DEAD MAN'S CELL PHONE, 'THE VIBRATOR PLAY' & More Set for Profile Theatre's 2015 Season
PROFILE THEATRE (Adriana Baer, Artistic Director) has announced the productions that will be featured in the 2015 season featuring the work of playwright Sarah Ruhl. The season, which will begin in January 2015, will include four main stage productions and four staged readings as part of the In Dialogue Series, performed on the Morrison and Alder Stages at Artists Repertory Theatre. Subscriptions are now on sale and single tickets will become available on October 1, 2014.
"Sarah Ruhl's work lives in a world of magic and whimsy, igniting our imagination while exploring and examining our constantly evolving social history," said Profile Artistic Director Adriana Baer. "It's like she's tapped into the spiritual subconscious of all of us."
Sarah Ruhl is the winner of the MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellowship and a twice-Pulitzer-Prize-nominated playwright. Her plays include The Clean House, Eurydice, In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, and her most recent, Stage Kiss. The style of her plays is entirely unique, structured more like poetry than prose, mixing lyricism with irony, and balancing the sacred and the mundane while capturing the essence of everyday life.
About the Season:
DEAD MAN'S CELL PHONE January 29, 2015 - February 15, 2015 When Jean takes possession of the cell phone of a dead man, she is thrown into a mysterious journey of self-discovery and awakening. Through this small modern device, she finds adventure, purpose and even love - but at what cost? This hilarious and paradoxical treatise on the digital world probes at the thin line between reality and fantasy, privacy and openness, and even life and death.
IN THE NEXT ROOM, OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY June 11, 2015 - June 28, 2015 Enter the home of Dr. Givings; husband, doctor, inventor, and healer of feminine hysteria. As this man of science pioneers new therapies for women in the dawning age of electricity, his young wife Catherine begins to wonder what exactly is going on behind the closed door of his operating theatre. In the Next Room, or the vibrator play is a wickedly humorous tale of sex, intimacy, and the discovery of pleasure.
FALL FESTIVAL: PASSION PLAY September 10, 2015 - September 13, 2015 As we travel from 1575 England to 1934 Bavaria to 1969 South Dakota, centuries of religion, faith, and politics collide through performances of the Passion of the Christ. This sweeping exploration of the "greatest story ever told" exposes its transformative effect on the small communities that enact it, as well as on humanity as a whole.
Each act of Passion Play will be presented in a different location around the theatre with music, entertainment and a shared meal in between.
ORLANDO November, 5, 2015 - November 22, 2015 Orlando, a young Englishman, sets out to encounter love and adventures with Queens and Kings, princesses and archdukes, historic poets and fictional sea captains. Riding waves that transcend time and space, Orlando transforms again and again. This epic tale of discovery, based on Virginia Woolf's novel, crashes through the ages as a whimsical, gender-bending fantasy.
IN DIALOGUE SERIES STAGED READINGS In Dialogue is Profile's series of lectures, pre-show talks, post-show discussions, concerts and other supplemental programming that explore our featured writer's world. In Dialogue readings include new and contemporary plays in conversation with Sarah Ruhl's body of work. Admission to all the 2015 readings are free.
THREE SISTERS by Anton Chekhov, adapted by Sarah Ruhl in collaboration with Reed CollegeMarch 2, 2015 - March 3, 2015
THE REVOLUTIONISTS by Lauren GundersonMay 4, 2015 - May 5, 2015
THE LADY ONSTAGE by Erin Bregman July 13, 2015 - July 14, 2015
THE OLDEST BOY by Sarah Ruhl October 5, 2015 - October 6, 2015