by Bruce Norris
Feb 17-Mar 5, 2017
Directed by Ed White
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama (2011) and the Tony Award for Best Play (2012)
Clybourne Park is a razor-sharp satire about the politics of race. In response to Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, playwright Bruce Norris set up Clybourne Parkas a pair of scenes that bookend Hansberry's piece. These two scenes, fifty years apart, are both set in the same modest bungalow on Chicago's northwest side that features at the center of A Raisin in the Sun. The first scene takes place before and the second scene takes place after the events of A Raisin in the Sun.
In 1959, Russ and Bev are moving out to the suburbs after the tragic death of their son. Inadvertently, they have sold their house to the neighborhood's first black family.
Fifty years later in 2009, the roles are reversed when a young white couple buys the lot in what is now a predominantly black neighborhood, signaling a new wave of gentrification.
In both instances, a community showdown takes place, pitting race against real estate with this home as the battleground.
"Vital, sharp-witted and ferociously smart."
– New York Times
"A theatrical treasure…Indisputably, uproariously funny."
– Entertainment Weekly
"A savagely funny and insightful time bomb."
– Hollywood Reporter
Tennessee Stage Company New Play Festival
[Details to be announced]
Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure
by Steven Dietz, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and William Gillette
Apr 21-May 7, 2017
Directed by Patrick McCray
Winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play
The world's greatest detective has seemingly reached the end of his remarkable career when a case presents itself that is too tempting to ignore: The King of Bohemia is about to be blackmailed by a notorious photograph, and the woman at the heart of this crime is the famous opera singer, Irene Adler. With his trusted companion, Doctor Watson, at his side, Sherlock Holmes pursues first the case, and then the affections of Miss Adler—and in doing so, marches right into the lair of his longtime adversary, that malevolent genius of crime: Professor Moriarty.
In this spirited, fast-moving and thoroughly theatrical adaptation, Steven Dietz presents Holmes at the height of his powers—surrounded by all the elements that fans of his exploits have come to expect: danger, intrigue, wit, humor and surprise. "The game is afoot, Watson—and it is a dangerous one!"
"Dietz's genius here is in creating both story and dialogue that could pass for Doyle's own. The playwright—who previously adapted Bram Stoker's Dracula and P.G. Wodehouse's Over the Moon to great effect—has created a gleeful whodunit that's both deeply original and an expert homage to all things Holmesian."
– Phoenix New Times
"This witty, well-crafted script is very much an homage to Conan Doyle, and the play's greatest pleasure is seeing his iconic characters brought to life. A delightful evening of entertainment."
– Arizona Republic
"You don't have to be a scholar of detective stories to enjoy the script Dietz has crafted—there's enough intrigue and adventure, and even a touch of romance, with the inclusion of Irene Adler, a woman who is Holmes' intellectual equal. Dietz has created a fun evening that moves quickly, and is guaranteed to please everyone who joins in the game."