(Syracuse, NY)—Syracuse Stage is pleased to announce the 2014/15 Season, featuring recent Broadway hits, award-winning shows, celebrated playwrights, and an international exchange. Kicking things off in September is the raucous comedy and 2013 Tony winner for Best Play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, followed by the haunting and haunted The Piano Lesson, August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. The holiday season will bring 60s era music and dance in the smash hit musical Hairspray, and 2015 will begin with In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play, a highly original seriocomedy about a particular medical treatment of the late 1800s. Nearing the end of the season, Stage will partner with South Africa’s internationally acclaimed Market Theatre on the Tony Award-winning classic, Sizwe Banzi is Dead, and closing the season is Other Desert Cities, a sharp and smartly funny new play mixing politics and art.
“The 2014/15 Season puts family front and center, with all the humor and complications inherent in human relationship,” notes Timothy Bond, Producing Artistic Director of Syracuse Stage. “While each play is about different families with distinct circumstances, there is an underlying commonality that in so many ways defines the season. That is hope. While each family struggles, and characters butt heads, a way forward is found through understanding, forgiveness, humor, and love.”
In addition to partnering with the internationally acclaimed Market Theatre of South Africa, the 14/15 Season includes co-productions with some of America’s leading theatre companies: Seattle Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ, and Portland Center Stage in Oregon.
Season Subscribers will be contacted in the coming weeks with information on renewing their seats for the 14/15 Season. Those interested in purchasing new Season Subscriptions can call the Syracuse Stage Box Office at 315-443-3275 for information. Tickets for individual shows will go on sale towards the end of summer.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
By Christopher Durang
Directed by Marcela Lorca
September 24—October 12
2013 TONY AWARD, BEST PLAY. 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. Marcela Lorca (Scorched 2013 and Caroline, or Change 2012) returns to direct.
“Deliriously funny.”—The New York Times
“Hugely entertaining.”—USA Today
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
Book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan
Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman
Directed by Bill Fennelly
Choreography by David Wanstreet
Musical Direction by Brian Cimmet
Co-produced with SU Drama
November 28—January 4
TONY AWARD, BEST MUSICAL. Bubbling with joy and 60s era music and dance, Hairspray delights with the pleasures of a classic American musical. Tracy Turnblad is a teen whose life revolves around dancing on the Corny Collins TV show. Who knew that a teenybopper TV show could be a catalyst for integration? You can’t stop the beat, and truth be told, you won’t want to once the all-singing and dancing cast takes the stage. Bill Fennelly (A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2013) returns to direct.
“Infectious melodies.”—USA Today
“Sweet, infinitely spirited.”—Variety Magazine
In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play
By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by May Adrales
January 28—February 15
IT’S THE 1880s AND ELECTRICITY IS ALL THE RAGE. In a quiet home office, a doctor experiments with a new instrument for treating “hysteria.” The device? A vibrator. In this genuinely touching, original, and wickedly funny play, Sarah Ruhl (The Clean House) explores relationships and sexual fulfillment while managing to stay discreetly beneath the crisp white sheets of Victorian propriety. May Adrales (Chinglish) returns to direct this tastefully stimulating play that’s both social commentary and comedy.
“Insightful, fresh and funny.”—The New York Times
“Smart, charming, iridescently funny-serious jewel.”—Bloomberg
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
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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