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December 19, 2013 – January 12, 2014
A world premiere by Darrah Cloud
Directed by Tony-award winning actress and Broadway director Judith Ivey
An homage to Our Town, this world premiere invites audiences to suburban Illinois in 1977, when the Nazis marched on Skokie. As the Major and Edelman families prepare for Christmas and Hanukkah, Ricky and Thornton fall into an interfaith teenage romance. Off to embark on exciting futures both inside and out of their suburban hamlet, the teenagers find themselves absorbed in a growing menace that turns into heartbreak, surprise, and headlines involving the whole community.
Running time: 2 hours with 1 intermission _
January 29 – February 23, 2014*
By David Henry Hwang
The lines between truth and fiction blur with hilarious and moving results in David Henry Hwang’s unreliable memoir. Fresh off his Tony Award win for M. Butterfly, Hwang leads a community protest against the casting of a famous white actor as the Eurasian pimp in the original Broadway production of Miss Saigon, condemning the practice as “yellowface.” His position soon comes back to haunt him when he mistakes a Caucasian actor for mixed-race, and casts him in the lead Asian role of his own new play.
When Hwang discovers the truth, he tries to conceal his blunder by passing the actor off as a “Siberian Jew.” As Hwang struggles to ‘save face’ amidst family politics, international intrigue and government investigations, he explores timeless questions surrounding cultural identity, dual loyalty, and responsibility.
Running time: 2 hours and 15 minutes, with 1 intermission_
“A laugh-out-loud comedy, and an unexpectedly poignant odyssey of self-discovery" —New York Sun
March 22 – April 6, 2014
A Workshop Presentation Produced in collaboration with the Cameri Theatre and the Arab-Hebrew Theatre of Jaffa
An Israeli homage to All My Sons set in Haifa during the first Intifada. Giora is a young professor engaged to Neta but in love with Samia, the Palestinian daughter of a family friend who becomes troubled when Giora’s father’s company begins building on the site of a battle that took place 40 years ago. Giora struggles to find the truth about his father’s war-time secrets, confronting the causes of his brother’s death and how Giora came to incur his own war-time injuries in Lebanon. As Giora’s family presses him to look forward, not back, the play asks how we can move forward toward peace while still wrestling with the ghosts of war.
From the author of Pangs of the Messiah and the winner of the Prime Minister of Israel Award for Writers, and staged by a groundbreaking team of Israeli, Arab, Jewish-American and Arab-American artists, including Theater J’s director of Return to Haifa, with designers from the Israeli premiere.
Running time: 2 hours with 1 intermission_
Freud’s Last Session*_
May 14 – June 29, 2014
By Mark St. Germain
The celebrated long-running off-Broadway hit stages a clash between intellectual giants Dr. Sigmund Freud, the legendary psychoanalyst, and C.S. Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia. On the day England enters World War II, Freud summons then unknown professor Lewis to his office for an impassioned exchange about God, love, sex, and the meaning of life.
“Delightful … a brainy fencing match of Olympic caliber” —Associated Press
Running time: 1 hour and 20 minutes, with no intermission_