The Division of Theatre presents three contemporary American plays in rotation over a two-week period. This year’s selections are Marisol by José Rivera, Middletown by Will Eno and This by Melissa James Gibson.
“THIS” by Melissa James Gibson Repertory Play #1
Four friends in their late thirties face the trials and tribulations of major life events with an eye toward quickly approaching middle-age. Playwright Melissa Gibson plays games with viewers’ thoughts and expectations through a combination of wit and melancholy comedy. “The play’s delicate pace, richly patterned wordplay and undercurrent of rue combine to cast a moving spell that lingers in the memory, like a sad-sweet pop song whose chorus you can’t shake,” says The New York Times.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Friday, April 25, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 2:00 pm
Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 8:00 pm
“Middletown” by Will Eno Repertory Play #2
Welcome to Middletown, where you can eavesdrop on the kind of conversations and insights usually left unsaid. Inspired by Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, Eno provides a twist by having the villagers reveal their innermost fears and piercing life observations as if they were ordinary tidbits of conversation. The play unfolds in a series of vignettes depicting encounters between seemingly unexceptional people that are surprisingly thought-provoking. The New York Times writes, “Middletown glimmers from start to finish with tart, funny, gorgeous little comments on big things: the need for love and forgiveness, the search for meaning in life, the long, lonely ache of disappointment.”
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm
Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 2:00 pm
“Marisol” by Jose Rivera Repertory Play #3
When 26-year-old Marisol Perez is attacked on the subway and rescued by a guardian angel, we are introduced to a world gone wild where food is scarce, pollution is plentiful and violence rules. On her journey, Marisol meets a series of bizarre characters, including a homeless man in a wheelchair in search of his lost skin and a woman beaten by police because she exceeded her credit card limit. Backstage describes this “thrill ride” as both darkly humorous and a commentary on social injustice that is “consistently fascinating.”
Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 2:00 pm
Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Friday, May 2, 2014 at 8:00 pm
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