Families. Those tricky, sticky family relationships. You can’t live with ‘em. You can’t kill ‘em. Or can you? This season TheatreWorks brings you two family feuds that soar above the average person’s awkward Thanksgiving or unpleasant family reunion. Originally set during the War of the Roses, our contemporary take on Shakespeare’s RICHARD III examines the homicidal lengths a king will go to in order to gain and maintain his crown. This fall marks the first time in living memory that we have produced one of Shakespeare’s history plays.
Later, in the spring, we present J.M. Synge’s riotous play (literally, “riotous,” as it incited violent protest when it first opened in Dublin in 1907) about young Christy Mahon, whose apparent patricide sparks – not fear and condemnation among the residents of a sleepy Irish fishing village – but awe and admiration, as they crown him the “Playboy of the Western World.”
We hope you will join us for this exciting 2015-16 season.
Richard III by William Shakespeare
directed by Nancy Taylor Porter
October 30th, November 5th - 7th at 7:30 p.m.
November 8th at 2 p.m.
Richard III is Shakespeare's first villain, and he invites the audience to follow him on his journey to become the most powerful man in England. The final work in a series depicting his country's civil war, this play portrays a cripple in a world not only corrupt and power-hungry but also believing outward deformity exposes a monstrous inner nature. Belief becomes destiny as he determines to brazenly seize the crown, a hypocrite hacking his way through anyone in his path, guilty and innocent alike. But the conscience he initially mocks haunts him on the night before his final battle. Richard finally begins to come to grips with his own heart of darkness as Providence empowers a warrior to overcome his brutal reign at last.
Set in contemporary times, the play reveals the seduction and tyranny of political violence whose perpetrators sow the seeds of their own destruction.
Playboy of the Western World by John Millington Synge
April 9th, April 14th - 16th at 7:30 p.m.
April 17th at 2 p.m.
It is a bitterly stormy night in County Mayo on the western coast of Ireland when barmaid Pegeen Mike opens the door of her public house to a wild young stranger with an outrageous tale to tell. Christy Mahon has killed his father in a vicious fight and is now running from the police. As the townsfolk drift in to hear Christy’s extraordinary story, he becomes a local hero and the object of Pegeen’s affection. But when another mysterious stranger shows up, how far will Christy go to keep her love and win the title of “Playboy of the Western World?”