2018 Season

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

by Tennessee Williams
directed by Emilie Whelan

Feb 2–25

When creditors claim the last of her family inheritance, the glamorous Blanche Dubois finds her way to her sister’s doorstep. But the domestic bliss Stella and her husband Stanley share soon begins to show its own cracks as Blanche begins to rebuild her life in their orbit.

Williams’ legendary tale of envy, power and betrayal becomes an arena in which the social and economic divides of modern-day America collide—with devastating consequences.


West Coast Premiere

DANCE OF THE HOLY GHOSTS

by Marcus Gardley
directed by Michael Socrates Moran

Mar 9–31

 

An audience favorite during its development, this gospel-music-infused production follows the life and legacy of Oscar and his grandson Marcus in the format of a memorial service.

Funny and familiar, profound and heartbreaking, this mosaic of music and memory explores the details that define a family—and the forces that can bind us together as easily as drive us apart.


West Coast Premiere

American Jornalero

by Ed Cardona

Apr 13–May 6

 

In an empty lot on a New York street corner, six men wait: For coffee. For work. For news. For their luck to change.

One of the season’s site-specific productions, this vital new play places a literal fence line through the center of contemporary dialogue on labor and immigration—and asks whether it’s a divide than can ever be scaled.


World Premiere

The Lower Depths

by Maxim Gorky
in a new version by Lisa Ramirez
directed by Michael French

May 18–Jun 10

 

Ubuntu Associate Artistic Director Lisa Ramirez offers an unflinching new take on Maxim Gorky’s revelatory drama, re-locating his portrait of poverty among the peasants of 20th-century Moscow to the growing wealth gap and homelessness in modern-day America. Ubuntu Artistic Associate Michael French directs this ensemble production.


World Premiere

Pool of Unknown Wonders: Undertow of the Soul

by Philip Kan Gotanda
directed by Michael Socrates Moran

Aug 31–Sep 23

 

In this contemporary new drama inspired by Hermann Hesse’s Journey to the East, six unexpected companions find themselves in an unfamiliar world, facing unforeseen tests to achieve an unknown goal.

Playing with notions of reality, morality and community, this surreal drama is a fresh, urgent parable on identity, community and prejudice.


Hamlet

by William Shakespeare  directed by Michael Socrates Moran

Oct 12–Nov 4

 

 

After the tragic death of Hamlet’s father, the prince is forced to acknowledge the insidious corruption throughout his kingdom. But can injustices be overcome without destroying the powers that sustain them—including Hamlet’s own place at the heart of it?

Staged against a contemporary landscape of income inequality and racial privilege, Shakespeare’s enduring tragedy offers a powerful exploration of the roots of corruption, and the ways in which we become complicit in some of society’s deepest divides.


World Premiere
Co-production with Inferno Theatre

The Conference of the Birds

by Sholeh Wolpé
directed by Giulio Perrone

Nov 30–Dec 16

 

 

In a Kingdom with no ruler, ten thousand birds set out to find a King none have ever seen. Led by the wise Hoope, the birds journey through dangers, distractions and difficulties, their Conference growing smaller each day. 

Adapted from the celebrated Sufi poem, this lyrical parable is a timeless reflection on the search for meaning on a journey toward something larger than ourselves.