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The Night Alive

The Night Alive

By Conor McPherson

Directed by Henry Wishcamper
Featuring ensemble members Francis Guinan and Tim Hopper

September 18 — November 16, 2014

The kindness of strangers comes with complications. Tommy is getting by—kind of: he is crashing in his uncle’s ramshackle house in Dublin, dodging his estranged family, and plotting a parade of get-rich-quick schemes with his buddy Doc. Then one day he defends a destitute woman against a violent attack, and a fragile glimmer of hope appears as Tommy tends to her in his run-down room. From the author of The Weir, Shining City and The Seafarer comes this compelling new drama—by turns funny and frightening, but always deeply human.

"Extraordinary! The play can only be called transcendent. A heaven-sent vision."
The New York Times

Airline Highway

Airline Highway

By Lisa D’Amour

Directed by Joe Mantello
Featuring ensemble members Robert Breuler and K. Todd Freeman

December 4, 2014 — February 8, 2015

In the parking lot of The Hummingbird, a once-glamorous motel on New Orleans’ infamous Airline Highway, a group of friends gather. A rag-tag collection of strippers, hustlers and philosophers have come together to celebrate the life of Miss Ruby, an iconic burlesque performer who has requested a funeral before she dies. The party rages through the night as old friends resurface to pay their respects. A world premiere from the author of Detroit, Airline Highway is a boisterous and moving ode to the outcasts that make life a little more interesting.

"D'Amour is...a great playwright, a timely playwright." – Chicago Tribune

Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette

By David Adjmi

Directed by Robert O'Hara
Featuring ensemble members Alana Arenas, Tim Hopper, Ora Jones and Alan Wilder

February 5 — May 10, 2015

Before Britney Spears and Justin Bieber, there was Marie Antoinette. In David Adjmi’s contemporary take on the young queen of France, Marie is a confection created by a society that values extravagance and artifice. But France’s love affair with the royals sours as revolution brews, and for Marie, the political suddenly becomes very personal. From the light and breezy banter at the palace to the surging chants of "Liberte! Egalite! Fraternite!" in the streets, Marie Antoinette holds a mirror up to our contemporary society that might just be entertaining itself to death.

"An unconventional, bitingly comic play...a jagged yet elegant historical riff."
Time Out New York

The Herd

The Herd

By Rory Kinnear

Directed by ensemble member K. Todd Freeman
Featuring ensemble members Francis Guinan and John Mahoney

April 2 — June 7, 2015

It’s Andy’s 21st birthday and preparations for the party are under way. But Andy and his caregiver are running late. As his family gathers, two unexpected guests appear, straining the delicate family dynamic. With a deft comic touch, The Herd introduces us to a suburban English family who have had to re-organize themselves around the extraordinary needs of one of their own, bringing to light the challenges of reconciliation, the power of shared memories and the irresistible pull of family.

"K. Todd Freeman, a superb actor, has clearly mastered the director's trade too."
Chicago Sun Times

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Grand Concourse

by Heidi Schreck

Directed by ensemble member Yasen Peyankov
Featuring ensemble member Tim Hopper

July 2 — August 30, 2015

Having dedicated her life to religious service, Shelley runs a Bronx soup kitchen with unsentimental efficiency. Her brisk nature masks an unsettling fear that her efforts are meaningless. When Emma—a rainbow-haired college dropout—arrives to volunteer, her volatile mix of generosity and self-involvement pushes Shelley over the edge. With both humor and heart, Grand Concourse asks big questions about the value of compassion and the limits of forgiveness.

"Ms. Schreck, like many actors who turn to writing, knows what plays. Her dialogue is crisp, funny and believable." – The New York Times