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UNCLE VANYA

by Anton Chekhov

translated by Richard Nelson, Richard Pevear, and Larissa Volokhonsky

Directed by Adam Knight

September 13 – October 6, 2019

“This is as naked and fully human an Uncle Vanya as we’re likely to see” (NYTimes).

Anton Chekhov’S “comedY” tells the story of Vanya and his niece Sonya, who devoted

their rural lives to support the academic work of Sonya’s father, a retired professor. But

when the professor’s new, young wife appears on the scene, bucolic harmony is thrown

into discord. A new version by celebrated playwright Richard Nelson and preeminent

Russian translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky.

FEAST.

by Megan Gogerty

Directed by Saffron Henke

October 25 – November 10, 2019

Megan Gogerty returns to the Riverside stage after a two-year hiatus with a brave new

work, navigating the intersection of politics and myth. Highly theatrical and timely, this

dinner part is both thrillingly ancient and fiercely present. A world premiere.

STRAIGHT WHITE MEN

by Young Jean Lee

November 29 – December 15, 2019

When Ed and his three adult sons come together to celebrate Christmas, they enjoy

cheerful trash-talking, pranks, and takeout Chinese food. Then they confront a problem

that even being a happy family can’t solve: when identity matters and privilege is

problematic, what is the value of being a straight white man? Theatrical phenom Young

Jean Lee’s exploration of a common trope, handled with an anthropologist’s curiosity

and a surgeon’s precision.

“Undeniably powerful. You’ll have plenty to talk about after seeing Straight White Men

(NYTimes).

“✩✩✩✩” - The Guardian

THE AGITATORS

by Mat Smart

January 24 – February 16, 2020

“A must see… A powerful history lesson that needs to have a voice” (Rochester

Democrat and Chronicle).

The Agitators tells of the enduring, tempestuous friendship of Susan B. Anthony and

Frederick Douglass. Young abolitionists when they met in the 1840s, they were full of

hopes, dreams, and common purpose. This is the story of their 45-year friendship –

from its beginning in Rochester to the highest halls of government. They agitated the

nation, they agitated each other, and – in doing so – they helped shape the Constitution

and the course of American history. Presented in honor of the 100th Anniversary of

women’s suffrage -- and in the midst of the Iowa Caucuses.

STAGES

by David Lee Nelson

Co-Created and Directed by Adam Knight

February 28 – March 15, 2020

A comedy. About cancer.

In 2017, thirty-eight year old David Lee Nelson received news that would change his

life. Stages is not simply a play about sickness: it’s a story of life’s setbacks and

surprises. A play about searching for hope in the most unlikely of places.

“A+… An incredibly moving examination of mortality” (Charleston City Paper)

A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2

by Lucas Hnath

Directed by Adam Knight

April 10 – 26, 2020

From the Obie-Award winning writer of The Christians and this season’s Broadway hit

Hillary and Clinton comes a new take on Ibsen’s classic. Set fifteen years after the

conclusion of A Doll’s House, this biting comedy finds Nora returning home to wrestle

with the damage left in the wake of progress.

“This unexpectedly rich sequel reminds us that houses tremble and sometimes fall

when doors slam” (NYTimes).