Companies, Casts & Readings
Readings & Casts
City Theatre Company
Music, Lyrics and Concept: Jill Sobule
Book: Liza Birkenmeier
Director: Lisa Peterson
Dramaturg: Clare Drobot
Featuring: Janna Graham, Sarah Siplak, and Jill Sobule
“Is this weird? This is weird, isn’t it.”
Award-winning singer-songwriter Jill Sobule—whose 1990s hits include “Supermodel” and the original “I Kissed a Girl”—takes audiences on a Rock ’n ’Roll odyssey through her life starting with the trauma that is middle school. A raucous celebration of coming of age and coming out, this one of a kind musical event celebrates the power of owning one’s voice at any and every age.
Curious Theatre Company
Playwright: Andrew Rosendorf
Director: Chip Walton
Featuring Marialuisa Burgos, Satya Jnani Chavez, Sam Gregory, and GerRee Hinshaw
Refuge follows a young Honduran girl on her difficult journey from Central America through Mexico and into South Texas, a Rancher who finds her passed out on his land, and a female Latina border patrol agent who is trying to discover what is lost in the desert. And also, the animals who are just trying to survive – as everything is illegal in the desert. Through a cross-cultural exploration involving puppetry, original music, and bilingual storytelling, the fabric and landscape of South Texas are theatrically brought to life in this intimate and visual story. Refuge is an investigation of America – who we are and who we say we are. And an examination of the desert and the bodies that line the way to freedom, as the desert doesn’t discriminate between young or old, human or animal, citizen or undocumented.
The Public Theater
Daughters of the Hill
Composers: Martha Redbone & Aaron Witby
Author: Naomi Iizuka
Director: Les Waters
Dramaturg: Jeanie O’Hare
Featuring Carla Duren, Cassondra James, Soni Moreno, and Nathalie Standingcloud
Set in the mountains of Harlan County, Kentucky, Daughter of the Hills tells the story of a multiracial Cherokee/Shawnee and African-American family as they confront the destruction in their community set in motion by a multinational coal-mining conglomerate. In this contemporary Appalachia opera-meets-blues musical, a family whose ancestors survived the Trail of Tears and the Middle Passage grapple with the threat of an impending ecological catastrophe.
South Coast Repertory
I Get Restless
Playwright: Caroline V. McGraw
Director: Kate Sullivan
Featuring Clea Alsip, Brett Dalton, Ava Eisenson, Cesar J. Rosado, and Brendan Titley
Hazel just landed a job at a top law firm, bought a condo and married Mitch, who adores her. Then an accident on her honeymoon leaves her unable to remember anything about the past six years. Adrift in unanswered questions, Hazel must find who she is without knowing who she was. And what about a husband who’s now a stranger? An eerily captivating drama about the mysteries of second chances by an up-and-coming new playwright.
Playwright: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Dramaturg: Polly Hubbard
Featuring Donté Bonner, Sydney Charles, Celeste M. Cooper, Glenn Davis, K. Todd Freeman, and Tania Richard
A new family drama about the crumbling of a black political dynasty.