2015-2016 Season



Our thirteenth season – an exploration of difficult truths that dare us to change the world around us.

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THE 2015-2016 SEASON


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AUG 12 – SEP 5, 2015

Sandbox Series World Premiere
Written by Lila Rose Kaplan
Directed by Bill English

When their radical parents are imprisoned for domestic terrorism, sisters 1, 2, and 3 are sent to live with different foster families. 1 loses herself in history, 2 dances, and 3 captures all of it—and more—on video. But will they be able to hold together when Mom is released from prison? 1 2 3 is a dark, funny drama about a rift between sisters and what it takes to grow up. Learn more and buy tickets.



SEP 22 – NOV 7, 2015

Music & lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Book by Peter Duchan
Directed by Bill English

Eddie and Rose: What happens when trouble meets tender? Three young marines are going to war. But before they go they’ve got one last night. One night to party and play, to tease and taunt. Eddie takes on a cruel bet with his buddies, and Rose is his victim. But she’s more than he bargained for. What’s Eddie going to do when Rose rewrites the rules and his last night turns into a lesson on the power of compassion? Learn more and buy tickets.



NOV 17, 2015 – JAN 9, 2016

Written by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Susi Damilano

Art imitates Life imitates Art. And the dance continues. Prepare yourself for a frothy farce mixing stage drama and backstage lives into an intoxicating delight. This semi-romantic comedy delivers the laughs, tripping lightly through a playground of desire and sexual fantasy. Is this kiss for real? Learn more and buy tickets.



FALL 2015

Sandbox Series World Premiere
Written by Steven Dietz

An abandoned motel. A distraught mother. A cruel private investigator. Will mother and daughter be reunited? How far can you push the bonds of family—and how far will you go to bring them back? In this smart, harrowing, edge-of-your-seat thriller, the answers are shocking. On Clover Road is a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. Learn more and buy tickets.

The Nether


JAN 19 – MAR 5, 2016

A new virtual wonderland provides total sensory immersion. Just log in, choose an identity and indulge your every whim. But when a young detective uncovers a disturbing brand of entertainment, she triggers a dark battle over technology and human desire. The Nether is both serpentine crime drama and haunting sci-fi thriller that explores the consequences of living out our private dreams. Learn more and buy tickets



MAR 15 – APR 30, 2016

Written by Andrew Hinderaker

Directed by Jon Tracy

When football and dance collide, you get more than you bargained for. Start with four full quarters and a half-time show, complete with a dance company, a drum corps, and a fully-padded cast: what have you got? Grace and violence, victory and defeat. Is football a metaphor for life, or just the bread and circuses of our time? Colossal is an epic event that impossibly merges the worlds of football and dance, loss and recovery, and the toughest act of all: being yourself. Learn more and buy tickets.

The Rules



Sandbox Series World Premiere
Written by Dipika Guha

When Ana, Julia and Mehr all fall in love with the same mysterious man, these old friends must reexamine the rules of love, friendship, and how we communicate in our technologically-saturated world. Dipika Guha’s The Rules is a “late coming of age story” following Ana, as she redefines how she views herself, her closest friends, and what it means to love. Learn more and buy tickets.

Red Velvet


MAY 10 – JUN 25, 2016

Written by Lolita Chakrabarti
Directed by Margo Hall

London, 1833. No black man has ever starred on a British stage—not even as Othello—until tonight. Ira Aldridge, a young black American, breaks more than the color barrier as he battles the entrenched social and theatrical norms of his day, going on to become a living legend, lauded from the footlights of Stratford to the halls of Saint Petersburg. Learn more and buy tickets.



JUL 5 – SEP 17, 2016

Music by Cy Coleman, Lyrics by David Zippel
Book by Larry Gelbart
Directed by Bill English

Double your pleasure with this musical comedy that sports two scores, two plots, and if you’re lucky (“Do you feel lucky, punk?” Oh wait, wrong plot.), you might even get two happy endings. Take a trip to the ’40s when Film Noir ruled the silver screen, and delight as the tales of a struggling Hollywood writer and the filming of his latest noir oeuvre unspool. Where his leading character keeps speaking back to him and the femme fatales won’t stay on the screen! Learn more and buy tickets.

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