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By Jonathan Spector
Directed by Robert Hupp
October 13 – 31, 2021
With a mumps outbreak, a private school in Berkeley, California called Eureka Day, becomes a microcosm of our larger society as Jonathan Spector’s comedy plunges headlong into the knotty issues of vaccines and how we measure private preference against public health and how we decide who gets to decide. Though written pre-Covid, Eureka Day could hardly be more timely or more needed as Spector mines laughter from our foibles while eliciting empathy for our sometimes valiant and sometimes valiantly misguided efforts.
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
Music Direction by Brian Cimmet
Choreography by Andrea Leigh-Smith
November 19, 2021 – January 2, 2022
Children (and grownups) of the world rejoice. Matilda is here at last. 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. (There’s also a gloriously vile villain, Miss Trunchbull.) Packed with high-energy dance numbers, catchy songs, and featuring an unforgettable a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence, and psychokinetic power, Matildais a joyous girl power romp.
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By Dipika Guha
Directed by Melissa Crespo
January 19 – February 6, 2022
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 laughter. A fun-filled new comedy by Dipika Guha, a talent to watch and recipient of a Venturous Playwright Fellowship by The Lark.
Somewhere Over the Border
By Brian Quijada
February 23 – March 13, 2022
Inspired by the real life journey of the author’s mother (Reina Quijada) from El Salvador to the US and by L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Somewhere Over the Border embraces the factual and the fantastical in its depiction of one young girl’s pursuit of the American dream. As Reina travels north to the Mexican border, she gathers friends, faces down dangers, and holds tight to the memory of the little boy she left behind. Set in the 1970s and propelled by Cumbia, Mexican Mariachi Boleros, American Rock and Hip Hop, this new musical is both fable and family history—and a testament to the determination born of love.
The Play That Goes Wrong
By Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields
Directed by Robert Hupp
April 13 – May 1, 2022
Winner of London’s Olivier Award for Best Comedy and a New York Times best pick for comedies, The Play That Goes Wrong follows in the grand tradition of plays that go farcically awry. As the Cornley Drama Society attempts to perform a 1920s murder mystery, sets malfunction, lines are dropped and corpses won’t stay still. Such fun. Laughter for the sheer joy of laughter.
By Kyle Bass
Directed by Gilbert McCauley
June 8 – 26, 2022
How does a fractured family heal when unresolved emotions of the past color the present? 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 the 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.
Cold Read Festival of New Plays
March 14 - 20, 2022
Focus on Community
Baldwin v. Buckley: The Faith of Our Fathers
Adapted by Kyle Bass
Adapted by Bass from the 1965 televised debate between James Baldwin and William F. Buckley, free performances will be offered when the theater reopens in the fall.
The Most Beautiful Home . . . Maybe
Los Angeles based artists and activists Mark-n-Sparks (Mark Valdez and ashley sparks) bring their innovative devised performance piece to Syracuse Stage as part of their four city initiative to examine housing insecurity across the country.
Educational and Family Programming
Bank of America Children’s Tour The Girl Who Swallowed a Cactus
Two Backstory productions: Commanding Space and Citizen James