Ladies and Gentlemen…our new season…
Theatre on the Square 2015-2016 SEASON
By David Hare
January 22 — February 13 – Christel DeHaan Main Stage
Director: Gari Williams
Actor Bill Simmons stars in this play about Kyra, a young woman who is surprised to see the son of her former lover at her apartment in a London slum. He hopes she will reconcile with his distraught, now widowed, father. Tom, a restless, self-made restaurant and hotel tycoon, arrives later that evening, unaware of his son’s visit. Kyra, who was his invaluable business associate and a close family friend until his wife discovered their affair, has since found a vocation teaching underprivileged children. Is the gap between them unbridgeable, or can they resurrect their relationship?
“A thrilling modern classic.”- Daily Telegraph
“Skylight insists that we take in that larger view, and consider our own places — and choices — as inhabitants of a crowded world.” NY Times; 1996 Olivier Award for play of the year; 1997 Theatre World Special Award for Outstanding Debut Ensemble; 2015 Best Revival of a Play
By Tracy Letts
February 19 – March 5, 2016 – Stage Two
Director: Lori Raffel
The first play by the author of August: Osage County, which premiered at Chicago’s Steppenwolf before going on to acclaimed productions in London and New York. Hired by the dissolute Smith family to murder the matriarch for insurance money, Killer Joe takes the daughter to bed as a retainer against his final payoff which sets in motion a bloody aftermath as the “hit man” meets his match
“White-trash Gothic with a comic-book spin.” Wes Craven
“One of the best American plays of the past quarter-century.” – Wall Street Journal
“The play is an engaging tale that plays out like a redneck soap opera or a trailer park Shakespearean tragedy.” Chicago Theatre Beat
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim – Book by James Lapine
March 11 – 26, 2016 – Christel DeHaan Main Stage
Director: Tim Spradlin
Set in 19th century Italy, this dramatic musical concerns a young soldier and the changes in him brought about by the obsessive love of Fosca, his Colonel’s homely, ailing cousin. The New York Times – Once in an extraordinary while, you sit in a theater and your body shivers with the sense and thrill of something so new, so unexpected, that it seems, for those fugitive moments, more like life than art. Passion is just plain wonderful.
“(Passion is) the most personal and internalized of Mr. Sondheim’s works.” — Variety
“The show’s pervasive appeal to the senses comes through the music, which seems to fill the theater like a churning ocean.” —NY Times
PORNO STARS AT HOME
By Leonard Melfi
April 1 – 23, 2016 – Stage Two
Director: Bill Wilkison
All those people who live fantasy lives up there on the not-so-silver screen… what might they be like at home, away from the tacky lighting and cheap interiors of their workaday world? What might they fantasize about? One wants to be discovered as a serious actress, one dreams of a family life, and one star of gay porn just wants to be recognized as a heterosexual. At adult-film star Georgia Lloyd Bernhart’s birthday party, which wish, if any, will come true?
“Melfi’s affection for spiritual vagabonds shines through, and there’s a fine glitter to the work in its best moments.” – Village Voice
“A play well worth doing . . . this is the kind of play that makes the N.Y. stage live rather than just exist.” – N.Y. Times
BATBOY: The Musical
Story and book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming, music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe
April 29 – May 28, 2016 – Christel DeHaan Main Stage
Director: Zack Neiditch (co-produced with Zach Rosing)
Inspired by a series of tabloid headlines published in 1992 by The Weekly World News, a group of spelunking West Virginian teenagers discover the creature and the sheriff brings him to the local veterinarian (Dr. Parker’s) home, where he begins to assimilate to human life and become a part of the Parker family while trying to keep his penchant for sucking human blood under control. When Edgar tries to ingratiate himself with the townfolk of Hope Falls, he is quickly rejected, and he and Dr. Parker’s daughter (who fall in love) run away together. After a single night of joyous freedom, tragedy strikes when Meredith finds them and reveals the dark secret of Bat Boy’s origin.
“Smart, playful and funny…a giggling cult hit” —NY Magazine.
“At the end of the show, you’ve been gleefully, outlandishly entertained.” —NY Newsday.
Lucille Lortel Award; 2 Richard Rodgers Awards from the American academy of Arts and Letters
Outer Critics Circle Award
TIME STANDS STILL
By Donald Margulies
June 17 – July 9, 2016
Director: Gari Williams
The play focuses on Sarah and James, a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent trying to find happiness in a world that seems to have gone crazy. Theirs is a partnership based on telling the toughest stories, and together, making a difference. But when their own story takes a sudden turn, the adventurous couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life.
“Goes beyond the personal to explore the moral ambiguities of journalism.” -NYTimes
“Margulies is a supremely intelligent writer” – Chicago Sun-Times
HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL
Music, lyrics, and book by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy
July 15 – August 13, 2016
Director: Zack Neiditch