201​​6-1​7 Julianne Argyros Stage Season

Intriguing premieres, contemporary hits and new plays on the ​leading edge.

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by Aaron Posner
inspired by William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice
directed by Michael Michetti
West Coast Premiere
October ​2-2​3, 2016

With audacious humor and bold inventiveness, Aaron Posner (SCR’s The Tempest) takes The Merchant of Venice from its Shakespearean setting to post-Civil War Washington, D.C., with hints at life in America today. In the complex and contradictory worlds of blacks, whites, Jews and Christians, money changes hands with dangerously high stakes, philanthropic acts mask blatant opportunism and would-be lovers hide—and then uncover—their differences. While love gets a chance, does hope remain for a just and kind tomorrow?

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by Jen Silverman
directed by Martin Benson
West Coast Premiere
January 3-22, 2017

Sharon is sensible. An Iowan. An empty nester. Curious and very, very talkative. For the first time in her life, at age 54, she takes in a roommate to make ends meet. Robyn, a new arrival from the Bronx, is hiding a lifetime of secrets. But Sharon has a way of getting to the truth—the fascinating, shocking truth. This intriguing and funny play proves it’s never too late to shake things up—for better or worse.

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by Aditi Brennan Kapil
directed by Jessica Kubzansky
West Coast Premiere
March 5-26, 2017

Leela is different. A teenager from India, she draws life’s important moments in her journal. When a family wedding gets boring, her rebellious cousin decides to run for it with her boyfriend—and take Leela along. As they careen through Orange County, navigating dangerous situations from dusk to dawn, Leela challenges their view of her—and each other. A touching story about a young woman on the spectrum of autism and her search for her place in the world.


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by Lucas ​Hnath
directed by Shelley Butler
World Premiere
​April ​9-​30, 2017

In the final scene of Ibsen’s classic A Doll’s House, Nora makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children. A door slams. The curtain falls on a stunned audience. Lucas Hnath continues Nora’s story in this intriguing play with a decidedly modern perspective. Fifteen years have passed when there’s a knock on that same door. Why is Nora back—and what will her return mean to those she left behind?

Photo:  Raymond Lee, Maureen Sebastian and Paco Tolson in Vietgone by Qui Nguyen. Photo by Debora Robinson.