Mainstage Descriptions

SUMMER 2019 HANGAR MAINSTAGE PRODUCTIONS

Or, What She Will

By Liz Duffy Adams

June 13-22                                                     

Playwright, lover, or… spy? In a world of romance and intrigue, can Aphra save the life of King Charles II and launch her budding writing career all in one night? With her muse, Nell Gwynne, interrupting? With echoes of Restoration comedy, this  farce is a mad, literate romp of formidable wit. Previously produced and published under the title Or, this play is based on the actual life of Aphra Behn, who is considered the first professional female playwright. Please note: This play employs profanities for comedic effect!

 

Into The Woods

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine

June 28-July 13

This modern twist on classic fairy tales begins with characters you know and love, like Cinderella and her wicked stepsisters, Rapunzel and The Witch, Jack and his beleaguered mom, Little Red Riding Hood and The Wolf, and other favorites. What will they discover when they venture away from home and into the scary, wild, often unpredictable woods? It’s a soaring musical about the power of wishes—and what really happens when they come true.

 

Kinky Boots

Music and Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper

Book by Harvey Fierstein

July 19-August 3                                      

JUST STEPPED OFF BROADWAY! As Charlie Price struggles to save his family’s failing business, help arrives in the unlikely form of Lola, a drag queen in need of some eye-catching new stilettos. With music and lyrics by pop icon Cindy Lauper, and a book by Broadway legend and four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), Kinky Boots is the winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Choreography.

 

Little Women

Adapted by Kate Hamill

Based on the book by Louisa May Alcott

August 8-17

As the nation is torn by civil war, Jo March and her sisters wrestle with adolescence, growing up, and discovering who they are. How do you stay true to your family when all the world wants you to become is the perfect little woman? Little Women is actress and playwright Kate Hamill’s fresh, new take on the novel by Louisa May Alcott. Raised in Lansing, NY, and an alumna of the Hangar’s Next Generation School of Theatre and Ithaca College, Hamill is carving a singular role in the national theatre scene by adapting 19th-century novels into lively and spirited stage productions (such as Hangar’s 2018 Pride and Prejudice), and is currently one of the top five most produced playwrights in the nation.

 

Big Play Festival! (BPF!)

Lightly staged reading of three BIG plays about the 20th century American family.  1 Festival Pass ($40) grants access to all 3!

BPF! A Raisin in The Sun

By Lorraine Hansberry

After an African-American family living on Chicago’s South Side receives a life insurance check, each member of the Younger clan envisions a different dream about how to achieve a better life. An American masterpiece.

BPF! August: Osage County

By Tracy Letts

A dysfunctional family reunites at their home in Oklahoma after the patriarch disappears. Their alcohol- and chemical-fueled confrontations escalate, unleashing memories, grudges, and a dark and twisted past.  A riveting, no-holds-barred family drama.

BPF! You Can’t Take It with You

By George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart

When Alice brings her fiancé and his conservative parents home to meet her peculiar collection of batty but good-hearted kin, lifestyles and values collide as mayhem and hilarity ensue. Directed by former Hangar Artistic Director Bob Moss. A classic American comedy.