On the heels of Spoleto Festival USA's 41st season, PURE Theatre
keeps the love of live theater alive by announcing its 15th season, which features an exciting lineup of six shows, ranging from themes of familial angst to Jack Johnson-inspired ringside tales of redemption.
The season starts Sept. 15 with Steven Levenson's Off-Broadway "family play, political play, and kitchen-sink play
" If I Forget.
The two-and-a-half hour production follows three adult children dealing with an ailing father — the family is Jewish, and the children can't seem to agree with each other or their father about the importance of their religion and its history. The father, Lou, helped liberate Dachau, the two daughters are lapsed, and the son, Michael, is a professor who says that contemporary Judaism is a "religion and a culture of, frankly, death and death worship" and "recommends forgetting it."
The second play of the season, Marco Ramirez's The Royale
, begins Oct. 27. The 75 minute Off-Broadway production was a NYT
Critic's Pick, and tells the story of Jay Jackson, an early 20th century black prizefighter.
Becky Mode's Fully Committed,
a one man play about a struggling actor taking reservations at a high-end restaurant, runs Dec. 8 through 23. (Threshold Rep put on this same production
during Piccolo Spoleto 2016).
a "family tragicomic" based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel with music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, runs Jan. 19 through Feb. 10.
Steven Dietz's This Random World
runs Mar. 9 through 31; the play "mines the comedy of missed connections."
Straight White Men,
a funny and sly confrontation of stereotypes by Young Jean Lee closes the season, running Apr. 27 through May 19.
PURE's artistic director Sharon Graci says about season 15: "In these plays, we readily see ourselves within the celebrations, victories, foibles, and failings of the characters who inhabit landscapes as disparate as a racially integrated boxing ring in 1912, an aging brownstone in NJ, and an ancient temple still mystically welcoming believers in modern day Japan.”
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