Ed Rampell: Set circa 1530 in Italy, The Actors’ Gang’s Harlequino: On to Freedom takes place when commedia dell’arte emerged as an important form of theater.
Ed Rampell: The Town Hall Affair is to a large extent a docu-play based on the real 1971 panel discussion and/or debate at Manhattan’s Town Hall, with various luminaries holding forth on the hot topic of Women’s Liberation.
Based on Peter Stephan Jungk’s novel, composer Philip Glass and librettist Rudolph Wurlitzer’s ironically named opera The Perfect American takes an often scathing look at animation icon Walt Disney (baritone Justin Ryan).
Only two months into his presidency and Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning playwright Robert Schenkkan’s Building the Wall imagines Trump’s plans to “solve” the “problem” of the millions of undocumented immigrants living in America in this world premiere ripped from the proverbial headlines.
Ed Rampell: Set around the turn of the last century in New London, Connecticut – where young Eugene had summered – O’Neill’s 1933 Ah, Wilderness! is a marked departure from his usually gloomy plays, fraught with familial Sturm und Drang.