The 2015–16 Season

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Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education

Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The California Chapter

Created, written, and performed by Anna Deavere Smith
Music composed and performed by Marcus Shelby
Directed by Leah C. Gardiner
Special Presentation · Roda Theatre
July 11–August 2, 2015

MacArthur Award winner Anna Deavere Smith turns her attention to “the school-to-prison pipeline” and performs striking portraits culled from interviews she conducted with nearly 150 individuals in Northern California and elsewhere in the nation, affected by the pipeline’s devastating policies—capturing the dynamics of a rapidly shifting social issue through her trademark performance technique.

Coming up in the 2015–16 season

Amélie, A New Musical

Amélie, A New Musical

Book by Craig Lucas
Music by Daniel Messé
Lyrics by Nathan Tysen and Daniel Messé
Musical Direction by Kimberly Grigsby
Choreographed by Sam Pinkleton
Directed by Pam MacKinnon
Limited Season · Roda Theatre
August 28–October 4, 2015
World Premiere

Amélie captured our hearts in the five-time Academy Award-nominated film—now she comes to the stage in an inventive and captivating new musical. Embark on a mesmerizing journey with inquisitive and charmingly shy Amélie as she turns the streets of Montmartre into a world of her own imagining, while secretly orchestrating moments of joy for those around her.

Pirates of Penzance

The Hypocrites’ Pirates of Penzance

Book by W.S. Gilbert
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Directed and adapted by Sean Graney
Co-adapted by Kevin O’Donnell
Co-directed by Thrisa Hodits
Music Direction by Andra Velis Simon
Limited Season · Osher Studio
October 16–December 20, 2015

Join the party in our new Osher Studio on Center Street with a delightfully immersive, lovingly loopy, and fantastically eccentric 80-minute take—think banjos, beach balls, and guitars—on Gilbert and Sullivan’s preposterous, topsy-turvy world. This buoyant, award-winning Pirates of Penzance by Chicago theatre rebels The Hypocrites is “spirited, affectionate, and nearly irresistible,” says the Boston Globe.

Disgraced

Disgraced

By Ayad Akhtar
Directed by Kimberly Senior
Main Season · Roda Theatre
November 6–December 20, 2015
West Coast Premiere

Amir Kapoor is living the American Dream. But when he and his wife Emily, an artist influenced by Islamic imagery, host a dinner party for their friends and colleagues, lies and deception threaten to shatter Amir’s carefully constructed life of cultural assimilation. “A smart and provocative work of unusual daring,” lauds Newsday of this 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner.

Aubergine

Aubergine

By Julia Cho
Directed by Liesl Tommy
Main Season · Thrust Stage
February 5–March 20, 2016
World Premiere

An estranged son, a father who’s ill, a visiting uncle carrying their memories in tow, a woman without an appetite, and a refugee from a forgotten country—they all prove potent ingredients in this bittersweet and moving meditation from Julia Cho on family, forgiveness, and the things that nourish us. Obie Award-winning director Liesl Tommy helms this world premiere.

Macbeth

Macbeth

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Daniel Sullivan
Main Season · Roda Theatre
February 19–April 3, 2016

Tony and Obie Award-winning director Daniel Sullivan—dubbed the go-to guy for Shakespeare—helms a thrilling new production of the bard’s murderous play about the lust for power and the fickleness of fate. The New York Times has called Daniel Sullivan’s Shakespeare in the Park productions “absolutely splendid.”

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Adapted and directed by Mary Zimmerman
From the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson
Co-production with Lookingglass Theatre Company
Main Season · Thrust Stage
April 22–June 5, 2016

Mary Zimmerman has mesmerized audiences with her exquisite adaptations of classic tales from the spellbinding Arabian Nights to the hypnotic White Snake. Now she takes us aboard the Hispaniola for a heart-pounding voyage filled with tales of swashbuckling gentlemen o’ fortune, a malicious mutiny led by infamous Long John Silver, and a deadly quest for fabled buried booty.

For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday

For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday

By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Les Waters
Main Season · Roda Theatre
May 20–July 3, 2016
West Coast Premiere

Celebrated collaborators Sarah Ruhl and Les Waters bring us a fanciful and moving look at growing up versus growing old within a family. In the wake of their father’s death, five siblings are driven to reconnect with childhood dreams and confront the inevitability of the passage of time.