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Want to know more about the shows in the 2013/14 season? Click on one of the images below to watch a video about the story, casting and genesis of each of next season's productions. Hosted by Artistic Director Martha Lavey.

The Wheel production poster

The Wheel

by Zinnie Harris

Directed by ensemble member Tina Landau
Featuring ensemble members Joan Allen, Robert Breuler, Tim Hopper, Ora Jones and Yasen Peyankov

September 12 — November 10, 2013

A spellbinding new play about what happens to hope and human nature in times of war. On a 19th century Spanish farm, Beatriz is happily preparing for her sister’s wedding when the house is overrun by soldiers. In the chaos, she becomes the unintentional guardian of a young girl. Her determination to reunite the child with her father sweeps Beatriz along on a journey across war zones and through time. But what began as a simple act of kindness takes on a strange twist when the girl seems to acquire curious powers.

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Tribes production poster

Tribes

by Nina Raine

Directed by ensemble member Austin Pendleton
Featuring ensemble members Alana Arenas and Francis Guinan

December 5, 2013 — February 9, 2014

A sharp, witty story about finding the place where you can be heard and a family that feels like home. Billy's intellectual and proudly eccentric English family is its own tiny empire: private languages, in jokes and fiery arguments. Billy, deaf since birth, is the only one who truly listens. When he meets his girlfriend Sylvia, he is introduced to a larger Deaf community, which sparks a struggle for self-identity and rebellion against his family.

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Russian Transport

by Erika Sheffer

Directed by ensemble member Yasen Peyankov
Featuring ensemble members Tim Hopper, Mariann Mayberry
and Alan Wilder

February 6 — May 11, 2014

A comedy-turned-thriller that took Off-Broadway by storm. A rowdy Russian family in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn is on a daily hustle to achieve the American Dream. When Uncle Boris arrives from the old country, his mysterious business ventures force the family to decide just how far they are willing to go to come out on top. A funny, passionate family drama that slyly transforms into a heart-pounding thriller, Russian Transport is a fascinating look at the contemporary American immigrant experience.

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The Way West

by Mona Mansour

Directed by ensemble member Amy Morton

April 3 — June 8, 2014

A wryly funny playwith musicabout the contemporary quirks of our American spirit. In a modern-day California town that’s seen better days, Mom shares death-defying tales of pioneer crossings with her two squabbling adult daughters as she waits for her bankruptcy to come through. This hilarious and heartbreaking play about today’s American family explores the mixed blessing of our great frontier spirit, which has fueled both self-delusion and survival.

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The Qualms production poster

The Qualms

by Bruce Norris

Directed by Pam MacKinnon

July 3 — August 31, 2014

A sexy world premiere by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Clybourne Park. At a beachside apartment complex, a group of friends gathers for their regular evening of food, drink, drugs and partner-swapping. When Chris and Kristy attempt to become the newest members, the evening does not go as planned. The artichoke dip grows cold as the party devolves into a territorial battle over mating privileges. Does sex ruin everything? And what is the purpose of monogamy? Bruce Norris's comedy explores the eternal struggle for power, status and getting laid.

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