The Ballad of Emmett Till by Ifa Bayeza*
directed by Yolanda Franklin & Claudio Raygoza
The now legendary story of Emmett Till is believed by many to be the spark that ignited the modern civil rights movement and remains one of the most pivotal incidents in a monumental era. Till was a 14-year-old Chicago resident who was brutally tortured and murdered for allegedly flirting with a white women while visiting family in Money, Mississippi. This provocative piece of theater — part history, part ghost story — is a jazz integration of past and present, the living and dead, of factual accounts and creative interpolation. Author Ifa Bayeza captures the powerful truths at the heart of this gripping and tragic story, aiming for a soaring work of moving music, potent poetry and rich theatricality.
When – Previews: July 1-7; Media Opening: July 8, 4pm; Public Opening: July 8, 8pm; Runs July 8-22; Thu – Saturday @ 8pm, Sat @ 4pm
The North Plan by Jason Wells*
directed by Isaac Fowler
After a ruthless faction seizes power in Washington, Carlton Berg, a bureaucrat for the State Department, runs off with the new regime's top secret enemies list. Unfortunately for Carlton, the chase has come to an end in a police station in the Ozarks town of Lodus. With a pair of DHS agents on the way, Carlton's last hope is in the people around him: an unsympathetic police chief, an ambivalent administrative assistant, and fellow prisoner Tanya Shepke, a motor-mouthed recidivist who's turned herself in for drunk driving and thinks Skynyrd should be on the new money. The revolution starts now.
When – Previews: August 19-25; Media Opening: August 26, 4pm; Public Opening: August 26, 8pm; Runs August 26-September 9; Thu – Saturday @ 8pm, Sat @ 4pm
Este (or TBD) written & directed by Claudio Raygoza*
Exiled to the East for a decade as the Trumpan War raged on, Esteban is summoned home by his sister to discover that their father returned victorious from battle only to die under mysterious circumstances — and that their mother has suddenly remarried and seized control of the family’s nightclub empire. Plagued by guilt and the constantly reappearing ghost of his prize-fighter father demanding justice, Esteban must navigate the labyrinth of his own dreams of being a musician and the laws of his new country, Amerxico — the Las Vegas-like 3-mile wide strip of land that sits between the giant walls erected by both Mexico and the United States. Este is a world premiere drama inspired by The Oresteia featuring original electronic music.
When – Previews: October 7-13; Media Opening: October 14, 4pm; Public Opening: October 14, 8pm; Runs October 14-28; Thu – Saturday @ 8pm, Sat @ 4pm
Cabaret music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, book by Joe Masterhoffmusic direction by Morgan Carberrychoreography by Michael Mizeranydirected by Claudio Raygoza
Set in 1930s Berlin, Cabaret centers around struggling American writer Clifford Bradshaw who seeks inspiration for his next novel. On his first night in Berlin, Cliff wanders into the Kit Kat Klub, a seedy nightclub overseen by the strange, omniscient and gender-bending Master of Ceremonies, “the Emcee.” Here, Cliff meets Sally Bowles, a vivacious cabaret performer with whom he begins a relationship, which blossoms into a dream-like romance. The inexorable drumbeat of war grows louder as Berlin morphs from exciting and vital to ominous and violent. Eventually Cliff, Sally and their contemporaries are swept up in the chaos as the continent marches inevitably toward a dangerous social and political precipice.
When – Previews: November 25-Dec 1; Media Opening: December 2, 4pm; Public Opening: December 2, 8pm; Runs December 2-23; Thu – Saturday @ 8pm, Sat @ 4pm
1984 based on the novel 1984 by George Orwell, adapted by Alan Lyddiard
directed by Claudio Raygoza
Based on the iconic novel by George Orwell, 1984 finds Winston Smith working as a cog in the giant machine state of Oceania where the population is physically and mentally under the omnipresent eye of Big Brother — an elusive leader and figurehead. When Winston is caught pursuing love and freedom in a world awash with distrust and violence, he is forced to confess his Thoughtcrimes before an unseen inquisitor or face torture and potentially, death. 1984 is a ferocious and provocative adaptation of one of the most prescient works of literature written in the last century that ion is staging as a moving, immersive film/internet/live performance
When – Dates January 2018 TBA – Big Brother will let you know!