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2018-19

THE CAKE
By Bekah Brunstetter
Directed by Buffie Main

Jen lives in New York but has always dreamed of getting married in her small North Carolina hometown, so she heads down south to ask Della, her late mother’s best friend, to do the honors of making the wedding cake at her bakery. Della’s cakes are legendary, even earning her a spot as a contestant on the “Great American Baking Show.” She is overjoyed at Jen’s request, until she realizes there’s not just one bride, but two, forcing her to re-examine some of her deeply-held beliefs, as well as her own marriage.

JODI SINGS JUDY: AN ALLEY REP CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA
An ode to Judy Garland’s 1963 Christmas special
Directed by Jason Haskins and Nick Garcia

Jodi Eichelberger and Todd Dunnigan lead Boise’s most talented singers and dancers as Alley Rep reimagines Judy Garland’s one and only televised Christmas Special. Judy invites the TV cameras into her home to share the holiday with her family and her good friends as they all informally drop by. Young Joe and Lorna adorably sing off-key songs, a 17 year-old Liza Minnelli is at her best singing and dancing to that classic dance jazz number
“Steam Heat” and Judy belts out her standards all under the guise of a warm, family affair.

INDECENT
By Paula Vogel
Directed by Buffie Main and Traven Rice
Live music by Fleet Street Klezmer Band Pulitzer

Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel tells the deeply moving story of the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Jewish playwright Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance – a play about a forbidden romance that enchanted and outraged audiences. Inspired by true events of censorship and persecution, Indecent is the ultimate love-letter to theater, as the play uses joyous song and dance to revel in one of the most fascinating scandals in theater history. Spanning continents and decades, Indecent charts the journey of a drama upheld as a groundbreaking piece of Jewish literature by some, and an act of obscenity by others.

2017-18

BULL IN A CHINA SHOP
by Bryna Turner
Directed by Jason Haskins and Liberty Leeds Klautsch

Spanning forty years at Mount Holyoke College, BULL IN A CHINA shop follows the lives of Mary Woolley and her partner Jeannette Marks as they reform and revolutionize women’s education at the height of the suffrage movement. As evolving ambitions and desires strain the couple’s relationship, this fast-paced comedy with whiplash dialogue and a modern spin looks at how we change the world, how the world changes us, and how we try to grow old together.

GOLDEN GIRLS CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA
under the direction of Joe Golden and Justin Ness

This holiday season marks the return of Dorothy, Blanche, Rose, and Sophia as impersonated by Boise’s best drag queens. The GOLDEN GIRLS CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA will treat you to live reenactments of classic scenes, holiday sing-alongs, dancing, and more (plus convenient access to the Visual Arts Collective’s full-service bar). Merry, bright, and white-haired, these diehard dames will be the perfect antidote to holiday stress and generalized Grinch-iness.

WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE
by Richard Nelson
Directed by Buffie Main

Part three of THE GABRIELS trilogy, WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE takes place on election night 2016. Culture and art, history and politics, love and hate all take center stage as the Gabriels gather in the kitchen of their childhood home — ultimately revealing the deep, human impact of one of the most extraordinary years in American history. Having worked hard and played hard, is there hope to be had for this middle-class family as they wait for the world to change?

2016-17

THE TOTALITARIANS
by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb
Directed by Justin Ness

Charismatic former roller derby champion, Penny, has been gaffing her way through a half-baked campaign for state office when a nonsensically awe-inspiring speech catapults her into the spotlight. For Penny’s speechwriter and campaign mastermind, Francine, a victory would resurrect her stalled career. For Francine’s physician husband, Jeffrey, it would thwart his own campaign to have sex and start a family already. As whispers of murder, conspiracy, and revolution begin to swirl, this sometimes-farcical, sometimes-satirical dark comedy threatens to spin out of control.

DISENCHANTED
music and lyrics by Dennis T. Giacino
Directed by Weston Wells Olson and Buffie Main
Musical director: Thomas Newby

When women are still girls, we tell them about Beauty and her beast, Snow White and her poisoned apple, and the unlucky Princess who had to kiss an amphibian. Through these animated royal role models, “The Princess Complex” is born: propping up lovesick soprano songbirds with pencil-thin waists at the expense of representing the diversity and vibrancy of real women. In DISENCHANTED, ten charmingly flawed heroines from the tales of Grimm, Perrault, and history reclaim their identities from their ditzy Disney counterparts through comedy and song.

BUYER & CELLAR
by Jonathan Tolins
Directed by Buffie Main

In the real-life book My Passion for Design, Barbra Streisand describes the recreations of early 19th Century shops that occupy a quaint indoor mall in her basement. Ex-Disneyland Cast Member Alex More is hired work the shops in Babs’s basement. Alex, who considers all things Streisand to be part of his “gay birthright,” quickly finds himself spending more and more time with the persnickety prima donna. When Alex’s boyfriend accuses him of being deluded by a starlet who is equally out-of-touch and nuts, Alex is forced to decide what matters most: being partners or simply Streisand.

2015-16

RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN
by Gina Gionfriddo
Directed by Buffie Main

Catherine and Gwen were close in grad school but chose polar opposite paths after graduation. While Catherine pursued an academic career and authored controversial books, Gwen poured herself into her home and family. Years later, when Catherine returns to be near her ailing mother, both women reveal that they are restless and unfulfilled. Now, they will each risk life-as-they’ve-known-it in hopes of finding balance and true fulfillment.

GOLDEN GIRLS CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA
Co-created by Justin Ness and Buffie Main

Only one thing comes close to being as awesome as the original cast of “The Golden Girls”, and that is Dorothy, Blanche, Rose, and Sophia impersonated by Boise’s best drag queens. The GOLDEN GIRLS CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA will treat you to live reenactments of classic scenes, holiday sing-alongs, dancing, and more (plus convenient access to the Visual Arts Collective’s full-service bar). Merry, bright, and white-haired, these diehard dames will be the perfect antidote to holiday stress and generalized Grinch-iness.

VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
by Christopher Durang
Directed by Justin Ness

After spending most of their adult lives caring for their now deceased parents, middle-aged Vanya and Sonia have never had jobs and still live in their childhood home. When their movie star sister Masha breezes into town with her hot young boyfriend Spike, suspicions rise that she intends to sell the family home and pull the plug on financially supporting her brother and sister. Now the family must fight to reconcile their differences and find new optimism from over the hill.

SEX WITH STRANGERS
by Laura Eason
Directed by Buffie Main

Approaching 40, Olivia is a brilliant university professor hiding away at a writer’s retreat in rural Michigan. After a crushing failure to launch many years prior, she has no intention of allowing her writing to see the light of day again, let alone a critic’s red pen. That is, until millennial bad-boy blogger Ethan blows in from a snowstorm with half a million Twitter followers and industry connections as temping as his 20-something sex drive. Their mutual attraction takes over as she longs for a second chance as a writer and he seeks to shed his cheap online persona for something real. What they find is a labyrinth of attraction, ambition, and alternate identities as the line between life offline and life online starts to blur.

2013-14

RICHARD O’BRIEN’S THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Richard O’Brien
Directed by Sarah Gardner and Aaron M. Kiefer
Live Pit Band-The Green Zoo

In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the original production, Alley Underground presents a steam punk themed rendition of Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show. This classical musical is about a newly engaged couple’s run in with a mad transvestite scientist unveiling his new creation: a muscle man named Rocky.

THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED
By Douglas Carter Beane
Directed by Aaron M. Kiefer and Jason Haskins

2012-13

LEVI MIDDLEBROOKS: BACK 2 BOYZEE
Written by Jason Haskins and Evan Sesek
Introducing Aaron M. Kiefer as Levi Middlebrooks

BREADCRUMBS
Written by Jennifer Haley
Directed by Buffie Main

VOICES FROM THE BOISE HOLE 2
Written By Jason Haskins and Evan Sesek
Directed by Aaron M.Kiefer

2013-14

THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION
By Aaron Sorkin
Directed by Buffie Main

PLAYS FROM THE ALLEY 2011
July 11, 2011 Shave by Russ Stoddard, directed by Courtney Bohl
July 18, 2011 Kingoms of Rot by Thomas Newby, directed by Lisa Guerricabetia
July 25, 2011 Solace by Jason Haskins, directed by Liberty Leeds Klautsch

VOICES FROM THE BOISE HOLE
By Jason Haskins & Evan Sesek
Directed by Liberty Leeds Klautsch.
Inspired by the people of Boise

HEAD
By Oliver Russell Stoddard
Directed by Julia Pachoud Bennett.

IN THE NEXT ROOM, OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY
By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Buffie Main.

2010

THE GOOD BODY
By Eve Ensler
Directed by Buffie Main

LAST OF THE BOYS
By Steven Dietz
Directed by Buffie Main

2009

LOVE PERSON
By Aditi Brennan Kapil
A co-production with East Indian Follies Theater Company
Directed Buffie Main

PLAYS FROM THE ALLEY