Azuka Theatre's 19th Season examines and dissects masculinity - its perils, its pitfalls indeed its very definition.
We're looking at people on the sidelines - the "also-rans" - beginning with JC Lee's re-imagining of a classic war-time relationship, followed by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb's story of a man's journey to become "great," and closing with a world premiere by Philadelphia playwright Emily Acker which considers whether men in power feel entitled to exploit it.
These three plays feature characters alienated, motivated, and warped by the exact same idea, and that's an exciting concept to explore!
We proudly continue our commitment to community and accessibility by extending our innovative Pay What You Decide box office initiative for a 3rd full season! This "try it before you buy it" model allows you to determine the value of your experience AFTER you've seen the show.
By JC Lee
Directed By Kevin Glaccum
October 31 - November 18, 2018
East Coast Premiere
A poetic and funny re-imagining of the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus, warplay requires us to reexamine our assumptions about heroism and love. Marking the return to Azuka of Pookie Goes Grenading playwright and television writer JC Lee (ABC's How to Get Away with Murder, HBO's Looking), the journey of A & P is a meditation on male intimacy, destiny, and how the constant shadow of war may warp us all.
By Peter Sinn Nachtrieb
Directed By Michael Osinski
February 27 - March 17, 2019
Bob chronicles the highly unusual life of Bob and his lifelong quest to become a "Great Man." Born and abandoned in the bathroom of a fast food restaurant, Bob energetically embarks on an epic journey across America and encounters inspiring generosity, crushing hardships, blissful happiness, stunning coincidences, wrong turns, lucky breaks, true love and heartbreaking loss. Along the way, Bob meets a myriad of fellow countrymen all struggling to find their own place in the hullaballoo of it all. Will Bob's real life ever be able to live up to his dream? Bob is a comedic exploration of American mythology and values, the treacherous pursuit of happiness, and discovering what it means to be truly "great."
By Emily Acker
Directed By Maura Krause
May 1 - 19, 2019
A World Premiere by a Philadelphia Playwright
In an urgent response to the #metoo movement, Emily Acker's Boycott Esther, chronicles the aftermath of a young woman's career once her boss, a Hollywood mogul, becomes enmeshed in a workplace sexual misconduct scandal. In a world where information is spread and opinions are formed in the click of a mouse, this hilarious drama begs the pressing question, what is our collective capacity for forgiveness?