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March 8-April 7

By Lauren Gunderson, Directed by Sheila Malone

Four beautiful, badass women lose their heads in this irreverent, girl-powered comedy set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. Playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen (and fan of ribbons) Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle hang out, murder Marat, and try to beat back the extremist insanity in 1793 Paris. This grand and dream-tweaked comedy is about violence and legacy, art and activism, feminism and terrorism, compatriots and chosen sisters, and how we actually go about changing the world. It’s a true story. Or total fiction. Or a play about a play. Or a raucous resurrection…that ends in a song and a scaffold.

“It’s simply a brilliant script…” —CityBeat Cincinnati.

“…in this sparkling work, politics is very, very funny.…These are hilarious and lovable women trapped in a history with a somber final act.” —Houston Chronicle.

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July 11, 13, 19, 21

By William Shakespeare, Directed and adapted .by Beatrice Casagran
Midsummer Shakespeare Festival in Claremont
A story of shipwreck and magic, The Tempest begins on a ship caught in a violent storm with Alonso, the king of Naples, on board. On a nearby island, the exiled Duke of Milan, Prospero, tells his daughter, Miranda, that he has caused the storm with his magical powers. Prospero had been banished twelve years earlier when Prospero’s brother, Antonio—also on the doomed ship—conspired with Alonso to become the duke instead. Prospero and Miranda are served by a spirit named Ariel and by Caliban, son of the island’s previous inhabitant, the witch Sycorax.
This bilingual adaptation is set on La Isla de la Juventud off the coast of Cuba in 1895. The production is grounded in Cuban culture's vibrant mixture of Spanish and African music and religion. The production will feature live music with original arrangements of Cuban and Afro-Caribbean music.

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July 12, 15, 18, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28, 

By Francis Beaumont, Directed by Caitlin Lopez

Midsummer Shakespeare Festival in Claremont

A joyful celebration of the universal capacity to improvise, this delightful Elizabethan comedy is a rough and rowdy romp filled with MUSIC and MERRIMENT! As a group of players gathers to present a play about the elopement of star-crossed lovers, they are abruptly interrupted by a grocer and his wife. They have a different kind of play in mind–an outrageous hero’s quest of derring-do…The Knight of the Burning Pestle. And they know just the fellow to star–their apprentice, Rafe. This new subplot–invented on the fly–takes over the stage in surprising and disruptive ways.

Directed by master improvisor, Caitlin Lopez, this production features energetic and fun audience interaction and immersion. The production will be a master class pairing local college students with professional mentors throughout the production process.

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September 6-September 29

By Caridad Svich, Directed by Beatrice Casagran

Shakespeare’s Ophelia rises up out of the water dreaming of Pop-Tarts and other sweet things. She finds herself in a neo-Elizabethan Appalachian setting where Gertrude runs a brothel, Hamlet is called a Rude Boy, and nothing is what it seems. In this mirrored world of word-scraps and cold sex, Ophelia cuts a new path for herself.

“A whimsical riff on Hamlet which imagines an afterlife for Elsinore’s unluckiest lass. A twisted take on the tragedy.” Charles Isherwood in The New York Times; & multimedia (audio/visual) feature archived in the NYTimes

"12 Ophelias at heart is all about power: “You fit into other people’s needs, you get left out, you see?” The script is provocative and often extremely gratifying (what’s more fun than seeing a play we know inside and out turned on its head?)."–Monica Westin, New City Stage (Chicago) (2009)

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October 18-November 10

By Kelly Mcburnette-Andronicos, Directed by Beatrice Casagran

Whatever happened to Jack the Ripper’s wife? Bunny Maybrick began life in an opulent Alabama mansion and is ending it in a squalid shack full of cats in rural Connecticut. She’s already given away most of her meager belongings, but the heavy contents of her soul are harder to leave behind. That is, until a local prep school boy, Theo Voss, becomes an accomplice in Bunny’s meandering, mad, death-bed confession – one that includes adultery, arsenic addiction, and murder.

“ Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos has written a wonderfully creepy and surreal 'Northeastern Southern Gothic Noir,' her wildly theatrical sense of the absurd firing on all cylinders here." Doug DeVita

"The script showcases McBurnette-Andronicos' exceptional skills at world building through her research into historic personalities and events; establishing a claustrophobic, uneasy atmosphere; and creating a character-driven mystery that doesn't offer pat answers. I look forward to attending a full production of this play -- it offers a complicated and satisfying night of theatre." Steven G. Martin

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