THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED
By Douglas Carter Beane
May 2008Nominated for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, “The Little Dog Laughed” takes us inside Hollywood, where a rising young star, according to his agent, “suffers from a slight, recurring case of homosexuality.” Enter the male prostitute, the male prostitute’s girlfriend, and (insert famous Hollywood writer’s name here), and the satire soars. All the while, the young star struggles to come to terms with who he really is and stand up for his moral rights, his freedom and, ultimately, his life. Friendship, laughter and family are discovered in a most astonishing, unpredictable way. Directed by Buffie Main.
THE BURIAL AT THEBES
By Seamus Heane
There are many translations of Sophocles’ “Antigone,” but few with the understated power and spare beauty of Irish Nobel Poet Laureate Seamus Heany’s “The Burial at Thebes.” Seamus has taken a text ancient in its origin and contemporized it to be a incisive exploration of our current times, mirroring the war in Iraq and the choices and sacrifices we as Americans have made, or accepted, in the name of national security. Less than one month before Americans elected a new president, the production explored and stimulated a public dialogue about the delicate balance between keeping us safe and protecting our civil liberties. Directed by award-winning director Traven Rice.
By Craig Lucas
At home on Christmas Eve, Rachel finds she must flee for her life from the naivety of her housewife world of kids-that-will-be-kids, flocked trees and late-night TV. Out she goes through absurdist hoops of people, psychotherapists and game-show hosts. In a whirl of chaotic choices that seem to be made for Rachel by the world around her, she receives a decade-long crash course in the loss of innocence. Yet through goofy encounters and cold sobriety, she still manages to find the heart of a woman she never knew was hers. Directed by Larry Dennis.