Season Show (Closed)
By George Orwell
Adapted for the stage by Michael Gene Sullivan
Directed by Chris Wooley
September 7-23, 2018
Based on the iconic novel by George Orwell, 1984 brings us the story of Winston Smith, a cog in the giant machine state of Oceania. Physically and mentally under the omnipresent eye of Big Brother, Winston has been caught struggling for scraps of love and freedom in a world awash with distrust and violence. With the brutal “help” of four Party Members, Winston is forced to confess his Thoughtcrimes before an unseen inquisitor, and the audience — which acts as a silent witness to his torture. A ferocious and provocative adaptation of one of the most prescient works of literature of the last century.
Suitable for mature audiences only!
CLOSING IT UP
October 11-21, 2018
Written by Stage Left resident playwright Molly Allen
Directed by Heather McHenry-Kroetch
A World Premiere by Stage Left’s Playwright in Residence, Molly Allen.
Discover the delights of family dynamics in this humorous evening of entertainment.
Playwright Festival (Closed)
October 26-28, 2018
Original 10-minute plays from playwrights around the world.
Season Show (Closed)
Written by Sean Devine
Directed by Chris Hansen
November 16 – December 2, 2018
The Long Christmas Ride Home
Written by Paula Vogel
Directed by Susan Hardie
December 13-23, 2018
This hauntingly beautiful play follows a family of five through their emotional Christmas day and more. Their story is told with the help of Japanese style Bunraku puppet theatre performances and corresponding live music, giving the play a magical quality. This journey explores cultures, religions, genders, values, life and death as the family travels to church and grandparent’s home for the holiday.
…“one of the most absorbing evenings of theatre to come along in some time.” – Variety
Season Show (Closed)
The Controversy of Valladolid
by Jean-Claude Carrière, English version by Richard Nelson
Directed by Maynard Villers
January 11-27, 2019
written by Marina Carr
Directed by Rebecca McNeill
February 22 – March 10, 2019
Troy has fallen. It’s the end of war and the beginning of something else. Something worse. As the cries die down after the final battle, there are reckonings to be made. Humiliated by her defeat and imprisoned by the charismatic victor Agamemnon, the great queen Hecuba must wash the blood of her buried sons from her hands and lead her daughters forward into a world they no longer recognize. Agamemnon has slaughtered his own daughter to win this war. But now another sacrifice is demanded…In a world where human instinct has been ravaged by violence, is everything as it seems in the hearts of the winners and those they have defeated?
Fast and Furious
March 15-17, 2019
36 original 1-minute plays from playwrights around the world.
A Bright Room Called Day
written by Tony Kushner
Directed by Lindsay Teter
March 29 – April 14, 2019
“Tony Kushner’s A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY … is unabashedly political, thought-provoking, a little scary, and frequently a good deal of theatrical fun … BRIGHT ROOM is … an examination of Nazi Germany in an attempt to shed insight on our own time. It’s brash, audacious, and, depending on your politics, anything from infuriatingly naïve to intoxicatingly visionary. In its 1932-33 span, it tells of a group of Berlin artists and friends, with varying degrees of communist leanings, and of the changes in their lives as democracy falls and Adolph Hitler takes over.” —Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune
“It’s fun to see a show this engaged. This passionate and ready to talk. Wild, uneven, pugnacious, ragged, committed, smart, dumb, satirical, and utterly serious … Always dramatically and intellectually forceful. And most important, always passionately committed. More than a diatribe against Reagan or a falling-into-the-Nazi-abyss history play, A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY is an assertion of the need for commitment.” —Anthony Adler, The Reader
April 27, 2019
24-hour Playwrighting, Rehearsing and Performance. One Day Only!
May 9-12, 2019
First-graders write the plays, college students direct and perform them!
Book and Lyrics by Jon Hartmere
Book and Music by Damon Intrabartolo
Directed by Troy Nickerson
May 24 – June 16, 2019
A pulsating, electric contemporary rock opera, bare follows a group of students at a Catholic boarding school as they grapple with issues of sexuality, identity, and the future. As the group attempts to put up a production of Romeo and Juliet, tension flares, self-doubt simmers, and God’s path seems more difficult to find than ever. With heart-pounding lyrics and a cast of bright young characters, bare is a provocative, fresh, and utterly honest look at the dangers of baring your soul, and the consequences of continuing to hide.