The School for Lies
Adapted from Moliére’s The Misanthrope
by David Ives
Directed by Tricia Rodley
November 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 20, 21 at 8pm, 15 at 2pm
Celimene dazzles Paris society of 1666. Her salon is uber chic. Her impromptu portraits of fellow aristocrats are notoriously clever…although these stinging satires often lead to lawsuits. She even outwits a gaggle of suitors in the wake of her beloved husband’s death, only to be thrown for a loop by the arrival of Frank, an unapologetic hater of humankind. Inspired by Molière’s The Misanthrope, but deviating from its well-known story, this newly minted comedy by David Ives mixes very contemporary language in rhyming couplets with farcical flourishes and unexpected heart.
Water by the Spoonful
by Quiara Alegría Hudes
Directed by Theresa May
January 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, at 8pm, 31 at 2pm
Elliot has returned from Iraq to his home and community in North Philadelphia, and struggles to find his place in the world. Somewhere, in a chat room, recovering addicts become a virtual home and family for one another, keeping one another alive, hour by hour, day by day. The boundaries of family and community are stretched across continents and cyberspace as birth families splinter and online families collide. WATER BY THE SPOONFUL is a heartfelt, and often humorous, meditation on lives on the brink of redemption. Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize.
by Wajdi Mouawad
Directed by Michael Najjar
Hope Theatre: Drama
March 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, at 8pm, 13 at 2pm
A mother falls into complete silence. Upon her death her twin children, Janine and Simon, are asked to uproot the source of that silence. They must find the father they never knew and the brother they didn’t know they had. Their journey begins in Montreal, but the answers lie in the rubble of a war-torn country. Carried aloft by poetic language, the inquiry pursued by Janine and Simon unfold in a dreamlike atmosphere that cultivates the mystery surrounding a knife thrust into the heart of childhood.
by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Zeina Salame
Robinson Theatre: Romantic Comedy
April 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, May 6, 7, at 8pm, May 1 at 2pm
Art imitates Life. Life imitates Art. When two actors with a history are thrown together as romantic leads in a forgotten 1930s melodrama, they quickly lose touch with reality as the story onstage follows them offstage. Stage Kiss captures Sarah Ruhl’s singular voice. It is a charming tale about what happens when lovers share a stage kiss—or when actors share a real one.
How Do You Know?
Directed by John Schmor
May 26, 27, 28, June 2, 3, 4, at 8pm, 5 at 2pm