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the ideals of freedom, equality, and opportunity traditionally held to be available to every American.
a life of personal happiness and material comfort as traditionally sought by individuals in the U.S.
Our 2022-2023 mainstage season gathers four powerful and thrilling pieces of award-winning contemporary theatre that examine the concept of the American Dream.
The selected stories, fact and fiction, shine a light on marginalized communities who fight against all odds to try and reach the opportunity and comfort that has been promised to them over the last 200 years.
We ask you to join us as we question who has access to the American Dream and help us reimagine a new dream, one that is truly inclusive and accessible to everyone.
Written by Martyna Majok
Directed by Caroline Bower
November 4-19, 2022
DREAMers. Love(r)s. Life-long friends. Two teens fight to establish a place for themselves in America, the only country they know as home. Poignant, timely and highly theatrical, Sanctuary City illuminates the triumphs and challenges they face, and how much they are willing to risk for each other when they have everything to lose.
WINNER- Edgerton Foundation New Play Award
WINNER- 2022 Off Broadway Alliance Award, Best New Play
aNDY and the orphans
Written by Lindsey Ferrentino
Directed by Danielle Melendez
February 10-25, 2023
Hop in, buckle up and hold on for dear life in this raucous family road trip. When their 85-year-old father dies, two sparring siblings must face a question: How to break the bad news to their brother Andy, who has Down syndrome and has lived in a state home for years? An unexpected turn reveals the moment that changed their lives…and the fact that Andy may be the only one who knows his own mind.
WINNER- The Arc’s Catalyst Award for Entertainment Industry Excellence
the glorious world of crowns, kinks and curls
Written by Keli Goff
Directed by Tina Kelly
May 5-20, 2023
From Afros to braids, weddings and funerals, falling in love to grieving a loss, this collection of monologues and scenes serves as a powerful reminder that for Black women in particular, hair is both deeply personal and political. This new show features voices of Black women from around the globe recalling unforgettable moments in their lives in which their hair – and their complicated relationships with their hair – took center stage.
the Chinese lady
Written by Lloyd Suh
Directed by Robin Tynes-Miller
Starring Amy Wada
August 4-19, 2023
In 1834, Afong Moy sailed into New York Harbor and was immediately put on display for a paying public who were mesmerized by her exotic ways and horrified by her tiny bound feet. A new critically-acclaimed play based on a true story, The Chinese Lady reveals centuries of shameful colonial history and paints a unique portrait of the United States as seen through the eyes of a young Chinese girl.
Nominee! Outstanding Play, 2022 Drama Desk Awards