Round House Theatre’s 43rd Season will evoke wonder and excite imaginations with six productions full of music, humor, and magic!

Our 2020-2021 Season begins with a music-filled regional premiere of Quixote Nuevo by Octavio Solis. The season continues with our humorous and heartbreaking production of Martyna Majok’s Pulitzer prize-winning Cost of Living. Audiences will then be transported to 1949 Detroit with Paradise Blue by MacArthur Genius Dominique Morisseau. In the New Year, we continue our commitment to producing compelling new work with it’s not a trip it’s a journey and “We declare you a terrorist…”—a pair of world premieres performed in repertory. We’ll round out the season with a magical production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, adapted and directed by renowned magician Teller (of Penn & Teller) and visionary director Aaron Posner.

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As of April 30, we have rearranged our 2020-2021 Season performance schedule. All revised date changes are reflected below. Cost of Living has been added into the 2020-2021 Season and we are postponing our previously announced production of God of Carnage  until the 2021-2022 Season.

Subscribers with God of Carnage tickets will be transferred into Cost of Living unless requested otherwise. If you wish to make any changes to your 2020-2021 Season package order based on these updates, our Box Office associates will be happy to assist you at 240.644.1100. Our associates are working remotely, Monday through Friday, from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. As always, subscribers enjoy increased flexibility including free ticket exchanges and complimentary standby tickets for missed performances.

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Quixote Nuevo

By Octavio Solis
Directed by 
Lisa Portes

“Make room for Quixote Nuevo,” raves The Boston Globe. This inspired adaptation—set to a spirited soundtrack of Tejano music— reimagines Cervantes’ beloved knight Don Quixote as a brilliant, bilingual professor whose fantasies take center stage in a Texas border town. Along with his trusty sidekick, this modern-day Quixote journeys through the desert, tilting at patrol drones instead of windmills as he searches for long-lost love. With humor and pageantry, Quixote Nuevo  breathes new life into one of literature’s most vibrant characters to ask the classic question: when times are tough, how do we keep dreaming?

Cost of Living

By Martyna Majok
Directed by Ryan Rilette
OCT 21 – NOV 8, 2020

Two parallel narratives intersect as a wealthy graduate student with cerebral palsy and his newest caregiver 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.

Paradise Blue

By Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Raymond Caldwell 


Lies. Love. Jazz. The year is 1949, and one of the last jazz clubs in Detroit’s Black Bottom neighborhood threatens to close its doors forever. Gifted trumpeter Blue and his lover Pumpkin face the forces of gentrification encroaching on decades of tradition. When a mysterious woman rolls into town with her own plans, both Pumpkin and Blue must reckon with their past, their future, their music, and their love for each other. Praised by New York Magazine  as “powerful and exciting,” Paradise Blue  is a noir tale of “human suffering, awakening, and transformation” brought to electrifying life.

it’s not a trip it’s a journey

By Charly Evon Simpson
Directed by Nicole A. Watson 


June needs a journey. Like, now. So, she convinces her friends to ditch New York City (and their cellphones) for an impromptu road trip to the Grand Canyon. As the four wildly different women travel through the wondrous and not-so-wondrous sights of the United States, they must come together to contend with being black, female-identifying, and American…all at the same time. An intimate play with vast ambitions, it’s not a trip it’s a journey  is about road trips, friendships, and finding the difference between surviving and thriving.

“We declare you a terrorist…” 

By Tim J. Lord
Directed by Ryan Rilette & Jared Mezzocchi

Moscow, 2002: halfway through Putin’s first official term as President. After he brutally crushes a rebellion in the territory of Chechnya, a group of Chechen insurgents hijack a blockbuster musical and take the entire audience of nearly 800 people—including the playwright—hostage. Based on the real events of the Dubrovka Theater hostage crisis, “We declare you a terrorist…”  follows the playwright as he comes to terms with that tragic night at the theatre. This taut political thriller is brought to life through live theatre and film by co-directors Ryan Rilette and Jared Mezzocchi, the team behind the runaway hit The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

The Tempest

By William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by Aaron Posner & Teller
Music by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan
Choreography by Matt Kent, Pilobolus

Shakespeare’s tale of betrayal, reconciliation, and love is part fairytale, part romance—and all magic. In this new retelling by Aaron Posner and Teller (of Penn & Teller fame), Prospero’s island transforms into a traveling tent show of trickery and amazement. Featuring astonishing feats of live magic and the haunting songs of Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, this adaptation “awakens…a sense of pleasurable, almost childlike wonder” (The New York Times). After enjoying sold-out runs across the country, The Tempest  makes its regional premiere at Round House Theatre, produced in collaboration with Folger Theatre.


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Previews are the first week of performances for each show; Regular performances are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings, and Saturday matinees; Premium performances are Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees.

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  • Please note that your seat locations may changed based on the configuration of the theatre per production. As a subscriber, you may request seat changes at any time at no additional cost, excluding any upgrade fees. Available seats can be viewed by logging in to your account. You may change your seats online to any that are open. To request upgrades, please contact the Box Office directly.
  • Please note that Preview Week Subscribers may not receive their preferred day of the week and time based on the limitations of the performance schedules for productions in repertory. If desired, alternate arrangements can be arranged with the Box Office starting June 30, 2020.

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  • All sales are final; there are no refunds. All plays, dates, and artists are subject to change without notice.

Subscriber Exchange Policy

Round House Theatre subscribers may exchange their subscription tickets for another performance of the same production by calling our Box Office at 240.644.1100 at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled performance. Subscriber exchanges are subject to ticket availability.

There is no charge for subscriber ticket exchanges unless you exchange into a more expensive seating section than the one you purchased and/or the exchange is made after your scheduled performance date. If you exchange into a more expensive section, seating upgrade charges will apply. If you exchange after your scheduled performance has passed, a $5 late exchange fee per ticket will apply.

Photo on homepage season banner: Prospero (Larry Yando), Miranda (Eva Louise Balistreiri) and Ariel (Nate Dendy) in Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s production of The Tempest, directed by Aaron Posner and Teller, September 8–November 8, 2015. Photo by Liz Lauren.
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