A Political Thriller
A Soviet journalist with the gift of total recall.
A psychologist seeking to rehabilitate herself.
A government censor with a secret past.
Over two decades their fates become entwined as victims and collaborators in Stalin’s campaign to rewrite public memory. Long before fake news was a trending topic, it was called propaganda. And in the Soviet Union, circa 1938, it was the grease that kept Stalin’s machinery of terror in motion. D.W. Gregory takes us to a world where justice is arbitrary and freedom as we know it does not exist.
“All my life I’ve taken such pride in my great memory. But now . . . I’m tasked with learning how to forget.”
World Premiere directed by Ed Herendeen at CATF
In 1937, after performing a sold-out concert in Princeton, NJ, internationally renowned singer Marian Anderson was refused a room at the whites-only Nassau Inn. With nowhere to go, Albert Einstein invites her to stay in his home, beginning an intimate friendship between two icons that lasts a lifetime. Based on actual events during a turbulent time in our nation’s history, Deborah Brevoort’s new play offers a rare glimpse into what transpired that fateful evening.
Fingal has a small job: to fact check articles for one of the best magazines in the country. Jim Fingal’s boss has given him a big assignment: apply his skill to a groundbreaking piece by legendary author John D’Agata. And now, Jim Fingal has a huge problem: John made up the majority of his article. What starts professional quickly becomes profane as one question rises to the surface: Can Jim Fingal ever just shut the fact up?
PARADISE follows the story of Yasmeen, an inner city Yemeni-American Muslim high school senior, and Dr. Royston, her culturally naïve science teacher, a former Columbia neuroscientist—and atheist—who had a fall from grace and is forced to teach in the public schools.
The play explores their growing relationship as he helps her, if at first reluctantly, gain admission to a competitive college science program. It asks provocative questions about the often-conflicting issues of love, faith, science and culture, and wonders: can we find Paradise here on this earth?
Music by Michi Wiancko
Libretto by Deborah Brevoort
The sequestered life of a lady-in-waiting feels suffocating to the imaginative yet introspective Lady Murasaki. To escape the boundaries of the palace, she begins to write an epic tale of love and freedom. Murasaki’s life in the palace helps to shape the world of her novel, The Tale of Genji, which catapults her to fame, yet creates tension within the palace. She struggles to find a balance between the relationships with those around her, the characters she creates, and the far-reaching impact of her writing.
Sophie, a bright Honduran-American teenager, comes home from high school to find that her parents have been deported. She immediately goes into bunker-down survival mode, trying to care for her younger siblings without raising suspicion and considering her next move. Her plan is complicated by a well-meaning high school friend who, in a series of attempts to ask her out, discovers her secret.