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2015/16 SEASON

We are thrilled to announce the fifth and final production of the 2015/16 Season: White Guy on the Bus by Bruce Graham. This courageous new work examines race in a dramatic and suspenseful new premise, daring audiences to ask tough questions of themselves and of the world around them. Having premiered at Chicago's Northlight Theatre, White Guy on the Bus is not to be missed!  

The dazzling and exhilarating 2015/16 Season, anchored in an unprecedented programmatic initiative: Serial Storytelling. This innovative audience experience immerses patrons into the world of a series of plays that span multiple seasons, fostering a deeper connection to the playwrights, the characters and the stories. With the launch of Serial Storytelling, Curious is once again on the vanguard of the American Theatre, providing a theatrical adventure that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

This groundbreaking journey begins in Curious’ current season with Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brother/Sister Plays, a trilogy set deep in the Louisiana Bayou that follows one close-knit community across generations as they come of age through trials of heartache, love and kinship. This sweeping saga will be followed by The Elliot Plays, a moving exploration of war, heritage and identity by Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegría Hudes. Curious Theatre Company is the first theatre in the world to produce this masterful trilogy consecutively and in its entirety.

To round out this gutsy 2015/16 Season, Curious will present Off Broadway’s seductive and flirtatious Sex with Strangers by Laura Eason, and Annie Baker’s hilarious and heartrending The Flick, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

 

About The Trilogies

Inspired by playwright Tarell McCraney's interest in Yoruban mythology and his own childhood growing up in the inner city housing projects of Miami, The Brother/Sister Plays is a trilogy of lyrical and imaginative works set in the Bayou. These three plays, set in the “distant present”, follow a dynamic cast of characters as they come of age through trials of heartache, love and kinship. The first installment, In the Red and Brown Water, and the second chapter, The Brothers Size, are playing in the 2014/15 Season. The saga concludes in the 2015/16 Season with Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet.

Quiara Alegría Hudes’ The Elliot Plays is a powerful series comprised of three works that center on Elliot Ortiz, whose experiences as a Marine in Iraq radiate across his Puerto Rican family’s past, present and future, and illuminate profound questions about the true meaning of heroism. This moving exploration of war, the strength and sorrow of our soldiers and the power of heritage and family begins in the spring of the 2015/16 Season with Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue, followed in the 2016/17 Season by the 2012 Pulitzer Prize winning Water by the Spoonful and the final installment The Happiest Song Plays Last

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The 2015/16 Season:
 
Regional Premiere
The Flick
By Annie Baker
Directed by Chip Walton

September 5 - October 17, 2015
Previews September 3 - 4, 2015 

At a once grand movie theater in a nowhere town in Massachusetts, Avery, Sam and Rose sweep up popcorn, mop up soda and attend to one of the last 35-millimeter film projectors in the state. Between the empty aisles and screenings of films, these three young employees search for meaning and connections in their mundane lives. Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, The Flick is a hilarious and refreshingly honest new work by "one of the most...talented dramatists to emerge Off Broadway in the past decade," raves The New York Times.

Regional Premiere
The Brother/Sister Plays:
Marcus; or The Secret of Sweet 
By Tarell Alvin McCraney
Directed by Dee Covington

November 7 - December 19, 2015
Previews November 5 - 6, 2015

Featuring Artistic Company Members Laurence Curry and Cajardo Rameer Lindsey
 
A devastating storm is brewing - not only in the skies above the projects of San Pere, Louisiana, but also in the heart of one of its youths. Sixteen-year-old Marcus is haunted by his father's mysterious legacy, his own sexuality, and his dreams of torrential downpours. In this tender, hypnotic, dream-like conclusion to The Brother/Sister Plays, a young man's search for meaning draws him deeper and deeper into the dark of the bayou, as rising waters threaten to consume his whole world, and a storm for the ages approaches. Marcus; or The Secret of Sweet is a beautiful portrait of a boy coming to grips with his identity and finding the bravery to become a man.

The Brother/Sister Plays:
In the Red and Brown Water: Now playing through April 18, 2015
The Brothers Size: July 9 - August 1, 2015
Marcus; or The Secret of Sweet: November 5 - December 19, 2015  
 
Regional Premiere
Sex with Strangers
By Laura Eason
Director TBD

January 16 - February 20, 2016
Previews January 14 - 15, 2016

Olivia, an attractive, talented but underappreciated mid-career writer, is unexpectedly trapped in a secluded cabin with Ethan, a wildly successful and very attractive young blogger, as a fierce winter storm rages outside. Opposites attract and ignite into a night of passion. What could have been just a one-night-stand transforms into something deeper when art, generations, success and online personalities collide, creating real life complications.
 
Regional Premiere
The Elliot Plays:
Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue

By Quiara Alegría Hudes
Directed by Chip Walton

March 12 - April 23, 2016
Previews March 10 - 11, 2016

A young boy, Elliot Ortiz, leaves his home and his family behind to fight the war in Iraq, and returns a hero and a man. But his search has just begun to better understand his Puerto Rican heritage, his personal and familial history, and the meaning of heroism and war in this lyrical and moving new story of three generations of soldiers, musicians and activists in the Ortiz family.

The Elliot Plays:
Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue: March 10 - April 23, 2016
Water by the Spoonful: Coming in the fall of 2016
The Happiest Song Plays Last: Coming in the spring of 2017

Regional Premiere
White Guy on the Bus
By Bruce Graham
Directed by Chip Walton

May 14 - June 24, 2016
Previews May 12 - 13, 2016

Featuring Artistic Company Member Jada Suzanne Dixon

Week after week, a wealthy white businessman rides the same bus, befriending a single black mom. As they get to know one another, their pasts also unfold as tensions rise, igniting an incendiary exploration of race that is both fiery and disturbing. From the playwright of Coyote on a Fence, comes what the Chicago Tribune calls "a play with guts," that is a provocative, unflinchingly candid examination of race in America today.

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