In a normal year, we’d be gearing up to start rehearsal for our first production of the season. But there’s nothing normal about this year, is there? We know the time will come when we’re back together again. But that time isn’t now. As we contemplate a time when we can create theatre for you again, please know that your safety, and the safety of our artists and staff, is our first consideration. Yes, we are currently hard at work planning an exciting virtual and live 48th season; we’ve already announced some of the plays, others will be new and more suited to this moment in time. We can’t wait to share them with you. We're working in tandem with our national labor unions and local government officials to determine the best path forward. Thank you for your patience. Stay safe. And stay tuned.
Bob Hupp, Artistic Director
Jill Anderson, Managing Director
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Written by David Catlin
From the Book by Mary Shelley
Directed by Risa Brainin
Oct 14 - Nov 1
In this riveting new adaptation, playwright David Catlin reveals the sensitive human heart behind the famous monster’s creation. Catlin takes us to a stormy night in 1816 where in a villa on Lake Geneva five young friends gather to tell ghost stories. Among them are the famous Romantic poets George Gordon Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, as well as Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (later Mary Shelley). Challenged by Byron to devise the scariest of horrors, eighteen-year-old Mary unspools her tale of Victor Frankenstein and his unholy experiment. As the friends eagerly enact her characters, the story strikes closer to home than any might have imagined. Risa Brainin (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time) returns to direct this eerie, original retelling of Frankenstein.
“Bone-chilling, visceral, emotionally gripping, visually stunning, and strikingly elegant... It is a Halloween treasure that should not be ignored!” - The Star-Ledger
Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical
Book by Dennis Kelly
Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin
Based on the book, Matilda by Roald Dahl
Directed by Donna Drake
Choreography by Andrea Leigh-Smith
Musical Direction by Brian Cimmet
Co-produced with the Syracuse University Department of Drama
Nov 20 - Jan 3
Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, this Tony Award-winning musical is a captivating treat that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination, and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. (Not to mention there’s a gloriously vile villain, Miss Trunchbull.) Packed with high-energy dance numbers, catchy songs, and featuring an unforgettable little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence, and psychokinetic powers, Matilda is a delightfully thrilling musical for children and adults alike. Donna Drake (The Wizard of Oz, Elf The Musical, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast) directs.
"An explosion of joy, the most exhilarating and flat-out best musical. . . " - Variety
Once on this Island
Book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Directed by Steve H. Broadnax III
Jan 20 - Feb 7
The moving story of young Ti Moune and her love for Daniel, a wealthy boy from the “other side of the island,” is at the heart of this Caribbean inflected musical. Infused with spirited choreography and enlivened by colorful (albeit temperamental) gods, Once on this Island is just the show to shake off the winter chill and banish post-holiday blues. Written by Syracuse University alumna Lynn Ahrens, this the warm-hearted, Tony Award-winning fairy tale is a celebration of the extraordinary way love can tear down walls and transform our lives.
“Just what the world needs now—inspired and uplifting.” - Variety
By Dipika Guha
Directed by Melissa Crespo
Mar 3 - 21
Joan has a big problem. Recently named CEO of athletic-wear giant Jojomon—think high-end brand that’s part 60s one-hit wonder and part citrus fruit—she even more recently learned that a BBC investigative team is about to expose her Bangladeshi manufacturer of lavender scented yoga pants as an exploiter of child labor. Suddenly, Jojomon’s family of customers is all atwitter with accusations of inauthenticity. Only one solution will do—find a reclusive and revered yogi to serve as a spokesman and restore the company’s all-important claim to authenticity. They find him all right. The rest is 90 minutes of side-splitting comedy. The East Coast premiere of a timely new comedy by Dipika Guha, a talent to watch who was recently awarded a Venturous Playwright Fellowship by The Lark.
“. . . a fresh new comedy with a sharp cultural bite” - Los Angeles Times
By Thornton Wilder
Directed by Robert Hupp
Apr 21 - May 9
“The life of a village against the life of the stars” is how Thornton Wilder described his heralded masterpiece Our Town. “It is an attempt,” he wrote, “to find a value above all price for the smallest events in our daily life.” He succeeded with this graceful and poetic play—a heartfelt call to cherish every unimportant moment we’re together and to embrace the true wonder and brevity of being alive. Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it? Whether in Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire at the turn of the 20th century, or Syracuse, New York in 2021, Wilder’s enduring classic asks us to stop and ponder what truly matters, and to consider that for a great many of us the answers will be the same. Bob Hupp directs one of his favorite plays.
“. . . one of the finest achievements of the current stage.” – Brooks Atkinson, The New York Times, 1938
By Kyle Bass
Directed by Tazewell Thompson
Jun 2 - 20
How does a fractured family heal when unresolved emotions of the past color the present? How can a city reshape itself if it means tearing open old, still-tender wounds? And where in a diverse but segregated city can communities find common ground, mutual dignity, and a true sense of home? These questions collide into Yolonda Mourning, an independent consultant on a vast project to take down a span of highway that has long divided Salt City. When she leaves her husband and teenage son and moves to the heart of trendy downtown, a diverse cast of characters forces Yolonda to confront Salt City’s complicated history around race, class, and urban renewal, and to reckon with her role as architect of the broken bridges in her own family. Moving, funny, poignant, and current, salt/city/blues is a fresh, contemporary, new play set in a fictionalized Syracuse and to the music of the blues.
A Cold Read world premiere production from the author of Possessing Harriet.
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Cold Read Festival of New Plays
Curated by Kyle Bass
Mar 24 - 28
Returns for a fourth season and includes five exciting events featuring new work hot from the imaginations of some of the freshest voices writing for theatre today. Featuring: Kate Hamill (writer and actor, Pride and Prejudice and actor, Noises Off) as playwright-in-residence; music and theatre performer Chesney Snow as the solo artist; and Evan Starling-Davis as the featured local author. Free for subscribers, tickets required, available through the Box Office.
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