AURORA THEATRE COMPANY IS PROUD TO PRESENT SEASON 24!
MUD BLUE SKY
by MARISA WEGRZYN | directed by TOM ROSS
BAY AREA PREMIERE AUG 28 - SEPT 27, 2015
Air travel was once considered glamorous, but when three middle-aged flight attendants reunite during a layover near O’Hare Airport, it’s enough to make anyone question a life in “the friendly skies.” Joined by an unlikely fourth companion, a teenage boy adrift on his prom night, the women are poised on the brink of looking back and moving ahead. In this wickedly funny new comedy, playwright Marisa Wegrzyn (CBS’s The Mentalist, winner of the Wasserstein Prize) offers a tender yet hilarious look at work, motherhood, missed connections, and how the small kindnesses we afford each other can inspire one another to grab onto life before it flies by.
“…a delightfully devilish new play.” ~ Baltimore Post-Examiner
by AMY FREED | directed by ART MANKE
BAY AREA PREMIERE NOV 6 - DEC 6, 2015
A maniacal scheme of fantastical proportions lurks deep inside mega-architect Gregor Zubrowski’s post-modern steel and glass structures. His commanding celebrity and curious creative process titillates both design professionals and patrons alike. It is only after he cruelly steals a career-making project that two fledgling architects finally dare to challenge this monster-builder at his own game. Expect the unexpected from this absurdly funny, viciously smart new comedy by nationally renowned Pulitzer Prize finalist, Amy Freed, whose work has been seen locally at Berkeley Rep, Cal Shakes and A.C.T.
Featuring Bay Area favorite Danny Scheie.
“...a fast-paced riff on ambition, selling out, artistic pretension, and the subjectivity of taste...” ~ The Portland Mercury
A CONTEMPORARY ADAPTATION OF HENRIK IBSEN’S LITTLE EYOLF
written and directed by MARK JACKSON
WORLD PREMIERE JAN 29 - FEB 28, 2016
Joie brings in the big bucks from the tech industry. Her husband, Freddie, wants to write an epic novel about human responsibility. On a weekend getaway to their new home in the mountains north of San Francisco, their crippled son, Erik, drowns and their world turns upside down. Freely adapted from Ibsen’s Little Eyolf, this new play grapples with the unsolvable mysterious forces that bind marriage, family, nature, and technology to our deepest hopes and wishes.
“Mark Jackson has made his name as a first-class theatrical provocateur. Gutsy showmanship, brainy literary instincts, and laser-sharp satire mark his canon.” ~ San Jose Mercury News
THE HOW AND THE WHY
AT HARRY'S UPSTAGE IN AURORA'S DASHOW WING
by SARAH TREEM | directed by JOY CARLIN
WEST COAST PREMIERE MAR 18 - MAY 8, 2016
More than science is at stake when two women of different generations clash over what it means to be female. On the eve of a prestigious conference, an up-andcoming evolutionary biologist wrestles for the truth with an established leader in the field. As the women thrash out their views, they struggle to find the middle ground between research and relationships. This intimate and keenly perceptive play by Sarah Treem (Netflix’s House of Cards, HBO’s In Treatment) explores evolution and emotion, and the difficult choices faced by women of every generation.
“…a smart , densely textured work about men and women, love and conflict, genes and destiny.” ~ The New York Times
THE HEIR APPARENT
by DAVID IVES | directed by JOSH COSTELLO
BAY AREA PREMIERE APR 15 - MAY 15, 2016
Master playwright David Ives (Venus in Fur, All in the Timing) reinvigorates Jean-François Regnard’s 1708 comic masterpiece. Eraste desperately wants to marry Isabelle, but first he needs to secure an inheritance from his decrepit old uncle, Geronte – who refuses to die and schemes to marry Isabelle himself. Can Eraste’s resourceful servant save the day with his quick wit and powers of disguise? Love, greed, and intrigue combine to make this a hilarious French farce that shouldn’t be missed.
“Boisterous, bawdy and endlessly funny...” ~ The New York Times
“MASTER HAROLD”… and the boys
by ATHOL FUGARD | directed by TIMOTHY NEAR
JUN 17 - JUL 17, 2016
An ordinary rainy afternoon in 1950’s South Africa turns into a profound and lifechanging experience for a white teenager and his family’s two black servants. At once a coming of age drama and a scathing indictment of inequality, this modern masterpiece by Athol Fugard (Blood Knot, My Children! My Africa!) continues to speak to the world’s many racial injustices as well as its hopes for reconciliation.
Featuring Bay Area favorite L. Peter Callender
“There may be two or three living playwrights in the world who can write as well as Atho l Fugard, but I’m not sure that any of them has written a recent play that can match ‘Master Harold’ ... and the boys.” ~ The New York Times