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 fifth 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. Two Weekends, 12 Plays, A Lifetime of Memories. See the hottest new plays in town here, first, only at the ART!
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.
Feb 9-25, 2018
By Patrick Hamilton, Directed by Laura Jackson
Aud: Dec 3 & 4
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
Mar 15-25, 2018
By Sloane Henry, Directed by Jennifer Hutton
Aud: Jan 7 & 8
In All’s Fair by Sloane Henry, a couple reveal to one another that they are each in love with opposite members of their closest couple-friends. They hatch an Art-of-War-styled plan to break up the other couple to further their own romantic interests – until greater forces intervene. Funny, dark and poignant, All’s Fair navigates the labyrinth of contemporary romance in a whole new way, exploring love, partnership, and consequence of choice in the modern age.
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: Measure for Measure
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!
“Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.” The comedic Measure for Measure explores the dichotomy between corruption and purity, mercy and justice, and hypocrisy and theocracy. Add healthy doses of sex (and sexual harassment), a Christian right wing (that proves to be anything but) and a hopeful country on the brink of war and you have timely, thought-provoking theatre! The ART makes Shakespeare accessible to all, in every sense. THURSDAY SHOWS ADDED