Choose Your Shows
By Octavio Solis
Directed by Lisa Portes
SEP 2 – SEP 27, 2020 | REGIONAL PREMIERE
“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.
By Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Raymond Caldwell
DEC 2 – 27, 2020 | REGIONAL PREMIERE
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
JAN 26 – MAR 7, 2021 | WORLD PREMIERE
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
FEB 2 – MAR 7, 2021 | WORLD PREMIERE
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.
By William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by Aaron Posner & Teller
Music by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan
Choreography by Matt Kent, Pilobolus
APR 28 – JUN 6, 2021 | REGIONAL PREMIERE
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.