Gala 2016

Wednesday, December 31, 1969
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Gala 2016

Wednesday, December 31, 1969
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Cry For Peace: Voices From The Congo

September 14 - September 23, 2012

A World premiere presented by Syracuse Stage and Syracuse University, in association with Ping Chong + Company and the Congolese Community of Syracuse

Based on in-depth interviews, Cry for Peace: Voices from the Congo brings to the stage five real people, including survivors and refugees from the recent Congolese civil war.

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Moby Dick

October 10 - November 4, 2012

Adapted for the stage by Julian Rad
from the book by Herman Melville

Lyrics adapted from the traditional by Julian Rad
Directed by Peter Amster

Alive with a soundscape of 18 authentic sea shanties and performed by an ensemble of nine, this highly physical adaption cuts to the core of Melville's searing narrative and plays with the fury of a Nantucket sleigh ride.

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White Christmas

November 23 - December 30, 2012

Based on the Paramount Pictures film
Music & Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Book by Paul Blake & David Ives
Directed by Paul Barnes
Musical Direction by Christopher Drobny
Choreography by David Wanstreet

Two successful showmen join forces to help out their old army commander. Along the way they find, lose, and find romance, have plenty of laughs, and demonstrate what it means to be loyal. Winter may not deliver a White Christmas, but director Paul Barnes and a talented cast sure will.

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Two Trains Running

January 30 - February 17, 2013

Written by August Wilson
Directed by Timothy Bond

Timothy Bond’s previous Syracuse productions from August Wilson’s 20th Century Cycle (Radio Golf, Fences, and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) prove that this two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright is indeed the voice of a century. His dialogue soars with the music and power of operatic arias and his characters inspire great performances.

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Good People

April 24 - May 12, 2013

Written by David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Laura Kepley

Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole) returns to his hometown of South Boston and captures the tangy rhythms and sharp humor of the old neighborhood for an edgy take on the state of current affairs in this 2011 Tony-nominated play.

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An Iliad

May 15 - June 9, 2013

Adapted from Homer by Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare
Translation by Robert Fagles
Directed by Penny Metropulos

This remarkable interpretation of Homer’s account of The Trojan War vivifies the tale’s epic power while capturing the immediacy of a story told around an open fire.

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Blithe Spirit

September 18 - October 6, 2013

By Noel Coward
Directed by Michael Barakiva

The funniest ghost story ever written. Novelist Charles Condomine enlists Madame Arcati, one of the most delightfully eccentric characters you will ever meet, to hold a séance at his home hoping to raise some ideas for a new book. Instead, she raises the ghost of his former wife, Elvira, who is determined to wreak havoc (and succeeds) on Charles’ current marriage to Ruth.


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October 23 - November 10, 2013

By Wajdi Mouawad
Translated by Linda Gaboriau
Directed by Marcela Lorca

An epic mystery that has captivated and stunned audiences around the globe. After their mother’s death, twins Janine and Simon, guided by letters the mother has left each, travel to the Middle East to untangle family roots entwined in a war ravaged past. A play of raw power and poetic resonance, the Syracuse Stage production marks the return of director Marcela Lorca (Caroline, or Change).

Runtime is approximately 2 hours, 45 minutes with one intermission.

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A Christmas Carol

November 23 - December 29, 2013

By Charles Dickens
Adapted by Romulus Linney
Directed by Peter Amster

The beloved family classic returns to Central New York after a seven year absence in an adaptation new to Syracuse audiences. “I was amazed not only at its beauty and durability, but its blazing theatricality,” playwright Romulus Linney once noted of Dickens’ most famous Christmas story. “It is part Hamlet, in its devastating revelations by fantastic ghosts, part Everyman, in its sure progression toward spiritual salvation, and part Charlie Chaplin, in its fun and overflowing good spirits.”

Patrons: please bring a non-perishable food item to benefit the pantry at Grace Episcopal Church.

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The Whipping Man

January 29 - February 16, 2014

By Matthew Lopez
Directed by Timothy Bond

Richmond, April, 1865. The Civil War has ended and Caleb DeLeon, a badly wounded Confederate soldier, stumbles into the ruin of what was once his home. His family has fled the City’s destruction leaving two former slaves, Simon and John, to wait and watch. Together they care for the wounded Caleb, and having adopted the religion of their former owners, celebrate Passover. A mesmerizing drama where secrets are revealed and the plot twists and turns. Since opening off-Broadway to critical acclaim and winning the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play, The Whipping Man has become one of the most produced plays in the country.

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February 26 - March 16, 2014

By David Henry Hwang
Directed by May Adrales

A hilarious new comedy about the misadventures of miscommunication. An American businessman arrives in a bustling Chinese province looking to score a lucrative contract, but the deal isn’t the only thing lost in translation as he tangles with a government official, a bumbling consultant, and a surprisingly sexy bureaucrat. Time magazine named Chinglish one of the best plays of 2011.

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The Glass Menagerie

April 2 - April 27, 2014

By Tennessee Williams
Directed by Timothy Bond

Drawn from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tennessee Williams’ life, this moving play explores the illusory nature of dreams and the fragility of hope. Abandoned by the father of her children, Amanda is obsessed with finding a suitor for her shy and vulnerable daughter, Laura. Tom, the restless and sensitive son who narrates the story, eases his frustrations with nighttime escapes to the movies. At Amanda’s urgings, Tom asks a co-worker to dinner. Can this “gentleman caller” offer any light to these bruised souls clinging to the tattered edges of lost dreams and faded hopes?

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Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike

September 24 - October 12, 2014

2013 Tony Award-Winning Comedy! A dysfunctional family’s reunion you won’t soon forget. This raucous comedy smashes together Chekhov’s classic themes of loss and longing with really impressive abs, Disney’s Snow White, and a prophetic housekeeper. Sonia and Vanya have frittered their lives away in the family farmhouse. Enter their sister, self-absorbed movie star Masha, with her 20-something boy toy Spike, and the stage is set for a weekend of hilarity.

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The Piano Lesson

October 22 - November 9, 2014

Haunted and haunting. August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece. The past threatens to pull apart brother and sister. Bernice treasures a one-of-a-kind piano, an heirloom with carved figures of their enslaved ancestors. Boy Willie suddenly arrives from the South determined to sell the piano and buy the land his family worked on. When the ghost of the piano’s original owner appears, family conflicts escalate to a dramatic confrontation. With lyrical language rolling from the rowdy to the tender, this is one of Wilson’s finest.


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November 28, 2014 - January 4, 2015

The hit Broadway musical piled bouffant high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs. Bubbling with joy and 60s era music and dance, Hairspray delights with the pleasures of a classic American musical. Tracy Turnblad is a teen whose life revolves around dancing on the Corny Collins TV show. Who knew that a teenybopper TV show could be a catalyst for integration? You can’t stop the beat, and truth be told, you won’t want to once the all-singing and dancing cast takes the stage.

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In the Next Room...

January 28 - February 15, 2015

"A sexy must-see" - Green Room Reviews

"sweetly tender play" - CNY Cafe Momus

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"leave you laughing" - Green Room Reviews 

In the Next Room, or the vibrator play is a fresh and funny new play about love, sex and marriage in the 19th century. It’s the 1880s and electricity is all the rage. In a quiet home office, a doctor experiments with a new instrument for treating “hysteria.” The device? A vibrator. In this genuinely touching, original, and wickedly funny play, Sarah Ruhl (The Clean House) explores relationships and sexual fulfillment while managing to stay discreetly beneath the crisp white sheets of Victorian propriety.

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Sizwe Banzi is Dead

February 25 - March 15, 2015

Intensely funny and poignant South African classic exploring freedom and identity. In this intensely funny and poignant drama exploring the universal struggle for human dignity, a black man in apartheid-era South Africa tries to overcome oppressive work regulations to support his family. Co-creator John Kani performed in the original production and won the 1975 Tony Award for Best Actor. Now, 40 years later, Kani directs his son, Atandwa Kani, in this new international production.

"Drives home its message with humor and sensitivity." - CNY Cafe Momus 
"One of the most beautifully crafted plays I have seen." -
"An intensely moving experience" - Green Room Reviews
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Other Desert Cities

April 8 - April 26, 2015

Riveting seriocomedy by the creator of TV’s hit drama Brothers & SistersAre there secrets that should always be kept? In this smart, sharply funny, and sensitive contemporary play, Jon Robin Baitz folds art, politics, and family secrets into a tumultuous drama that pits a liberal middle-aged writer against her conservative parents. Who owns a family’s history? There are no easy answers in this 2012 Pulitzer Prize-nominated play where certainty shifts like sand dunes in the wind.

“Smart, juicy, gorgeously written.”—Newsday

“Richly enjoyable new play for grown-ups.”—The New York Times

"Emotionally Stirring ... Powerful ... Satisfying" - The Oregonian


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Steve Martin's The Underpants

October 21 - November 8, 2015

A guffaw inducing comedy from the wild and crazy mind of the incomparable Steve Martin. Dusseldorf, 1910. A very public wardrobe malfunction (a young woman’s underpants fall down at a parade—for the King!) becomes the talk of the town in this ribald update of an uproarious German farce. (Yes, there is such a thing.) Chock-full of sexual innuendo, verbal jousting, and non-stop laughter, The Underpants skewers the absurdity of instant fame. Das ist funny! Bill Fennelly (Hairspray, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) directs.

"A theatre full of out-and-out laughter." -

"Perfect marriage of physical comedy and rapid-fire witticism." - CNY Cafe Momus

"Just plain fun." - Green Room Reviews

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Peter Pan

November 28, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Journey to Neverland in the high-flying family musical Peter Pan. "All children grow up, except one.” So begins the magical adventure that has been delighting youngsters (and oldsters) for more than 100 years. With such songs as “I'm Flying”, “I Won't Grow Up”, and “Never Never Land”, Peter Pan delivers a musical and adventurous treat for the holiday season. Paul Barnes (Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, The Miracle Worker) directs with choreography by Anthony Salatino.

"It's just simply stunning."  -

"The perfect show for everybody."New York Theatre Guide

"Combines high thrill with magic and wonder."The NewsHouse

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The Santaland Diaries

December 9, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Back by popular demand: David Sedaris’ perfect antidote to holiday madness. For those who like a little jeer with their Christmas cheer, The Santaland Diaries offers Crumpet, a 33-year-old starving artist turned Macy’s elf. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but who would know it from the bad Santas, naughty elves, cranky kids, and pushy parents who test Crumpet’s last elfin nerve. With sardonic wit, Sedaris takes us all playfully to task for plunging into the Christmas $pirit while missing the point. For mature elves only.

"Merrily subversive.” – NY Newsday

“Priceless observations. Outrageous.” – The New York Times

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Stupid F***ing Bird

January 20 - February 7, 2016

A ripe mash-up of mock and awe marks this irreverent, contemporary, and very funny remix of Chekhov’s The Seagull. Award-winning playwright Aaron Posner wages a timeless battle between young and old, past and present, in search of the true meaning of it all. An aspiring young director rampages against the art created by his mother’s generation. A nubile young actress wrestles with an aging Hollywood star for the affections of a renowned novelist. And everyone discovers just how disappointing love, art, and growing up can be. A huge hit for D.C.’s Woolly Mammoth Theatre where it has been revived twice and performed to sold-out houses.

"Refreshing and real...Not to be Missed." - NY Theatre Guide

Stellar performances.” - Syracuse New Times

"Gloriously neurotic, hilariously self-aware.” - Metro Weekly

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To Kill a Mockingbird

February 24 - March 26, 2016

Harper Lee’s classic American story of courage and justice. In a small Alabama town, a black man, Tom Robinson, stands falsely accused of raping a white woman. Many townspeople would see him condemned, but attorney Atticus Finch defends Tom and demands justice. Through the trial, Atticus’ children Scout and Jem and their friend Dill come face to face with realty of racism in their small town. Dr. Martin Luther King reminds us, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” This inspiring truth underlies To Kill a Mockingbird.

A triumph for Syracuse Stage.” -

"Murphey is exceptional as Atticus Finch." - NY Theatre Guide

“Enchanting, heartfelt.” – Daily Express

“Stirring and timely.” – Chicago Reader

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The Christians

April 6 - April 24, 2016

Do you have the courage to change your heart? Pastor Paul is much-loved and much-respected, but he has a difficult sermon to deliver. What will be the impact of his words on his loyal congregation? What consequences for his family? For himself? Playwright-to-watch Lucas Hnath invites people of all faiths and beliefs, to engage in a conversation about the seemingly insurmountable distance between us. Set in a contemporary church and performed as Sunday service with sermons, scripture, and a full choir, The Christians has quickly become one of the most talked about new plays in the country.

“An extraordinary achievement.”

“Riveting in its thematic accomplishments.”

“One need not be a believer to find the performances compelling.”

"The rhythm is contagious." - Syracuse New Times

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Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

May 11 - May 29, 2016

A madcap comedy spoof of Sherlock Holmes’ most famous case. Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) turns Arthur Conan Doyle’s frightening tale into fast-paced, murderously delightful, comedy thriller as five actors take on a multitude of roles, including the famous sleuth and Dr. Watson. Like The 39 Steps (2010) only with a lot more howling!

"Uproarious comedy." – NY Theatre Guide

"Virtually drips with the mystery of the moors of southern England."

"Posh visuals...the costumes here are MGM-level." - Syracuse New Times

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Gala 2016

Friday, June 10, 2016

Gala 2016 features musical guest Madeleine Peyroux. The Gala event begins at 6:00 p.m. with concert at 9:00 p.m.

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Great Expectations

October 19 - November 6, 2016

Experience Charles Dickens’ great novel in one energetic and sweeping evening of theatre as six actors create an atmospheric Victorian world in this fast-paced classic coming-of-age adventure. 


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Mary Poppins

November 26, 2016 - January 8, 2017

Fun for the whole family with the irrepressible Mary Poppins, the loveable chimney sweep Bert, the Banks family, and many more delightful characters in this enchanting mix of heart-warming story, unforgettable music, breathtaking dance, and astonishing stage magic.

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January 25 - February 12, 2017

A timely and taut (90 minute) drama that creates urgent connections between the stage and the world outside our doors. Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize.

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Ain't Misbehavin'

March 1 - March 26, 2017

The sparkling and sassy nightlife of a 1930s Uptown jazz club comes to life with 29 beloved songs in this fun-filled celebration of the legendary Fats Waller.

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How I Learned to Drive

April 5 - April 23, 2017

A deeply compassionate look at how we are shaped by the people who hurt us, this Pulitzer Prize-winning play masterfully veers in and out of personal memory and deftly traverses comedy, drama, and farce as a woman recalls the complicated relationship she had with an older man during her youth.


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