BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
Book by Alex Timbers, Music and Lyrics by Michael Friedman
Fridays & Saturdays, September 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27, 2014
This satirical musical about the seventh U.S. president, reinvented as an “emo” rock star will definitely leave people talking. BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON tells the story of America’s first political maverick who fought the British, screwed the Indians and knocked down the Spaniards, all for the U.S.A. From frontier to the White House, ‘Old Hickory’ is kicking ass and taking names, because manifest destiny. It’s weird, rowdy, funny, loud, crude, self-centered and, well, American, for better or worse.
OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION: On opening night, we’ll hold a special season-opener event. All tickets to the September 12 performance will include admission to a pre-show reception, much like last year’s HOMEMADE FUSION event. The rest of the run will follow our regular ticket pricing.
Adapted from the Oscar Wilde novel by Jess Flock
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, October 30, 31, November 1, 6, 7 & 8, 2014
DORIAN GREY is a reimagining of Oscar Wilde’s 1890 gothic novel, “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” This new adaptation by Jess Flock brings the story into a contemporary setting and flips the gender of several main characters. Alaina Manchester will direct, with Jessica Annunziata as assistant director. This studio production will be a collaborative effort molded by both the creative team and the cast. Dealing with topics of gender, beauty, sexuality and morality, DORIAN GREY is a thrilling tale and powerful work.
Staged Reading Series:
By Bruce Norris
Tuesdays, December 9 & 16, 2014
Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and the 2012 Tony Award, CLYBOURNE PARK features two intriguing acts set in the same house, but fifty years apart. Act One takes place in 1959, as neighbors are trying to stop an African-American family from moving to their quiet, suburban street. Act Two is present-day, and the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification. Funny, witty, challenging and timely, it’s a perfect fit for Dramashop.
Staged Reading Series:
AN ORIGINAL PLAY
Tuesdays & Wednesdays, February 3, 4, 10 & 11, 2015
Following the success of Dan Johnson’s LOVE ACTUALLY ISN’T, we’re rolling the dice once more and searching for a new, unpublished play, to be staged as a part of Fringe Fest Erie. The submission deadline is November 1, 2014, so start writing – your play could be next!
By Wendy Wasserstein
March 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 & 28, 2015
From the author of THE HEIDI CHRONICLES, this 2005 play will have you picking sides. Woodson Bull III, aka “Third,” and Professor Laurie Jameson do not get along. She sees him as an entitled conservative, he sees her as liberal academic. When he submits a sophisticated essay on King Lear, she thinks he couldn’t possibly have written it and reports it as plagiarism. Who will you side with in this provocative he-said / she-said battle of words?
Staged Reading Series:
THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST’S WIFE
By Charles Busch
Tuesdays, April 28 & May 5, 2015
A middle-aged Upper West Side Doctor’s wife is plunged into a mid-life crisis and thrown for a loop by the reappearance of a fascinating and mysterious childhood friend. This intelligent, hilarious comedy earned Charles Busch some of his greatest acclaim, winning the Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award and garnering fantastic reviews from The New York Times, The New York Daily News, and New York Magazine.
ANGELS IN AMERICA, PART ONE: MILLENIUM APPROACHES
By Tony Kushner
June 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27, 2015
In Tony Kushner’s 1993 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, set in 1980s New York City, a gay man is abandoned by his lover when he contracts the AIDS virus, and a closeted Mormon lawyer’s marriage to his pill-popping wife unravels. Other characters include the infamous lawyer Roy Cohn, Ethel Rosenberg, a former drag queen turned nurse, and, of course, an angel.
More than 20 years after it premiered, ANGELS IN AMERICA remains one of the most powerful plays in American history. While the HIV/AIDS epidemic has improved, it’s not gone, and it’s a part of our history. Oppression, discrimination, acceptance, tolerance and understanding are struggles you see in the news every day. We’ve come a long way, but we’ve still got a long way to go.
GERTRUDE, QUEEN OF DENMARK
By Robert Michael Morris
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, July 30, 31, August 1, 6, 7 & 8, 2015
A compelling take on Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” the play covers the same timeframe, but from the point of view of his mother, Gertrude. Haunted by dreams of her dead husband – or is it his ghost? – Gertrude struggles with accusations of adultery and a deeply tormented son. This production will be presented at Dramashop, in partnership with Gannon University’s Shakespeare Summer Nights.