By Harrison David Rivers
Newly divorced and sheltering at home with her two children, Ezra hasn’t been touched by another adult in eight months. When she’s introduced to Irie, a charismatic fellow single parent, at a virtual PTA meeting, their immediate attraction causes Ezra to reconsider the limits of her Covid-bubble.
Equity Guest Actors: Kalyne Coleman, Lori Laing
Conservatory Actors: Cole Taylor, Colby Muhammad
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By Sofya Levitsky-Weitz
A somewhat dysfunctional, multi-generational family of Reform Jews congregates at a rented beach house to celebrate Passover, planning to light up more than just the Seder candles. As the generations share stories, debate about social justice issues, and try not to burn the food, they veer off-script from the Haggadah… and strange things begin to reveal themselves. On this night, right now, what does it mean to repair the world?
Equity Guest Artists: Jill Abramovitz, Maddie Corman, Marc Kudisch, Richard Topol
Conservatory Artists: Edoardo Benzoni, Karen Killeen, Fiona Maguire, Anna Roman, Daniel Velez, Olivia Songer
The Bleeding Class
By Chisa Hutchinson
The world is under attack by a deadly plague and Sugar, a Dominican-American escort from the Bronx might just be the key to saving all of humanity. When Sugar visits the reserved Black doctor, Dr. Wesley Pennington, the two are suddenly forced to team up and move into a hastily built research compound owned by a faceless pharmaceutical giant. Power dynamics shift constantly in this highly theatrical allegorical tale, presciently written before the Covid-19 pandemic. The Bleeding Class challenges us to ask ourselves what we are willing to sacrifice, who we are willing to trust, and if we are willing to love.
Equity Guest Artists: Danaya Esperanza, Tramell Tillman, Steven Rishard, Myrna Cabello
Conservatory Artists: Colby Muhammad
Design Fellows: Brandi Alexander, Rin Menge, André Segar, Belle Alatorre
FLOWERS OF HAWAII
By Lee Cataluna
“We understand what it’s like to raise kids who turn out nothing like we intended.”
This extended Hawaii family has a wealth of personalities including sexy grandmothers, delinquent grandkids, gender-fluid cousins, abusive wives, addict uncles, and more. They clash, they break, they mend, they eat, and they love each other. Lee Cataluna dishes up a unique play filled with heartbreak and humor and a dash of authentic Hawaiiana.
THROUGH THE EYES OF HOLLY GERMAINE
By Y York
“Marty said when I help the birds it will change people’s impression of my shallowness.”
On the Canary Islands in the spring of 1986, an oil spill changes everything. In this enticing new eco-drama by Y York, a rising movie star’s vacation becomes an environmental rescue mission, a long-lost love triangle re-emerges as a quadrangle, and buried family secrets are washed ashore for all to see. Romantic, funny, and deadly serious, the truth will emerge Through the Eyes of Holly Germaine.
BLACK LIKE ME, adapted from the memoir by John Howard Griffin
By Monty Cole
“Like shipwrecked people, we huddled together in a warmth and courtesy that was equal parts pure and pathetic.”
In 1961, white journalist John Howard Griffin medically darkened his skin to “pass” as Black. With the goal of investigating race, Griffin traveled the segregated South for three weeks and published his experiences in a series of journal entries. Black Like Me revisits Griffin’s memoir through the response of modern-day characters. This innovative noir docu-drama examines the fine line between allyship and appropriation and asks how we can transform into the people we truly want to be.
REBECCA OXACA LAYS DOWN A BUNT
By Kristoffer Diaz
In this modern day five-door farce, the overarching theme is to find, express, and celebrate your true calling in life. The action takes place in a renovated hotel, The Hotelman Arms, in Chicago, where the motto is, “No privacy is the new privacy.” The cast features a wide range of idiosyncratic roles including the title bunter who just wants to have fun, a mystery writer working on her next bestseller, a blogger trying to capture the next big thing, various members of the hotel staff who are either trying to hide or make love to the guests, and baseball executives that are vying to sign Rebecca to a major league deal. The pace is fast and furious.
By Juliette Carrillo
Tailbone follows a woman named Anabelle who is determined to take her next relationship in baby steps, but when her new beau gets flooded out of his apartment, she’s quick to suggest he stay with her.
HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN
By E. M. Lewis
Directed by Emilie Beck
While grappling with her recent cancer diagnosis, a travel writer meets a frustrated Japanese architect, a homeless girl who lives under a weeping willow tree, and a tattoo artist who doesn’t want to use his gift. How the Light Gets Inis a poetic and quirky romantic comedy about four lonely people who find each other when one of them falls apart.
ON THE EXHALE
By Martín Zimmerman
Directed by Patrick Walsh (CTC Directing Fellow alum)
An Actor/Director Workshop
When the tragedy of mass shootings hits home, one mother finds herself inexplicably drawn to the weapon that changed her life forever. On the Exhale is a powerful solo performance featuring CTC alumna Claire Karpen, directed by CTC alumnus Patrick Walsh.
Music, Lyrics and Book by Preston Max Allen
Book and Dramaturgy by Jessica Kahkoska
Directed by Estefanía Fadul
True story: during the Revolutionary War, an unidentified female spy helped George Washington and his army to victory. Today, a contemporary all-female band is determined to figure out who she was. In the New Play Workshop’s first musical, Agent 355 explores the loyalty, heritage, and courage of six real Revolutionary women whose stories, sacrifices, and secrets shaped the nation.
UNTITLED RUSSIA PLAY
By Lauren Yee
July 30– August 1
Two young Russian men try to find their way after the fall of communism. An absurd comedy about art, love and advertising in the dawn of capitalism.
By Charly Evon Simpson
August 2– August 4
After a death in the family, Fay finds unexpected solace on a bridge. A poetic drama about family, loss and the kindness of strangers.
THE AMISH PROJECT
By Jessica Dickey
A fictional investigation of the real life Nickel Mines school shooting, this riveting one-woman show explores the Amish community’s concept of radical forgiveness. Performed by CTC Conservatory alumna Kathryn Metzger, The Amish Project portrays two communities shattered by a mass shooting, and the journey to healing.
DAN CODY’S YACHT
By Anthony Giardina
Chautauqua Theater Company is pleased to announce an unorthodox addition to its 2017 repertoire — on June 9 and 10, the company welcomes playwright Anthony Giardina and director Doug Hughes to Bratton Theater for a “New Play Workshop: Pre-season” staged reading of Dan Cody’s Yacht. Its stop at Chautauqua represents a significant step for CTC and Chautauqua toward the long-term goal of more off-season offerings.
By Noah Haidle
Birthday Candles follows Ernestine Ashworth on a magical 100-year journey from her 17th birthday through her 117th. This quirky and clever play invites us into questions of identity, family and legacy. Birthday Candles was commissioned by Detroit Public Theatre and will premiere there this fall.
BUILDING THE WALL
By Robert Schenkkan
Written by the Pulitzer and Tony winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, Building The Wall is a tense, immediate drama that brings a human element to what could happen when inflamatory rhetoric transforms into policy. Not to be missed!
By Chelsea Marcantel
Bohdi is a hypnotherapist. Jevne is a YouTube artist. Ollie sells haunted dolls online. Cath just left her job to move to Oregon with her boyfriend. And they are all building a house together in the back yard. In a world where bigger is always better, can tiny really be happy? Or is this a recipe for disaster? A comedy about what happens when the world shrinks.
THE GLOW OVERHEAD
By Nick Gandiello
Maryanne and Allan Dempsey’s son disappeared in a deep cave dive many years ago and now a young and ambitious diver wants to retrieve his remains at great personal risk. This achingly beautiful play investigates the depth of loss when we unexpectedly lose someone we love and what might arise after they are gone.
THE ENGINE OF OUR RUIN
By Jason Wells
A routine trade agreement nearly escalates into a declaration of war when a team of American diplomats meets with delegates from an unnamed Arab nation and diplomacy is –literally–lost in translation. A mischievously sharp-tongued comedy of misinformation and misunderstanding.
By David West Read
A troubled young doctor, struggling with the loss of a patient, finds unexpected tenderness when he’s visited by an enchanting female ghost. A funny and poignant look at the afterlife of love.
By Heidi Armbruster
Allie, a food writer in NYC, is determined to find authenticity in a world of internet dating, baby shower crafting, and journalistic in-fighting. But when she takes on the local food movement she finds herself on the wrong side of an epic food fight. Allie escapes the city for her father’s dairy farm. Will a dairy cow named Patches leave Allie with a taste of the authenticity she craves?
By Carol Carpenter
July 31–August 2
On the first night of the annual harvest, the Northrip-Valle family farm becomes the target of a cartel territory war. But why? As gunmen surround the farmhouse in the dark hours of night, secrets unravel and politics collide as the family strategizes their escape.
By Colin McKenna
Something is wrong in Ron’s suburban neighborhood, but he’s the only person in the family who seems to notice. Streets are deserted and cell phones are dead. The only communication Ron is receiving is from a single radio station, buried deep in the AM dial.
By Kait Kerrigan
A small-town newscaster seizes her opportunity for a big break when an unidentified Muslim woman jumps in front of a commuter train on the one-year anniversary of a major terrorist attack. Delving into the haunted life of the train’s conductor, his ailing mother and his hapless colleague, Transit explores the power of faith in the face of fear – and of fear in the face of faith.