Mad Horse Announces Lineup for Expanded 2018-19 Season

Mad Horse Theatre Company has added a fifth show to its 2018/2019 season. The season will present the following plays: The Language Archive by Julia Cho, The Whale by Samuel D. Hunter, Deer by Aaron Mark, Life Sucks by Aaron Posner, and The Tomb of King Tot by Olivia Dufault. These plays were selected by the company for their ability to examine the enduring aspects of the human experience with humor, intelligence and empathy.

Shows are at 7:30 pm Thursdays through Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm. Mad Horse Theatre Company makes theater accessible by offering pay-what-you-can shows on the first two Thursdays and the first Sunday matinée for the run of each show. A talk-back is held after the second Sunday matinée where the community can engage with the director and cast in a discussion of the play.


The Language Archive
By Julia Cho
Directed by Christopher Price
September 20 - October 7, 2018

George is a dedicated scientist, consumed with preserving and documenting the dying languages of far-flung cultures. Closer to home, though, language is failing him. He doesn't know what to say to Mary, his wife of many years, to keep her from leaving him, and he doesn't recognize the deep feelings that his young lab assistant has for him. By turns humorous and heartbreaking, THE LANGUAGE ARCHIVE is a deeply affecting story about our universal struggle to hear, and be heard, in the world's some 6300 languages, for who we truly are.

The Whale
By Samuel D. Hunter
Directed by Christine Louise Marshall
November 1 - 18, 2018

On the outskirts of Mormon Country, Idaho, Charlie, a six-hundred-pound recluse, hides away in his apartment, slowly eating himself to death, visited only by one stalwart friend and then, by chance, a young Mormon missionary with his own reasons for hiding away. Desperate to reconnect with his long-estranged daughter, Charlie reaches out to her, only to find a viciously sharp-tongued and wildly unhappy teen. Big-hearted and fiercely funny, THE WHALE tells the story of a man's last chance at redemption, and of finding beauty in the most unexpected places.

Deer
By Aaron Mark
Directed by Stacey Koloski
January 10 - 27, 2019

Upper West Side empty-nesters Ken and Cynthia hit a deer while driving to their weekend house in the Poconos. Cynthia tries desperately to nurse the dead animal back to life, as Ken fights for his first weekend alone with his wife in twenty-five years. As their lifeless, bloody new pet takes over their lives, Ken and Cynthia will either rekindle their love or kill each other. DEER is a grisly, pitch-black comedy about normal people who snap.

Life Sucks
By Aaron Posner
Directed by Nick Schroeder
March 14 - 31, 2019

In this brash reworking of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, a group of old friends, ex-lovers, estranged in-laws, and lifelong enemies gather to grapple with life's thorniest each other. What could possibly go wrong? Incurably lustful and lonely, hapless and hopeful, these seven souls collide and stumble their way towards a new understanding that LIFE SUCKS! Or does it?

The Tomb of King Tot
By Olivia Dufault
Directed by Reba Short
May 9 - 26, 2019

Jane Haley is the punny voice of the comic strip "King Tot," a three-panel strip about a nine-year-old pharaoh in Ancient Egypt. Jane has just been nominated for the Chuckling Willow, the single most important award for female cartoonists in New England. All seems to be going well, until bleak news strikes the Haley household. As Jane tries to cope by working furiously on her comics, her art suffers as her main character wanders through the Land of the Dead in search of his "mummy." In THE TOMB OF KING TOT, playwright Dufault pairs hilarity with heartache in this exploration of the journey we must all take, through the underworld of grief, hoping to emerge once again into light, and life.

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