2019 / 2020 Season

The Boys in the Band

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October 9 - 19, 2019  


Written by Mart Crowley


Co-directed by Jim McNabb and Shaun Toohey


Set in a stylish New York City apartment, Michael, an affluent, thirty-year-old gay man has invited five friends to his stylish New York City apartment for a birthday party honoring their gay Jewish friend, Harold. After the drinks are poured and the music turned up, the evening slowly exposes the fault-lines beneath their friendships and the self-inflicted heartache that threatens their solidarity.  As the evening comes to a close, Michael challenges his guests to play a party game he has devised. What will the game reveal and will it end as he intended?
 

A true theatrical game-changer, The Boys in the Band helped spark a revolution by putting gay men's lives onstage -- unapologetically and without judgement - in a world that was not yet willing to fully accept them. It  premiered Off-Broadway in 1968, and was revived on Broadway for its 50th anniversary in 2018.

 

“I was rapt; barely noticed the time pass. Parties that go wrong are often the stuff of great drama.” – Kate Kellaway, The Observer


“Fifty years of changes makes Mart Crowley's THE BOYS IN THE BAND all the more intriguing.” – Michael Dale, Broadway World


Audience Advisory: Adult themes and language. Ages 18+

 

BARE: A Pop Opera

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February 26 - March 7, 2020  


Book and Music by Damien Intrabartolo

Book and Lyrics by Jon Hartmere


Directed by Josh Kemp


Set in a private Catholic high school, BARE is a story about Jason and Peter, two gay high school students. The musical mainly elaborates on their struggles and deals with issues such as coming out, college, pregnancy, drugs and basically anything a teen can go through. As they struggle to come to terms with who they are, and who the world thinks they should be, they seek answers from their Church, their friends, and ultimately, from within themselves. Its rich, vibrant score draws on many styles of contemporary music.

BARE received its world premiere staging at the Hudson Mainstage Theater, Hollywood, California on October 14, 2000.


“As the audience made their way toward the exit, I could see some people wipe tears from their face…the music was moving. It came to me that once again, BARE had managed to not only 'touch my soul' but the audience's heart.” – Jimin Lee, Broadway World
 

“A work of love and stunning beauty.” – Lynn Beaver, Broadway World
 

“The team of Jon Hartmere Jr. and Damon Intrabartolo have wrought a magnificent, totally original contemporary musical extravaganza that explores the schism between youthful passion and theological dogma.” – Julio Martinez, Variety


Audience consideration: Ages 15+

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

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June 17 - 27, 2020  


Music and Lyrics by Stephen Trask

Book by John Cameron Mitchell


Directed by Shaun Toohey

Featuring: Phillip Merriman


This groundbreaking Obie-winning Off-Broadway smash hit tells the story of "internationally ignored song stylist" Hedwig Schmidt, a fourth-wall smashing East German rock 'n' roll goddess who also happens to be the victim of a botched sex-change operation, which has left her with just "an angry inch." This outrageous and unexpectedly hilarious story is dazzlingly performed by Hedwig (née Hansel) in the form of a rock gig/stand-up comedy routine backed by the hard-rocking band "The Angry Inch." Funny, touching, and ultimately inspiring to anyone who has felt life gave them an inch when they deserved a mile.


"Sublimely trashy and surprisingly powerful." —LA Times


"In the whole long, sorry history of rock musicals, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH is the first one that truly rocks." —Rolling Stone


"The most exciting rock score written for the theater since, oh, ever!" —Time Magazine
 

Audience Advisory: Adult themes and language. Ages 18+