By Ayad Akhtar
Directed by Michael Arabian
October 20 - November 13, 2016 on the Lyceum Stage
Pulitzer Prize Winner!
Amir Kapoor is ignoring his Muslim heritage so he can live the American Dream – with a beautiful wife, an amazing New York apartment and a lucrative career practicing law that is headed for the stars. When Amir and his artist wife host a casual dinner party for his African-American co-worker and her Jewish husband, the things one is not supposed to talk about at dinner are suddenly at the center of the dinner conversation. The evening quickly erupts into a fiery debate over race, religion and class in the modern world. Everything that Amir has achieved - including his proudly built new identity - is suddenly turned upside down in a way no one could have imagined.
This Pulitzer Prize winner is the most produced contemporary play in American Theatre today. Fearlessly investigating the 21st century clash between American culture and the Islamic faith, this dramatic story needs to be witnessed by anyone who cares about theatre. After opening to rave reviews on Broadway and in London, “Disgraced” has become a national hit that ignites audiences with an experience you will never forget.
The Dybbuk for Hannah and Sam's Wedding
Written & Directed By Todd Salovey
Based on the play by S. Ansky
Original Music Written & Performed by Yale Strom
Starring Ron Campbell
November 23 - December 18, 2016 in the Lyceum Space
Hannah and Sam are getting married and you are invited! As Klezmer legend Yale Strom and friends play live original music, Uncle Jerry stands to offer a very special toast for the bride and groom. Moved by the spirit of the moment, and the spirits he has consumed, Jerry’s toast is a tour de force one man performance of the most celebrated play in Yiddish literature, S. Ansky’s The Dybbuk.
Nationally renowned master actor and clown Ron Campbell (R. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY (and Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE) plays all 21 characters in this “Dybbuk.” The mystical story centers on a broken vow that results in a wandering spirit taking possession of a bride on her wedding day. Boundaries between the natural and supernatural worlds dissolve in this tale of powerful young love and spiritual possession.
You will find yourself in the spell of a Yiddish classic that is a humorous and horrific folk tale of wondrous meaning.
Our Great Tchaikovsky
Written & Performed By Hershey Felder
Directed by Trevor Hay
Dramaturgy by Meghan Maiya
January 12 - February 12, 2017 on the Lyceum Stage
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is Russia’s most famous composer and one of the greatest composers of all time. From his beautiful lilting melodies for the ballets Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker; to his magnificent instrumental craftsmanship of the Violin Concerto, Piano Concerto no. 1, and Rococo Variations for Cello; to the eternally popular and celebratory1812 Overture and Marche Slav; to the intensely revelatory opera Eugene Onegin; to the ferociously brilliant expression of his symphonic works; to the question of his final enigma, the Symphony no. 6, Pathétique. “Let them guess what it means…” he said. Nine days after he conducted that symphony's premiere in St. Petersburg as a healthy man, at the age of 53, the great composer was dead, and to this day, how and why, is still a mystery.
The extraordinary musical talent Hershey Felder will take us on a brand new journey from present day Putin’s Russia—where Tchaikovsky is a hero—back in time to Czarist Russia, where that was not entirely the case. Our Great Tchaikovsky is a world premiere time-bending story of culture and politics that explores the mystery around some of the greatest music ever composed.
Sex with Strangers
By Laura Eason
Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg
February 23 - March 19, 2017 in the Lyceum Space
Contemporary Hit Comedy!
Olivia is an attractive, talented and under-appreciated mid-career writer just one big step away from success. Ethan is a hot young writer whose online journals about his "sexcapades" with strangers have become the buzz of the blogosphere. When these two are unexpectedly trapped in a secluded cabin during a winter storm, opposites attract. The chemistry is hot and the sex electric. A one-night-stand turns into dating and dating into something much more complicated. As their literary futures become intimately intertwined, both writers confront who they are, what they really want and how much they are willing to change to get it.
Playwright Laura Eason is a staff writer for the Netflix series “House of Cards.” Her sensuous and provocative comedy about fame, cyber identity, and the desire for intimacy and respect is a break-out hit that has gotten rave reviews all over the country. Eason seductively explores the timely question: what transpires when our online and offline identities intersect and our private lives become public domain?
Advisory: Sex with Strangers contains strong adult language and two characters with intense physical chemistry.
Into the Beautiful North
By Karen Zacarias
Directed by Sam Woodhouse
March 30 - April 23, 2017 on the Lyceum Stage
National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere!
All the men of the sleepy Mexican village of Tres Camarones have left town in search of fortune in the USA. Bandidos are threatening to take over the defenseless town. One night, 19 year old Nayeli watches “The Magnificent Seven” at the local cinema and has a flash of inspiration. She grabs her goth best friend Vampi and her gay confidant Tacho, and sets out on a quest of epic proportions – to find men in the U.S.A. and smuggle them back across the border to repopulate and protect her beloved town! And so begins a 1,000 mile road trip from the Pacific Coast of Mexico through the colorful streets of Tijuana to the climactic scene at the Bahia Hotel in Mission Bay, San Diego.
Playwright Karen Zacarías—who herself was born in Mexico and immigrated north as a young girl—has crafted this national bestselling novel into a fast-paced comical tale full of colorful characters that surprise and delight. Seen through the eyes of a daring young woman, “Into the Beautiful North” is a funny and heartwarming look at the dreams shared on both sides of the border.