October 2015 Theater Openings Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off Broadway

October is the  busiest theater month in New York during the fall and winter, with more shows opening than there are days in the month.

Six Broadway shows are opening, heavy on star power — Clive Owen and Keira Knightley are making their Broadway debuts; Cicely Tyson and James Earl Jones are returning, together — albeit light on originality.  Five of the Broadway shows opening in October are revivals — plays by Pinter, Sam Shepard, D.L. Coburn, A.R. Gurney, as well as a musical that debuted Off-Broadway nearly half a century ago. The sixth is a new stage adaptation of a novel by Émile Zola.

Off-Broadway, the Public Theater has four separate new plays opening this month, all of which merit attention.  And a few new works Off-Off Broadway are especially intriguing, including a new piece by the new MacArthur Foundation “genius” fellow, puppeteer Basil Twist,  a musical by the indie band The Lisps,  a new play starring Mamie Gummer as a damaged war veteran, and the return of an ambitious science fiction trilogy by Mac Rogers.

But you can’t know for sure until you see the show, which is why I review.

Below is a selection of the plays, musicals and “immersive” theater pieces opening in October, organized chronologically by opening date. Each title is linked to a relevant website.

Color key: Broadway: Red. Off Broadway: Purple or Blue. Off Off Broadway: Green.

To look at the Fall season as a whole, check out Broadway Fall 2015 Preview and Off-Broadway Fall 2015 Preview.

October 1

The Quare Land (Irish Rep at DR2)

In John McManus’s play, directed by Ciarán O’Reilly, an old Irish farmer is visited by a real-estate developer who wants to convert his land into a golf course.

Catch the Butcher (Cherry Lane)

Fascinated by a serial killer’s poems to his victims, Nancy sets out to find him. When she discovers herself in his basement she likes it. Co-starring Laura Luna Velez, one of the cast members of Dexter.

October 5

Cloud Nine (Atlantic Theater Company)

James Macdonald directs Caryl Churchill’s political drama from 1979, set in colonial Africa during the Victorian era and in contemporary London.

Schooled (Soho Playhouse)

Two students vie for a competitive grant from their roguish professor in a taut threesome that tests their romantic relationship and their ethics.

October 6

_OldTimesforcalendar Old Times (RTC at American Airlines Theater)

Clive Owen makes his Broadway debut in this Roundabout revival of Pinter’s 1971 dark comedy about a friendly visit from Deeley’s wife’s friend Anna that turns into a battle for power. Directed by Pinter specialist Douglas Hodge and co-starring Eve Best.

October 7

sisters-follies for calendar

 Sisters’ Follies Between Two Worlds (Abrons Arts Center)

Puppeteer and new MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Basil Twist stages a musical ghost story: Joey Arias and Julie Atlas Mus portray the sisters who founded the Abrons Playhouse a century ago and are now back to haunt it.

October 8


Fool For Love (Samuel J. Friedman Theatre)

Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell star in Manhattan Theatre Club’s revival of Sam Shepard’s 1983 play about a brother and sister who share an unrequited love.


Barbecue (The Public Theater)

In this play written by Robert O’Hara, whose Bootycandy I found outrageously entertaining, uncomfortable and profound, the O’Mallerys have gathered in their local park to share some barbecue and stage an intervention with a family member in a spiral of drugs and recklessness.

October 10

Tinder Roulette: A Musical Memoir (13th Street Rep)

Mel Delancey’s autobiographical musical revue as the daughter of two compulsive gambler who grew up to engage in surreal Internet dating.


 Would You Still Love Me (New World Stages)

Kathleen Turner is directing and starring in this drama John S. Anastasi about what happens to a lesbian couple when one of the women reveals that she is grappling with her gender identity.

 October 11

Heather Smiley for President (Theatre for the New City)

In what sounds like a hardly veiled allusion to Hillary Clinton, Tom Attea and Arthur Abrams have written a musical comedy about a female presidential candidate and her campaign.

October 12

Clever Little Lies (Westside Theatre)

Marlo Thomas stars in this comedy by Joe DiPietro about a woman who notices her husband has come home on edge after a tennis match with their son, and invites them over for drinks, getting more honesty that anyone expected.

October 13


Ugly Lies the Bone (RTC)

Newly discharged soldier Jess (Mamie Gummer) uses virtual reality video game therapy to escape her pain.

The Honeycomb Trilogy (Gideon Productions at The Gym at Judson)

A three part sci-fi epic by Mac Rogers, following one American family through an extraterrestrial invasion and the occupation of Earth.

October 14

james-earl-jones-cicely-tyson in Gin Game

The Gin Game (John Golden Theater)

Cicely Tyson and James Earl Jones team up for the revival of this Pulitzer-winning play about a man and a woman in a nursing home who turn a game of gin rummy into a battleground.

Eclipsed cast

Eclipsed cast

Eclipsed (The Public)

Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) stars in the play by Danai Gurira (co-author of In the Continuum and Michonne on AMC’s “The Walking Dead”.) Amid the chaos of the Liberian Civil War, the captive wives of a rebel officer band together to form a fragile community – until the balance of their lives is upset by the arrival of a new girl. Directed by South African-born Liesl Tommy (Appropriate, Informed Consent)

Unseamly (Urban Stages)

In a play by Oren Safdie, Malina wants to press charges for harassment and assault against her boss in a clothing store where she works,  but her boss paints a picture of an opportunist he practically had to fight off.

October 15

Perfect Arrangement (Primary Stages at The Duke on 42nd Street)

In a play by Topher Payne, two gay U.S. State Department employees in 1950 have been tasked with identifying “sexual deviants” within their ranks.

In White America (New Federal Theater at Castillo)

In White America, a play by historian Martin Duberman,  traces the national journey from early colonial times through the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954, with text drawn directly from historical records, including the narratives of former slaves

Travels With My Aunt (Keen Company at Theatre Row)

An adaptation of Graham Greene’s comic novel about a mild-mannered retired banker and his eccentric aunt, in which four actors play over 25 characters.

October 17

Who’s Your Baghdaddy? Or How I Started The Iraq War (Actors Temple Theater)

Inspired by a true story, Who’s Your Baghdaddy? is a new musical comedy, presented as a support group for the mid-level spies who started the Iraq War.

October 18

Rothschild & Sons (York Theatre Company)

A one-act, re-imagining of ‘The Rothschilds,” a 1970, Tony-nominated musical by Sheldon Yellen, with music by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. The downsized version focuses on the relationships between the patriarch of the family, Mayer Rothschild, his wife Gutele, and their five sons

Trip of Love (Little Shubert)

A jukebox musical featuring hit songs of the 60s,

October 19

Kill Floor (Lincoln Center)

In Abe Koogler’s first play, a mother returns from prison to a job at a slaughterhouse, which complicates her reconciliation with her 15-year-old vegetarian son.

October 20

Ripcord (MTC at City Center)

Holland Taylor, Marylouise Burke, and Rachel Dratch. David Hyde Pierce directs
David Lindsay-Abaire’s new play about two rivals who vie for a choice room in an assisted living facility

Futurity (Ars Nova at The Connelly Theatre)

In this “avant-Americana” musical by indie band The Lisps, Julian is a Civil War soldier dreaming of a technological utopia. Ada is a mathematical genius thousands of miles away. Together, they’re going to invent a machine to end one of the darkest periods in our history

October 21

First Daughter Suite (The Public Theater)

Michael John LaChiusa  (GiantThe Wild Party) has created a musical of mothers and daughters who’ve lived in the White House: Patricia Nixon and daughters Tricia and Julie, Roselyn and Amy Carter, Betty and Susan Ford, Patti Davis and mom Nancy Reagan, and Barbara Bush and daughter-in-law Laura.

October 22

Romance Language (Theater 511 at Ars Nova)

In a new play by Joe Godfrey, a wealthy Manhattan widow takes up private lessons with an alluring young Italian instructor, which makes her daughter suspicious.

Dames At Sea (Helen Hayes)

First revival of the 1968 musical pokes fun at movie musicals of the 1930s. The cast of Ruby’s first Broadway show learn that their theater is being demolished, so they decide to perform on a battleship

October 23

Hasan Minaj: Homecoming King (Cherry Lane Theatre)

The Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj’s one-man show chronicles his experiences growing up as a first-generation Indian-American.

Just Like A Woman Festival http://www.abronsartscenter.org/performances/just-like-a-woman.html

October 24

Hell’s Belles (Elektra Theatre at The Times Square Arts Center)

In this musical, a fallen pop star lands in Hell and meets Salome, Lady Godiva, Lizzie Borden, Joan Crawford and Janis Joplin. (Janis Joplin?)

October 25

The Humans (RTC)

A terrific cast including Reed Birney, Jayne Houdyshell, Joyce Van Patten and Sarah Steele star in the latest play by Stephen Karam (Sons of the Prophet). When Erik Blake (Birney) brings his Pennsylvania family to his daughter’s Manhattan apartment to celebrate Thanksgiving, strange things start happening.

October 26

The Hummingbird’s Tour (Theatre at St. Clement’s)

Three opinionated siblings in their 60s and their ancient childhood nanny,are thrown into a philosophical frenzy by an unexpected guest with a mysterious prediction.


Before Your Very Eyes (The Public Theater)

Created by the Gob Squad, working for the past two years with 9-14 year olds from around New York City, this play presents seven lives lived in fast forward, from angst-ridden teens to hunched geriatrics.

October 27

Sylvia (Cort Theater)

Annaleigh Ashford and Julie White star in this revival of A.R. Gurney’s 1995 comedy about a man who adopts a dog (Ashford) that causes a crisis in his marriage.

October 28

Songbird (59e59)

In a musical based on Chekhov’s The Seagull, fading country star Tammy returns to the Honky Tonk that launched her music career to help the son she abandoned launch his own.

October 29


Thérèse Raquin (RTC – Studio 54)

A new stage adaptation of Zola’s novel. “In this tale of love, lust, betrayal, and guilt, Thérèse (Keira Knightley) has made peace with her loveless marriage to a weak man when her world is turned upside down by Laurent walking through the door

Spring Awakening on Broadway: Review, Photographs, Videos

The Deaf West production of Spring Awakening at the Brooks Atkinson tangibly enhances an acclaimed musical about rebellious and repressed adolescents. By cleverly pairing deaf actors who are signing with hearing actors who are singing, Deaf West has made the show the most accessible on Broadway, but also forged it into something theatrically exceptional.

Complete review at DC Theatre Scene

My essay for Howlround: Three Reasons To Cheer Deaf West’s Spring Awakening, and One Thing To Hope for the Future 

The reasons, in short: 1. strikingly relevant. 2. incorporating sign language and English, hearing and deaf performers, adding depth and beauty. 3. brings accessibility and inclusion to new heights. But not high enough.

Click on any photograph to see it enlarged, and for captions.

Broadway Poll: Which Fall 2015 Show Most Excites You?

Below are a list of 18 shows scheduled to open on Broadway from September 2015 to January, 2016, organized chronologically by opening date.  Pick the one that most excites you. For information on the shows, see my Broadway Fall 2015 preview guide

Spring Awakening on Broadway Sneak Peek: Sung, Signed, and Close Captioned

Deaf West Theater’s acclaimed production of “Spring Awakening,” a musical about lost and longing teenagers, is coming to Broadway in September, starring Marlee Matlin, Camryn Manheim, Andy Mientus, Krysta Rodriguez, and a cast of exciting newcomers, some of whom sing, some of whom sign.

Below watch “Mamma Who Bore Me” performed by Sandra Mae Frank, who portrays Wendla, and Katie Boeck, who is the voice of Wendla and accompanies her singing and Frank’s signing with guitar. They performed at the last Broadway in Bryant Park of the summer, on August 13. The video is close captioned.

Dames At Sea on Broadway Sneak Peek: First Pic, Two Songs

DAMES AT SEA - three ladiesWhy did Bernadette Peters sing an entire number from “Dames at Sea” to a dog at this year’s Broadway Barks? It was the first musical in which she starred on a New York stage, Off-Off Broadway at the famous Caffe Cino in 1966.

Nearly half a century later, it’s finally making it to Broadway, set to open October 22, 2015 at the Helen Hayes Theater, with a cast that includes Lesli Margherita who made a terrific Broadway debut as Mrs. Wormwood in Matilda, and John Bolton (Spamalot A Christmas Story, etc.) portraying the Captain.

The photograph above features, from left to right: Margherita as Mona Kent, a temperamental diva; Eloise Kropp who plays the Bernadette Peters part, Ruby, the ingenue; and Mara Davi, who plays Joan, a wise-cracking chorus girl.

Here is how the producers are describing the show: “Ruby steps off a bus in Manhattan, and into her first Broadway show, but hours before the opening night curtain is to rise, the cast learns their theater is being demolished, so it is “all hands on deck” to find a stage to put on the show.”

Below watch Broadway newcomer Danny Gardner sing “Broadway Baby,” and Lesli Margherita sing “That Mister Man of Mine,” which they performed in the August 13, 2015 Broadway in Bryant Park lunchtime concert.


Allegiance on Broadway: Watch Sneak Peek

ElenaWangforTwitterTellyLeungforTwitter“Allegiance” cast members Telly Leung (holding a fan made out of his face, above) and Elena Wang sang two songs from the musical at the Broadway in Bryant Park lunchtime concert. The Broadway musical starring George Takei and Lea Salonga and inspired by Takei’s own story is about a Japanese-American family that is relocated after the attack on Pearl Harbor from their farm in California to an internment camp in Wyoming. The show is set to open at Broadway’s Longacre Theater on November 8, 2015.

George Takei and Lea Salonga were not at the concert, but their fans were — both human fans, and those made from cardboard, below.


Hamilton on Broadway: Review, Photos, Video

When Hamilton opened Off-Broadway in February, I called it groundbreaking and breathtaking – and I was trying not to gush. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop musical about the life and times of the Founding Father whose face is on the ten dollar bill has drawn exuberant bipartisan praise – from both Obama and Cheney, both Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Now that it has opened on Broadway, Hamilton has the potential to do something revolutionary – to help dissolve Broadway’s dependence on British imports, and throw off the tyranny of Hollywood adaptations.

There seems to be just one major danger ahead – that Hamilton’s early adopters have created such high expectations for this original musical that it will wind up disappointing theatergoers who are used to more conventional Broadway fare.

On the other hand, at a certain point in the life of a hit Broadway show, any individual opinion no longer matters; it’s a hit because it’s a hit, and people go because it’s a hit; those who don’t like it are likely to blame themselves.

Given its $30 million in advance ticket sales, is it possible that Hamilton has already reached that point?

Full review on DC Theatre Scene

Click on any photograph below to see it enlarged.

(In response to inquiries about the three other Hamilton videos that used to be on this post: The show asked me to remove them, saying it was a mistake to have given them to me in the first place because they were “not finished.”  They said they’ll give the finished videos to me to post when they’re done, but didn’t say when that would be.

Update August 19: I have seen one of the videos I was asked to take down on the Charlie Rose show and another one on Good Day New York, but upon inquiring whether this meant that the videos were now “ready,” I was told “no”)

American Idol And Broadway: The TV Show Ends, The Connection Continues

Jennifer Hudson on American Idol in 2004, and on the Oscars 2015

Jennifer Hudson on American Idol in 2004, and on the Oscars in 2015

With Jennifer Hudson, American Idol season 3 seventh place finisher, about to make her Broadway debut in the revival of The Color Purple this fall – the same season that American Idol is coming to a close – it seems a good time to look at the American Idol-Broadway Pipeline, which I do in an article for Broadway Direct.

Below is the first section of the article.

idol950When American Idol comes to an end after 15 seasons next year, it will have introduced a number of performers who have become household names — and even more who have become Broadway veterans. Some have become both. At least 17 (and counting!) alumni of the TV singing competition have gone on to tread the boards of Broadway.

“I’m not surprised at all,” says Justin Guarini. “If nothing else, American Idol teaches you how to get up in front of a crowd.” The runner-up to Kelly Clarkson in the first season, Guarini has performed in four Broadway shows, more than any other Idol finalist. He is one of several who could serve as poster children for the American Idol–Broadway pipeline.

Constantine Maroulis has an explanation for the phenomenon. “Let’s be honest: Broadway has always featured whoever the current celebrities are — people who have a fan base and media attention — and we’re all over television and red carpets and magazines,” says Maroulis, referring to his fellow former Idol contestants. “It’s just good math all around. Of course, it works best when the person is also the best for the part.” Maroulis, the sixth-place finisher in season 4, is a three-time Broadway veteran and the only Idol contestant so far to receive a Tony Award nomination, for the leading role of Drew that he originated in Rock of Ages.

“Broadway was where I was always headed; American Idol was just an unexpected stop along the way,” says season 2’s Frenchie Davis, who was the first Idol contestant to join the cast of a Broadway show (Rent in 2003).

“If you have the talent, the drive, and the perseverance, Broadway gives you a place to shine,” Guarini says. “Many AI contestants share those qualities.”

The Big Broadway Quiz Thing August 7th: Preview 10 Theater Questions

BroadwayQuizThingLogoNoah Tarnow makes a living being quizzical. The creator of The Big Quiz Thing, he is bringing his act to The New-York Historical Society for a night of Broadway trivia August 7th.

NoahTarnowBonus good news: Friday nights, museum admission is pay-what-you-wish, and there’s no extra charge to play the game.

Below are a sample of ten questions that he might be asking. See how many you can answer correctly.

(Answers below)


 1. In three-time Broadway production The Music Man, they’ve got trouble, my friends, right there in River City. With a capital T and that rhymes with P and that stands for what?

 2What Tom Stoppard play, revived last year, shares its name with a former Coca-Cola slogan?

 3. Not Jaws, not Schindler’s List: Name the two Broadway musicals from the past ten years that were adapted from movies directed by Steven Spielberg.

4. Ironically considering its title, the jukebox musical Rock of Ages features no songs by what British rock band?

 5. What play, which ran on Broadway from last November to February, was about a real-life person named Joseph Merrick—not, as the play claims, John Merrick?

 6. What current Broadway show’s title references genitalia (or the lack thereof)?

 7. Name the classic play, seen on Broadway last year: Only five characters, one set, and a title character who is never seen.

 8. What recent Tony winner for Best Musical was largely set in the nation of Uganda?

 9. With 21 productions, which is the most produced Shakespeare play on Broadway that’s named for a 100 percent verifiably real English monarch? (So no, it’s not Julius Caesar.)

 10. Only two current Broadway theaters are named for living people, both of them extremely famous among anyone interested in American theater. Who are they?


 1. Pool

 2The Real Thing

 3. The Color Purple, Catch Me If You Can

 4. Def Leppard (since it’s named for their song “Rock of Ages”)

 5. The Elephant Man

 6. Hedwig and the Angry Inch

7. Waiting for Godot

 8. The Book of Mormon

 9. Richard III

 10. Neil Simon, Stephen Sondheim

August 2015 Theater Openings on Broadway (Hamilton!), Off-Broadway, Off-Off Broadway


Hamilton-PlaybillHamilton is NOT the only show opening this month. There are new plays at the Signature by both Annie Baker, winner of last year’s Pulitzer Prize for The Flick, and the 84-year-old A.R. Gurney, experiencing a late-career resurgence. There are 200 shows at the Fringe festival, and another 63 at the lesser known Thespis festival. There are exciting FREE plays at the New Brooklyn Theatre, including one by Lynn Nottage.

But Hamilton is the only show opening on Broadway, and even people who rarely if ever go to the theater have been gushing over it since its debut at the Public Theater, where it swept nearly every Off-Broadway award.

Below is a selection of the shows opening in August, organized chronologically by opening date. Each title is linked to a relevant website.

Color key: Broadway: Red. Off Broadway: Purple or Blue. Off Off Broadway: Green.

August 2

Delirium’s Daughters (Triumvirate Artists at Theatre Row)

Four suitors, three daughters…what’s a father to do? A kind old gentleman believes his deceased wife has forbid their three daughters to marry, until one of the suitors plays a series of tricks that helps him deal with his loss and recover his sanity. A new take on Commedia Dell’Arte

August 3

What I Learned in Fallsburg (Stage 72 at the Triad)

Gary Waldman’s personal musical tribute to growing up in the Catskills

August 4

Crossing Verrazano (Hudson Guild)

Writer-director Anthony Fusco’s play tells the true story of a gay-bashing that took place in Greenwich Village in 2010.

Lynn Nottage

Lynn Nottage

This is one of 63 plays being presented as part of the Thespis Theater Festival.

August 5

Las Meninas (New Brooklyn Theatre)

A play by Pulitzer-winnig playwright Lynn Nottage that tells the story of “the love affair between Louis XIV’s wife Queen Marie-Therese and Nabo, her African servant as told through the imagination of their illegitimate daughter. This play is offered FOR FREE.

August 6

Hamilton (Richard Rodgers)

Daveed Diggs as Thomas Jefferson with ensemble of Hamilton

Daveed Diggs as Thomas Jefferson with ensemble of Hamilton

The story of Alexander Hamilton, told by Lin-Manuel Miranda (In The Heights) using a mix of rap, jazz, r&b, and even light opera. I saw this at the Public Theater, and loved it.

August 7


Rachel (New Brooklyn Theatre)

Angelina Weld Grimké, the first African-American woman to have a play publicly performed, wrote Rachel  at the request of W.E.B. DuBois, shortly after the debut of D.W. Griffith’s racist 1915 film The Birth of a Nation,  it was one of the first plays to protest lynching and racial violence. This play is offered FOR FREE, and is presented in repertoire with Las Meninas.

August 10


Cymbeline (Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park)

 Lily Rabe, Hamish Linklater, Patrick Page and Raul Esparza are featured In this Shakespearean fairy tale directed by Daniel Sullivan, described this way: ” Princess Imogen’s fidelity is put to the royal test when her disapproving father banishes her soul mate. Cross-dressing girls and cross-dressing boys, poisons and swordfights and dastardly villains all take the stage in this enchanting romp about the conquering power of love.” For FREE.

August 11

John (Signature Theater)

Signature Theatre presents “John” A New Play by Annie Baker; Directed by Sam Gold Pictured: Georgia Engel as Mertis Katherine Graven, Christopher Abbott as Elias Schreiber-Hoffman & Lois Smith as Genevieve Marduk

Signature Theatre presents “John”
A New Play by Annie Baker; Directed by Sam Gold
Pictured: Georgia Engel as Mertis Katherine Graven, Christopher Abbott as Elias Schreiber-Hoffman & Lois Smith as Genevieve Marduk

A play by Annie Baker (Pulitzer winner for The Flick), starring an impressive cast including Georgia Engel (from the Mary Tyler Moore Show), Christopher Abbott (who left Girls),Hong Chau (Treme) and Lois Smith (The Trip to Bountiful, Rebel Without A Cause, etc), and directed by long-time Baker collaborator Sam Gold. “The week after Thanksgiving. A Bed & Breakfast in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. A cheerful innkeeper. A young couple struggling to stay together. Thousands of inanimate objects, watching. “

August 14


The New York International Fringe Festival, which begins today and runs through August 30th, offers almost 200 different shows.

August 18


Informed Consent (Primary Stages at The Duke on 42nd St)

A play by Deborah Zoe Laufer “about one woman’s quest to answer the mysteries of science and her own life, inspired by a landmark court case between one of the country’s largest universities and a Native American tribe based in the Grand Canyon.”  The suit was against Arizona State University for doing unauthorized research on blood drawn from members of the Havasupai tribe

August 19

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“In a society ravaged by warring gangs and a hallucinogenic-drug epidemic, Elliot and Darren, under the sway of the ruthless Spinx, throw parties for rich clients in abandoned apartment buildings – parties that help guests act out their darkest, most sinister fantasies.”

August 24

Love and Money (Signature)

AR Gurney By Gregory CostanzoA.R. Gurney, 84, has written close to 50 plays. He is best-known for “The Dinner Party,” but he is experiencing a career resurgence, which includes last fall’s Broadway revival of Love Letters, and this fall’s Broadway debut of Sylvia, as well as an entire season devoted to him at the Signature. Love and Money is a new play written as part of his residency year at Signature. “Determined to donate almost everything she owns before her life of grace and privilege ends, wealthy widow Cornelia Cunningham’s plan hits a snag when an ambitious and ingratiating young man arrives to claim his alleged inheritance.”

August 27

A Delicate Ship (Playwrights Realm at The Peter J Sharpe Theater)

A Delicate Shipcast

From the company, Playwrights Realm, that produced one of my favorite shows from last year, My Manana Comes, comes this play by Anna Ziegler. “It’s Christmas Eve, and Sarah and Sam are celebrating like New Yorkers: flirting over wine and debating the nature of existential suffering. Then there is a knock on the door, and Sarah’s childhood friend Nate stands at the threshold. And suddenly suffering becomes a whole lot less sexy.”

Whorl Inside a Loop (Second Stage)


Co-written and co-performed by Sherie Rene Scott (Everyday Rapture) A well-regarded actress agrees to teach six inmates how to tell their stories behind the bars of a men’s maximum security prison. Sharing intimate and sometimes hilarious details of their former lives, this unlikely group forms a bond — even as the actress’s life outside spins out of control.”


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