2019-20 Mainstage Season
These Shining Lives
by Melanie Marnich
September 20 – 29, 2019
Based on the true story of women who worked in a watch factory in Ottawa, Illinois in the 1920s, this lyrical drama centers around Catherine Donahue and her coworkers and friends. The women find new financial independence in a “lip, dip, and paint routine”: using a glowing radium compound to make hour markings on watch faces. Their vision of freedom is shattered when the women fall ill to mysterious ailments caused by the radioactive paint. Though fatally ill, the women form a class-action lawsuit against the Radium Dial Company. Their struggle for justice in the face of personal, economic, and social constraints demonstrates the women’s individual strength and collective power.
Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley
by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon
November 8 – 17, 2019
From America’s most produced living playwright comes a witty and heartwarming stage sequel to Pride & Prejudice. As the Bennet sisters gather at the Darcys’ estate for the holidays, the scholarly and socially awkward middle sister, Mary, is still living with her parents and facing an uncertain future. But the appearance of an unexpected guest at Pemberley —not only “a single man in possession of a good fortune,” but also one who happens to be reading the exact same scientific tome as Mary—raises her hopes for independence and finding a true intellectual match.
Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches
by Tony Kushner
February 21 – March 1, 2020
Winner of a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award, this epic drama traces the intertwined lives of Prior, diagnosed with AIDS; his lover, Louis, who cannot cope with his illness; Joe, a closeted gay Mormon who works for the secretly gay power broker Roy Kohn; Harper, an agoraphobic addict and Joe’s wife; Belize, a former drag queen and Prior’s ex-lover; Hannah, Joe’s mother from Salt Lake; and the Angel, who appears to Prior announcing that “The Great Work” is about to begin. Kushner weaves political, intellectual, and spiritual themes to generate a powerful play that changed the world when it was first produced, with resonance lasting to today.
Water by the Spoonful
by Quiara Alegría Hudes
April 17 – 25, 2020
In a far corner of the internet, moderator “Haikumom” (aka Odessa Ortiz) leads a chat room for recovering drug addicts. From behind their screens, individuals who might never meet in real life -- a student, an IRS-pusher, and a financier-- forge a bond as strong as blood. Offline, in a Puerto Rican neighborhood in North Philly, Ortiz’s real-life family is falling apart. Her nephew has returned from Iraq physically and emotionally broken. Her niece is unable to reconcile her identity as a woman from the North Philly barrio with her upper-crust, intellectual lifestyle. And her sister is dying of cancer. Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play is a powerful, compassionate look at the meaning of family and the burdens we must carry to protect it.
All performances take place at 7:30 pm, with the exception of Sunday showings at 2:30 pm.
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