Happy Days
Samuel Beckett

September 18-28, Streaming

Once again, stripping theater to its barest essentials, Happy Days offers only two characters: Winnie, a woman of about fifty, and Willie, a man of about sixty. The complex interplay between words and visual images finds the two caught up in repetition, the deadening impact of habit, the recurrence of trauma, or the recourse to familiar and reassuring words or phrases in the face of annihilation.

An Iliad
Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare

November 19-29, Streaming

AN ILIAD is a modern-day retelling of Homer’s classic. Poetry and humor, the ancient tale of the Trojan War and the modern world collide in this captivating theatrical experience. The setting is simple: the empty theater. The time is now: the present moment. The lone figure onstage is a storyteller—possibly Homer, possibly one of the many bards who followed in his footsteps. He is fated to tell this story throughout history.

Rhinoceros
By Eugene Ionesco
Translated by Derek Prouse

January 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31

The sublime is confused with the ridiculous in this savage commentary on the human condition. A small town is besieged by one roaring citizen who becomes a rhinoceros and proceeds to trample on the social order. As more citizens are transformed into rhinoceroses, the trampling becomes overwhelming, and more and more citizens become rhinoceroses. One sane man, Berenger, remains, unable to change his form and identity.

Blithe Spirit
Noël Coward

March 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28

Winner! 2009 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Revival Full Length Play. The smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this much-revived classic from the playwright of Private Lives offers up fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira who is called up by a visiting “happy medium,” one Madame Arcati.

The Government Inspector
Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from the
Original by Nikolai Gogol

May 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21,22, 23

When the locals in a small Russian hamlet learn that an undercover government inspector is coming for a surprise visit, an unfortunate case of mistaken identity sends the whole village spiraling into a world of panic and greed. Witty, smart and wildly satirical, this timely and spirited adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s classic play exposes the corruption of a provincial town with biting hilarity.

The Caine Mutiny Court Martial
Herman Wouk

July 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31, August 1

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a court martial has been adapted by the author into suspenseful evening of theatre. A young lieutenant has relieved his captain of command in the midst of a typhoon on the grounds that the captain, Queeg, is a psychopath in crisis and commanded the ship and its crew to destruction. Naval tradition is against him, but testimony eventually reveals a devastating picture of Queeg’s mental disintegration. “Enormously exciting. It is the modern stage at its best.” – New York Daily News