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Announcing TAG's 2017 - 2018 Season

Announcing TAG's 2017 - 2018 Season

Announcing TAG's 2017-18 Season

Choir Boy

by Tarell Alvin McCraney
directed by Swaine Kaui

Auditions July 8th at 1pm & 9th at 10am
August 18, 2017 - Sept. 3, 2017

The Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys is dedicated to the creation of strong, ethical black men. Pharus wants nothing more than to take his rightful place as leader of the school's legendary gospel choir. Can he find his way inside the hallowed halls of this institution if he sings in his own key?

"The sweet harmonies of classic spirituals unite the sometimes-fractious voices of the young men in CHOIR BOY...but when they raise their voices in unison, they offer a glimpse of a world in which the cruelty that can divide and destroy is dissolved in a graceful, embracing order. [An] affecting and honest portrait...of a gay youth tentatively beginning to find the courage to let the truth about himself become known." -The New York Times. "Believe the buzz. CHOIR BOY, the small but mighty coming-of-age play by Tarell Alvin McCraney deserves its kudos. [The play] captures the bristling tensions at a prestigious prep school for African American boys when a flamboyantly gay youth is named leader of their celebrated gospel choir." -Variety. "In his stirring and stylishly told drama, Tarell Alvin McCraney cannily explores race and sexuality and the graces and gravity of history." -NY Daily News.


by Anna Ziegler
directed by Jim Aina

Auditions July 29th & 30th from 10am to 3pm
Oct. 6, 2017 - Oct. 22, 2017

Inspired by a true story, Anna Ziegler's BOY explores the tricky terrain of finding love amidst the confusion of sexual identity, and the inextricable bond between a doctor and patient. In the 1960s, a well-intentioned doctor convinces the parents of a male infant to raise their son as a girl after a terrible accident. Two decades later, the repercussions of that choice continue to unfold.

"Ziegler...takes a delicate, restrained approach to her provocative subject matter...When, at the end, the character achieves a modicum of peace and a chance for happiness, you won't be thinking about gender. You'll be thinking about humanity." -Hollywood Reporter. "With uncommon empathy and startling insight, BOY gets to the heart of the conflict between medicine and science..." -TheatreMania.com. "Captivating...insightful, gut-wrenching, and beautiful...dazzlingly, deliciously alive from start to finish...expect it to be a long while before there's another play more rewarding, more moving, and more magical than Boy." -TalkinBroadway.com.

Picasso at the LapinAgile

by Steve Martin
directed by Alan Shepard

Auditions October 14th at 1pm & 15th at 10am
Nov. 24, 2017 - Dec. 10, 2017

This long running Off-Broadway absurdist comedy places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafe in 1904, just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his theory of relativity and the celebrated painter set the art world afire with cubism. In his first comedy for the stage, the popular actor and screenwriter plays fast and loose with fact, fame and fortune as these two geniuses muse on the century's achievements and prospects as well as other fanciful topics with infectious dizziness. Bystanders, including Picasso' agent, the bartender and his mistress, Picasso's date, an elderly philosopher, Charles Dabernow Schmendimen and an idiot inventor introduce additional flourishes of humor. The final surprise patron to join the merriment at the Lapin Agile is a charismatic dark haired singer time warped in from a later era.


Concept and Libretto by Shari Lynn
arrangements by Jim Howard
directed by Brad Powell

January 5, 2018 - January 21. 2018

Featuring Jim Howard, pianist
Shari Lynn and Kip Wilborn, performers

TAG is happy to present, for the third time, another look into the lives of the creators of the Great American Songbook.

This time, Shari brings us the music of composer/lyricist Cole Porter - the brilliant, flamboyant, eccentric writer of such enduring songs as Night and Day, I've Got You Under My Skin, You're the Top and hundreds of others that were so unique, they created a whole new genre of popular song; The Cole Porter genre.

His life will be explored in story and song, offering anecdotes from friends and authors who knew him well. This show will also be accompanied by a multimedia presentation.

The Happiest Song Plays Last 

by Quiara Alegria Hudes
directed by Peggy Anne Sigmund

Auditions January 6 at 1pm & 7 at 10am, 2018
Feb. 23, 2018 - March 11, 2018

In a barrio living room in North Philly, as a music professor turned activist moonlights as the local soup kitchen queen, cooking free rice and beans for any hungry neighbor. Halfway around the world, her cousin relives his military trauma on the set of a docudrama that's filming in Jordan. With the Egyptian revolution booming in the distance, these two young adults try to sing a defiant song of legacy and love in the face of local and global unrest.

"Intensely engaging new drama. Hudes' story not only comes with the unmistakable whiff of authenticity but conveys how none of our lives are entirely ordinary, and how small stuff actually connects to all kinds of big stuff, be it matters of global import, community progress or the cliches of Hollywood representation. Hudes is a very accomplished storyteller, a playwright with an emergent, fulsome American narrative." -Chicago Tribune. "As ever, Hudes' writing is poetic but wry, full of swagger and poetry. Oh, how the lines sing." -Time Out NY.

The Road to Mecca 

by Athol Fugard
directed by Joyce Maltby

Auditions March 3 at 1pm and 4 at 10am
April 13, 2018 - April 29, 2018

Winner! The New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Play

This unusual drama by a premiere contemporary dramatist focuses on Miss Helen, an old Boer woman who lives alone in the South African boondocks where she creates odd concrete sculptures which she calls her Mecca. A young woman who was once helped by Miss Helen has traveled hundreds of miles to help her in a time of crisis Miss Helen is in danger of being sent to an old folks' home by a narrow minded minister who considers her sculptures a public nuisance. A penetrating study of the role of the artist in any society, this important play was produced in London and New York to great critical acclaim.

"The author's most personal play to date, an essential rosetta stone for the entire canon." - The New York Times

"Glows with a rare luminosity and intensity. Athol Fugard's latest play...is also his most eloquent and transforming." - The Christian Science Monitor

"One of Fugard's simplest, most beautiful plays." - The New York Daily News

Prodigal Son 

by John Patrick Shanley
directed by Hannah Schauer Galli

Auditions April 21 & 22, 10am to 1pm
June 1, 2018 - June 17, 2018

A 17-year-old boy from the Bronx suddenly finds himself in a private school in New Hampshire. He's violent, gifted, alienated, and on fire with a ferocious loneliness. Two faculty members wrestle with the dilemma: Is the kid a star or a disaster? A passionate, explosive portrait of a young man on the verge of salvation or destruction.

"...savvy and often moving...a return to form for John Patrick Shanley...In monologue and dialogue, Shanley communicates Jim's vast confidence and vaster insecurity, the workings of his creative mind and the fumblings of his wounded heart." -The Guardian (US). "...a keen, passionate portrait of the author as a poetry-spouting romantic punk torn between literary dreams and his roots in the Bronx...PRODIGAL SON is pure, splendid Shanley: shaggily idealistic and always scratching a philosophical itch underneath jokes and banter." -Time Out NY. "PRODIGAL SON is a heart-sore portrait of adolescent turmoil that bears the stamp of hard-earned truth on every scene...[it's] the best thing that Mr. Shanley has given us since Doubt. You can't get much better than that." -The Wall Street Journal.

Season Tickets will be available online soon.  Season Brochures will be in the mail soon.

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