by Dominique Morisseau
directed by Jackie Davis

FREE READING EVENT
ONE NIGHT ONLY
Monday December 13th at 6pm 

A striking new ensemble drama based on the Jena Six; six Black students who were initially charged with attempted murder for a school fight after being provoked with nooses hanging from a tree on campus. This bold new play by Dominique Morisseau (Sunset Baby, Detroit '67, Skeleton Crew) examines the miscarriage of justice, racial double standards, and the crises in relations between men and women of all classes and, as a result, the shattering state of Black family life.

The first in a series of readings curated by Catia and Madison Cook-Hines as supplement to Burbage Theatre Co's 10th Season.

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by Aaron Blanck
(December 16 - December 23)

A Free Holiday Event
CONTENT ADVISORY: MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY
(Parental supervision required under 17)


From the devious and delightful minds behind A Christmas to Forget, The Trick or Treat-quel, and Hamsteak comes a new tale of holly jolly vulgarity! When a depressed and fed up Santa cancels Christmas, it’s up to Breadcrumbs the Elf to convince him to change his mind. The wager? If she can bring Christmas joy to the saddest, most dejected and downcast locality in the world, Christmas is back on. If not? Christmas is canceled forever! But when this wager leads our heroes to little old Rhode Island, hilarity and horror ensues as they encounter evil dogcatchers, bizarre locals, and more potholes than you can shake a stick at! Will our friends be able to save Christmas in time? Do you care? Good! Then come see Aaron Blanck’s Christmas 2: A Very Burbage Christmas!

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by Alexis Scheer
(January - February)


"A gang of teenage girls gathers in an abandoned treehouse to summon the ghost of Pablo Escobar. Are they messing with the actual spirit of the infamous cartel kingpin? Or are they really just messing with each other? A roller coaster ride through the danger and damage of girlhood – the teenage wasteland – has never been so much twisted fun."

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By Alan Ball
Academy Award-winning writer of American Beauty
and creator of HBO’s Six Feet Under and True Blood
(March - April)
During an ostentatious wedding reception five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below. As the afternoon wears on, these five very different women joyously
discover a common bond in this wickedly funny, irreverent, and touching celebration of their spirit.
“…[a] wonderfully entertaining play…” —NY Post.
“Five Women Wearing the Same Dress is a fresh-as-a-daisy comedy, funny as can be…” —NY Daily News
“Ball has the comic writer’s requisite talent for dialogue that ricochets snappily around the stage.” —TheaterWeek

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by Robert Askins
(April - May)
Scurius, the patriarch of a family of gray squirrels, has collected enough nuts to last ten winters. When a group of starving fox squirrels begs him to share his hoard of food, animosity erupts into a ferocious war. The Squirrels is a boundary-pushing, darkly satirical look at wealth inequality in which no creature comes out unscathed.
“The fast-paced 90-minute play…is a witty black comedy about a mixed-race squirrel family decimated by prejudice and greed. Writ large, it’s an apocalyptic tale of America’s cultural divide. …[Askins] drops a thought bomb…about our responsibility for the destruction of the environment and for the care of one’s fellow squirrel (and otherwise).”
—San Diego Union-Tribune.
“Crazy? Of course. Crazy is what Askins does. Charming? Yes, that too, and thought-provoking. …The Squirrels offers an amusing tale that challenges assumptions about good and evil, power and tribalism. This is an experience like no
other.” —SDGLN.com.
“…an epic, an allegory, a tragedy and a cautionary tale all rolled into one.” —TimesofSanDiego.com.
“The Squirrels is [an] allegory that launches salvos at current events, framed by a potential apocalypse. …Beneath the satire, the play raises serious questions, in particular, why does inequality reign?” —San Diego Reader.

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by Ayad Akhtar
(June)
It’s 1985. Robert Merkin, the resident genius of the upstart investment firm Sacker-Lowell, has just landed on the cover of Time magazine. Hailed as “America’s Alchemist,” his proclamation that “debt is an asset” has propelled him to dizzying heights. Zealously promoting his belief in the near-sacred infallibility of markets, he is trying to reshape the world. What Merkin sets in motion is nothing less than a financial civil war, pitting magnates against workers, lawyers against journalists, and ultimately, pitting everyone against themselves.
“Junk takes on the vexed question of inequity dividing American society.” —Kennedy Prize Committee
“Junk melds a breadth of genres—crime story, tragedy, issue play, cautionary tale—into a fast-moving, broad-ranging social thriller…In Akhtar’s telling, this story is partly about male status and power…But it’s also about race, privilege, competing ideals and, of course, greed.” —Time Out NY
“Akhtar once again proves his talent for illuminating the forces running our world, forces that would prefer to remain in the dark.” —TheaterMania.com

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