The First Grade World Premiere at the Aurora
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The last date listed for The First Grade was Sunday February 28, 2010 / 7:00pm.
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Family patriarch Ben Lyons is in the hospital, dying from cancer. As his time grows short, his wi … More
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The actors were quite good...there were some funny lines..but I simply didn't get the point of the play. Although it was the winner of a playwriting competition, I don't understand what the judges thought was so special about it. A slice of life...continued
Aurora Theatre Company presents the World Premiere of lauded Chicago playwright Joel Drake Johnson’s The First Grade. Aurora Theatre Company Artistic Director Tom Ross directs this new play from Johnson, whom The Chicago Reader declared “balances gallows humor with acute insight and compassion. He creates characters so real you wonder what will happen to them after the final blackout.”
Exploring with great humor and passion the price one pays for being a totally engaged member of society, The First Grade follows the sometimes comic, sometimes frightening journey of a woman whose attempts to save her physical therapist from harm leads her into a chaos that includes a class of first graders, her depressed daughter, and an ex-husband with whom she still shares a home. The First Grade originated as one of last season’s Global Age Project (GAP) finalists and is the first main stage production to develop from the GAP. Playwright Joel Drake Johnson was also recently named a GAP finalist for a second year in a row for his new play A Guide for the Perplexed, which will make its main stage World Premiere next season at Victory Gardens, starring Kevin Anderson.
Aurora Theatre Company continues to offer challenging, literate, intelligent stage works to the Bay Area, each year increasing its reputation for top-notch theatre. Located in the heart of the Downtown Berkeley Arts District, Aurora Theatre Company has been called “one of the most important regional theaters in the area” by the San Francisco Chronicle_, while the Wall Street Journal_ has “nothing but praise for the Aurora.” The Contra Costa Times stated, “perfection is probably an unattainable ideal in a medium as fluid as live performance, but the Aurora Theatre comes luminously close,” while the San Jose Mercury News affirmed “[Aurora Theatre Company] lives up to its reputation as a theater that feeds the mind,” and the Oakland Tribune declared “it’s all about choices, and if you value good theater, choose the Aurora.”