by Lyle Kessler

Jan. 16th - Feb. 9th, 2014

Orphans is the story of two orphaned brothers who live in their decrepit North Philadelphia row house. They survive on petty thievery and a steady diet of tuna fish and daytime television until the violent older brother decides to kidnap Harold, a notorious Chicago gangster. Harold soon becomes the force that will forever change their lives. Written by Lyle Kessler, ORPHANS was revived on Broadway in 2013 (nominated for Best Revival of a Play) and was the most talked about darkly comic play of the season.

The Beauty Queen of Leenane
by Martin McDonagh

February 28th - March 30th

Written in 1996, THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE is a black comedy that originally premiered at the Druid Theatre Company in Galway, Ireland. The 1998 Broadway production was nominated for six Tony Awards, winning four. BEAUTY QUEEN is a blend of black comedy, melodrama, horror and bleak tragedy. The story is set in the Irish village of Leenane, Connemara in the early 1990s and centers on the life of Maureen Folan, a 40-year-old spinster who takes care of her selfish and manipulative 70-year-old mother. The plot, full of deceptions, secrets and betrayals and interspersed with turnabouts, keeps the audience in a constant state of suspense.

A Round Heeled Woman
Adapted for the stage by Jane Prowse
Based on the book by Jane Juska

April 18th - May 18th

Inspired by Eric Rohmer's film "Autumn Tale”, Jane, a smart, energetic divorcée of a certain age, decides she's been celibate too long and places a personal ad in her favorite newspaper, The New York Review of Books. "Before I turn 67, next March, I would like to have a lot of sex with a man I like. If you want to talk first, Trollope works for me.”

The Graduate
Adapted by Terry Johnson

June 6th - June 29th

THE GRADUATE was a hit on the West End and a popular show on Broadway. Benjamin Braddock, recent college graduate and prodigal son, returns home and promptly becomes embroiled in an affair with the wife of his father's business partner, Mrs. Robinson. BUT…he soon finds himself falling in love with her daughter, Elaine.

On the Edge: A Festival of New Plays

July 18th - August 3rd

We're following up our very successful customized new play festival with a more streamlined version, Edge style. This year, we'll have six semi-finalists vying for three spots in the final play festival in which they each get a staged reading production each week for three weekends. The plays will be judged and the winner will have the opportunity to be fully produced in 2015 at The Edge Theater!

Exit Strategies
Written by: Jeffrey Neuman

July 18th - 20th, 2014

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.

Written by: Michele Berdinis

July 25th - 27th, 2014

Garden benches and butcher knives meet budding lust and severed love in Italy, a sanguine romantic comedy.

Tales from the Peacetime Army
Written by: Frank Oteri

August 1st - 3rd, 2014

A soldier’s account about serving in a peacetime army while existing in a war time world.

All workshop performances held Fridays/Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 6pm

A Steady Rain contains strong language
and intense scenes. No one under 16
admitted without parental consent.

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A Steady Rain
by Keith Huff

August 29th - September 28th

A STEADY RAIN is a story of how two policemen must deal with the circumstances arising from a deadly error in judgement . Chicago police officers Joey and Denny are longtime partners and best friends. Joey is single and lonely, and Denny is married with children. The lifelong friendship of the two men is threatened when it becomes clear someone must bear responsibility for their egregious failure to assess the situation accurately. A STEADY RAIN was staged by Chicago Dramatists in 2007 and opened on Broadway in September 2009.

Buried Child contains mature content and
intense scenes. No one under 16 admitted
without parental consent.

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Buried Child
by Sam Shepard

October 17th - November 16th

Sam Shepard’s 1979 Pulitzer Prize-winning family drama, is a macabre look at one American Midwestern family with a very dark secret. When Vince brings his girlfriend, Shelly, home to meet his family, she is at first charmed by the "normal” looking farm house, until she actually meets his crazy family. Since its first appearance in 1978, BURIED CHILD has been universally acclaimed as a work of extraordinary vision and force. BURIED CHILD represents the best of an iconic American playwright.

by Ellen K. Graham
An Edge Original for the Holidays

December 5th - December 28th

Honora Burdock is all about holiday traditions: the meticulously staged family photos, the cookie-baking marathons, even the turducken. But it’s Christmas Eve, the family has gathered, and Honora just doesn’t seem quite…herself. Who of her three children—dutiful but commitment-phobic Kath, people-pleaser/occasional huffer Dom, glamorous and inefficient Chris—will marshal the family festivities in her stead? A comedy about what traditions are worth keeping and what happens when we step off the holiday hamster wheel.


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