17/18 Season: Entertaining Courage
A Note from Geoff and Julia
Charles Dickens’ A TALE OF TWO CITIES • September 3–November 19
U.S. Premiere | Adapted by Mike Poulton
This bold, fast-paced adaptation deftly streamlines Dickens’ epic story into a taut political thriller, giving a new sense of urgency to the intertwined fates of two men at the bloody, turbulent end of the French Revolution. Called “startlingly relevant” (Live Theatre UK), Tony®-nominee Poulton delivers a rollercoaster ride of romance and adventure that still embodies the rich characterizations and eloquent language of the original novel.
Jean Giraudoux’s THE MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT • September 17–November 11
Translation by Maurice Valency
Liquid (and comedic) gold fuels this feminist, fantastical, frack-tured fairy tale. Oil is discovered under Paris, and Countess Aurelia and her kooky coterie are determined to drive away the evil corporate profiteers lying in wait. A can’t miss rallying-cry for those who crave a satisfying David vs. Goliath fable in the form of incisive, side-splittingly funny theatre.
George Bernard Shaw’s MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION • October 8–November 18
Cambridge-educated Vivie lives a comfortable middle class life and envisions herself a pragmatic and open-minded twentieth century woman. Then she discovers that her entrepreneurial mother, Kitty, is an unapologetically successful madam. Sensibilities clash in this character-driven dramedy about the business of pleasure, the economics of necessity, and the ties that bind…or don’t.
Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL • December 1–23
Adapted for the stage by Geoff Elliott
ANW’s delightfully festive, musically merry holiday tradition returns! Families love the inspirational story of Bob Crachit, Tiny Tim, and Scrooge—the perfect burst of boundless good cheer for the season, and beyond!
William Shakespeare’s HENRY V • February 4–April 6
The dogs of war are unleashed and a charismatic Warrior King emerges in Shakespeare’s breathtaking depiction of the Battle of Agincourt. But the events before and after the decisive victory temper the fervor of nationalism—and paint a nuanced portrait of the introspective Henry, who learns that the attributes that make an inspirational leader often come in conflict with those that make a good man.
Lorraine Hansberry’s A RAISIN IN THE SUN • February 25–April 8
An unexpected windfall offers a life-changing option for the Youngers, an African-American family living in a cramped South Side Chicago apartment. Competing visions and high stakes threaten to tear apart a family already facing pre-civil rights America. Lorraine Hansberry’s seminal work (“A play that changed American theatre forever”—New York Times) remains a resonant story of hope, inspiration, and the need to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world.
Michael Frayn’s NOISES OFF • April 21–May 20
A revival of an audience favorite – ANW’s most requested production is back: Your favorite Resident Artists, along with some new faces, are ready to rein in the chaos of this joyfully out-of-control British farce about the auspiciously titled play-within-a-play Nothing On. Step behind the curtain and meet the under-rehearsed and over-worked cast and crew with a penchant for drama more personal than professional. As the production progresses, the bumbling cast brings down the house—literally!
A Word from Geoff and Julia…
There is no doubt that our 2017–2018 season was influenced by current events. We are living in unprecedented times in which most of us, regardless of politics, feel anxious about what lies ahead. Hence the season theme “Entertaining Courage.” In addition to being immensely entertaining works of classical theatre, each of the selections in our 2017–2018 season boasts heroes who make bold choices to do something—anything—in the face of disaster. Some disasters are hilarious (Noises Off, The Madwoman of Chaillot), and some wrenching (A Raisin in the Sun, A Tale of Two Cities). But they all share a common thread: ordinary people forced to make extraordinary (even heroic) decisions in the face of chaos. This is a season which asks fascinating, if difficult, questions about the nature of courage, and by and large does not supply easy answers. That is left up to all of us. We look forward to exploring the answers with you.