Arden Theatre Company is thrilled to announce our 2015/16 Mainstage season, true to our mission of bringing to life great stories by great storytellers. Don't wait – renew or become a new subscriber today.
METAMORPHOSES October 1 - November 1, 2015
Based on the Myths of Ovid
Written and originally directed by Mary Zimmerman
Directed by Doug Hara
F. Otto Haas Stage
From acclaimed playwright Mary Zimmerman (of Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre) comes this dazzling adaptation of Ovid’s classic myths. A rippling, onstage pool conjures a magical world where Gods and mortals co-exist and universal tales of fate, lost love, greed and death are shared. Tony Award-nominated for Best Play, Metamorphoses overflows with gorgeous imagery and visionary theatricality. This is storytelling at its finest.
EQUIVOCATION October 22 - December 13, 2015
By Bill Cain
Directed by Terrence J. Nolen
“Shagspeare”, a playwright in London in 1605, (yep, that’s the one) receives a royal commission to write a historical play about a treasonous act. But the government’s side of the story just isn’t adding up. Now Shag must navigate the dangerous politics between writing a lie (and losing his soul), or writing the truth (and losing his head!) Hailed as the “must see show of the season,” Equivocation is full of witty allusions to some of the Bard’s greatest works, and is a smart, contemporary and bold new look at our greatest playwright ever.
FUNNYMAN January 14 - March 6, 2016
A World Premiere by Bruce Graham
Directed by Matt Pfeiffer
New York City, 1959. An aging vaudevillian comic, grasping to remain relevant in the ever-changing world of “show biz,” tries to revive his career with a starring turn in an avant-garde off-Broadway play. Meanwhile his daughter struggles to uncover truths from her childhood that her father would rather keep hidden. From Philadelphia playwright Bruce Graham, author of three previous Arden works including the 7-time Barrymore Award-winning Something Intangible (2009), comes a new play about a man whose legacy is on the line and for whom comedy is serious business.
TWO TRAINS RUNNING March 10 - April 10, 2016
By August Wilson
Directed by Raelle Myrick-Hodges
F. Otto Haas Stage
The civil rights movement is sweeping across Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1969 and Memphis Lee’s diner is scheduled to be torn down, a casualty of the city’s renovation project. Struggling to cope with a rapidly changing world, Memphis and the diner regulars fight to hang on to their solidarity and sense of community. From Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson comes this masterpiece about everyday lives in the shadow of great events, and of unsung men and women who are anything but ordinary.
“Perfection…a work by a writer at the peak of his powers." -Variety
THE SECRET GARDEN May 12 - June 19, 2016
Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Music by Lucy Simon
Production co-conceived by Jorge Cousineau and Terrence J. Nolen
Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett
F. Otto Haas Stage
After the sudden death of her parents, ten year-old Mary Lennox is sent to live with an Uncle whom she’s never met. Mourning the loss of his own true love, Uncle Archibald is distant and strange. Cold, bleak Misslethwaite Manor, haunted by spirits and secrets of the past, is no place for a little girl. Strong-willed and brave-hearted, Mary finds solace in a locked-up, hidden garden, and with it, a path to rebirth, proving that hope can bloom from the darkest of places. Based on the beloved novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden’s heartwarming story and beautiful, soaring ballads make this Tony Award-winning musical a treat for young and old alike!
Plays and schedule subject to change.