“an important musical.” – Mark Beachy
Synopsis: The signing of the Declaration of Independence, a groundbreaking event in American history, blazes to vivid life in this most unconventional of Broadway hits. 1776 puts a human face on the pages of history as we see the men behind the national icons: proud, frightened, uncertain, irritable, charming, often petty and ultimately noble figures determined to do the right thing for a fledgling nation.1776 is a funny, insightful, and compelling drama with a wonderful musical score.
2. The Blood Quilt at Arena Stage.
“…a searing theatre experience…” – Brian Bochicchio.
Synopsis: Welcome to the Jernigan Gals’ Quilting Corner. Gathering at their childhood island home off the coast of Georgia, four disconnected sisters meet to create a family quilt to honor their recently deceased mother. When their reunion turns into a reading of their mother’s will, everyone must grapple with a troubling inheritance. Stitched with history and ritual, laughter and tears, will their “blood quilt” bind the family together or tear them apart forever?
3. Sunset Baby at Rep Stage.
“A heavy-duty play with a strong and powerful message of healing, forgiveness and the power of change, Sunset Baby is a historically relevant piece that has great potential of standing as a reminder and teaching agent for present day societal issues.” – Raisa Lefe’.
Synopsis: When a former black revolutionary and political prisoner decides to reunite with his daughter, he discovers that fatherhood might be the most challenging revolution of all. The Huffington Post names Morisseau as a “direct heir to the magical wordsmiths named Lorraine Hansberry, Tennessee Williams, and August Wilson” for her vibrant exploration of the point where the personal and political collide. Morriseau is a 2014 recipient of the Kennedy Prize for Drama.
4. Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris at Spotlighters Theatre.
“Director/Choreographer Timoth David Copney has assembled a strong cast, and together they offer the audience a masterclass in musical theater.” – David Forrer.
Synopsis:The poignant, passionate and profound songs of Belgian songwriter Jacques Brel are brought to vivid theatrical life in this intense musical experience. Brel’s legendary romance, humor and moral conviction are evoked simply and directly – a powerful, intimate, bold and emotional evening of theatre. Brimming with flair, attitude and European sophistication, these rich compositions bring to mind the groundbreaking work of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, creating a universe all their own that consistently startles with its daring, candor and insight.
5. Ernest In Love at Colonial Players of Annapolis.
“…the music delicious, the plot hilarious and the acting superb!” – Amy Juras.
Synopsis: Some consider Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest the funniest play written in English. CP seeks to capture all its wit and piquant satire in this musical version. The story is of the courtship of two affluent young ladies, Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew, by the young self-indulgent gentlemen, Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff. Each man has been slightly dishonest in order to get what he wants, and the struggle against major challenges: the formidable Lady Bracknell, Gwendolen’s mother, and the truth itself. When all is revealed to everybody, even Jack, it leads to an unexpected happy ending and three weddings!