Seven of our eight shows are regional or world premieres, both sides of the Atlantic are represented by three British playwrights and two New York stories, and provocative titles will have you spelling where you are going when you tell your friends that you’re stepping out to THE EDGE!
REGIONAL PREMIERE Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth Directed by Warren Sherrill
April 24, 2015 - May 24, 2015
This comic, contemporary vision of rural life in England’s green and pleasant land was nominated for the 2011 Best Play Tony Award and Mark Rylance won for Best Actor. On the morning of the local county fair, Johnny Byron is a wanted man. Local officials want to serve him an eviction notice from the trailer park, his son wants his full attention, and his motley crew of friends wants his ample supply of booze. This play premiered in 2009 at the Royal Court Theatre in London where it won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play. The New York Times called it "one of the most exciting new plays in ages!”
REGIONAL PREMIERE Lucky Guy by Nora Ephron Directed By: John Ashton
June 12, 2015 - July 5, 2015
Lucky Guy is a play by Nora Ephron (Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry met Sally) that premiered in 2013, the year after her death. It was Ephron’s final work and marked Tom Hanks’s Broadway debut, in which he earned a Theatre World Award. It depicts the story of journalist Mike McAlary beginning in 1985 and ending with his death at the age of 41 in 1998. The plot covers the high points and tribulations of McAlary’s career as he traverses the clubby atmosphere of the New York City tabloid journalism industry prior to the 24-hour news reporting cycle. The production received six nominations for Tony Awards, winning two, including Courtney B. Vance for Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play.
CLASSIC FAVORITE Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee Directed by Rick Yaconis
July 24, 2015 - August 16, 2015
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a 1962 play by Edward Albee. It examines the breakdown of the marriage of a middle-aged couple, Martha and George. Late one evening after a university faculty party, they receive an unwitting younger couple, Nick and Honey as guests, and draw them into their bitter and frustrated relationship. It won both the 1963 Tony Award for Best Play and the 1962–’63 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play. The film adaptation was released in 1966, written by Ernest Lehman, directed by Mike Nichols, and starring Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, George Segal and Sandy Dennis. The play is frequently revived on the modern stage, most recently on Broadway at the Booth Theatre on October 13, 2012 (which is 50 years after the original Broadway opening). Tracy Letts won the Tony award for his portrayal of George in this production.
REGIONAL PREMIERE American Girls by Hillary Bettis Directed By: Angela Astle
September 4, 2015 - September 27, 2015
In a celebrity driven culture, two God-fearing Iowa girls fresh out of middle school have their sights set on much bigger things. They want fame, even if it means selling there souls to the devil in the name of the Bible. Their naivete leads the girls down a dark and seedy path, forcing them to grow up much too fast.
REGIONAL PREMIERE Woman in Mind by Alan Ayckbourn Directed By: Scott Bellot
October 16, 2015 - November 15, 2015
Alan Ayckbourn has been called the "comic poet of middle class life.” Woman in Mind is about a housewife named Susan who is married to a boring cleric named George. After getting knocked out by stepping on a garden rake, Susan experiences hilarious hallucinations in which her oppressive and boring everyday life is replaced by a fantasy in which she is an ideal wife and mother with an ideal family. While her real family treats her with condescension and apathy, her fantasy family dresses in lovely white, always drinks champagne, lives in a stately home, and tells her that she’s wonderful.
WORLD PREMIERE Exit Strategies Written by: Jeffrey Neuman
December 4, 2015 - December 31, 2015
A moderately successful playwright returns home for his father’s funeral, only to be drawn back into the explosive family dynamics he’s been trying to escape.
REGIONAL PREMIERE The Motherfucker with the Hat by Stephen Adly Guirgis Directed by Josh Hartwell
January 16, 2015 - February 15, 2015
Nominated for the 2011 Best Play Tony Award, this story is a darkly comic view of addiction, friendship, and love. Jackie, a petty drug dealer, is just out of prison and trying to stay clean. He’s also still in love with his coke addicted childhood sweetheart, Veronica. But when he discovers a hat that is not his in the bedroom, life gets a little bit harder. Guirgis has been described as a brilliant comedic talent who has an original and knowing take on class.