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PRESENTED BY New American Folk Theatre
September 1, 2018
September 29, 2018
2A
New American Folk Theatre is pleased to present the world premiere of SCRAPS, the story of the Patchwork Girl of Oz, many years after her celebrated adventures in L. Frank Baum’s Oz book series. Follow Scraps on her journey of self-discovery and her effort to shed herself of the patchwork quilt that she is made of in order to become a more “normal” person. Using the setting of America’s first fairy tale, this play explores racial and gender identity, and the myriad of people that make up the patchwork of this country. SCRAPS explores our capacity to love and our need to find intimacy through trust and friendship. This new play is written by Co-Artistic Director Anthony Whitaker and directed by Co-Artistic Director Jamal Howard.

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PRESENTED BY WildClaw Theatre
September 11, 2018
October 13, 2018
2B

A world premiere by Kristin Idaszak and directed by Jess Hutchinson. When Quinn discovers her estranged mother is dying, she returns to a home she fled long ago. As she cares for her mother, Quinn wrestles with disturbing childhood memories. What is her mother’s secret? What do the bedtime stories of Selkies her mother once told her really mean? Told in three interconnected monologues, SECOND SKIN (winner of the Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel and Jean Kennedy Smith awards) investigates the fraught relationship between mothers and daughters, and how one mistake can reverberate across generations.


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PRESENTED BY Brett Schneider
September 13, 2018
September 22, 2018
Upstairs Mainstage
Written and Performed by Brett Schneider. Directed by Elana Boulos.
Have you ever wished you could know what someone else is thinking? What if you could? COMMUNION: An Evening of Magic is a 70-minute performance that blurs the line between magician and spectator, and explores how illusion can create true human connection. Highly interactive and unconventional, COMMUNION blends world-class magic, sleight of hand, and psychological suggestion with live participation from the audience. No two performances are alike. For additional information, visit brettschneidermagic.com. Recommended for ages 13+.

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PRESENTED BY Firebrand Theatre
September 22, 2018
October 28, 2018
Heath

CAROLINE, OR CHANGE is set in Lake Charles, Louisiana: the end of 1963. America is changing. Caroline Thibodeaux is a mother of four and a maid, working for the southern Jewish Gellman family. Caroline struggles with changes monumental and mundane, and her relationship with the young, grieving boy who lives in the house she cleans. Riveting, moving and awe-inspiring, CAROLINE, OR CHANGE features a virtuosic score by Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home, Violet) and a breathtaking book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner (Angels in America), the music ranges from Motown to Klezmer, the storytelling from political to magical. Direction by: Lili-Anne Brown, Music Direction by: Andra Velis Simon, Choreography: Brigitte Ditmars


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PRESENTED BY The Plagiarists
October 3, 2018
October 27, 2018
3A

In this world premiere by Kim Z. Dale and directed by Jen Poulin, Claudine is a brilliant academic who sometimes wonders if she has settled for family and a boring job instead of pursuing her full potential. So when a new brain-enhancing technology is developed, she jumps at the chance to be part of the Endeavor Mind program and pursue the dreams she had set aside. But this experiment may have unintended consequences, for Claudine and for those around her. Inspired by Faust, The Twilight Zone, and Black Mirror, Endeavor Mind is where corporate science, human biology, and intellectual aspiration converge.


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PRESENTED BY New Colony Theatre Company
October 3, 2018
November 4, 2018
Upstairs Mainstage

By day, Tom works a dead end job for the man and can’t get a date. But by night, he’s top of the leader board, a master gamer. Othered and lonely, Tom is sucked into the Order of the Sword, an online community that seems to promise him his digital personal in real life. Developed through The New Colony’s Writers’ Room and inspired by Gamergate and online hate movements, FUN HARMLESS WARMACHINE is a cautionary tale of the power of fear and the seductive pull of the alt right. Written by Co-Artistic Director Fin Coe and directed by James Fleming. Ages 12+.


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PRESENTED BY First Floor Theatre
October 20, 2018
November 18, 2018
2B

A timely, irreverent examination of growing up black in America by rising-star playwright Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm. Marquis, a book smart prep-schooler from suburban Maryland, meets Tru, a street savvy Baltimorean, in a holding cell. Tru thinks Marquis has lost his “blackness” and pens a manual entitled Being Black for Dummies, as they navigate a world of cheerleaders, Black Lives Matter, 2Pac, Nietzsche, Apollo, and Dionysus—each vying for Marquis’ future.


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PRESENTED BY Broken Nose Theatre
November 9, 2018
December 15, 2018
2A

When a violent encounter with a shoplifter leaves half of their team fired or in the hospital, the security guards of a downtown Chicago retail store find themselves under corporate investigation. Short-staffed, ill prepared and faced with accusations of racial profiling that threaten to dismantle the crew, they must decide: do we admit to something we’re not guilty of to save our jobs, or do we give the higher-ups a taste of what it’s like in the trenches? In the style of their breakout hit last year “At The Table,” Broken Nose Theatre and playwright Spenser Davis tailor-fit each role to fit the ensemble.


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PRESENTED BY First Floor Theatre
February 16, 2019
March 16, 2019
2B

Gary has not been the same since the 2016 election. He has to not only care for his activist husband and write copy for a bacon company with an animal abuse problem, but every night he has sex dreams about the Vice President. From the recent past to our imminent dystopia, Mike Pence Sex Dreams asks us what our roles are as citizens under a government where some animals are more equal than others.


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PRESENTED BY First Floor Theatre
April 20, 2019
May 18, 2019
2B

Ella is a precocious and fiercely competitive actress with a desperate need to make her father David, a famous playwright, proud. making her famous playwright father David proud. Over the course of a boozy, drug-fueled evening, Ella and David spend the evening digging into family history, artistic passion, and unspoken fears as they wait for the reviews, but what is unearthed can’t simply be reburied. This daring play pulls the audience into the middle of a deeply complicated relationship, exploring how we build and break idealized versions of our loved ones.


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