SWEAT By Lynn Nottage Directed by Vincent M. Lancisi October 23, 2018 - November 25, 2018
Having grown up side-by-side in small-town working-class America, best friends Tracey and Cynthia went from fun-loving schoolchildren to saloon-loving adults who work together on a steel manufacturing line. In a tight-knit community like this one, however, it takes but one fracture in its core for the breaking point of friendship to be seismically tested. Inspired by field research and first-person testimonials collected in Reading, PA, Lynn Nottage’s unflinching, intensely researched, and Pulitzer-winning slice-of-life drama, Sweat, captures the pressure cooker of NAFTA-inflicted trying times—where a lethal combination of layoffs, lockouts, and picket lines sends the Rust Belt way of life into crisis.
DICKENS'S DAVY COPPERFIELD Written and directed by Janet Stanford Music and lyrics by Tim Guillot Freely adapted from Charles Dickens’s semiautobiographical novel David Copperfield In repertory with Anatole: Mouse Magnifique Best for Ages 6+ February 16-March 31, 2019
Experience the genius of Charles Dickens through the eyes of a young boy! Follow Davy Copperfield on his childhood adventures in 19th C. England. Whether at home with his mother, at boarding school, working in a London bottling factory, or making his epic escape across the English countryside, Davy shows his resilience and determination to find a loving home.
ANATOLE: MOUSE MAGNIFIQUE In repertory with Dickens's Davy Copperfield Book & Lyrics by John Maclay and Lee Becker Music composed by Janes Valcq Directed by Tom Story Based on the books Anatole ® and Anatole the Cat ® by Eve Titus Best for Ages 4+ February 9-March 24, 2019
Meet Anatole- mouse magnifique- the best cheese-taster in all of France! In this whimsical musical adventure, Anatole and his best friend Gaston set out to save the Duval cheese factory, only to discover something much scarier than moldy Brie lurking in the tasting room. Can Anatole outsmart the hungry predator and save the factory? Join Anatole, Gaston, and a chorus of dancing cheeses to find out!
Honest, funny, and dancing with heart, Queens Girl in the World chronicles the misadventures of bright-eyed, brown-skinned Jacqueline Marie Butler, whose sudden transfer from a protective, middle class late-1950s upbringing in Queens to a progressive, predominantly-Jewish private school in Greenwich Village, adds comical confusion to her already quizzical, fish-out-of-water adolescence. Lively and poignant—and punctuated with the irresistible sound of Motown--Queens Girl in the World tags along for a young woman’s journey of self-discovery, at the onset of Civil Rights-era social change.
REPERTORY WORLD PREMIERE! with Queens Girl in Africa You can take the girl out of Queens, but, as is pitch-perfectly demonstrated in the first installments from Caleen Sinnette Jenning’s vivid, multichapter memoir, the Queens Girl is—delightfully—here to stay. Helen Hayes Award winners Dawn Ursula and Erika Rose both inject shining exuberance into the unforgettable, titular role (as well as dozens more characters) in this fresh, feel-good pair of shows about an everyday hero in our midst.