Opening the 2013 season, George Bernard Shaw’s penetrating and entertaining look at mothers, daughters and the idea of a “woman’s place.” Mrs. Warren has worked hard to provide a good life for her daughter. But when Vivie finds out the truth about her mother’s profession, sparks fly. Armed with wicked wit and astute insight, Shaw pits mother against daughter to expose the passionate societal struggles taking place beneath the polished veneer of Victorian society.
Arthur Miller’s parable draws a chilling parallel between the Salem witch trials of 1692 and subsequent generations of American mass hysteria – up to the present. Through this savage tale of one small community’s too effortless descent into superstition and paranoia, Miller explores in frightening detail what can happen when fear clouds fact and blame replaces reason.
Casey Stangl directs David Ives’ wicked “translaptation” (according to Ives, “a translation with a heavy dose of adaptation”) of Pierre Corneille’s farce that asks whether truth matters at all in an age obsessed with the surface of things. When the charming and handsome pathological liar Dorante enters Paris, he impresses everyone who hears his stories. But as his lies multiply, will Dorante be able to keep them straight and still manage to get the girl.
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