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OFF-CENTER PRODUCTION

Failure, A Love Story

by Phillip Dawkins

July 12, 13, & 14 @ 8:00 pm

By the end of 1928, all three Fail sisters will be dead: expiring in reverse order, youngest to oldest, from blunt object to the head, disappearance, and finally consumption. Tuneful songs, and a whimsical chorus follow the story of Nelly, Jenny June, and Gerty as they live out their lives above the family clock repair shop near the Chicago River, before their time unexpectedly runs out. A magical, musical fable where, in the end, the power of love is far greater than any individual's successes or failures.

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REGIONAL PREMIERE MUSICAL

Fly By Night

conceived by Kim Rosenstock
by Kim Rosenstock, Will Connolly, & Michael Mitnick

September 1–29, 2018

An enchanting, darkly comic rock-fable musical.

A gypsy prophecy propels melancholy sandwich-maker Harold and two bewitching sisters through a star-crossed journey of love and connection. Featuring a catchy score and inventive story-telling, this sweeping ode to young love culminates during the Northeast blackout of 1965 and is a tale about finding light in a world beset by darkness.

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FAMILY-FRIENDLY MUSICAL

Alice in Wonderland

book by Joseph McDonough | music & lyrics by David Kisor

November 28–December 30, 2018

Join the ever-curious Alice and her bubbly friends for an unforgettable tea party!

Based on the beloved, imaginative tale by Lewis Carroll, this modern retelling is the toe-tapping story of a lost girl, a cool cat, a wild hare, and the original “dancing queen.” Written by creative team Joseph McDonough and David Kisor and featuring an updated score and exuberant colorful costumes, this beloved musical will delight audiences of all ages this holiday season.

Content advisory: This production is suitable for all audiences.

Approximate running time is 2 hours, including one intermission.

 
REGIONAL PREMIERE COMEDY

Ripcord

by David Lindsay-Abaire

January 19–February 16, 2019

A deliciously inappropriate comedy of daring one-upmanship

A sunny room on an upper floor is prime real estate at Bristol Senior Living Facility, so when cantankerous Abby is forced to share her quarters with happy-go-lucky Marilyn, she has no choice but to get rid of the infuriatingly chipper woman … by any means necessary. A seemingly harmless bet quickly escalates into a high-flying, dangerous game. This soaring new comedy tugs at our heartstrings as the women discover what is truly worth fighting for.

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REGIONAL PREMIERE COMEDY

A Doll's House, Part 2

by Lucas Hnath

March 2–30, 2019

A bold, bitingly funny (and completely unauthorized) sequel to one of the most groundbreaking plays ever written.

Nora famously slammed the door on her marriage, leaving her family behind in Ibsen’s 1879 revolutionary classic, but what happened to the iconic heroine next? This audacious sequel imagines her 15 years later as a changed woman. Universally acclaimed on Broadway, this smart, sophisticated comedy crackles with razor-sharp humor that speaks directly to today’s audiences, giving new voice to its predecessor’s themes of marriage, fidelity, and personal independence.

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REGIONAL PREMIERE DRAMA

Skeleton Crew

by Dominique Morisseau

April 13–May 11, 2019

A makeshift family of auto workers navigates a high-stakes power-play in this searing new drama.

Times are tough in 2008 Detroit as a hundred-year-old industry grinds to a halt. As rumors fly about factory closings, a tight-knit trio of autoworkers face tough decisions about the future, while their foreman weighs the demands of white-collar management status against his fierce loyalty to his team. From the playwright of Detroit ‘67 comes a powerful and compelling portrait of courage and camaraderie in blue-collar America.

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REGIONAL PREMIERE DRAMA

The Wolves

by Sarah DeLappe

June 1–29, 2019

For this pack of elite teenage female athletes, intensity is not a perfume label.

Drive. Ambition. Endurance. Precision. We’re not talking about any high school girls’ soccer team; we’re talking about a pack of female warriors, determined to win. Infused with the raw jagged energy of youth, The Wolves offers a refreshingly complex depiction of girls navigating friendships, growing up, confronting the future—and trying to score a few goals. Immediate and timely, this ferociously contemporary coming-of-age drama explores the aggression and teamwork of sports and adolescence with an unflinching and compassionate eye. A 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist, Sarah DeLappe’s widely-acclaimed firecracker of a debut is a fierce and unexpected play that has been taking the theater world by storm with its powerful reflection on society, sex, and soccer.

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