GREAT THEATRE STARTS HERE!
Our 77th Season includes classic comedies, world premiere plays developed in our Alley All New Festival, and so much more.
“There is something for everyone but if you see them all then you won’t risk missing the play that changes your life!” – Rob Melrose, Alley Theatre Artistic Director
AGATHA CHRISTIE’S THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD
ADAPTED FOR THE STAGE BY MARK SHANAHAN
DIRECTED BY MARK SHANAHAN
JULY 21 – AUGUST 27, 2023
One of Agatha Christie’s best-known novels and voted the best crime novel ever by the British Crime Writers’ Association is turned into this murderous mystery for the stage. This twisty whodunit features extraordinary characters who holds secrets about blackmail and murder that only the detective Hercule Poirot can solve in the all-new adaption.
BY JOSÉ CRUZ GONZÁLEZ
DIRECTED BY KJ SANCHEZ
SEPTEMBER 22 – OCTOBER 22, 2023
THE POWER OF MUSIC TO CELEBRATE, HONOR, AND HEAL
Family, love, and tradition are at the core of this heartwarming play about the freedom to dream big. It’s the 1970’s and girls can’t be mariachis … or can they? As Lucha and her spunky cousin hunt for bandmates, dodge disapproving relatives, and bring Mom along for the ride? This play is infused with vibrant, infectious live mariachi music and reminds us how music and love can make the impossible come true.
BY ANTON CHEKHOV
TRANSLATED BY RICHARD NELSON, RICHARD PEVEAR, AND LARISSA VOLOKHONSKY
DIRECTED BY RICHARD NELSON
ALLEY THEATRE COMMISSION
OCTOBER 6 – OCTOBER 29, 2023
What do Swan Song, The Bear, The Proposal, The Wedding, and The Harmfulness of Tobacco have in common? They are all one act comedies written by Anton Chekhov that will be performed by the Alley’s Resident Acting Company and directed by the Tony-Award winning Playwright and legendary Director Richard Nelson. Acclaimed Russian literature translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky collaborated with Nelson and have put together a new English translation which will make for an extraordinary evening in the theatre.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
FROM THE NOVELLA BY CHARLES DICKENS
ADAPTED AND DIRECTED BY ROB MELROSE
NOVEMBER 16 – DECEMBER 30, 2023
MAGIC, MUSIC, AND DICKENS
The Alley’s hit new adaptation with colorful Victorian costumes, special effects, exciting magic, lively dancing, stunning sets, and just the right blend of Christmas Carols. It is a dazzling Christmas feast with the beloved story of Ebeneezer Scrooge and his miraculous transformation.
PICTURES FROM HOME
BY SHARR WHITE
DIRECTED BY ROB MELROSE
BASED ON THE PHOTO MEMOIR
“PICTURES FROM HOME” BY LARRY SULTAN
JANUARY 19 – FEBRUARY 11, 2024
HOW DO YOU CAPTURE A LIFETIME?
This heartfelt memory play was part of the 2020 Alley All New Festival and is currently a hit running on Broadway. Set in the late 1980’s, photographer Larry Sultan turns the lens on his parents to ferret out the truths beneath their home movies. This deeply intimate and comic portrait of a mother, a father and the son explores the question; who gets to depict the family story?
BY LARRY SHUE
DIRECTED BY BRANDON WEINBRENNER
FEBRUARY 23 – MARCH 17, 2024
An up-and-coming architect invites into his home the hero who saved his life… who also happens to be a total stranger! The visitor is a hopeless ‘nerd’ who outstays his welcome leading to one riotous incident after another. From a time before cell phones, this side-splitting comedy by Larry Shue (The Foreigner) is one of the funniest plays ever written.
THE WORLD IS NOT SILENT
BY DON X. NGUYEN
DIRECTED BY MARYA MAZOR
MARCH 22 – APRIL 14, 2024
This moving story explores the relationship between a son, Don, and his estranged father as they try and reconnect in the wake of his father’s recent hearing loss. Don learns that the key to communication and connection is speaking from the heart as the play explores how language at the same time divides and unites us. This play was part of Alley All New Festival in 2022.
BY ELIZABETH WILLIAMSON
ADAPTED FROM THE NOVEL
BY CHARLOTTE BRONTË
DIRECTED BY ELEANOR HOLDRIDGE
APRIL 12 – MAY 5, 2024
CLASSIC NOVEL ON THE STAGE
Adapted by Elizabeth Williamson from the beloved classic novel by Charlotte Brontë, this play follows the heroine who struggles for freedom and fulfillment on her own terms. She survives a childhood as an orphan and confronts poverty, injustice, and the discovery of a bitter betrayal, before taking the ultimate decision to follow her heart.
THORNTON WILDER’S THE EMPORIUM
COMPLETED BY KIRK LYNN
DIRECTED BY ROB MELROSE
MAY 10 – JUNE 2, 2024
WORLD PREMIERE OF THORNTON WILDER’S UNFINISHED FULL-LENGTH PLAY
A young man from an orphanage is adopted by a farmer but runs away to the big city only to discover all this is only a metaphor. Maybe life is really an elaborate job interview to determine if we even qualify for our own existence. This play adapted from Pulitzer Prize-winner Thornton Wilder’s unfinished script was part of Alley All New Festival in 2022.
BY ANNA DEAVERE SMITH
DIRECTED BY PHILIP WM MCKINLEY
BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT WITH
STEVE J. SCARDUZIO
MAY 31 – JUNE 23, 2024
Featuring music from the American songbook defined by Ella Fitzgerald, this new musical written by Anna Deavere Smith celebrates the “First Lady of Song” and her rise to household superstar. With unique diction, pure sound, phrasing, and rhythm, her scat-style and improvisations transformed American music. Ella became a beloved singer who set records and broke boundaries by taking life, with all its adversity, and turning it into beautiful songs.