Announcing Our 2015-2016 Season
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Free For All
A Midsummer Night's Dream
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Ethan McSweeny
We kick off the season with the 25th Anniversary of the annual Washington tradition, Free For All, bringing back Ethan McSweeny’s stunning production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Love, magic, and wonder fill the air as dreams blend with reality in this must-see Shakespeare classic. Under McSweeny’s direction, theatre, magic, ghosts, and fairies become one in the ruins of an abandoned theatre, setting the stage for a feast for the imagination.
Adapted and directed by Yaël Farber
“They say that love has a bitter taste … But what of that?”
“I do not believe in miracles. I’ve seen too many.”
Internationally acclaimed adaptor/director Yaël Farber infuses this raw New Testament tale with evocative sound and physicality, drawing on ancient biblical and pagan texts, as well as Oscar Wilde’s landmark mystery play, to spin a tale as provocative as the Dance of the Seven Veils. Salomé marks STC’s entry in the Women’s Voices Theatre Festival with a world premiere adaptation by Farber, returning to STC after her Helen Hayes Award nominated Mies Julie. Salomé was commissioned through a grant from the Beech Street Foundation.
Women’s Voices Theater Festival
More than 50 of the Washington, D.C. region’s professional theatres are joining together to produce, in the fall of 2015, the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. The companies will each represent a world premiere production of a work by one or more female playwrights, highlighting both the scope of plays being written by women, and the range of professional theatre being produced in and around the nation’s capital. The Women’s Voices Theater Festival will be the largest collaboration of theatre companies working simultaneously to produce original works by female writers in history.
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Samuel and Bella Spewack
Directed by Alan Paul
“Kiss me, Kate, we shall be married o’Sunday.”
It’s “another opening of another show” with Kiss Me, Kate, American musical theatre’s greatest tribute to the Bard. As they try to stage a musical version of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, sparks fly on and off stage between Fred Graham, the show's director and star, and Lilli Vanessi, his leading lady—and ex-wife. Add to the mix a pair of passionate young lovers and a few musically inclined gangsters’ heavies, all under the direction of STC Associate Artistic Director Alan Paul, Helen Hayes Award winner for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. The result is a sharp and witty night with Cole Porter’s biggest hit and the winner of the first ever Tony Award® for Best Musical.
By Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher
“The newspapers! Sir, they are the most villainous — licentious — abominable — infernal — Not that I ever read them — no — I make it a rule never to look into a newspaper.”
The Real Inspector Hound
By Tom Stoppard
Directed by Michael Kahn
“ I mean it’s sort of a thriller, isn’t it?”
“I suppose so. Underneath.”
“ Underneath?!? It’s a whodunit, man!”
Experience a madcap night of life in the theatre with two classic behind-the-scenes comedies under the direction of STC Artistic Director Michael Kahn. Playwright and adaptor Jeffrey Hatcher (The Government Inspector) returns with a fresh take on Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s 18th-century romp The Critic, a whirlwind comedy about bad theatre, worse playwrights…and, worst of all, the critics. The antics continue with Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound, an ingenious play-within-a-play in which two critics find themselves caught up as unsuspecting suspects while they watch a classic 1950s-style whodunit. The Critic was commissioned through a grant from the Beech Street Foundation.
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Ron Daniels
“It is the cause, it is the cause, my soul…”
Internationally acclaimed director Ron Daniels joins STC to helm Othello, Shakespeare’s tale of jealousy, duplicity, and destruction. Among the exotic airs and mysterious shadows of Cyprus, newly married and promoted Moorish general Othello finds himself the pawn in the manipulative games of his right-hand man, Iago. As his imagination is poisoned, Othello rapidly spirals from hero to murderer in one of Shakespeare’s most haunting tragedies.
By George Orwell
A new adaptation created by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan
“Big Brother is watching.”
April, 1984. 13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is watching him—and the door to Room 101 can swing open in the blink of an eye. George Orwell’s chilling vision of a dystopian future is brought to life in a radical multimedia production by the U.K.’s acclaimed Headlong theatre company. Called “a brilliant retelling” by the Guardian, Headlong’s production of 1984 explores surveillance, identity, and the security state. See why Orwell’s 1949 novel of a totalitarian world—the definitive book of the 20th century—is as relevant now as ever, and particularly resonant in the political environment of Washington, D.C.
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar
“Why are our bodies soft and weak and smooth …
But that our soft conditions and our hearts
Should well agree with our external parts?”
Director Ed Sylvanus Iskandar brings his edgy alternative style to D.C. with a provocative new approach to The Taming of the Shrew. This all-male production features Tony Award®-winning Broadway star Billy Porter (Kinky Boots) as Kate, the titular firebrand feuding with her would-be-spouse Petruchio. Known for his epic, immersive performance-style works (The Mysteries), Iskandar examines identity, authenticity, and gender roles within one of Shakespeare’s most notorious texts.
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