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The Norwegians

By: C. Denby Swanson
Directed by: Jessica Zingher

A spite-filled comedy about women scorned in Minnesota and the really, really nice gangsters— Norwegian hit men—they hire to whack their ex-boyfriends. Olive is a transplant from Texas and Betty is a transplant from Kentucky, but neither of them was prepared for the Norwegian men they would fall in love with there: the practical, warm, thoughtful, destructive, evil, jilting kind. If you're a hit man in Minnesota, 83% of your clients want to take out their ex (oofda!). Betty has referred Olive to Gus and Tor, a partnership in the whacking business. What Tor doesn't know is that Gus has been sleeping with the clients. What Olive doesn't know is that Gus is Betty's own ex, and she has already put out a hit on him with a Swiss firm. Can Betty call off the job in time to let Gus do his? Should she?

Jan 9 - Feb 1

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I'm in the Mood for Anyone, Except You

Directed by: Marshall Cesena

Our Claustrophobic Cabaret series continues with a Valentine's Day celebration. Join us as we sing songs about love, relationships, and sexual encounters gone wrong.

*Adult themes and language

Feb 7 - Feb 16

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Sweat

By: Lynn Nottage
Directed by: Ron McClelland
Featuring: Shar Marlin, Brian Daye, Dominic Weaver, Allen Andrews, Marla Brown, Cory Bragg, Becca Worthington

Won Pulitzer Prize in 2017.

It’s the year 2000 in Reading, Pennsylvania and a group of friends go to work at the steel mill and then decompress at the bar like they’ve been doing for over 20 years. But, unbeknownst to them, their lives are about to be uprooted. Their steel mill, Olstead’s, is making some changes and the blood, sweat and tears, not to mention the generations of loyalty these workers have shown, don’t seem to amount to much. These middle class, unionized, steelworkers have made plans to save money, go on vacations and then retire with a nice, healthy pension, but when rumors start flying that the company is considering layoffs, and flyers are hung to recruit non- union Latino workers for less money, the war between community and capitalism begins, and tensions start destroying not only jobs, but also relationships. This poignant play takes a look at the de-industrial revolution through the lens of a history play, but also delves into the issues of today: the economy, immigration, race-relations in America, and politics. Lynn Nottage’s Sweat gives us characters filled with the good and the bad and asks us to reflect on our own views and the views of others. Nottage never tells us who’s right or who’s wrong, but always shows us who’s human.

Mar 26 - Apr 5

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Important Hats of the 20th Century

By: Nick Jones
Directed by: Jessica Zingher

Sam Greevy is the toast of 1920s women’s apparel, until the maverick fashion designer Sam Roms springs his radical creations on the world. The Sweatshirt, The Track Suit, Skater Pants: the clothes he comes up with are as from another dimension, and maybe they are. As Greevy tries to adapt to rapidly changing fashions, a parallel drama unfolds in Albany, circa 1998: a teenager stoner keeps losing articles of clothing, and a man keeps bursting out of his closet and taking them.

Jun 4 - Jun 20

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Macbeth

By: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Joanna Gerdy

A brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia.

Sep 25 - Oct 4

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