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2018/19 Season

Measure for Measure

Shakespeare’s strikingly current play speaks powerfully about impossible moral choices in the story of the devout novice Isabella, whose faith is tested when her brother is sentenced to death for impregnating Juliet out of wedlock. When the outwardly virtuous leader Angelo propositions Isabella in exchange for his more

Native Son

In the South Side Chicago of the 1930s, Bigger Thomas struggles to create a place for himself in a world whose prejudice has left him with few opportunities. After taking a job in a wealthy white man's house, he unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and more

School Tour: Othello

One of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies, Othello remains terrifyingly relevant in its exploration of jealousy, obsession, and evil.  This streamlined production featured five veteran alumni of The Acting Company and was scaled to bring the power of Shakespeare's text directly to students.

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2017/18 Season

X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation

The assassination of Malcolm X—both the story we think we know and illuminating details that have seldom been shared—is brought to vivid, lyrical life in award-winning writer Marcus Gardley’s new play. Bold staging, period-style music and influences from Shakespeare's Julius more

Twelfth Night

“If music be the food of love, play on!”

When her ship is wrecked, Viola washes ashore in the unfamiliar land of Illyria and embarks on a journey to find her lost brother, and herself. Brimming with music, love and longing, William Shakespeare’s more

School Tour: Love's Labour's Lost

‘Love is a familiar. Love is a devil. There is no evil angel but Love.”

The King of Navarre and his lords have sworn off the pleasures of life to pursue their studies, but can their oaths hold up when a princess and her ladies more

2016/17 Season

Julius Caesar

Tackling essential questions about the balance of ambition, personal loyalty, and love of country, Shakespeare’s timeless political masterpiece has never been more relevant. Through the story of Julius Caesar, a rising political star torn down by his most trusted allies, audiences witness the art of persuasion, the more

X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation

The assassination of Malcolm X—both the story we think we know and illuminating details that have seldom been shared—is brought to vivid, lyrical life in award-winning writer Marcus Gardley’s new play. Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar provides a framework for Gardley to more

2015/16 Season

DESIRE

Pulitzer Prize-winner Beth Henley and Tony-winner John Guare plus noted playwrights Marcus Gardley, Rebecca Gilman, David Grimm and Elizabeth Egloff were commissioned by The Acting Company to adapt six Tennessee Williams short stories into a compelling evening of theater. Desire is the result and Michael Wilson, more

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