A rollicking farce by Pierre Corneille first performed in 1644. This hilarious play of mistaken identities and fabrications illustrates the tangled web which lies and deceit create. Dorante, the dubious hero of the play is fond of exaggeration, and at worst, bald faced lies. His lies are almost his undoing, but love and truth win in the end. Delightful and funny, this play is a Restoration comedy, but very relevant today.
This intense and gripping drama brings to life the story of the Scopes “Monkey” trial. Henry Drummond, a noted lawyer and Matthew Harrison Brady, populist and evangelist, descend on a small southern town to argue the case of creationism versus evolution. The struggle of knowledge versus ignorance is an all too familiar theme today in life as well as art. This powerful and timely play reveals how scientific fact needs to be defended and honored, or it will perish and become mere fiction.
Fiddler on the Roof
by Book by Joseph Stein, Music by Jerry Bock, and Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Winner of nine Tony awards, this beautiful musical play tells the story of the village of Anatevka, a Jewish settlement in Czarist Russia. Though poor in possessions, the family of Tevye, a milkman, is rich in daughters and happiness. Traditional values face changing social mores and growing anti-Semitism as the daughters fall in love and marry. The love stories of the play are captivating, as each daughter makes a different choice. The poignancy of the story and the beauty of the music have made this play a tradition for musical theater audiences everywhere, but especially powerful on the intimate Compass Rose stage.
Set in a spacious apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, this play explores the inner passions and beliefs of five Americans from different cultures. The play explores how the beliefs we learn from infancy are buried inside our adult selves. Ultimately, we are who we are. We can run, but not hide from what we have been taught. We act on our values in spite of ourselves, and when confronted with opposing beliefs, we clash, and that is how wars begin. Intense and mesmerizing, this story doesn’t just unravel; it explodes on the stage. Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize. Adult themes and language.