2018 One-Act Festival
August 17 – 26, 2018
Two weekends of original one-act plays that will make you laugh, cry, and think.
Emilie, La Marquise du Châtelet, Defends Her Life Tonight
By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Erin Bone Steele
September 14 – October 6, 2018
In this highly theatrical, fast, funny, sexy rediscovery of one of history’s most intriguing women, Emilie defends her life and loves, and ends up with both a formula and a legacy that permeates history.
An American Classic – Title to be announced
Directed by Craig Mummey
October 26 – November 17, 2018
Season of Light: A Winter Fairytale
By Steph DeFerie
December 7 – 16, 2018
Magda is chosen to play the Sister of the Sun for her village’s Winter Solstice ceremony. But when the days keep growing shorter, Magda is blamed and exiled. In the forest, a group of players join her quest to bring back the light by going to the source: the real Sister of the Sun. What is Magda willing to sacrifice to save the world from darkness?
By Bill Cain
Directed by Madeleine Smith
January 11 – February 2, 2019
England, 1605: A tight ensemble of star Elizabethan actors from the King’s Men company, including William Shakespeare, are commissioned to produce an impossible-to-write show about the foiled Gunpowder Plot, where conspirators attempted to blow up the King and Parliament.
To be announced
February 22 – March 16, 2019
By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Jeff Mikoni
April 5 – 28, 2019
Every estranged member of the Lafayette clan has descended upon the crumbling Arkansas homestead to settle the accounts of the newly dead patriarch. After a disturbing discovery surfaces among their father’s possessions, the reunion takes a turn for the explosive.
In the Next Room, or the vibrator play
By Sarah Ruhl
May 17 – June 8, 2019
A comedy about marriage, intimacy, and electricity, In the Next Room is set in the 1880s at the dawn of the electrical age. Based on the bizarre historical fact that doctors used vibrators to treat ‘hysterical’ women (and some men), the play centers on a doctor and his wife and how his new therapy affects their entire household.
By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Seth Ghitelman
June 28 – July 20, 2019
New York City, 1905: Esther, a talented African-American seamstress, sews for rich white and poor black clients alike, and saves her earnings so she can someday open her own beauty parlor. She also longs for a loving husband and has a long-distance pen-pal romance with George, a black Barbadian laborer building canals in South America.