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June Readings: June 14-16 (Subscribers only), June 18 (Open to all)

July Readings: July 5-7 (Subscribers only), July 9 (Open to all)

The Notebook

June 23, 2019, 3pm

In the Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film

Based on the Novel by Nicholas Sparks
Music and Lyrics by Ingrid Michaelson
Book by Bekah Brunstetter

Featuring: Jelani Alladin, Nicholas Belton, Candy Buckley, Antonio Cipriano, Janet Dacal, Mili Diaz, Clifton Duncan, Vanessa Hudgens, Hailey Kilgore, Jennifer Mudge, James Naughton, Ben Jackson Walker, Megan Talay, Lorem Ipsum


June 29, 2019, 4pm

In the Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film

Book by Danny Strong
Music and Lyrics by Zoe Sarnak and Michael Weiner
Directed by Michael Mayer

Featuring: Gabriel Anthony Amoroso, Nick Choksi, Raùl Esparza, Michael Esper, Mia Gentile, Julian Emile Lerner, Charlotte Macleod, Solea Pfeiffer, Colton Ryan, Nora Marie Schell, Madeleine Lane Spacapan, Will Swenson

Galileo is a musical about a mathematician, inventor, astronomer and scientist who makes a discovery that will change the entire understanding of the universe. Unfortunately, what he has uncovered directly conflicts with the standard teachings of the most powerful institution in the the world. With a rebellious sound that parallels his rebellion, Galileo is a classic tale of an individual battling an entire system, and of how leaders of nations must lie to protect their own power, no matter how apparent the truth may be.

Sanctuary City

July 13, 2019, 5pm

In the Skinner Recital Hall

By Martyna Majok
Directed by Rebecca Frecknall

Featuring: Sharlene Cruz, Gil Perez-Abraham, Austin Smith

DREAMers. Love(r)s. Life-long friends. Negotiating the promise of safety and the weight of responsibility, they’ll fight like hell to establish a place for themselves and each other in America. 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner, NYTW Usual Suspect and former 2050 Fellow Martyna Majok brings us an unforgettable story that asks what we’re willing to sacrifice for someone we love. Rebecca Frecknall, director of the 2019 Olivier Award-winning Summer and Smoke, helms the production.

Becky Nurse of Salem

July 19, 2019, 8pm

In the Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film

Written and Directed by Sarah Ruhl

Featuring: Mark Bedard, Brian Kerwin, Ann McDonough, David McElwee, Polly Noonan, Susannah Perkins, Miriam Silverman

Out of work and out of love, Becky Nurse is an ordinary but strong-willed grandmother just trying to get by in post-Obama America. She’s also the great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Rebecca Nurse, who was infamously executed for witchcraft in 1692—but things have changed for women since then, haven’t they? Desperate to raise her troubled teenaged granddaughter right, and also hook up with an old flame, Becky visits a local witch for help. But those spells and potions don’t work out exactly as planned. The latest play from Tony-nominated Sarah Ruhl, Becky Nurse of Salem speaks to the trials and triumphs of women today—and is also a comedic, warmhearted story about trying to do the right thing in a chaotic world.

Delusion by Proxy

July 20, 2019, 12pm

In the Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film

By Brooke Adams
Directed by Ethan Silverman

Featuring: Caroline Aaron,  Lynne Adams, Sarah Deaver, Sara Ettner, Peter Gerety

A black comedy about love and tyranny.
The story, set in the near future, is about a family that has been torn apart by personal grievances. It is a metaphor for the oppressive violence of the world outside. It addresses our collective anxieties about the fate of our society.

The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin

July 20, 2019, 5pm

In the Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film

By Jessica Huang
Directed by Kip Fagan

Featuring: Kim Blanck, Caroline Hewitt, David Shih, Kaipo Schwab, Ricardo Vazquez, Jeena Yi

During the Chinese Exclusion Act, Harry Chin, a Chinese national, entered the U.S. by buying forged documentation. Like other “Paper Sons,” Harry underwent a brutal detention and interrogation, and lived the rest of his life keeping secrets – even from his daughter. Told through the eyes of a middle-aged Chin, The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin reveals the complicated loves and regrets of this Chinese immigrant who wound up in Minnesota. Through dreamlike leaps of time and space and with the powerful assistance of ghosts, the story of the Chin family reveals the personal and political repercussions of making group of people “illegal.”

The Excavation of Mary Anning

July 21, 2019, 4pm

In the Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film

By Ian August
Directed by Sammi Cannold

Featuring: Sami Bray, Alejandra Escalante, Amy Jo Jackson, Nike Kadri, Vanessa Kai, Patrena Murray

Amidst the groaning cliff sides and weather beaten shores of southern England, fossil hunter Mary Anning combs the earth for glimpses of the ancient past.  Armed with only her determination, her lucky hammer, and her canine companion, Tray, Mary uncovers secrets that redefine science and religion and philosophy.  But 19th century geology is a nobleman’s game, and Mary’s discoveries are buried beneath the rubble while the stars of her male counterparts grow ever brighter.  The Excavation of Mary Anning is a historical fantasia about things that come from the earth and things that go to the earth, and one woman’s quest to reclaim her legacy in a society that refuses to acknowledge her worth.