauty

Book by Joseph McDonough
Lyrics & music by David Kisor
december 3, 2014-january 4, 2015

For the holidays, ETC features the return of Sleeping Beauty. Romance, comedy, action, rock n' roll, and opera—this magical, musical version of Sleeping Beauty has it all! Meet Briar Rose, her overprotective parents, three wacky fairies (and a wicked one), and a dragon with an attitude as ETC's contemporary twist on the classic tale returns to our stage. From the creators of Cinderella and Snow White, this enchanted and memorable musical will delight audiences of all ages this holiday season.



The other place

By Sharr White
REGIONAL PREMIERE
january 27-february 15, 2015

Described by The New York Times as "a cagy, emotionally resonant drama packed with plot twists," this powerfully engaging piece is also a haunting and gripping psychological thriller. Dr. Juliana Smithton has it all: career, family, fame. But just as her research leads to a potential breakthrough, her life takes a disorienting turn and soon nothing is as it seems. During a lecture to colleagues at an exclusive beach resort, she glimpses an enigmatic young woman in a yellow bikini amidst the crowd of business suits. Piece by piece, a 10-year mystery unravels as she sifts through disjointed facts, half truths, and cloudy memories that lead her back to a Cape Cod cottage where a revelation awaits.



detroit '67

By Dominique Morisseau
REGIONAL PREMIERE
March 17-april 5, 2015

It's 1967 in Detroit. When their parents died, Chelle and Lank inherited their childhood home. To make ends meet the siblings host "basement parties," spinning the newest records to come out of Motown, a risky business as police crack down on after-hours joints in black neighborhoods. Always at odds, they fight over the future of the family trade. But when a mysterious white woman finds her way into their care and a string of raids increases police brutality around the city, the siblings become divided over much more than business. Suddenly, they find themselves caught in the middle of the '67 riots. Detroit '67 is a tense, entertaining portrayal of the hazards of idealism at the epicenter of a riot.



outside mullingar

By John Patrick Shanley
Directed by Ed Stern
Featuring Dale Hodges & Joneal Joplin
regional premiere
may 5-24, 2015

This is a new romantic comedy from the Pulitzer-, Oscar-, and Tony Award-winner John Patrick Shanley, writer of Doubt and Moonstruck. Anthony and Rosemary are two introverted misfits straddling 40. Anthony has spent his entire life on a cattle farm in rural Ireland, a state of affairs that—due to his painful shyness—suits him well. Rosemary lives right next door, hopelessly pining for him as the years slip away. With Anthony's father threatening to disinherit him and a land feud simmering between their families, Rosemary fears romantic catastrophe. This compassionate and delightful new work is heartbreaking, funny as hell, and how reminds us that it's never too late to take a chance on love.

 

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