Bump by Chiara Atik
THE STORY: A car mechanic on the verge of becoming a grandfather, a community of expectant mothers on a pregnancy message board, and a pregnant woman in colonial New England each question the mechanics of childbirth. Based on the true story of Jorge Odón and the birthing device he invented in his garage, BUMP spans time and space in an effort to grapple with the mystery and the miracle of maternity.
Behind the Sheet by Charly Evon Simpson
THE STORY: In 1840s Alabama, Dr. George Barry is on the verge of a miraculous cure: treatment for fistulas, a common but painful complication of childbirth. To achieve his medical breakthrough, Dr. Barry performs experimental surgeries on a group of enslaved women afflicted with the condition. Based on the true story of Dr. J. Marion Sims, the “father of modern gynecology,” BEHIND THE SHEET remembers the forgotten women who made his achievement possible, and the pain they endured in the process.
Accidentally Brave by Maddie Corman
THE STORY: Courageous, daring, and unflinchingly honest, ACCIDENTALLY BRAVE is an inspiring true story about discovering a new normal when the familiar world falls apart, a must-see examination of what it means to navigate a world with no certainty. Maddie Corman’s profoundly personal play challenges perceptions, captivates audiences, and sparks an emotionally charged discussion that will leave you wondering: What would I do?
The perfect gift for the theater enthusiast on your list: The 80th Anniversary Collection!
A distinctive boxed set of 8 definitive titles from each decade of the Play Service's history, with introductions by eminent contemporary theater artists. Eight DPS classics at a special holiday discount of $39.99!
RECKLESS by Craig Lucas
At home on Christmas Eve, Rachel is informed that her husband has hired a hitman to kill her, and she must flee for her life. In this darkly comic fable, Rachel runs for her life and joins up with Lloyd Bophtelophti and Pootie beginning a series of picaresque escapades involving a game show, numerous psychiatrists and, eventually, an ill-fated reunion with her husband. In the end, Rachel is led more and more to ponder whether the modern world might not be a vast conspiracy designed to systematically undermine her own increasingly shaky sanity. [4 men, 5 women (doubling)]
STRAIGHT WHITE MEN by Young Jean Lee
When Ed and his three adult sons come together to celebrate Christmas, they enjoy cheerful trash-talking, pranks, and takeout Chinese. Then they confront a problem that even being a happy family can't solve: When identity matters, and privilege is problematic, what is the value of being a straight white man? [4 men]
THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES by Richard Greenberg
THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES welcomes us to the world of the Bascovs, an Upper West Side Jewish family in 1980. In a sprawling Central Park West apartment, former movie star Julie Bascov and her sister-in-law Faye bring their families together for their traditional holiday dinner. But tonight, things are not usual. Twenty years later, as 2001 approaches, the Bascovs' seemingly picture-perfect life may be about to crumble. A stunning play infused with humor, THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES is an incisive portrait of a family grasping for stability at the dawn of a new millennium. [6 men, 3 women]
THE WICKHAMS: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon
In this delightful companion play to Miss Bennet, THE WICKHAMS takes audiences to the downstairs servants' quarters for that same celebration. Mrs. Reynolds, a no-nonsense housekeeper; Cassie, an eager new maid; and Brian, a lovesick groomsman, are bustling with preparations for holiday guests. But their work is interrupted by the midnight arrival of the definitely not invited Mr. Wickham—Lydia's rogue of a husband and Mr. Darcy's sworn enemy. THE WICKHAMS is a charming holiday tale that explores the confines of class and the generosity of forgiveness. [3 men, 4 women]
MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon
A sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice set two years after the novel ends, MISS BENNET continues the story, only this time with bookish middle-sister Mary as its unlikely heroine. Mary is growing tired of her role as dutiful middle sister in the face of her siblings' romantic escapades. When the family gathers for Christmas at Pemberley, an unexpected guest sparks Mary's hopes for independence, an intellectual match, and possibly even love. [3 men, 5 women]
SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE CHRISTMAS CAROL by John Longenbaugh
Literature's favorite quirky detective is infused with the spirit of Ebenezer Scrooge in this festive Victorian theatrical treat. After failed attempts by Dr. Watson to cheer Holmes into celebrating the holiday season, the unrepentant, ill-tempered detective is forced to deduce the facts and solve the most important mystery of his life—past, present and future. Experience a magical mix of Dickens and Doyle in this ingenious meeting of two Victorian classics. [16 men, 6 women (doubling, flexible casting)]
Jagriti is a Performance Arts space dedicated to Theatre, Music, Dance and Comedy. Founded in 2011 by Arundhati and Jagdish Raja, the space has hosted several productions from India and around the world. A 200-seat theatre, built around a full-thrust stage, it is fully equipped to cater to both artistes and audience. The main stage is designed for intimate performances with adjoining spaces for informal lectures and gatherings. Jagriti is owned and operated by the not-for-profit ART Foundation, a registered charitable trust.
The Rooftop - above the main auditorium is an open-to-sky space with a staging area that can accommodate about 50 people. A raised and walled off platform can work as a perfect area for puppet theatre. The Rooftop has a restroom and a pantry.
The Terrace - alongside the auditorium, the Terrace can accommodate about 20 people as an informal gathering area.
Lumbini - extending out from the foyer, Lumbini has a stage and an open-to-sky terraced space for about 80 people.