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Red Velvet is an exciting journey through a little known historical moment, engaging questions along the way of racism, sexism and the responsibility and value of art in the face of social change.
The players are all met, the stage is set, and Prospero is being cued for his grand entrance to meet his enemies who have been washed ashore on the strange and fantastical island he rules over. Now, with power beyond imagination at his fingertips, Prospero must choose which story will truly set him free: one that ends in revenge he craves or one that ends in forgiveness.
Set in a pause in the fighting in the American Civil War, the stress of survival leads some to a broken Hallelujah, others to a renewed sense of belief in their cause.
Winner of the Drama Critics' Award for Best New Play in 1947, All My Sons established Arthur Miller as a leading voice in the American theater. All My Sons introduced themes that thread through Miller's work as a whole: the relationships between fathers and sons, the conflict between business and personal ethics, and the haunting reminder that the past is not dead. It’s not even past.
Take one clueless groom, add an alien disguised as his bride, mix in a few secret agents, throw in more aliens (and a few surprises) and you end up with an incredibly funny musical romp! Written by the prolific Jason Powell of Milwaukee, this comic space pop opera had it's world premiere in Milwaukee (2009) and subsequently had a successful run at the New York Fringe Festival (2010).
The Broadway revival in 1952 played in the shadow of the House for Un-American Activities, one of the first theatre productions to challenge that group’s vicious allegations, and what can happen when accusations are left unchecked by critical thinking. Originally produced in 1934, the play was banned in several major cities, amid controversial questions of “indecency”.