Steven Skybell and Gerry Bamman inThe Controversy of Valladolid.
The Controversy of Valladolid
Jean-Claude Carrière’s historical drama recreates the stunning 16th-century Catholic Church debate held in a Spanish monastery over the legal and moral status of the indigenous populations of the Americas. As the "best minds" of the era debate theology, Aristotle, and philosophy, impassioned arguments are tossed about to determine whether or not natives an ocean away are indeed human. Politically pertinent, entertaining, intelligent, and excellently acted, it is the type of theater that in a perfect world would be on Broadway instead of retreads of 12 Angry Men.The Public Theater
Young Jean Lee’s Pullman, WA concerns "what to do if you’re unhappy and everyone around you is kind of an asshole, including yourself." Lee’s work is drama stripped bare, and Pullman, WA continues her exploration of visceral, immediate theater with an emphasis on powerful language and raw emotion. Funny, sometimes weird and often uncanny, her work gets to the heart of the theatrical experience and uproots expectations of what a play can be.
A Man’s Best Friend
The Undermain Theater presents Jeffrey M. Jones’ dark satire of bad manners: "Sluggo is a bad clown. He kicks his dog, he kicks his wife, he stabs his little brother from time to time. This time around he’ll get a baby from Andy Warhol and do battle with the metastatic land squid. None of which will improve his character, or his chances for personal happiness."
Play Without Words
Devised and directed by Matthew Bourne, mastermind of the 1998 all-male Swan Lake on Broadway, this libidinous tale of swinging 60s London is based on Harold Pinter and Joseph Losey’s 1963 film The Servant. Set to a feverish jazz score, Play Without Words tells its story without dialogue, relying instead on the equally revealing languages of movement and music. Following a sold-out run at London’s National Theatre, this Olivier Award-winning production is ripe with social commentary, class conflict, and runaway sexual desire.
Kyle Jarrow brings his music-theater spectacle about a boy who wakes one morning and finds thick fur growing on his hands and hence an awful hidden truth about himself — he’s a monster. Filled with bombastic rock songs and lonely freaks, it is a darkly comic coming-of-age tale, as young Billy sets out on a journey to find his father, the legendary Gorilla Man. Combining influences as diverse as Tom Sawyer and T. Rex, Gorilla Man explores identity and free will against a backdrop of twisted American landscapes.