The Nether by Jennifer Haley
Directed by Jenny Hollingworth
January 17 – February 9, 2020 (Main Stage Series)
Set in the year 2025, the internet has become The Nether, a totally immersive virtual wonderland where anything goes. When a young detective uncovers a disturbing brand of entertainment, she triggers a dark battle over technology and human desire. Winner of the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, The Nether is both serpentine crime drama and haunting sci-fi thriller that explores the consequences of living out our private dreams.
PRESENTED IN ROTATING REPERTORY March 6 – April 5, 2020.
The Baltimore Waltz by Paula Vogel
Directed by Troy Johnson (Main Stage Series)
A young woman receives a deadly diagnosis — she has a mysterious new disease that has already killed many and has no cure. Trying to escape the pain and anxiety of her uncertain future, she and her beloved brother flee to Europe in a desperate search for a cure. This satirical fantasy is Vogel’s brilliant love letter to her brother who died of AIDS in the height of the epidemic in the 1980s.
Confession by Barry Slater
Directed by Robyn Braverman (Part of the Dragon’s Nest Incubator Program)
Confession is the story of two brothers in the 1980s: one a gangster, the other a priest. Estranged for decades, indelibly connected by the memories of a monstrous childhood, they find themselves together one last time. Will they find redemption or die trying? World premiere.
Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater, Music by Duncan Sheik, based on the play by Frank Wedekind
Co-directed by Noelle GM Gibbs and Maddie Rostami
April 17 – April 19, 2020
(Special Co-Production With Portola Valley Conservatory) – BONUS SHOW
A contemporary rock musical, featuring teen and adult performers, based on the classic German play by Frank Wedekind. Set in Germany, 1891, a world where the grown-ups hold all the cards, 3 teens try to navigate their coming of age anxiety as each experience their first tastes of love, despair, and rebellion. Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock and roll.
Caught by Christopher Chen
Directed by Co-Artistic Director Bora “Max” Koknar
May 8 – May 31, 2020 (Main Stage Series)
(Produced in collaboration with The Xiong Gallery with support from Dragon Experience Design Lab)
In collaboration with legendary dissident artist Lin Bo, Bay Area playwright Christopher Chen has created Caught, a labyrinthine exploration of truth, art, social justice, and cultural appropriation. In the era of “fake news,” Caught creates a bracingly unique experience that will keep you wondering what’s real and what’s theatre. Dragon will host an installation of work by Xiong Gallery Artists during each performance.
AJ’s Annual Party, an adaptation of Joseph Moncure March’s poem “The Wild Party” by Nathanael Card
Directed by Nathaneael Card
July 10 – Aug 2, 2020 (Part of the Dragon’s Nest Incubator Program)
(Presented with support from Dragon Experience Design Lab)
A wild counter-culture costume party inspired by taboo literature from America’s past. Hosted by a cast of characters of The Beat Generation, these hep cats and cool kittens who gave birth the hippie movement and hipster style bring you music, poetry, and the karmic fall of a toxic man in a special immersive presentation of the Jazz Age epic poem “The Wild Party.” “[t]he book that made me want to be a writer” – W. Burroughs
The Creature by Trevor Allen
Directed by Co-Artistic Director Alika Spencer-Koknar
September 4 – September 27, 2020 (Main Stage Series)
Based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, The Creature strips the monster classic of the melodrama and neck-bolts. Instead, the tale unravels before your very eyes, and ears, in the style of classic radio plays; allowing you to rediscover the original story of a brilliant, but ethically questionable scientist, and the monstrous, but sympathetic creature he creates.
Roe vs. Wade by James Kopp
October 30 – November 22, 2020 (Part of the Dragon’s Nest Incubator Program)
(please note that there is no show on Oct 31 – have a happy Halloween! There is a special post-election show on Wed, Nov 4)
In this dark satire, we see an America in the not too distant future. Roe vs Wade has been overturned and any woman that seeks an abortion is charged with murder. In Monterey, CA an old bed and breakfast on Cannery Row has become a secret clinic offering safe abortions. The nation turns its eyes to the bed and breakfast after a Catholic priest is killed in their lobby. World premiere. This script is being developed as part of the Dragon’s Nest Incubator Program.