A Bright New Boise
September 28 thru October 20, 2012 New England Premiere
2011 Obie Award Winner for excellence in playwriting.
The cast features: Victor Shopov (ZSC’s Enron), Zach Winston (ZSC’s Tigers be Still), David Lutheran, Dakota Shepard (ZSC’s Farragut North) and Janelle Mills (ZSC’s Far Away).
Life of Riley
February 8 thru March 2, 2013
Olivier & Tony Award-winning playwright, Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s 74th play.
“Ingenious and witty and infused with an appealing mixture of warmth and cynicism.” -WhatsOnStage.com
Life of Riley the playwright looks backwards, forwards and - now and then - sideways with wry comic affection on the lives we lived or might have lived. George Riley's closest friends discover that he has just a few months to live and they each deal with the news in their own very surprising way. George has deeply affected each of their lives, and he is now plotting one last final farewell, which could upset all of their futures. Sir Alan Ayckbourn is one of the world's most successful living playwrights and was awarded the U.K.'s Critics' Circle Annual Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts as well as a 2010 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater.
The cast features: Maureen Adduci (ZSC’s Tiny Kushner, Time of My Life), Peter Brown (ZSC’s Tigers be Still), Victor Shopov (ZSC’s Enron, Farragut North, Tiny Kushner, A Bright New Boise), Shelley Brown (ZSC’s Private Fears in Public Places), Angela Smith (ZSC’s My Wonderful Day), Brooks Reeves and Joelle Kross.
May 3 thru May 25, 2013
A cross between Alan Bennett’s The History Boys and Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye.
“Riveting new work confirms Simon Stephens as one of the most important and exciting British playwrights working today…Compassion, insight and theatrical panache.” - Variety
Punk Rock is a school drama about teens in their last year at high school and the pressures they experience. Based on the playwright’s experiences as a teacher, Stephens describes his play as 'The History Boys on crack'. It explores the underlying tensions and potential violence in a group of affluent, articulate seventeen year old students. Contemporary and unnerving, with elements of The Catcher in the Rye, Punk Rock follows the story of seven sixth-formers as they face up to the pressures of teenage life, while preparing for their mock A-levels and trying to get into Oxbridge. They are a group of educated, intelligent and aspiring young people but step-by-step, the dislocation, disjunction and anger simmering under the surface of success is revealed.