Five great plays that celebrate our commitment to theater that is fun, engaging, and connected to our modern world.
By Lolita Chakrabarti
Directed by Peter DeLaurier
September 7 - October 8, 2017
London, 1833. There are riots on the streets protesting the Slavery Abolition Act. Inside the Theatre Royal, tragic actor Ira Aldridge is making history. Fresh from dazzling success in the capitals of Europe, he is about to become the first African-American actor to play Othello in London, where the play was created. The conflict inside the theater mirrors that on stage and outside: what price will artists pay for their audacity and who must pay?
By Bruce Graham
Directed by M. Craig Getting
November 9 - December 10, 2017
From the ashes of World War II, Dutch patriots discover that one of their own – a rich and reputable art dealer – has sold rare Vermeer paintings to the Nazis. Accused of treason and on trial for his life, he must decide whether to destroy his own reputation or to reveal bigger secrets behind these works that the Dutch consider national treasures. Developed through the Lantern's New Works Initiative, this world premiere by celebrated Philadelphia playwright Bruce Graham spins a darkly ironic tale of ambition, genius, and deception.
By Michael Frayn
Directed by Kittson O'Neill
January 11 - February 11, 2018
Copenhagen examines a fascinating mystery: why did German physicist Werner Heisenberg visit his old mentor and Danish counterpart Neils Bohr in 1941 while their countries were at war? Was he looking for clues to atomic secrets, seeking absolution, or simply saying goodbye to an old friend? As the characters wrestle with their memories and motives, what becomes clear is the ultimate unknowability of why we do what we do. Perhaps the greatest play ever written about science, Michael Frayn's drama puts us in the heart of the greatest moral dilemma of the 20th century.
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Charles McMahon
March 15 - April 22, 2018
With poetry that brings the roiling sea to heel, The Tempest commands us to examine what happens when one ruler is exiled, his successor washed up on shore, and both must choose between conflict and reconciliation. Can old grievances lead to new hope or are we compelled to repeat our past sins? In the great comic fable of his artistic maturity, Shakespeare explores how the choices we make lead to unexpected consequences. Power becomes magic. Exile leads to revenge. Love paves a path to reconciliation, and poetry triumphs over all. Note: dates for this production were originally announced as March 8 - April 15; the production will now run March 15 - April 22.
Don't Dress for Dinner
By Marc Camoletti
Adapted by Robin Hawdon
Directed by Kathryn MacMillan
May 24 - June 24, 2018
Bernard wants Suzanne, and his wife Jacqueline wants his best friend Robert. Suzette comes to cook them all dinner, and her husband George might have to set everybody straight in this wickedly funny comedy by French playwright Marc Camoletti. The action spills from the drawing room to the bedroom to the kitchen in this hilarious and fast-moving farce of marriage, lust, and cordon bleu cuisine.
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Header Photo: Geneviève Perrier and Charlie DelMarcelle in A Child's Christmas in Wales (2014); Kittson O'Neill, Maxwell Eddy, and Alex Boyle in Arcadia (2014); Damon Bonetti, Daniel Fredrick, and Dave Johnson in The Hound of the Baskervilles (2015); and Kirk Wendell Brown and Peter DeLaurier in The Train Driver (2014). Photos by Mark Garvin.