Since our first production five years ago, The Wilbury Group has always taken care to select the most relevant and exciting theatre with a message that we could,” says Artistic Director Josh Short. “With our 2014-15 season we’re proud to present selections of only the most relevant cutting-edge theatre, new and classic, by some truly great and diverse playwrights."
THIS BEAUTIFUL CITY
by The Civilians, written by Steven Cosson and Jim Lewis
Music and lyrics by Michael Friedman, Directed by Josh Short
September 19-October 12, 2014 | NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE
This Beautiful City investigates the growth of the evangelical movement in Colorado Springs by award-winning investigative theatre pioneers The Civilians. As they were conducting interviews with people involved with or affected by the mega-church movement and the battle raging over gay marriage, the scandal broke about New Life Church pastor Ted Haggard, which shook the entire city of Colorado Springs, providing the play's creators with an unprecedented opportunity to capture an important event as it was taking place, and providing the people of Colorado Springs with the opportunity to express their opinions and concerns as those events unfolded. This Beautiful City is a fascinating and timely look at faith and how it affects the American landscape. "Engaging, inquisitive and evenhanded work of theater about the transformation of an American city and many American lives." —NY Times. "A fascinating crazy quilt on faith's role in American life." --Variety. "An entertaining and thoughtful portrait of a large segment of society." —NY Post. "Praise the Lord and pass the tape recorder! A lively docudrama with a generosity of spirit." —Associated Press.
A PUBLIC READING OF AN UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY ABOUT THE DEATH OF WALT DISNEY
by Lucas Hnath, Directed by Brien Lang
November 6-21, 2014 | NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE
By way of New York’s famed off-Broadway house Soho Rep and from one of America’s hottest young playwrights today comes a bold and unflinching portrait of the man behind the legend, Walt Disney. Tonight Walt is going to read you a screenplay he wrote. It’s about his last days on earth. It’s about a city he’s going to build that’s going to change the world. And it’s about his brother. It’s about everyone who loves him so much, and it’s about how sad they’re going to be when he’s gone. Right? I mean, how can they live without him? How can anyone live without him? “A blood-pumping and often hilarious evening of theater…Beyond being very funny, the poetic brevity and jarring choppiness of [Hnath's] dialogue captures the spirit of a generation of civic-minded Americans, like Disney…”—TheaterMania. “A devastating portrait of a man for whom make-believe was more real than reality itself” —New York Post. “In its darkly comic dissection of an all-American icon, this Public Reading is no Mickey Mouse production.” —Entertainment Weekly.
ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD
by Tom Stoppard, Directed by Josh Short
January 22-February 7, 2015
Acclaimed as a modern dramatic masterpiece, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead is the fabulously inventive tale of Hamlet as told from the worm's-eye view of the bewildered Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters in Shakespeare's play. In Tom Stoppard's best-known work, this Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy finally get a chance to take the lead role, but do so in a world where echoes of Waiting for Godot resound, where reality and illusion intermix, and where fate leads our two heroes to a tragic but inevitable end. Winner of the 1965 Tony Award for Best Play, and the 1965 NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play. "Very funny, very brilliant, very chilling; it has the dust of thought about it and the particles glitter excitingly in the theatrical air. " - The New York Times. "A stimulating, funny, imaginative comedy." - The New York Daily News.
RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN
by Gina Gionfriddo, Directed by Susie Schutt
March 19-April 4, 2015 | RHODE ISLAND PREMIERE
Hailed as a "genius" by Variety, playwright Gina Gionfriddo's latest comedy tackles feminism’s foibles in what The New York Times called an, "intensely smart and immensely funny" new play. Three generations of women share their raucous and refreshing approaches to navigating work, love and family. Rock star academic Catherine envies her friend Gwen who finds her domestic responsibilities less than satisfying. Meanwhile the witty and wry student Avery wonders whether she has more in common with Catherine's aging mother than any of today's modern feminists. This new comedy takes a sharp look at how women, and men, find happiness and conquer disappointment. “Intensely smart and immensely funny, with sharp-witted dialogue.” –The New York Times. “Roaringly funny, piercingly sharp, and bittersweet.” The Associated Press. “Sharp-eyed and big hearted! A shrew, incisive, thoroughly winning comedy!” –The Boston Globe.
NEXT TO NORMAL
Music by Tom Kitt, Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey, Directed by Wendy Overly
May 21-June 14, 2015
Suburban housewife Diana struggles to battle her mental demons, brought about, in part, by her bipolar disorder. Husband Dan fights to help keep both her mind and his family stable, even as Diana decides to stop taking her meds. Sixteen year-old Natalie, on the other hand, can’t seem to escape the shadow of her mysterious eighteen year-old brother. Winner of three Tony Awards and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Next to Normal is the most talked about new play in years and the acclaimed, groundbreaking rock musical “that pushed Broadway in new directions” (Rolling Stone). “The best musical of the season — by a mile. It’ll pin you to your seat.” – Rolling Stone. “It is much more than a feel-good musical. It is a feel-everything musical." - The New York Times.
*all plays and dates are subject to change.
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