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17-18 In The Heights

Music & Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda       Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes
Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Directed by Melissa Rain Anderson
Choreographed by Julio Agustin
Musical Direction by Don Kot
Part of the Wilson Stage Series

September 5 – October 8, 2017

In ‘the Heights,’ life is always colorful and everybody knows everyone. Here, coffee from the corner bodega is sweet and the air is filled with the sounds of salsa, merengue, soul, hip-hop and R & B. But it’s a neighborhood on the cusp of change, where the biggest decisions can be choosing which traditions you keep and which ones you leave behind. This landmark musical by the creator of Hamilton was the winner of 4 Tony Awards (including Best Musical and Best Original Score) and a Pulitzer Prize-nominee.

17-18 Smart People 2

By Lydia Diamond
Directed by Summer L. Williams
A Production from the Kitchen Theatre Company, Ithaca

Part of the Fielding Studio Series

October 5 – October 22, 2017

On the eve of the 2008 Presidential Election, four intellectuals find themselves embroiled in a complex web of social and sexual politics. Brian, a neuroscientist, is studying the brain’s responses to race and its societal implications. Ginny, a psychologist, is studying low-income Asian-American women’s reaction to stress. Jackson, a young doctor, has opened a clinic for low-income patients. Valerie, a talented actor, is struggling to make ends meet by working as a maid. Everyone wants to be successful, to find love, and to feel as if they’ve made a positive impact on the world. But what influence does race have on that quest? A brilliantly hilarious and incisive play by the playwright of the award-winning Broadway play, Stick Fly.

17-18 The Agitators 2

World Premiere

By Mat Smart
A commission from Geva Theatre Center & the New York State Council on the Arts
Directed by Logan Vaughn
Part of the Wilson Stage Series

October 17 – November 12, 2017

The Agitators tells of the enduring but tempestuous friendship of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. Great allies?  Yes.  And at times, great adversaries. Young abolitionists when they met in Rochester in the 1840s, they were full of hopes, dreams and a common purpose.   As they grew to become the cultural icons we know today, their movements collided and their friendship was severely tested. This is the story of that 45-year friendship – from its beginning in Rochester, through a Civil War and to the highest halls of government. They agitated the nation, they agitated each other and, in doing so, they helped shape the Constitution and the course of American history.

17-18 Josh Cohen

Book, Lyrics and Music by David Rossmer and Steve Rosen
Directed by Hunter Foster
Part of the Wilson Stage Series

January 9 – February 4, 2018

Josh Cohen just can’t get a break (or a girlfriend). He’s overweight, broke and underemployed. To top it all off, his apartment is robbed of everything but a single Neil Diamond CD. But then a mysterious letter arrives that could change his life forever. This hilarious and ingenious musical comedy by David Rossmer and Pittsford native Steve Rosen was nominated for six Drama Desk Awards and the Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical.

17-18 At Wits End

By Margaret Engel and Allison Engel
Directed by Mark Cuddy
Starring Pam Sherman as Erma Bombeck
Part of the Fielding Studio Series

January 25 – February 11, 2018

Erma Bombeck, one of our country’s most beloved humorists, captured the frustrations of her generation by asking, “If life is a bowl of cherries, what am I doing in the pits?”  Starring “Suburban Outlaw” and columnist Pam Sherman, this is the story behind America’s favorite average housewife who championed the lives of women with an incomparable wit that sprang from the most unexpected place of all — the truth.

17-18 Anne Frank

by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman
Directed by David Ira Goldstein
A Co-Production with Arizona Theatre Company
Part of the Wilson Stage Series

February 13 – March 18, 2018

The Diary of Anne Frank is one of the most important literary works of the 20th century.  In this powerful new adaptation, Anne Frank emerges from history a bright and talented young girl with the aspirations of any teenager. This impassioned drama about the lives of eight people in hiding from the Nazis in a concealed Amsterdam attic captures the claustrophobic reality of their daily existence. Anne’s story of love, hope, courage and triumph of the human spirit has captivated audiences with its profound message for over 70 years.

17-18 Heartland

World Premiere

By Gabriel Jason Dean
Directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh
Part of the Fielding Studio Series

March 17 – April 1, 2018

Dr. Harold Banks is a renowned professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Nebraska. When Nazrullah, an Afghan refugee, suddenly arrives at his doorstep armed only with well-worn copies of The Diary of Anne Frank and The Old Man and the Sea in his hand belonging to Harold’s daughter – an American teacher killed in an attack on an Afghan Girls School – the two men spend the next few months as unlikely roommates. Featuring Artistic Director Mark Cuddy as ‘Harold’ in his return to the Geva stage, Heartland is an emotional journey through love and loss, an examination of culpability and, ultimately, a meditation on the power of forgiveness.

 

17-18 One House 2

World Premiere

By Catherine Trieschmann
Directed by Mark Clements
A Co-production with Milwaukee Repertory Theatre
Part of the Wilson Stage Series

April 3 – April 29, 2018

When Rafael and Camila Hernandez move in downstairs to help Joanne with her elderly and cantankerous curmudgeon of a father, Joanne breathes a little easier. She needs their help, and they need jobs. But she can’t anticipate the complications that arise when “the help” starts to feel like family…and act like it. A brilliant new comedy by one of today’s hottest playwrights about boundaries, power, privilege and anxiety in a single backyard. 

 

17-18 Steel Magnolias

By Robert Harling
Directed by Skip Greer
Part of the Wilson Stage Series

May 8 – June 3, 2018

Truvy’s motto at her Louisiana beauty shop is: “There is no such thing as natural beauty.” Through clouds of hairspray and over the buzz of blow dryers, six sassy southern spitfires gather every week to gossip, swap recipes and support each other through thick and thin. But those sisterly bonds are about to be tested when M’Lynn and her daughter Shelby face a life-changing event. Heartwarming and humorous, Steel Magnolias is a story of love, loss, and enduring friendship.

 

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