AURORA PROUDLY ANNOUNCES
ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON!
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BY DOROTHY BRYANT
DIRECTED BY JOY CARLIN
STARTS SEPTEMBER 2, 2016
The flagship play upon which Aurora Theatre Company was built, Dear Master by prize-winning Berkeley author Dorothy Bryant was originally produced at the Berkeley City Club in 1991. A dialogue in letters between the two great 19th century French novelists, George Sand and Gustave Flaubert, Dear Master is an elegantly orchestrated play, providing flesh-and-blood portraits of these famed intellectual writers and revealing their fears, desires, heated opinions and friendship during a time as violent and politically polarized as our own.
“A SPLENDID ACHIEVEMENT.” ~ SF CHRONICLE
BY KEITH JOSEF ADKINS
DIRECTED BY L. PETER CALLENDER
STARTS NOVEMBER 4, 2016
WEST COAST PREMIERE
Set in Kentucky in 1843, Safe House examines the lives of one free family of color and the tensions that arise between two brothers with conflicting aspirations. While one brother dreams of opening his own business, the other risks everything in an effort to help fugitive slaves escape on the Underground Railroad. Based on true events in the lives of his ancestors, Adkins tells a gripping story of love, freedom, and survival against impossible odds.
“ADKINS IS AS HARD-HITTING AS HE IS POETIC AS HE REJECTS THE SIMPLISTIC NOTION OF A WORLD PAINTED IN BLACK AND WHITE, EITHER RACIALLY OR MORALLY.” ~ CINCINNATI.COM
BY TOM STOPPARD
DIRECTED BY TIMOTHY NEAR
STARTS JANUARY 27, 2017
WINNER! 1984 TONY® AWARD FOR BEST PLAY
When his mistress asks him to ghost-write a script, the life of Henry, a cerebral playwright, begins too closely to imitate his art. More comfortable with words than feelings, Henry must decide which of his emotions are the “real thing.” Stoppard tackles questions of love and marriage with dazzling comedy and more than one play-within-a-play, sending his characters and the audience reeling between authenticity and artifice, intellect and passion, and love and fidelity.
“SO PACKED WITH WIT, IDEAS AND FEELINGS ... STOPPARD’S MOST MOVING PLAY AND THE MOST BRACING PLAY ANYONE HAS WRITTEN ABOUT LOVE AND MARRIAGE IN YEARS.” ~ THE NEW YORK TIMES
AT HARRY'S UPSTAGE IN AURORA'S DASHOW WING
BY SARAH GREENMAN
DIRECTED BY JON TRACY
STARTS MARCH 10, 2017
BAY AREA PREMIERE
Leni Riefensthal was the brilliant German film director of Triumph of the Will and Olympia, films cited by Pauline Kael as “the two greatest films ever directed by a woman,” and which also served as propaganda for Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. In Sarah Greenman’s wildly creative multimedia play, Riefenstahl’s older and younger selves edit a film of the director’s life, playing out and reshooting scenes from her past until the director finds the beauty she is seeking. Leni is an extraordinary work about artistic responsibility, narcissism, and denial.
“...YOU MAY NEVER LOOK AT A CALVIN KLEIN AD IN THE SAME WAY AGAIN.” ~ SEATTLE TIMES
BY STEVE WATERS
DIRECTED BY TOM ROSS
STARTS APRIL 14, 2017
On October 15, 2011, Occupy London set up camp outside one of London’s most beloved institutions, St. Paul’s Cathedral. Two weeks later, the building that had famously survived floods, terrorist threats, and the Blitz closed its doors. Within days, the City of London initiated legal action against Occupy to begin removing protesters by force if necessary. Steve Waters’ new play is a fictional account of these events, focusing on behind-the-scenes machinations by the church and city leadership. This powerful work dramatizes the turmoil amongst and within principled, thoughtful people who are forced to decide which of their ideals they’ll betray.
“A RICH, DEEPLY THOUGHTFUL PIECE ABOUT CONTEMPORARY VALUES.” ~ LONDON FINANCIAL TIMES
BY ABI MORGAN
DIRECTED BY BARBARA DAMASHEK
STARTS JUNE 23, 2017
BAY AREA PREMIERE
A revolution grows violent in an unnamed country while four women await the arrival of its embattled dictator inside the opulent Presidential Palace – his wife, her best friend, a British journalist, and a translator. As the political tension escalates, time refracts and earlier scenes replay from different perspectives. Morgan, the award-winning British playwright and screenwriter (The Iron Lady, Suffragette), takes the audience on a breath-taking journey with a fascinating theatricality that is at once compassionate, dispassionate, and probing.
“ABI MORGAN HAS ELABORATED A PLAY OF REMARKABLE INTENSITY AND RICHNESS. SPLENDOUR GLEAMS WITH ICE-COOL WIT, GLISTENS WITH THE SWEAT OF ANIMAL FEAR.” ~ TIME OUT