The Acting Company 2020-2021 season:
MY ÁNTONIA (2 hrs 15 minutes) A play with music adapted from the novel by Willa Cather Written by Meg Miroshnik Music by Paul Lieber Directed by Devin Brain
“People who don’t like this country ought to stay at home,” says ten-year-old Jim Burden to his immigrant neighbor Ántonia in Willa Cather’s 1918 classic novel about new Americans on the Nebraska plains. “We don’t make them come here.” It’s a rare moment of disharmony between the characters in this riveting coming-of-age tale, but evidence of how timely and urgent Cather’s story still feels today. In this exuberant new adaptation commissioned by the Acting Company, questions of assimilation and what it means to be an American are wrapped inside a thrillingly theatrical production filled with music, puppetry, adventure, and emotion. Don’t miss this rollicking new telling of Cather’s century-old story for today!
MACBETH (75 minute student vo) by William Shakespeare Directed by Ian Belknap
Shakespeare’s blood-curdling Tragedy MACBETH is required reading throughout the country. It is a story of love, ambition, and madness that is both entertaining and educational, as it exposes the dark heart of what it is to be human. This fast-paced adaptation runs 75 minutes and is designed to bring young audiences into the heart of this terrifying tale of fate and murder. The production is filled with music, violence, haunting images, and a simple theatricality that both makes it portable and allows the audience to listen to Shakespeare’s verse. MACBETH draws in and enlightens audience members who have never seen Shakespeare even as it offers surprises and nuance that will delight the veteran theatregoer.
ABOUT THE ACTING COMPANY Founded in 1972 by legendary producer/director/actor John Houseman and previous Producing Director Margot Harley with members of the first graduating class of Juilliard's Drama Division, The Acting Company has performed 141 productions for over 3 million people in 48 states and ten foreign countries. The Company has given a generation of actors the opportunity to master their craft. Alumni members include Kevin Kline, Rainn Wilson, Patti LuPone, David Schramm, Jesse L. Martin, David Ogden Stiers, Frances Conroy, Jeffrey Wright, Harriet Harris, Hamish Linklater and Keith David.
2020-2021 Season Announcement - Touring Productions and Events: The Acting Company