An Undivided Heart (World Premiere)
by Yusuf Toropov
directed by Chris Fields
Produced by Tim Wright and Chris Fields- a co-production between Echo Theater Company and Circle X Theater Company
March 17th- April 22nd
How far will powerful men and institutions go to keep their secrets and who pays the price when they do? An Undivided Heart follows Father Mike Cleary as he aims to get to the bottom of allegations of child abuse in a devastated parish trapped in its own dark denial. It’s 1992 and certain topics are not open for public discussion… but a series of otherworldly visions and an unlikely encounter with a Zen priest propel Mike into a collision course with not only his own archdiocese but with the universal problem of how exactly do we live with the suffering caused by others. Part thriller and part spiritual mystery, An Undivided Heart offers a beautiful, timely, and very human solution to a question that won’t go away: how to go on.
What Happened When (West Coast Premiere)
written by Daniel Talbott
directed by Chris Fields
Produced by Daniel Talbott and Chris Fields
April 11th- 26th
Three siblings huddle together in the dark on a snowy night, with a flashlight and each other for protection- protection from a very real monster roaming the rooms of their house below. We sit with them, with their muted fears, and then move forward… haltingly to the present. Forward until only one of them remains.
Cry it Out (West Coast Premiere)
written by Molly Smith Metzler
directed by Lindsay Allbaugh
produced by Chris Fields
July 14th-August 19th
Four months ago, Jessie was a corporate lawyer with a glamorous Manhattan life. Today, she is in dirty yoga pants, covered in breast milk, trying to comfort a screaming newborn. Isolated in a sleepy Long Island suburb while her commuter husband works long hours, Jessie is desperate to talk to anyone besides Food Network. So when she spies a fellow new mom and neighbor, Lina, at the local Stop & Shop, she vaults over the cantaloupe to introduce herself. Happy to have found each other, the two moms agree to meet for coffee during naptime in the sweet spot behind their adjoining years where both their baby monitors get reception, and a fast friendship is born. One coffee quickly becomes a daily coffee, as Jessie and Lina laugh through the highs and lows of motherhood. But their intimacy is punctured when a stranger who lives in the mansion up on the cliff appears, asking if they would include his wife, a new mom who is having a “hard time”, in their coffee klatch. This is a town where the haves and the have-nots live in very close company. How could that woman possibly be having a “hard time”? A comedy with dark edges, Cry it Out takes an honest look at the the absurdities of being home with a baby, the power of female friendship, the dilemma of going back to work, and the effect class on parenthood in America.
Gloria (West Coast Premiere)
written by Branden Jacobs- Jenkins
directed by TBD
September 15th- October 21st
Bitingly funny and fierce, this play follows an ambitious group of editorial assistants at a notorious Manhattan magazine, each of whom hopes for a starry life of letters and a book deal before they turn thirty. But when an ordinary humdrum workday becomes anything but, the stakes for who will get to tell their own story become higher than ever. A trenchant commentary on the way personal tragedy can serve as grist for the ever-ravenous media machine, Gloria makes us laugh at the very things we should be frightened of.
A finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize.