By Jonelle Walker
Directed by Angela Kay Pirko
November 3 – December 11, 2016
Opening/press night: Monday, November 7, 2016
Equal parts Shakespeare and Sylvia Plath, this explosive world premiere by one of DC’s most provocative young playwrights reconstructs The Taming of the Shrew from the standpoint of a woman being tamed. In the heart of Eisenhower America, a wildly creative and spirited young poet returns to her hometown of Anuhuac, Texas, only to find the deck stacked against her and her family dead-set on forcing her to submit and conform. They hire a firebrand youth minister to do the job, and their epic confrontation is every bit as darkly comic and enthralling as the Shakespeare play that provoked it.
By Lee Breuer, with music by Bob Telson
Directed by Jennifer L. Nelson
Music Direction by e’Marcus Harper-Short
Starring William T. Newman Jr. as Oedipus
Produced in Collaboration with Minister Becky Mays Jenkins and The Women’s Ecumenical Choir
February 23 – March 26, 2017
Opening/press night: Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Avant Bard theatre proudly presents the legendary African American musical The Gospel at Colonus, a soaring celebration of transcendence and the fragility of life. The Gospel at Colonus transforms Sophocles’ timeless tale of the last days of Oedipus into a parable for our times. Its message of redemption is sorely needed. With its epic poetry and magnificent score, The Gospel at Colonus reminds us that out of the deepest sorrows, the highest and most uplifting hope can emerge.
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Tom Prewitt
May 25 – June 25, 2017
Opening/press night: TBA
Shakespeare’s mature classic begins as fairy tale (“Once upon a time there was an old king who had three daughters…”) and ends in nightmare—of homelessness, alienation, family strife, and civil war. Tackling the title role in his Avant Bard debut, local acting legend Rick Foucheux brings his considerable experience and skills to bear on one of the most challenging parts in the Shakespeare canon.
Each mainstage production will feature at least two free readings or workshops from our ongoing Scripts in Play Reading Series, which began so successfully with this year’s month-long Scripts in Play Festival, and has already yielded world premieres of The Good Devil (In Spite of Himself) and TAME.
All mainstage productions will be at Gunston Arts Center, Theatre Two, 2700 South Lang Street, Arlington, VA 22206.
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Tickets will be available online or by calling 703-418-4808. General admission is $30 on Fridays; $35 on Saturday evenings and Sundays. Thursdays and Saturday matinees are Pay What You Will*. Saturday matinees will be followed by Unscripted Afterchats with members of the creative team.
*Pay What You Will means you can name your ticket price, any price, at the door (and you can reserve a Pay What You Will ticket online in advance with a $10 minimum).