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A Midsummer Night’s Dream
BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
DIRECTED BY JOHN DOYLE
“Are you sure that we are awake? It seems to me that yet we sleep, we dream.” -Demetrius (Act IV, Scene I)
Few plays are as timeless and beloved as Shakespeare’s effervescent tale of love and chaos. Mischievous fairies, quarreling lovers, and a floundering amateur acting troupe all take center stage in this delightful tale of joy and romance (directed by CSC Artistic Director John Doyle) that famously declares, “Lord, what fools these mortals be.”
DEVISED BY ATHOL FUGARD, JOHN KANI, and WINSTON NTSHONA
“Difficulties break some men but make others.” -Nelson Mandela, writing from prison in 1975
Nelson Mandela spent the majority of his 27-year political imprisonment on Robben Island off the coast of Cape Town. Set at the same jail during the years of South African apartheid, this Tony-nominated Best Play tells the story of two cellmates rehearsing a scene from Sophocles’ Antigone for a prison concert. As their lives unnervingly echo the world of this Greek tragedy, the men find solace and strength in their burgeoning friendship.
Kiss of the Spider Woman
BY MANUEL PUIG
Translated by Allan Baker
“The woman most desperately in need of liberation is the woman every man has locked up in the dungeons of his own psyche.” -Manuel Puig
Set in Buenos Aires in the 1970s, this stirring stage adaptation of Manuel Puig’s acclaimed novel, Kiss of the Spider Woman, inspired both an Oscar-winning film and a Tony-winning musical. Two strangers (one imprisoned for his political beliefs, the other for his sexuality) form an intimate relationship that transcends the walls of their cell, offering a provocative and tender look at the intersection of humanity and politics.
Ten Cents a Dance
MUSIC BY RICHARD RODGERS
LYRICS BY LORENZ HART
CREATED AND DIRECTED BY JOHN DOYLE
“I hear the breezes playing in the trees above, while all the world is saying you were meant for love…” -Rodgers and Hart, “Isn’t it Romantic?”
The unforgettable music of Rodgers and Hart, whose sublime lyrics and melodies highlight the Great American Songbook, provides the inspiration for Ten Cents a Dance. In this long-awaited New York premiere, the love affair between a piano player and a taxi dancer is uniquely told through the artistry of six actor-musicians as a dazzling and haunting elegy on the power of memory and music.
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