201​​​7-1​​8 Julianne Argyros Stage Season

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


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CURVE OF DEPARTURE
​by ​​​Rachel Bonds
directed by Mike Donahue
September 24 - October 15, 2017

On the night before Cyrus’ funeral, the family he left years ago gathers in a hotel room. Linda, his ex-wife. Felix, his grown son. Rudy, Cyrus’ ailing father. All steeling themselves for the burial of a man they may have loved but didn’t like. And then there’s Jackson, Felix’s new boyfriend. In the tight confines of the hotel room, it’s hard to keep secrets—especially when everyone is at a crossroads in their life. A warm and surprisingly funny family drama.


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SUGAR PLUM FAIRY
​by ​Sandra Tsing Loh
directed by Bart DeLorenzo
December 3-24, 2017

The Madwoman in the Volvo is back—and Scrooge isn’t the only one bitter about the holidays! With signature irreverence, NPR superstar Sandra Tsing Loh recounts her own childhood desire for a highly coveted role in the Beverly Rosann School of Dance’s production of The Nutcracker. Filled with ambition, rivalry and pre-teen angst, this hilarious tale of life’s crushing blows has been praised as “a comic assault on holiday sentiment” (SF Gate). 


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CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND
by Lauren Yee
music by Dengue Fever
directed by Chay Yew
March 4-25, 2018

Part comedy, part mystery, part rock concert, this thrilling story toggles back and forth in time, as father and daughter face the music of the past. Neary, a young Cambodian American has found evidence that could finally put away the Khmer Rouge’s chief henchman. But her work is far from done. When Dad shows up unannounced—his first return to Cambodia since fleeing 30 years ago—it’s clear this isn’t just a pleasure trip.


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​​LITTLE BLACK SHADOWS
​by ​​Kemp Powers
directed by May Adrales
April 8-29, 2018

“We is shadows. And shadows is seen, not heard.” In pre-Civil war Georgia, Toy and Colis spend long days on the plantation silently serving adolescent twins Mittie and Daniel. But in the dead of night their world comes alive, as they lie beneath their masters’ beds whispering stories to each other through a vent in the wall. When Father announces the family is moving to Louisiana, the children face uncertain futures. Do they dare come out of the shadows? A compelling testament to the power of the human spirit from one of America’s most promising playwrights.


ALL PLAYS SUBJECT TO CHANGE, PENDING RIGHTS.

Photo: ​Linda Gehringer and Tessa Auberjoniois in ​The Roommate. Photo by Debora Robinson.