2017-2018 Season!

The Acrosstown Repertory Theatre’s
2017-2018 (37th) Season

 

Trailer Park Elegy

Sep 1-17, 2017
Written & Directed by Michael Presley Bobbitt
Aud: July 9 & 10

World Premiere! While working at a trailer park to escape the publicity from a dark episode in his recent past, Elijah finds the cremated remains of a woman sitting forgotten on a shelf for the past 17 years. The effort to uncover the woman’s lost humanity pushes Elijah and his eccentric friends to the brink of ruin. This dark, funny play (that received its first reading here at last year’s GHLPS) explores the line in the sand beyond which we lose ourselves as human beings, and challenges the audience to find value in even the worst among us.

 

The Rocky Horror Show

Oct 20-Nov 5, 2017
By Richard O’Brien, Directed by Jessica Arnold & Shay Smith
Aud: Aug 13 & 14

Brad and Janet are a simple engaged couple whose lives get turned upside down by the “sweet transvestite” Frank ‘n Furter and his household of strange Transylvanians on a stormy night. Sing along to this cult favorite and prepare to have the time of your life!  THURSDAY PERFORMANCES ADDED

 

Gainesville Homegrown Local Playwrights’ Showcase

Dec 7-17, 2017

Join us for our fourth annual celebration of area playwrights! Previous showcases have included world premiers of staged script readings, and performances, and we expect this year to be the best ever. If you know of an aspiring local playwright, direct them here to submit their work for consideration. See the hottest new plays in town here, first, only at the ART.

 

No Exit

Jan 5-21, 2018
By Jean-Paul Sartre, Directed by Lola Bond
Aud: Oct 22 & 23

Three damned souls, Garcin, Inez, and Estelle, expect to be tortured for all eternity, but instead find a plain room furnished in Second Empire style. Choose wisely, for “Hell is other people.” No Exit is Sartre’s most popular play to this day, and for good reason! This darkly comic look at self-inflicted Hell will entertain you, and make you laugh even as you cringe.

 

Gaslight

Feb 9-25, 2018
By Patrick Hamilton, Directed by Laura Jackson
Aud: Nov 19 & 20

All appears tranquil in the Manningham’s home on Angel Street in 19th century London, but there’s more to this idyllic Victorian life than meets the eye– Mr. Manningham, is slowly driving his gentle, devoted wife, Bella, to the brink of insanity. Gaslight (aka, Angel Street) is one of the longest-running non-musicals in Broadway history, and has been adapted into two movies. “As a creepshow, Patrick Hamilton’s Victorian melodrama remains close to the top of the class.” ~New York Times

 

Letters to Sala

Mar 15-25, 2018
By Arlene Hutton, Directed by Carolyne Salt
Aud: Jan 7 & 8

Five Years. Seven Nazi labor camps. Over 350 hidden letters. Adapted from the book Sala’s Gift by Ann Kirschner and based on a true account, Letters to Sala is the remarkable story of a young girl’s survival during wartime Germany, and an insightful look at the importance of history and family. Sala Garncarz Kirschner kept her secret for over fifty years, concealing her incredibly painful history in a Spill-and-Spell box. Everything changes when Sala reveals the cache to her grown daughter, Ann. Sala’s letters have been called “the greatest find since Anne Frank’s diary.” Only two weeks! THURSDAY PERFORMANCES ADDED

 

The Skin of Our Teeth

Apr 20-May 6, 2018
By Thornton Wilder, Directed by Meagan Reagle
Aud: Feb 18 & 19

The ice age is upon us, the floods are coming, war is Inevitable. Join us in  suburban Excelsior, New Jersey, with The Antrobus family and the “Ancient and Honorable Order of Mammals, Subdivision Humans” as we travel through plagues, heat waves, deep freezes, pestilence, depressions & dozens of wars, while through it all, we keep moving forward. Thornton Wilder’s 1943 Pulitzer-Winning Play is a hilarious, absurd ode to the “indestructibility of humanity,” and challenges nearly every established theatrical convention!

 

This Is War

May 25-Jun 10, 2018
By Hannah Moscovitch, Directed by Jeff Pufahl
Aud: March 18 & 19

Four soldiers in a Canadian infantry platoon fight the Taliban, only to return to an interrogation about a possible atrocity in the Panjwaii desert. Produced in collaboration with UF Arts in Medicine, this insightful and emotional look into the embittered psyche of soldiers in the aftermath of combat will have you asking– how do you cope amid all the bloodshed? Written by the author of the hit play East of Berlin, This is War is the winner of the 2014 Triillium Book Award, and the 2013 Toronto Theatre Critics’ Award for Best Canadian Play.

 

Summer Shakespeare: Othello

Jul 6-Jul 29
By William Shakespeare, Directed by Carolyne Salt
Aud:  Apr 22 & 23

Join us in our third year of Summer Shakes at the ART! Othello, an outsider in every way, falls in love with Desdemona. She likes him, too. Yet things go horribly awry. Racism, love, jealousy, betrayal, revenge and repentance all play a part in Othello, one of Shakespeare’s juiciest tragedies. The ART makes Shakespeare accessible to all, in every sense. THURSDAY PERFORMANCES ADDED