2019 - 2020 Season
KALAMAZOO by Michelle Kholos Brooks and Kelly Younger
October 3 - 20
Peg and Irv, two quirky but endearing baby-boomers, bravely venture into the world of modern dating. But when these opposites attract, they discover love isn’t any easier the second time around. Winner of the Riva Shriner Comedy Award, KALAMAZOO is a romantic comedy about life’s second act and learning you’re never too old to be young.
“both hilarious and startlingly honest.” —examiner.com.
TAKING STEPS by Alan Ayckbourn
December 5 - 22
Taking Steps is a laugh-out-loud, riotously funny comedy. Elizabeth, a former dancer, will do anything to escape the overbearing clutches of her rich husband, Roland, who is poised to buy a haunted house (a former brothel). The dithering, confused Kitty, reunited with her monstrously boring fiancé, will go to extraordinary lengths to elude his sleep-inducing presence. Add to the mix an inarticulate solicitor and a builder who is a motorcycle maniac, and you have one of Ayckbourn’s funniest and most heartfelt comedies.
"Superbly funny hilarious." - The Guardian
EVERY BRILLIANT THING by Duncan Macmillan with Johnny Donahue
February 6 - 23October 5 – 22
You’re seven years old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s “done something stupid.” She finds it hard to be happy. So you start to make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything that’s worth living for. 1. Ice cream. 2. Kung Fu movies. 3. Things with stripes. 4. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose. 5. Construction cranes. 6. Me. You leave it on her pillow. You know she’s read it because she’s corrected your spelling. Soon, the list will take on a life of its own. A play about the lengths we will go to for those we love.
“EVERY BRILLIANT THING finds a perfect balance between conveying the struggles of life, and celebrating all that is sweet in it.” —The Independent (London)
“gloriously funny and exceptionally warm.” —Time Out (London)
WITTENBERG by David Davalos
March 26 - April 12 October 5 – 22
It is October 1517 at Wittenberg University in northern Germany. Hamlet is an angst-ridden senior and varsity tennis player who still can’t decide what major to declare. His advisor and philosophy professor, John Faustus, wants him on the side of reason, while his theology professor, Martin Luther, is steering Hamlet toward faith and the church. A comic collision of faith, fate, existence and tennis.
“Hilarity, thy name is WITTENBERG.” —NY Times.
"…the pace is zippy, the themes beautifully articulated and the overall sensation exhilarating…'To be or not to be' never sounded so entertaining." —Huffington Post.
SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS by Bess Wohl
May 7 - 24
On a weeklong silent retreat in the woods, six wildly disparate urbanites looking for life balance find that staying quiet doesn’t necessarily bring inner peace. An acclaimed new comedy from Drama Desk Award–winning playwright Bess Wohl, Small Mouth Sounds is a wickedly sharp look at mindfulness and the wellness industry. Under the eye of an unseen guru, six people have gathered to get away from it all. But as they listen to their leader’s ruminations (and struggle to meditate while clumsily fighting their most primal of urges), they learn that silence can indeed be golden. It can also be funny, frustrating, erotic, comforting, and profoundly passive-aggressive. Small Mouth Sounds won over audiences and critics alike off Broadway, and its intimate and imaginative storytelling is perfect for Shaker Bridge Theatre.
“Wohl isn’t afraid to let the ridiculous rub up against the sublime, and it makes Small Mouth Sounds as entertaining as it is transcendent.” —Time Out (New York).
”A rare theatrical experience” — DCMetro
“Critic’s Pick” —The New York Times, New York Magazine, Time Out New York