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INEVITABLE EVOLUTIONS

2022-2023 Season

 

If nobody does remarkable things

By Emma Gibson, Dir. Carolyn Ratteray

October 6-9, The Allen Theatre

When a category 6 dust storm strikes, a former high-profile climate activist is visited by an old flame with a new proposal to try to help the planet. But why should Anna trust Joel this time after what he did 14 years ago? A fierce new play about climate change and forgiveness that explores what happens when we reach the point of no return. 

Head Over Heels

By Jeff Whitty, Adapted by James Magruder, Dir. Gleason Bauer

November 17-20, The Seaver Theatre

When a soothsayer foretells the downfall of Aracadia, the King goes on a quest to avoid his fate. But when wires are crossed and identities mistake, it becomes clear that revolution might be exactly what this kingdom needs. A sixteenth-century love story to the tune of the Go-Go's, "Head Over Heels" is a hilarious modern-day fairytale told through pop-punk music and posh prose. Centering around queer love, mistaken identities, changing social norms, and iconic songs, "Head Over Heels" is a feel good romp that celebrates the joy of acceptance and community. 

Three Sisters

By Anton Chekhov, Translation by Sarah Ruhl, Dir. Talya Klein

March 2-5, The Seaver Theatre

After the death of their father, the Prozorov siblings are trapped: in a thankless job, a loveless marriage, and a provincial town with no one but their father's soldiers to keep them company. They dream of moving back to Moscow, but when the dashing and mysterious Colonel Vershinin arrives one day, he brings with him a spark of hope and the possibility of destroying everything. Written by Anton Chekhov in 1900, and adapted by two-time Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Sarah Ruhl, "Three Sisters" is a masterwork about loneliness, longing and growing up. 

Machinal

By Sophie Treadwell, Dir. Ellie Griffin

April 6-8, The Allen Theatre

Inspired by a sensationalized murder trial, "Machinal" follows a woman trapped in the roles patriarchal society forces upon her. This haunting tale explores her futile struggle to take contract of her own life in a distant era that eerily parallels our own, begging the question: Why are women still expected to be cogs rather than their own machine?