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Book by Randy Blair & Tim Drucker
Music by Matthew roi Berger
Lyrics by Randy Blair
Choreography by Chase Brock
Directed by Scott Schwartz
November 11 – December 20, 2015
Getting shipped off to weight-loss camp is hardly Robert’s idea of the perfect summer, but even he isn’t prepared for what can be lost or gained at Camp Overton, the No. 3 weight-loss camp in Southern Pennsylvania. With biting humor and irreverence, GIGANTIC tackles the growing pains of adolescence through the experiences of a bunch of misfit teens forced to find solace in one another as they look — inside and out — for acceptance, a hot make-out session, and the last contraband Butterfinger. A coming-of-age musical comedy fed by an infectious pop/rock score, GIGANTIC is created by Randy Blair, Tim Drucker, and Matthew roi Berger and is directed by Scott Schwartz (BAT BOY, TICK TICK BOOM).
NEW YORK PREMIERE
by Colman Domingo
directed by Susan Stroman
February 4 – March 20, 2016
Family matriarch Dotty and her three adult children gather for the holidays with more than exchanging presents on their minds. As Dotty struggles to navigate life with dementia, her children fight to balance care for their mother and care for themselves. A testament to the enduring bonds of family, this hilarious and moving new play by Colman Domingo (author of Vineyard’s A BOY AND HIS SOUL and Tony Award nominee for his role in Vineyard’s production of THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS) grapples unforgettably with aging parents, midlife crises, and the heart of an inner city neighborhood. Directed by Tony Award winner Susan Stroman, who returns to The Vineyard after her ground-breaking work on THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS.
NEW YORK PREMIERE
In association with
La Jolla Playhouse and Yale Repertory Theatre
By Paula Vogel
Directed by Rebecca Taichman
April 27 – June 19, 2016
INDECENT, created by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel (Vineyard’s HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE and THE LONG CHRISTMAS RIDE HOME) and award-winning director Rebecca Taichman (STAGE KISS), is a deeply moving new play with music, inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s GOD OF VENGEANCE — a play seen by some as a seminal work of Jewish culture, and by others as an act of traitorous libel. INDECENT charts the history of an incendiary drama and the path of the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it.
DEVELOPMENTAL LAB – MEMBERS ONLY
YOU MEAN TO DO ME HARM
by Christopher Chen
Directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch
July 14-17, 2016
In the sharp and fantastical YOU MEAN TO DO ME HARM, an innocuous comment at a dinner with two interracial couples leads to a surreal escalation of cold war style paranoia. A psychological exploration of China–U.S. foreign relations and of the mysteries of the personal relationships we hold most dear.
NEW READING SERIES – MEMBERS ONLY
by Jordan Harrison
directed by Ken Rus Schmoll
October 4, 2015
When ten year old Kai turns a magic doorknob in his grandparents’ house, he inadvertently opens a door onto the rest of his life. To what will his jumps in time eventually lead him? Will he ever come home to childhood again?
KIRK AT THE SAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT HYATT
by Krista Knight
directed by Jess Chayes
December 7, 2015
On his and the hotel’s last day on Earth, stroke survivor Kirk and his Ethiopian Caretaker Asel give Kirk’s daughter Krista a tour of the San Francisco Airport Hyatt, where Kirk lives. For the last 29 years, Kirk has believed his death will be imminent. For the last 29 years, he has continued to live.
SAD AND SERIOUS NEWS
by Laura Cahill
directed by Mark Brokaw
December 14, 2015
In this wry and heartfelt new play, a preschool teacher’s sudden death triggers latent tensions about class, privilege, and parental responsibility amongst a group of wealthy Manhattan parents.
by Mayo Simon
directed by Carl Andress
May 20, 2016
Melvin is an idealistic young writer ecstatic to have his play produced on the air, but with a major rewrite due in the morning, network censors breathing down his neck, a seductive foreign star, cut-throat co-workers, and ten desperate days to get it all together, will they ever go live? A new comedy about the 1950s golden age of live television drama, by a writer who was there.
by Mike Lew
directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel
June 3, 2016
Albert and Jennifer Chen were at the pinnacle of academic achievement. But now they suck at adult life: Albert’s just been passed up for promotion and Jennifer’s been dumped by her loser boyfriend. So they do what any reasonable intellectual brother and sister would do and go on an Asian Freedom Tour! From California to Shenzen, TIGER STYLE! examines the successes and failures of tiger parenting from the point of view of a playwright who’s actually been through it.
THE APOCRYPHAL TRAGEDY OF KING MICHAEL
by Eric John Meyer
directed by Robert O’Hara
July 7, 2016
The story of Michael Jackson’s last days, told from the vantage point of the often conflicting accounts of what we know, think we know, and wish we knew about him. This daring, theatrical and affecting new play freely blends the facts of Jackson’s life with rumors, fictions, and fantasy — much the way Jackson did when presenting himself to the world.
Members receive one ticket to each of our mainstage shows, free invitations to our Developmental Lab and NEW Reading Series, invitations to additional special events during the season, as well as discounts and offers at local restaurants.