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SEPTEMBER 12 - 30
By Michael Frayn
Directed by Robert Hupp
Hailed as the “funniest farce ever written” and a “festival of delirium,” Noises Off is legendary in the annals of laughter. As a company of actors attempts to deliver a comedy onstage, playwright Frayn takes us behind the scenes where the real farce explodes. Slamming doors, wayward fish, and comic chaos delivered with impeccable precision make Noises Off the most dexterously realized comedy ever about putting on a comedy.
OCTOBER 17 - NOVEMBER 4
By Kyle Bass
Directed by Tazewell Thompson
Commissioned by the Onondaga Historical Association
Peterboro, NY, 1839. An enslaved young woman named Harriet, who has slipped away from a Syracuse hotel and the Southern family who owns her, finds temporary safety in an attic room in the home of abolitionist Gerrit Smith. Frightened and confused, she awaits her departure on the dangerous journey to Canada on the Underground Railroad, and spends an absorbing hour with the young Elizabeth Cady, fiery advocate for women’s equality. In a place where ideals meet experience and the aspirational collides with the personal, there lies the hope of awakening. A world premiere by award-winning playwright and Syracuse Stage associate artistic director Kyle Bass.
ELF THE MUSICAL
NOVEMBER 23 - JANUARY 6
Book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin
Music by Matthew Sklar
Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Directed by Donna Drake
Musical Direction by Brian Cimmet
Choreographed by Brian J. Marcum
Based on the New Line Cinema film by David Berenbaum
Co-produced with the Syracuse University Department of Drama
This holiday season channel you inner elf and join Buddy on his journey from the North Pole to New York City to find his real family. For this journey you’ll need provisions (four food groups recommended: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup), snowballs, and an ability to sing very loud (but maybe wait for the ride home). Most of all, you’ll need family and friends and a desire to spread holiday cheer. Donna Drake (The Wizard of Oz) returns to direct this delightful holiday show.
FEBRUARY 13 - MARCH 3
By Karen Zacarías
Directed by Melissa Crespo Co-produced with Geva Theatre Center
Enjoy a light-hearted look at what ails us in this witty and spot-on new comedy. Take a semi-retired Washington bureaucrat and his defense contractor wife, a young Chilean lawyer and his doctoral student wife, set them cheek by jowl in a border dispute over a couple of feet of property in a Georgetown backyard, and let the laughter begin. Privilege, prejudice, and yes, a border dispute all get an equitable skewering in this punchy and playful show. The road to recovering our shared sense of decency might just begin with laughter. A winner of the National Latino Playwriting Award, Karen Zacarías is among the most produced playwrights in the nation. This satirical gem shows us why.
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
MARCH 20 - APRIL 7
Written by Kate Hamill
Directed by Jason O’Connell
In the age of The Crown and Victoria, we go back to the Anglophile source with Kate Hamill’s playful adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic romance, Pride and Prejudice. The outspoken Elizabeth Bennet faces mounting pressure from her status-conscious mother to secure a suitable marriage. But is marriage suitable for a woman of Elizabeth’s intelligence and independence? Especially when the irritating, aloof, self-involved… tall, vaguely handsome, mildly amusing, and impossibly aristocratic Mr. Darcy keeps popping up at every turn? What? Why are you looking at us like that? Literature’s greatest tale of latent love has never felt so theatrical, or so full of life than it does in this effervescent new adaptation. Hey, Jane Austen could show these upstart hipsters a thing or two.
APRIL 24 - MAY 12
By Stephen Karam
Directed by Mark Cuddy
Co-produced with Geva Theatre Center
Critically acclaimed winner of the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play, The Humans offers a compelling look at a slice of contemporary life as seen through a family Thanksgiving celebration. The Blakes of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Eric and Deirdre, have come to Chinatown to spend the holiday with their adult daughters, Aimee and Brigid. Along for the celebration are Momo, Eric’s mother teetering in and out of consciousness, and Richard, Brigid’s boyfriend. Of course, they eat turkey, but when they talk turkey, it really gets interesting. A blisteringly funny and poignant play about people we might know and people we could be.
MARCH 7 -10
A festival of hot new plays curated by Kyle Bass.
Featuring playwright Larissa FastHorse.