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Daring to Love

2022-2023 Season

2022-2023 Season: Daring to Love

 

Peter Hall’s ANIMAL FARM • August 28–October 2, 2022

From the book by
George Orwell
Adapted by Peter Hall
Lyrics by Adrian Mitchell
Music by Richard Peaslee
Directed by Julia Rodriguez-Elliott

Pull the rings from your noses!
Tear the saddle from your back!
Bit and spur shall rust forever,
Cruel whips no more shall crack.

Revolt is afoot at Manor Farm, when downtrodden beasts of burden rise-up against the cruel Farmer Jones. But self-ruled animal utopia quickly gives way to the temptations of power and privilege in Peter Hall’s fast-moving musical adaptation of George Orwell’s savage satire.

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August Wilson’s RADIO GOLF • October 16–November 13, 2022

Directed by Gregg T. Daniel

ANW’s exploration of Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s American Century Cycle jumps from its first play (Gem of the Ocean, produced by ANW as part of our 2019 season) to its last, as a Black mayoral candidate on the verge of the business breakthrough of a lifetime must choose between his integrity and a revered historical site. With humor and courage Radio Golf challenges the steep price “progress” can exact upon the soul.

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Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL • December 1–23, 2022

Adapted by Geoff Elliott
Directed by Julia Rodriguez-Elliott & Geoff Elliott

ANW’s delightfully festive, musically merry holiday tradition returns with celebrated new music by resident artist Robert Oriol! Families love the inspirational story of Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and Scrooge—the perfect burst of boundless good cheer for the season and beyond!

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William Shakespeare’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING • February 5–March 12, 2023

Directed by Guillermo Cienfuegos

Sworn to a life solo, Beatrice and Benedict are each determined to evade Cupid’s quiver of arrows, employing against one another rapier wit to defend against what everyone else already knows—that they are hopelessly, desperately in love! Romp, romance, and potential catastrophe collide in William Shakespeare’s fast-moving and irresistibly hilarious comedy.

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Manuel Puig’s KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN • March 26–April 23, 2023

English translation by Allan Baker
Directed by Michael Michetti

Set in a South American prison cell in a country under authoritarian rule, two polar opposites discover that love may spring in the most unlikely of places. Poignant and chilling, funny and sensual, Manuel Puig’s pinnacle creation runs the thrilling gamut of fantasy, danger and finallyeternal hope.

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Lauren Gundersen’s THE BOOK OF WILL • May 7–June 11, 2023

Based on William Shakespeare’s plays
Written by Lauren Gundersen
Directed by Geoff Elliott & Julia Rodriguez-Elliott

The year is 1619, three years since the death of William Shakespeare. His closest friends are struck with the epiphany that most of his plays exist only in the fragile memories of aging actors. Hence they become passionately determined to immortalize his work in what is to become the first printed collection of his plays. Lauren Gundersen’s love letter to The Bard and the world of theatre, revels in a comically outlandish but true story of love, loss, and laughter.

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Header photo: Sydney A. Mason and Trisha Miller by Daniel Reichert.