October theater openings bring us biting religious comedy, a cutting edge immersive theatrical experience, and more. We focus on small companies working to bring you big experiences! They are the ones most likely to produce locally-written world premieres.
Bad Jews is a biting comedy about family, faith, and contemporary Jewish identity in America. The night after their grandfather’s funeral, cousins engage in an explosive verbal (and sometimes physical) battle. Daphna is a “real Jew” who is volatile, self-assured, and unbending. Liam is a secular and entitled young man, who has his shiksa (non-Jewish) girlfriend, Melody, in tow. When Liam stakes his claim to their grandfather’s chai necklace, a vicious and hilarious brawl ensues.
A Gothic fantasy about a librarian and a sub-arctic vampire. A world premiere by Stephen Delos Treacy (local playwright).
Jamie Bennett was the dishwasher on duty the night Jon Wurtz was killed. He was right there when it happened. So why is he lying about what he saw? Is he an unreliable witness, or a cold-blooded killer? Immerse yourself in a working homicide department. The performance starts the moment you set foot in the space, and is limited to a maximum of seventeen participants per night.
Brian Friel’s 1994 drama tells the story of Molly, blind since early infancy, who describes her world before and after an operation to restore some of her sight.
This wedding day romantic comedy, written by comedian Lewis Black, takes place at the Coleman’s house—where Delia Coleman has planned the perfect wedding day for her daughter. The doorbell rings and “one slight hitch” brings about romantic confusions.
First loves, vindictive exes, lavish balls, all the latest fashions…and secret fencing clubs! Janet Chancellor comes to London, giddily anticipating a season of dancing and parlor visits. But once she meets Hazel McGovern, she discovers a world of women living just under the covers of polite society…women who drink, duel, and call each other sweetheart. World premiere by Caitlin Gilman.
Just beyond the elegant dining room of an Upper East Side restaurant, four busboys angle for shifts, pray for tips, and cling to dreams of life beyond their dingy back-of-house grind. Expertly juggling delicate entrees, fussy customers and beer-swilling line cooks, the young men face off with management and each other. As tensions reach a boiling point, how far will each of them go to see his own mañana come?
This Pulitzer Prize-winning play weaves together the stories of Iraq war veteran Elliot, desperately trying to move forward with his life at home, his cousin Yaz, whose love for music has led her from poverty into the faculty of a prestigious university but questions the cost of this, Odessa, the motherly moderator of an online support group for recovering addicts struggling to stay sober, and three other lost souls who make up a fascinating community whose lives intersect in surprising and deeply moving ways. Written by acclaimed and Tony-nominated Quiara Alegría Hudes.
An online serial dating mad scientist brings a number of women to his secret mountain laboratory but finds little satisfaction in romance. Workshop world premiere by local playwright Courtney Kessler.
At a family-run hotel, friends and family have gathered to celebrate patriarch Helge’s 60th birthday. Dark secrets revealed during the course of the evening expose the false cheeriness of the family as Helge’s adult son Christian struggles to set himself free from his past. This family drama is adapted by David Eldridge from the Danish film The Celebration.