Lake Worth Playhouse is proud to announce it’s new season of the Black Box Series Live Theatre Event.
We have 3 Great shows coming to the Stonzek Theater. Read on for more info.
CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION
(2009 Obie Winner)
by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Annie Baker
Directed by Daniel Eilola
October 22nd – November 1st 2015
In the small town of Shirley, Vermont, five strangers gather in a dance studio to embark on a unique journey together in a creative drama class for adults. Taught by Marty, their free-spirited and supportive leader, the group — Schultz, a recently divorced, emotionally vulnerable carpenter, Teresa, an earnest and vibrant former actress, James, Marty’s quiet and genial husband, and Lauren, a reserved and self-conscious high schooler — move through a series of acting exercises, ranging from the heartbreaking to the ridiculous. In this one small room, through these few seemingly trivial games, quiet wars are waged, emotional wounds are nursed, and healing is finally, slowly, able to begin. In Annie Baker’s quiet masterpiece, Circle Mirror Transformation, the audience takes a transcendent journey through the mundane into the profound.
“absorbing, unblinking and sharply funny” – NY Times
“Baker’s moving epilogue fascinatingly blurs the line between what transpires in the classroom and what happens to these people later on” – Washington Post
by Craig Lucas
Directed by Richard Iverson
January 21 – 31
At home on Christmas Eve, Rachel is informed by her guilty husband that he has hired a hitman to kill her, and she must flee for her life—which she does by scrambling out the kitchen window and into the snowy night. She meets and joins up with Lloyd Bophtelophti, a true “original” who has changed his name to avoid alimony payments and who now lives with a paraplegic named Pootie (who also pretends to be deaf in order to get double disability). Rachel then wins $100,000 on a TV game show and begins a series of picaresque escapades involving numerous psychiatrists and, eventually, an ill-fated reunion with her husband. This richly inventive and often startling dark comedy marked the arrival of an exceptionally imaginative and resourceful young playwright. Filled with bizarre characters and events, the play reflects the fractured life-styles which have become the norm for so many in our tenuous times.
“Mr. Lucas has given us a bittersweet Christmas fable for our time.” – NY Times
“Only Lucas . . . understand[s] how to make something beautiful out of a dream walking.” – Time
A KID LIKE JAKE
by Daniel Pearle *Florida Premiere*
April 21st – May 1st 2016
Directed by Trish Weaver Rhodes
The Florida Premiere of Daniel Pearle’s play begins on the eve of the admissions cycle for Manhattan’s most exclusive private schools; Alex and Greg have high hopes for their son Jake, a precocious four-year-old who happens to prefer Cinderella to G.I. Joe. But as the process continues, Jake’s behavior becomes erratic and perplexing, and other adults in his life start to wonder whether his fondness for dress-up might be cause for concern. The story of a husband and wife struggling to do right by their son, A KID LIKE JAKE is a study of intimacy and parenthood and the fantasies that accompany both.
“smart, fluent drama…Mr. Pearle has found an intriguing subject of real currency, and one that stirs our natural sympathy.” —NY Times.
“A KID LIKE JAKE is a searching, keenly perceptive look at how the nature-versus-nurture question can play out on the front lines of tolerance today.” —Time Out NY