HAMLET / SAINT JOAN

Behold William Shakespeare and George Bernard Shaw’s most famous creations side by side, in repertory, in HAMLET/ SAINT JOAN. He is the dark, enigmatic prince obsessed with seeking revenge for his father’s death. She is the steadfast rebel who challenged the powers of the Church to restore France to greatness. Iconic figures from two great dramatic classics — Hamlet and Saint Joan — are brought vividly to life in two riveting, unexpectedly funny, stripped-down stagings by four actors from Bedlam, the acclaimed New York City theater company, directed by ERIC TUCKER.

HAMLET

Prince Hamlet is depressed. Having been summoned home to Denmark to attend his father’s funeral, he is shocked to find his mother already remarried — to his father’s brother, Claudius. Worse still, Claudius has had himself crowned king despite the fact that Hamlet is heir to the throne. No wonder Hamlet suspects foul play. Bedlam brings their unique performance style to Shakespeare’s greatest play — arguably the greatest play in the English language.

SAINT JOAN

In this epic story, Shaw paints Joan of Arc not as a saint, witch or madwoman, but a farm girl who is an illiterate intellectual, a true genius whose focus on the individual rocked the Church and State to their core. Four actors perform all 24 roles in Bedlam’s production of George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan, declared “Irresistible! Ferocious!” and “A force of nature!” by the New York Times.

“No troupe in New York these days rides the storytelling momentum of theater more resourcefully or enthusiastically than Bedlam.” – The New York Times


ArtsEmerson premieres The White Card by CLAUDIA RANKINE

In this stunning world premiere at ArtsEmerson, The White Card unfolds a meticulously crafted story, raising uncomfortable questions about what — and who — are on display.

Exploring contemporary headlines and cultural touchstones, CLAUDIA RANKINE‘s The White Card refuses to remain “just a play,” safely entrenched on the stage. Like her 2014 New York Times bestselling book of poetry entitled Citizen: An American Lyric, this new play unpacks the insidious ways in which racism manifests itself in everyday situations, prompting the question, “Can American society progress if whiteness stays invisible?”

In the elegant loft of a powerful, well-intentioned white couple in the New York City art world, a black artist named Charlotte Cummings arrives in the hopes of selling her new work. When the couple’s activist son joins them for dinner, tensions arise, truths are interrogated and the notion of intent — both conscious and unconscious — becomes paramount.


ArtsEmerson presents Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia

ArtsEmerson is pleased to present Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia.

Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia is an extraordinary new composition fusing music, film, voice and movement. It is the first major symphonic work that addresses the traumas that occurred in Cambodia in the late seventies, and is the first collaboration between the Oscar-nominated director Rithy Panh and lauded composer Him Sophy — both survivors of the Khmer Rouge and now at the forefront of Cambodia’s cultural renaissance. Anchored in “bangsokol” — a ritual for the dead or soon to be deceased — the performance intertwines traditional Khmer instruments with The Metropolis Ensemble orchestra and the Taipei Philharmonic Chamber Choir. All together, they create something innately Cambodian but relatable to audiences everywhere.

Bangsokol is an act of cultural renewal, aiming to return the arts to their place at the heart of Cambodian society. While the world continues to witness new genocides, wars and destruction, Bangsokol urges us to express our scars from the past in order to forge a new path forward.


Robyn is Happy presented by Hub Theatre Company of Boston

What happens when what you want for your friends isn’t what they want for themselves? Lifelong pals Robyn, Trudy and Hannah’s friendship is put to the ultimate test when Robyn falls in love with an unlikely suitor. Hannah and Trudy are convinced that Robyn has made a horrible choice that could ruin her life and as friends since grade school, they decide it’s their duty to intervene. What could possibly go wrong? With biting one-liners, escalating confrontations and a wildly unpredictable climax, this savagely funny new comedy is a little bit Sex and the City and a little bit Titus Andronicus.

All tickets are Pay-What-You-Can! The means we don’t decide the price, you do! Our “sweet spot” would be about $20 per person; if you are on a budget, pay less, and if you are able to pay more, please do!

Performances 
Friday, October 27th-8pm
Saturday, October 28th-8pm
Sunday, October 29th-5:00pm
Thursday, November 2nd-7:30pm
Friday, November 3rd-8pm
Saturday, November 4th-8pm
Sunday, November 5th-5pm
Thursday, November 9th-7:30pm
Friday, November 10th-8pm
Saturday, November 11th-8pm

Donations of toiletries will be collected at each performance for local charities

Appropriate for ages 16+
Contains mature themes, stage violence and strong language.


Robyn is Happy presented by Hub Theatre Company of Boston

What happens when what you want for your friends isn’t what they want for themselves? Lifelong pals Robyn, Trudy and Hannah’s friendship is put to the ultimate test when Robyn falls in love with an unlikely suitor. Hannah and Trudy are convinced that Robyn has made a horrible choice that could ruin her life and as friends since grade school, they decide it’s their duty to intervene. What could possibly go wrong? With biting one-liners, escalating confrontations and a wildly unpredictable climax, this savagely funny new comedy is a little bit Sex and the City and a little bit Titus Andronicus.

All tickets are Pay-What-You-Can! The means we don’t decide the price, you do! Our “sweet spot” would be about $20 per person; if you are on a budget, pay less, and if you are able to pay more, please do!

Performances 
Friday, October 27th-8pm
Saturday, October 28th-8pm
Sunday, October 29th-5:00pm
Thursday, November 2nd-7:30pm
Friday, November 3rd-8pm
Saturday, November 4th-8pm
Sunday, November 5th-5pm
Thursday, November 9th-7:30pm
Friday, November 10th-8pm
Saturday, November 11th-8pm

Donations of toiletries will be collected at each performance for local charities

Appropriate for ages 16+
Contains mature themes, stage violence and strong language.


Robyn is Happy presented by Hub Theatre Company of Boston

What happens when what you want for your friends isn’t what they want for themselves? Lifelong pals Robyn, Trudy and Hannah’s friendship is put to the ultimate test when Robyn falls in love with an unlikely suitor. Hannah and Trudy are convinced that Robyn has made a horrible choice that could ruin her life and as friends since grade school, they decide it’s their duty to intervene. What could possibly go wrong? With biting one-liners, escalating confrontations and a wildly unpredictable climax, this savagely funny new comedy is a little bit Sex and the City and a little bit Titus Andronicus.

All tickets are Pay-What-You-Can! The means we don’t decide the price, you do! Our “sweet spot” would be about $20 per person; if you are on a budget, pay less, and if you are able to pay more, please do!

Performances 
Friday, October 27th-8pm
Saturday, October 28th-8pm
Sunday, October 29th-5:00pm
Thursday, November 2nd-7:30pm
Friday, November 3rd-8pm
Saturday, November 4th-8pm
Sunday, November 5th-5pm
Thursday, November 9th-7:30pm
Friday, November 10th-8pm
Saturday, November 11th-8pm

Donations of toiletries will be collected at each performance for local charities

Appropriate for ages 16+
Contains mature themes, stage violence and strong language.


Albert Camus’ THE STATE OF SIEGE at ArtsEmerson

Written by Nobel Prize–winning author Albert Camus, staged by leading avant-garde French director Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota and produced by the celebrated Paris theatre company Théâtre de la Ville, The State of Siege is set to take the country by storm this fall on its first visit to the United States. The rarely staged work, penned in 1948, weaves a tale of paranoia, endurance and political struggle resulting in a dizzying modern metaphor. With a renowned ensemble working on an epic scale, The State of Siege (L’État de siège) explores how art can serve as a way to process – and to resist – human atrocities. What role can art play in the face of peril? Faced with imminent danger, can the human spirit remain focused on the beauty of life?


Robyn is Happy presented by Hub Theatre Company of Boston

What happens when what you want for your friends isn’t what they want for themselves? Lifelong pals Robyn, Trudy and Hannah’s friendship is put to the ultimate test when Robyn falls in love with an unlikely suitor. Hannah and Trudy are convinced that Robyn has made a horrible choice that could ruin her life and as friends since grade school, they decide it’s their duty to intervene. What could possibly go wrong? With biting one-liners, escalating confrontations and a wildly unpredictable climax, this savagely funny new comedy is a little bit Sex and the City and a little bit Titus Andronicus.

All tickets are Pay-What-You-Can! The means we don’t decide the price, you do! Our “sweet spot” would be about $20 per person; if you are on a budget, pay less, and if you are able to pay more, please do!

Performances 
Friday, October 27th-8pm
Saturday, October 28th-8pm
Sunday, October 29th-5:00pm
Thursday, November 2nd-7:30pm
Friday, November 3rd-8pm
Saturday, November 4th-8pm
Sunday, November 5th-5pm
Thursday, November 9th-7:30pm
Friday, November 10th-8pm
Saturday, November 11th-8pm

Donations of toiletries will be collected at each performance for local charities

Appropriate for ages 16+
Contains mature themes, stage violence and strong language.


Robyn is Happy presented by Hub Theatre Company of Boston

What happens when what you want for your friends isn’t what they want for themselves? Lifelong pals Robyn, Trudy and Hannah’s friendship is put to the ultimate test when Robyn falls in love with an unlikely suitor. Hannah and Trudy are convinced that Robyn has made a horrible choice that could ruin her life and as friends since grade school, they decide it’s their duty to intervene. What could possibly go wrong? With biting one-liners, escalating confrontations and a wildly unpredictable climax, this savagely funny new comedy is a little bit Sex and the City and a little bit Titus Andronicus.

All tickets are Pay-What-You-Can! The means we don’t decide the price, you do! Our “sweet spot” would be about $20 per person; if you are on a budget, pay less, and if you are able to pay more, please do!

Performances 
Friday, October 27th-8pm
Saturday, October 28th-8pm
Sunday, October 29th-5:00pm
Thursday, November 2nd-7:30pm
Friday, November 3rd-8pm
Saturday, November 4th-8pm
Sunday, November 5th-5pm
Thursday, November 9th-7:30pm
Friday, November 10th-8pm
Saturday, November 11th-8pm

Donations of toiletries will be collected at each performance for local charities

Appropriate for ages 16+
Contains mature themes, stage violence and strong language.


Robyn is Happy presented by Hub Theatre Company of Boston

What happens when what you want for your friends isn’t what they want for themselves? Lifelong pals Robyn, Trudy and Hannah’s friendship is put to the ultimate test when Robyn falls in love with an unlikely suitor. Hannah and Trudy are convinced that Robyn has made a horrible choice that could ruin her life and as friends since grade school, they decide it’s their duty to intervene. What could possibly go wrong? With biting one-liners, escalating confrontations and a wildly unpredictable climax, this savagely funny new comedy is a little bit Sex and the City and a little bit Titus Andronicus.

All tickets are Pay-What-You-Can! The means we don’t decide the price, you do! Our “sweet spot” would be about $20 per person; if you are on a budget, pay less, and if you are able to pay more, please do!

Performances 
Friday, October 27th-8pm
Saturday, October 28th-8pm
Sunday, October 29th-5:00pm
Thursday, November 2nd-7:30pm
Friday, November 3rd-8pm
Saturday, November 4th-8pm
Sunday, November 5th-5pm
Thursday, November 9th-7:30pm
Friday, November 10th-8pm
Saturday, November 11th-8pm

Donations of toiletries will be collected at each performance for local charities

Appropriate for ages 16+
Contains mature themes, stage violence and strong language.