THE LARAMIE PROJECT
By Moises Kaufman | Directed by Lee Beger
JUNE 15, 16, 18, 22, 23, 24, 29 & 30 – JULY 1
In October 1998, a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten, and left tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. His bloody, bruised, and battered body was not discovered until the next day, and he died several days later in an area hospital. His name was Matthew Shepard, and he was the victim of this assault because he was gay. Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half, in the aftermath of the beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing Shepard. They conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town. Some people interviewed were directly connected to the case, while others were citizens of Laramie, and the breadth of the reactions to the crime is fascinating. Kaufman and Tectonic Theater members have constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience from these interviews and their own experiences in Laramie. THE LARAMIE PROJECT is a breathtaking collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.
Readers Theatre Series
Sex AKA Wieners and Boobs
by Joe Lo Truglio, Michael Showalter, & David Wain | Directed by Gary Baker
JULY 13, 14, & 15
Fresh from the demented minds that created MTV’s The State and the Wet Hot American Summer franchise comes a comedy that “is utterly ridiculous, completely stupid and thoroughly absurd.”
Jack Greenberg is the new sheriff of Teaneck, New Jersey. Unfortunately, the corrupt town is run by Tad Theaterman, a crime boss armed with henchmen and a legion of hookers and gigolos. The Mayor and townsfolk fear Tad, but love the money the sinful brothels bring in! When Jack meets Hillary, a recent divorcee, it’s love at first sight… but there’s a showdown that’s closin’ in on our hero! Will Jack save Teaneck, get the girl, and defeat Tad? Or will the wieners and boobs prevail?!
Join us as we partner with Awkward Silence Jax for the Northeast Florida premiere of a comedy that Robin Hardwick from splitsider.com called, “quite simply, a terrible play.”
HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE
By Paula Vogel | Directed by Daniel Austin
AUGUST 10, 11, 13, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, & 26
In this Northeast Florida premiere, Paula Vogel presents the story of a woman who learns the rules of the road and life from behind the wheel. HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE is a wildly funny, surprising and devastating tale of survival, a sexual coming of age through the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s as seen through the provocative lens of a troubling relationship between a young girl and an older man. Winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, How I Learned to Drive is one of Paula Vogel’s strongest works and a must-see for 5 & Dime followers.
The 5 & Dime LIVE! An Evening of Song – The Songs of Sondheim
SEPTEMBER 14, 15, & 16
Hot off our April production of Company, we have decided to dedicate our September Cabaret (the last of our 2018 Series) to exploring the vast catalog of Stephen Sondheim. Described by Frank Rich of The New York Times as “the greatest and perhaps best-known artist in the American musical theater,” Sondheim’s work as composer and lyricist include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures, Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along, Sunday in the Park With George, Into the Woods, Assassins, and Passion. He also penned the lyrics to both West Side Story and Gypsy. Join us as we journey through these wonderful worlds, providing a primer to the man who many have called the backbone of the modern day musical.
by Mike Bartlett | Directed by Jan Peter Buksar
OCTOBER 12, 13, 15, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, & 28
In its Jacksonville premiere, we present a modern take on relationships that suggests sexuality isn’t something to be taken at face value. John has been in a stable relationship with his boyfriend for a number of years. But when they take a break, he accidentally falls in love with a woman. Torn between the two, filled with guilt and conflicting emotions, he doesn’t know which way to turn. His boyfriend is willing to wait for him to make a decision, but so is his girlfriend. And both are prepared to fight to keep him. As the pressure mounts, a dinner with both parties is arranged, and everyone wants to know: Who is John? What is he? And what will his decision be? In this comic discussion of identity and sexuality, COCK challenges you to take a unique perspective on the affairs of the heart…and that other part of the body.
Readers Theatre Series
By Samuel Beckett | Directed by Stephanie Natale Frus
NOVEMBER 9, 10, & 11
A pinnacle of Beckett’s characteristic raw minimalism, ENDGAME is a pure and devastating distillation of the human essence in the face of approaching death, and is commonly considered (along with Waiting for Godot) to be his most important work. In full absurdist style, this bizarre and cruel play uses black humor to explore how humans find meaning in a world full of suffering. Steeped in dystopian lore reminiscent of 1984 and The Road, Endgame takes the devastation and paranoia delivered upon society from the Second World War and translates it into a master thesis on despair, indifference, and the human condition.
BUYER & CELLAR
by Jonathan Tolins | Directed by Lee Hamby
NOVEMBER 30 – DECEMBER 1, 3, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, & 16
An actor’s life is never easy. One day you’re the Mayor of Disney’s Toontown, the next you’re the resident shopkeeper for Barbra Streisand’s basement mall. At least that’s how Alex More feels after he takes a job working in the Malibu mansion of the beloved megastar. Then one day, the Lady Herself comes downstairs to play. It feels like a real bonding in the basement, but will their relationship ever make it upstairs? BUYER & CELLAR is an outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things, and the oddest of odd jobs.