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Round House Theatre’s meteoric rise continues as we get ready to reopen our dramatically transformed theatre with a full six-play lineup that’s brimming with heart, soul, and a whole lot of humor.

Our “homecoming” launches with the Off-Broadway hit comedy, School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play  by Jocelyn Bioh. Next, we’ll spark joy during the holidays with a run of Simon Stephens’ Tony Award-winning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. 2020 kicks off with another Tony-winning sensation—the powerful and poignant musical Spring Awakening—followed by last year’s Pulitzer Prize winner, Cost of Living by Martyna Majok, whose award-winning Ironbound  made its world premiere at Round House in 2015. We’ll close the season with THE LOVE/HATE REP, a bespoke juxtaposition of two electrifying comedies in rotating repertory—Big Love, Charles Mee’s contemporary take on a rollicking classic, alongside Hatef*ck, a fiery, new romantic comedy that just premiered Off-Broadway!

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The Season

School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play

By Jocelyn Bioh
Directed by Nicole A. Watson

SEP 18 – OCT 20, 2019

“Funny and fast paced … [with] bouncy, juicy dialogue.” – Vulture

“Here she is, Miss Ghana…” Pretty, popular Paulina longs to hear those words, and she’ll do whatever it takes to seize the crown. But the queen bee of the Aburi Girls Boarding School didn’t count on her reign being threatened. Ericka arrives from America and immediately challenges the ruling class with Western sensibilities and imported beauty products. With hilarity and insight, Jocelyn Bioh’s award-winning comedy dissects how “mean girls” are created—and cured. Fresh off two sold-out, extended Off-Broadway runs, this “ferociously entertaining morality tale” (Hollywood Reporter) is sure to strike a chord with anyone, anywhere, who has ever been a teenage girl, raised a teenage girl, or met a teenage girl.


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

A play by Simon Stephens
Based on the novel by Mark Haddon
Directed by Ryan Rilette and Jared Mezzocchi
NOV 20 – DEC 22, 2019

“Impressive … an uncommonly high-flying theatrical ride.” – The Washington Post

Murder. Mystery. Mayhem. Math. What begins as an investigation into the grisly death of a neighbor’s dog results in a remarkable coming-of-age journey for 15-year-old Christopher Boone. A self-described “mathematician with some behavioral problems,” our narrator sees things differently than those around him and, like fractals in a kaleidoscope, each revelation exposes another puzzle for him to solve. As the audience follows Christopher’s brilliant yet dizzying mind, the full story unravels in a visually dazzling sequence of events onstage. Simon Stephen’s beloved Tony and Olivier Award-winning adaptation of Mark Haddon’s bestselling novel challenges us to seek out the silver linings in ourselves—and others—as we make our way through the world.
 

Spring Awakening

Book & Lyrics by Steven Sater    
Music by Duncan Sheik
Based on the play by Frank Wedekind
Directed by Alan Paul

JAN 22 – FEB 24, 2020

“Exhilarating … a fresh breeze of true inspiration.” – The New York Times

For a repressed group of teenagers, the road to adulthood is fraught with suffocating confusion in Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s Tony-winning adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s prescient 19th-century drama. As the adults in their lives exert control but withhold guidance, Melchior, Wendla, Moritz, Ilse, and their friends navigate blindly through the enigma of their burgeoning sexuality. Both haunting and high-octane, the score bristles with anthems to adolescence like “Mama Who Bore Me” and “The Bitch of Living,” and is infused with a blend of folk, pop, and rock that gives this tale unexpected soul. With generational gaps growing wider than ever, the angst and defiance at the heart of this boundary-pushing musical act as a bridge between our deeply personal yet wholly universal experiences.


Cost of Living

By Martyna Majok
Directed by Ryan Rilette
APR 1 – APR 19, 2020

“Immensely haunting … [with] tremendous emotion.” – The New York Times

After thrilling Round House audiences with the premiere of her Helen Hayes Award-winning Ironbound  in 2015, Martyna Majok returns with another prize in tow—the Pulitzer! Two parallel narratives intersect as a wealthy graduate student with cerebral palsy and his newest caretaker build an uneasy trust, while a truck driver struggles to reconnect with his estranged wife, recently left paralyzed by a car crash. Though each is wounded, the four continue to fight for the tantalizing possibility of human connection, even in the face of physical, mental, and emotional defeat. Both humorous and heartbreaking, Cost of Living  illustrates the redemptive possibilities of reaching out to others despite the sometimes-devastating costs. 
 

THE LOVE/HATE REP

The possibilities and pitfalls of relationships define our final two comedies. THE LOVE/HATE REP depicts romantic entanglements in all their contradictory glories—love versus hate, agony versus ecstasy, and timeliness versus timelessness.

 

Big Love

By Charles Mee
Directed by Meredith McDonough
MAY 20 – JUN 21, 2020

“Comedic, gymnastic, musical, sensual, shocking and redemptive.” – The New York Times

Based on one of the world’s oldest known Greek dramas, our first play in the LOVE/HATE REP truly is a tale as old as time. Fifty Greek maidens flee across the sea to Italy and claim refugee status to escape fifty arranged marriages; fifty Grecian men follow in pursuit. In spectacular, theatrical fashion, it all comes to a head at a wedding ceremony that would make even the drunkest uncle run for the seven hills. Full of music and mirth, Charles Mee’s famed adaptation pits independence against expectation, and frames the seemingly never-ending battle of the sexes as both a wild romp and an all-out war. Content Advisory: This production contains nudity.


Hatef*ck

By Rehana Lew Mirza
Directed by Nicole A. Watson

JUN 10 – JUL 3, 2020

“Smart [and] sexy … Mirza is a sharp writer and a savvy thinker.” – The New York Times

Layla and Imran are both Muslim-American… and that’s pretty much where the similarities end. The two authors—one a literature professor, the other a novelist—have wildly differing opinions on everything, from faith and politics, to relationships and cultural clichés. After some fiery verbal sparring they manage to find common ground in the bedroom; but are these lovers coupling because of their mutual loathing, or in spite of it? Rehana Lew Mirza’s highly anticipated Off-Broadway debut finishes off our LOVE/HATE REP with smoldering sexual tension as it tests the limits of just how far we’re willing to go to keep the fire burning.
 

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