It’s Time for Syracuse Stage’s 2014/15 Season

  “Syracuse Stage is a global village square where renowned artists and audiences of all ages gather to celebrate our cultural richness, witness the many truths of our common humanity, and explore the transformative power of live theatre.”

Syracuse Stage again will bring us August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson and much more in the upcoming 2014/15 Season. Opening with Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike This raucous comedy smashes together Chekhov’s classic themes of loss and longing with really impressive abs, Disney’s Snow White, and a prophetic housekeeper. Sonia and Vanya have frittered their lives away in the family farmhouse. Enter their sister, self-absorbed movie star Masha, with her 20-something boy toy Spike, and the stage is set for a weekend of hilarity. Followed by Hairspray; November 28, 2014 – January 4, 2015; In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, January 28 – February 15, 2015; Sizwe Banzi is Dead,  February 25 – March 15, 2015. The season ends with Other Desert Cities, April 8 – April 26, 2015. The following are shows where Urban CNY is proud to be a media sponsor for the following productions:


August Wilson’s

The Piano Lesson
Directed by Timothy Bond

Co-produced with Seattle Repertory Theatre
October 22—November 9

PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING DRAMA. The past threatens to pull apart brother and sister. Bernice treasures a one-of-a-kind piano, an heirloom with carved figures of their enslaved ancestors. Boy Willie suddenly arrives from the South determined to sell the piano and buy the land his family worked on. When the ghost of the piano’s original owner appears, family conflicts escalate to a dramatic confrontation. With lyrical language rolling from the rowdy to the tender, this is one of Wilson’s finest.

“It seems to sing even when it is talking.”—The New York Times

“Haunting as well as haunted.”—New York Newsday

Sizwe Banzi is Dead

By Athol Fugard, John Kani, and Winston Ntshona
Directed by John Kani

Co-produced with South Africa’s Market Theatre &
McCarter Theatre Center

February 25—March 15

TONY AWARD-WINNING SOUTH AFRICAN CLASSIC. In this intensely funny and poignant drama exploring the universal struggle for human dignity, a black man in apartheid-era South Africa tries to overcome oppressive work regulations to support his family. Co-creator John Kani performed in the original production and won the 1975 Tony Award for Best Actor. Now, 40 years later, Kani directs his son, Atandwa Kani, in this new international production.

“A joyous hymn to human nature.”—The New York Times

“Hypnotic… Powerful.”—The New York Post

Other Desert Cities

By Jon Robin Baitz
Directed by Timothy Bond

Co-produced with Portland Center Stage
April 8—26


ARE THERE SECRETS THAT SHOULD ALWAYS BE KEPT? Jon Robin Baitz writes fearlessly about the complex dynamics of wounded families. In this smart, sharply funny, and sensitive contemporary play, he folds art, politics, and family secrets into a tumultuous drama that pits a liberal middle-aged writer against her conservative parents. Who owns a family’s history? There are no easy answers in this 2012 Pulitzer Prize-nominated play where certainty shifts like sand dunes in the wind.

“Smart, juicy, gorgeously written.”—Newsday
“Richly enjoyable new play for grown-ups.”—The New York Times

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