Written & Directed by Steve H. Broadnax III
September 22—October 15, 2023
Knock. Four Black men gather for a game of dominoes at the host’s “deluxe apartment in the sky.” Knock. Over beers and “bones,” the players laugh, place bets, and swap stories. KNOCK. As drinks flow, wagers escalate, and the game intensifies, unknown truths reveal themselves while a mysterious banging next door grows louder and louder. Acclaimed writer/director Steve H. Broadnax III (Bayard Rustin Inside Ashland, director of Broadway's Thoughts of a Colored Man) brings the social horror genre to the stage in this chilling investigation of Black masculinity, intimacy, and childhood demons.
Bones is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.
By Robert Montano
Directed by Jessi D. Hill
The Penguin Rep Theatre Production
January 10—February 4, 2024
Bullied for his size, a boy from Long Island finds purpose and respect atop a racehorse in this wild autobiographical ride, written and performed by stage, film, and television star Robert Montano (Cats on Broadway, Barcelona at People’s Light). As the young jockey starts to literally outgrow his childhood dream, he resorts to more and more extreme measures to remain “small” before ultimately finding freedom in a new path. From Belmont Park to Broadway stages, Montano’s vivid and highly entertaining coming-of-age story explores the complex realities of pursuing a dream at all costs.
the ripple, the wave that carried me home
By Christina Anderson
Directed by Donya K. Washington
February 21—March 24, 2024
Leonard C. Haas Stage
“A masterpiece … a wave of emotion” - Rolling Out
Despite growing up in landlocked Kansas, Janice Collen’s childhood is defined by water—her mother and father are prominent activists in the movement to desegregate local swimming pools. As Janice comes of age and seeks meaning away from her parents’ politics, an unspoken distance grows within the family. Decades later, when Janice is asked to speak at a ceremony honoring her father, she must delve into her family’s past and reconcile the personal truths and public legacy of her inheritance. With “passages that ripple towards poetry,” (Chicago Sun-Times) this “poignant, transporting, and quietly subversive” (TheaterMania) new play takes us on a journey through the decades, from 1930s segregation to Rodney King, and establishes Christina Anderson as “a playwright to pay attention to” (Variety).
A Christmas Carol
Adapted by Zak Berkman from Charles Dickens
Original Music by Zak Berkman
Arrangements by Mitch Chakour
Directed by Nell Bang-Jensen
November 15—December 31, 2023
Leonard C. Haas Stage
Witness the miraculous redemption of Ebenezer Scrooge as three mysterious spirits guide the hardhearted misanthrope through Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Our signature adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic is back with a fresh approach for a new holiday season. Infused with original music and traditional English carols performed by a stellar ensemble—featuring Ian Merrill Peakes as Scrooge—accompanied by a 5-piece band, this jubilant retelling of the beloved yuletide ghost story is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays.
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