January 3-25 2020 DC AREA PREMIERE
On October 6, 1998, gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard left the Fireside Bar with Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson. The following day he was discovered on a prairie at the edge of town, tied to a fence. Soon after, Matthew Shepard died at a hospital in Colorado. Ten members of Tectonic Theatre Project traveled to Laramie, Wyoming, and conducted interviews with the people of the town. The company returned to Laramie 6 times and conducted over 200 interviews. These texts became the basis for the play The Laramie Project. Ten years later, five members of Tectonic returned to Laramie to try to understand the long-term effect of the murder. They found a town wrestling with its legacy and its place in history.
How does society write its own history?
ALL PERFORMANCES WILL BE AT GRACE IN THE PLAINS
Industry night is Friday 1/10 at 7:30 pm. $10 tickets at the door for those in the arts and/or entertainment industry.
There will also be a 2:30pm matinee performance on Saturday 1/11
Cast: Matthew Butcher, Celia Cooley, Ken Gilfillan, Nailah Hunter, Marcia Markey, Rev. Weston Matthews, Angie Mirae, Samantha Mitchell, Ricardo Padilla, Cary Reese, Peyton Slade, Brandy Smith, Matt Thomas, Allison Turkel
Production Team: Natasha Parnian- Director, Sarah Akers and Audra Jacobs- Directing Apprentices, Peyton Johnston- Stage Manager
The Laramie Project : Ten Years Later is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
April 17- May 2 2020
By Annie Baker
When four lost New Englanders who enroll in Marty's six-week-long community-center drama class begin to experiment with harmless games, hearts are quietly torn apart, and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged and won. A beautifully crafted diorama, a petri dish in which we see, with hilarious detail and clarity, the antic sadness of a motley quintet.
"…orchestrated with a subtlety and unfailing naturalness that make the play's small revelations disarming and unexpected. The characterizations display a miniaturist attention to detail that goes down to the bone…Baker is never blind to their weaknesses and faults, yet regards them all with a warm, empathetic eye."
"Baker develops her characters slowly through their interactions each week in class, which is the only place we see them. Naturally, their real, offstage lives gradually infiltrate the classroom, revealing insights and transformations both humorous and heartbreaking." —Associated Press.
"Reverberates with seduction and sorrow…the play's final scene is devastatingly gentle."
Circle Mirror Transformation is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
AUGUST 14-SEPTEMBER 12 2020
By Yasmina Reza
How much would you pay for a white painting? Would it matter who the painter was? Would it be art? One of Marc's best friends, Serge, has just bought a very expensive painting. It's about five feet by four, all white with white diagonal lines. To Marc, the painting is a joke, but Serge insists Marc doesn't have the proper standard to judge the work. Another friend, Ivan, though burdened by his own problems, allows himself to be pulled into this disagreement. Eager to please, Ivan tells Serge he likes the painting. Lines are drawn and these old friends square off over the canvas, using it as an excuse to relentlessly batter one another over various failures. As their arguments become less theoretical and more personal, they border on destroying their friendships. At the breaking point, Serge hands Marc a felt tip pen and dares him: "Go on." This is where the friendship is finally tested, and the aftermath of action, and its reaction, affirms the power of those bonds.
Winner of the 1998 Tony Award for Best Play. Winner of the 1996 Olivier Award for Best Comedy. "…wildly funny, naughtily provocative…" —NY Post.
AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD IN LATE APRIL 2020