By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Rick Hammerly
AN AREA PREMIERE
NOW PLAYING to November 19, 2017
Brilliant. Passionate. Defiant. Tonight the 18th-century scientific genius Emilie du Châtelet is back and determined to answer the question she died with: love or philosophy, head or heart? In this seductively theatrical rediscovery of one of history’s most intriguing women, Emilie defends her life and loves, and in the process creates a legacy that alters the course of physics. Starring Acting Company member Sara Barker as Emilie.
ARTISTIC TRIAL BALLOONS
November 27 to December 17, 2017
Our season kickoff script Emilie was a fan favorite in this series of play readings, which launched in Season 26 and has yielded world premiere stagings of The Good Devil (In Spite of Himself) and Helen Hayes Award-nominated TAME. Our Scripts in Play Festival continues in Season 28 with a fresh new lineup of edgy, classically based scripts under consideration for full production (dates and plays to be announced).
By Lee Breuer and Bob Telson
Directed by Sandra L. Holloway
Original Direction by Jennifer L. Nelson
Musical Direction by e’Marcus Harper-Short
Starring William T. Newman Jr. as Preacher Oedipus and Kenton Rodgers as Singer Oedipus
Produced in Collaboration with Minister Becky Sanders and The Women’s Ecumenical Choir
A GOSPEL MUSICAL REVIVAL
February 22 to March 25, 2018
Opening/press night: Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 7:30 pm.
A soaring musical celebration of transcendence and the fragility of life, The Gospel at Colonus was a global sensation when it premiered in 1983 and a Metro DC phenomenon when Avant Bard mounted it in an up-close and intimate production. With its epic poetry and transcendent score, The Gospel at Colonus reminds us that out of the deepest sorrows, the highest and most uplifting art can emerge.
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Tom Prewitt
A CLASSIC REINVIGORATED
May 31 to July 8, 2018
Opening/press night: Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 7:30 pm.
Shakespeare’s farewell play, the only work he set in the New World, is filled with dazzling magic, young love, cross-cultural strife, and ultimately forgiveness. Christopher Henley, fresh off rave reviews as Lear’s Fool, plays the sorcerer Prospero in a reinvigoration of this classic dark comedy. In Avant Bard’s offbeat update, The Tempest tells a story of colonials and refugees that asks, “How can we all get along on this island Earth?”