Women in Jeopardy!
by Wendy MacLeod
March 1 – 24
Directed by Justin Takata
Thelma and Louise meets The First Wives Club in this fun and flirtatious comedy. Divorcées Mary and Jo are suspicious of their friend Liz’s new dentist boyfriend. He’s not just a weirdo; he may be a serial killer! After all, his hygienist just disappeared. Trading their wine glasses for spy glasses, imaginations run wild as the ladies try to discover the truth and save their friend in a hilarious off-road adventure.
“…the laughs in Wendy MacLeod’s play…come fast and furious…modern, lively, and loads of fun.” —The Boston Globe
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The House That Will Not Stand
by Marcus Gardley
May 3 – 26
Directed by Michelle “Chelly” Purnell and Clint Rebik
New Orleans, 1836. Following an era of French colonial rule and relative racial acceptance, Louisiana’s “free people of color” are prospering. Beatrice, a free woman of color, has become one of the city’s wealthiest women through her relationship with a rich white man. A bewitching new drama of desire, jealousy, murder and voodoo, The House That Will Not Stand received its world
premiere at Berkeley Rep in January 2014.
“…buoyant and barby…Plus, its lyrical undoings, depth, and playful fervor make for a dazzling and rousing experience.” – East Bay Express
The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler
by Jeff Whitty
July 5 – 28
Directed by Catherine L Brown
Beginning immediately after Henrik Ibsen’s classic ends, this hilarious romp finds Hedda Gabler mired in an alternative hell: a place where death is only possible when a fictional character is forgotten by the real-life public. So Hedda and her neighbors (including Gone With the Wind’s Mammy) set out on a perilous quest to return to the imaginative furnace of their creation. Along the way, they meet characters from science fiction, TV cop shows, Biblical dramas, as well as a couple of wisecracking “friends of Dorothy” from the 1960s.
“Jeff Whitty’s irreverent and witty reinvention of Henrik Ibsen’s most-possessed tragic figure Hedda Gabler…is wacky and poignant, a one-liner that becomes a thoughtful theater piece.” —Hollywood Reporter
by Jordan Harrison
September 6 – 29
Directed by Kaitlyn Samuel
It’s the age of artificial intelligence, and 85-year- old Marjorie—a jumble of disparate, fading memories—has a handsome new companion who’s programmed to feed the story of her life back to her. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance? In this richly spare, wondrous new play, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Jordan Harrison explores the mysteries of human identity and the limits — if any — of what technology can replace.”
“…a poignant portrayal of everyday existences, of unexceptional people given just enough characterizing detail to make us fear for their losing what individuality they have.” – New York Times
by David Lindsay-Abaire
October 25 – November 17
Directed by Cassandra Hesseltine
A sunny room on an upper floor is prime real estate in the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility, so when the cantankerous Abby is forced to share her quarters with new-arrival Marilyn, she has no choice but to get rid of the infuriatingly chipper woman by any means necessary. A seemingly quirky bet between the old women quickly escalates into a precarious game of one-upmanship that reveals not just the tenacity of these worthy opponents, but also deeper truths that each would rather remain hidden.
“A show to treasure…a deeply satisfying and vastly entertaining story …that gradually builds from belly laughs to something more emotionally nutritious.” —Deadline