“… a dramatic, frightening, and satisfying play performed with a maturity beyond the young actors’ years… ” – Liz Ruth-Brinegar.
Synopsis: A stunning yarn of piracy on the tropical seas. At the center of it all are Jim Hawkins, a 14-year-old boy who longs for adventure, and the infamous Long John Silver, who is a complex study of good and evil, perhaps the most famous hero-villain of all time.
2. ‘The Hard Problem’ at Studio Theatre.
“Stoppard’s play is delightfully human and the intimacy of Studio Theatre is just the space to capture that.” – Stephanie House.
Synopsis: Master dramatist Tom Stoppard’s newest play follows Hilary, a young psychology researcher at the prestigious Krohl Institute for Brain Science. As she and her colleagues grapple with the ‘hard problem’ of defining consciousness, a thorny decision from Hilary’s past fuels her controversial stances—and a few suspect choices. Bristling with intellectual energy and searing wit, The Hard Problem explores the difference between our brains and our minds, the nature of belief, and how to reconcile hard science with lived experience.
3. ‘Showboat’ at Toby’s Dinner Theatre.
“….A flawless performance….” – Raychel Harvey-Jones.
Synopsis: An American classic! Show Boat follows life aboard The Cotton Blossom, a Mississippi River show boat. This timeless musical spans generations, telling a powerful story of hope, freedom and love while celebrating the music of vaudeville, jazz and gospel with some of the most beautiful songs ever written, including “Ol’ Man River,” “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man” and “Make Believe”.
4. ‘Samsara’ at Single Carrot Theatre.
“A sonogram inside a microwave, a story about surrogacy that’s both respectful and hilarious!” – Raychel Harvey-Jones.
Synopsis: Katie and Craig want a baby. Well, Katie wants a baby, and Craig wants what Katie wants. When Craig goes to India to be with their surrogate, Suraiya, flying-phobic Katie is left alone, plagued by visions of all that could go wrong and a mysterious, seductive Frenchman. Suraiya, an aspiring doctor with secrets of her own, tries to remain cool and aloof while conversing with the life growing inside of her, a curious young man who has named himself Amit. Their lives flow together and intertwine in the cycle of life, death, and rebirth known as samsara.
5. ‘As You Like It’ at Folger Theatre.
“… “As You Like It” boasts an original vision of one of the Bard’s best, featuring uproarious comedic performances.” – Norah Dick.
Synopsis: Rosalind is banished from court and flees to the Forest of Arden, where she discovers Orlando and a world of passion and possibility in one of Shakespeare’s most cherished romantic comedies. When she disguises herself as a man, enchantment abounds and blossoms into an exploration of the beauty and complexities of young love.