Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin
By Michael Benjamin Washington
Directed by Lucie Tiberghien
At La Jolla Playhouse September 8 – October 4, 2015 & Kansas City Rep October 16 - November 15, 2015
THE PORTRAIT OF REDEMPTION
In the sweltering political and racial heat of 1963, Bayard Rustin — the brilliant proponent of non-violent civil disobedience — is assigned to orchestrate an unprecedented march for jobs and freedom. Exiled from the Civil Rights Movement by both internal and external forces, Rustin grapples with his last chance for professional restoration and spiritual redemption.
Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award.
Our Lady of Kibeho
By Katori Hall
Directed by Michael Greif
At The Pershing Square Signature Theatre October 28th - December 14, 2014
In 1981, a village girl in Rwanda claims to see the Virgin Mary. Ostracized by her schoolmates and labeled disturbed, everyone refuses to believe, until the impossible starts happening again and again. Skepticism gives way to fear, faith, and fate, causing upheaval in the school community and beyond. Based on real events, Our Lady of Kibeho is the second production of Olivier Award-winning playwright Katori Hall’s Residency at Signature.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Julie Taymor
At Theatre for A New Audience October 19, 2013 – January 12, 2014
Julie Taymor, Tony Award winner for direction of The Lion King, stages Shakespeare’s joyous comedy about the universal theme of love and its complications: lust, disappointment, confusion, marriage. A Midsummer Night’s Dream brilliantly conjoins four intertwined stories: the marriage of the Athenian Duke Theseus to the Amazon queen Hippolyta; the warring Oberon and Titania, king and queen of the fairies; the madcap follies of four lovers in a forest; and the comically earnest efforts of a group of working men to stage a love-play for the royal wedding. They are all fair game for mischievous Puck who scrambles their desires as the the otherworldly night of confusion, passion and diligence proves oddly momentous, touching every life to the quick. Taymor’s vision will be a fantasia of light and shadow. The stage will breathe with the miraculous charms and powerful illusions of love.
THE PIANO LESSON
By August Wilson
Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson
At The Pershing Square Signature Theatre October 30, 2012 - January 20, 2013
Signature returns to the rich body of work of its 2006/07 Playwright-in-Residence August Wilson with a new production of his Pulitzer Prize-winning The Piano Lesson. In Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1936, the Charles family battle their surroundings and each other over their shared legacy -- an antique piano. The fourth play of August Wilson’s epic Century Cycle, The Piano Lesson is a stunning and moving drama of family, history, and survival.