We are Proud to Present
September 28 - October 23, 2016
An emotionally charged journey into the past by Jackie Sibblies Drury. Presented in association with the African-American Shakespeare Company
In the rehearsal room, a performance piece on a little-known episode of early 20th century genocide in Namibia, Africa takes a jolting turn when the actors — three black and three white — tap into personal resentments and ingrained prejudices. Tensions mount as they expose more of themselves than they ever imagined, unleashing a spiral of conflict as actors unravel strands of history and realize the past is ever-present.
The Night Alive
November 16 - December 11, 2016
Regional premiere of an extraordinary tale of hope and redemption by Conor McPherson
Tommy's not a bad man. He's getting by renting a run-down room in his Uncle Maurice's ramshackle Dublin house and doing his best to avoid his wife and kids rolling from one get-rich- quick scheme to the other with his friend Doc. But when he rescues Aimee, a mysterious woman, escape from squalor seems possible. Together there's a glimmer of hope they could make something more of their lives. Something extraordinary, perhaps. With inimitable warmth, humor and heart, Conor McPherson's award-winning play deftly mines humanity found in the most unlikely of situations. Note: there will be no performance on Thanksgiving, Thursday November 24.
December 17 - 18, 2016
An intimate cabaret starring Allison F. Rich & Friends
Val Kilmer's Cinema Twain
December 29 - 30, 2016
Val Kilmer appears at The Stage to introduce two special film screenings of Cinema Twain, the film of his one-man play about Mark Twain. The one-man show, Citizen Twain, has played to sold-out houses at performing arts venues nationwide.
February 1 - 26, 2017
Explosive examination of cultural identity by Ayad Akhtar
Can anyone ever truly escape their past? Amir Kapoor is living the American Dream and quickly climbing the corporate ladder at his powerful Manhattan law firm. But when Amir and his wife Emily, an artist inspired by Islamic painting, host a dinner party for friends and colleagues, the pleasant evening quickly erupts into a volatile cultural debate over race, religion, and class in the modern world. This combustible drama is the "emotionally shattering" (Newsday) tale of the stories we tell our friends, the secrets we tell our lovers, and the lies we tell ourselves to find our place in the American Dream.
The Memory Stick
April 5 - 30, 2017
WORLD PREMIERE, international co-sponsored co-production by San Jose Stage Company and Dublin City Arts Office. Written by Donal O'Kelly
Cultures collide when Bridget, a young Chicagoan, meets a Lakota Sioux and a fellow American from Jersey on an army base in Kandahar, Afghanistan. But it isn't long before they discover they have more in common than expected as secrets are revealed that ultimately turns one of them into a whistleblower suspect. Mystical Native American and Irish history blends magic, politics and realism in this suspenseful examination of the 1916 Easter Rising.
THE TOXIC AVENGER
June 7 - july 30, 2017
REGIONAL PREMIERE, Winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for "Best Off-Broadway Musical". Directed by Jonathan Rhys Williams, Music & Lyrics by David Bryan, Book & Lyrics by Joe DiPietro
Based on Lloyd Kaufman's cult film and winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical, The Toxic Avenger is a charming love story and laugh-out-loud musical that has it all: an unlikely hero, his beautiful girlfriend, a corrupt New Jersey mayor and two guys who play... well, everyone else ... bullies, mobsters, old ladies and stiletto-wearing back up singers. With book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro and music and lyrics by David Bryan, the show also features the most memorable and unbelievable duet you'll ever see on any stage.
Melvin Ferd, the Third, wants to clean up Tromaville, the most polluted town in New Jersey (just off Exit 13B on the Turnpike). Foiled by the mayor's bullies, Melvin is dumped into a vat of radioactive toxic waste, only to reemerge as The Toxic Avenger, New Jersey's first superhero. Affectionately known as Toxie, our new hero is a seven-foot mutant freak with superhuman strength and a heart as big as Newark. He's out to save New Jersey, end global warming, and woo the blind librarian in town.
It's a toxic love story with an environmental twist! The Toxic Avenger will leave audiences laughing in the aisles as it rocks the house. Featuring a wailin' rock score, this comical musical has something for everyone to enjoy.
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