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Neil LaBute
Will Davis

Aug 31-Oct 15, 2017 | New York Premiere

By Philip Dawkins
Directed by Will Davis
Inspired by Miss Gloria Allen

When Mama Darleena Andrews-- a 67-year-old, black, transgender woman -- takes it upon herself to teach an etiquette class at Chicago’s LGBTQ community center, the idealistic teachings of Emily Post clash with the very real life challenges of identity, poverty and prejudice faced by her students. Inspired by the true story of Miss Gloria Allen and her work at Chicago’s Center on Halsted, Philip Dawkins' Charm asks - how do we lift each other up when the world wants to tear us down?


Neil LaBute
Jocelyn Bioh
Leigh Silverman
Rebecca Taichman

Nov 1-Dec 31, 2017 | World Premiere
By Jocelyn Bioh
Directed by Rebecca Taichman

Paulina, the reigning queen bee at Ghana's most exclusive boarding school, has her sights set on the Miss Universe pageant. But the arrival of Ericka, a new student with undeniable talent and beauty, captures the attention of the pageant recruiter--and Paulina’s hive-minded friends.  Directed by Tony Award® winner Rebecca Taichman, Jocelyn Bioh's buoyant and biting comedy explores the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls across the globe. How far would you go to be queen bee?


Neil LaBute
JC Lee
Leigh Silverman
Liesl Tommy

Feb 2-Mar 11, 2018 | World Premiere
By JC Lee
Directed by Liesl Tommy

Theresa Hanneck is a celebrated author and veteran feminist warrior; Msemaji Ukweli is a promising young writer who is quickly becoming the leading cultural critic on race, class, and gender for a new generation. When a heated exchange between the two women goes viral, Theresa finds herself ill-equipped to manage her message in the social media era-especially against a rival whose time may have come. Directed by Tony Award® nominee Liesl Tommy, a collision of ideals within the feminist movement propels JC Lee’s riveting drama from breathless start to surprising finish. Who decides your worth?


Neil LaBute
Lucy Thurber
Leigh Silverman
Jackson Gay

Apr 5-May 13, 2018 | World Premiere
By Lucy Thurber
Directed by Jackson Gay

Cristofer and Clarence are two gifted students from the South Bronx.  After two years at a local community college being coached by faculty members, the young men are competing for a life-changing scholarship at an elite northeast university. During a campus visit, the young men are unexpectedly confronted with their shared past while trying to break through a system that seems designed to keep them on the outside. How do you break through a system designed to lock you out?


Neil LaBute
Jen Silverman
Leigh Silverman
Mike Donahue

Aug 16-Sep 23, 2018 | New York Premiere
By Jen Silverman
Directed by Mike Donahue

Meet five different women named Betty: one rich, one lonely, one charismatic, one lovelorn, and one who keeps working on her truck. Oh, and one has decided to stage a production of that play-within-a-play by… that old English guy, what's his name? Ah, forget it. In Jen Silverman’s unpredictable comedy Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties, five women collide at the intersection of rage, love, and the “thea-tah,” provoking each other to take a look in the mirror and face the person they didn’t know they could be. Directed by Mike Donahue (The Legend of George McBride), this New York premiere invites us all to be a little braver, live a little louder, laugh a little harder, and unleash our inner Betty.

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