The 2018 - 2019 Season at Aurora Fox Arts Center

SEASON 34 | 2018-2019

 

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SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD

By Jason Robert Brown

Directed by Helen R. Murray

Sept 14 – Oct 14

It’s all about one moment. It’s about passing the point of no return and having to make a choice, take a stand or accept your decision. These are the uplifting stories and songs for a new world. The first musical from Tony Award winning composer, Jason Robert Brown (“The Last Five Years,” “Parade,” “Bridges of Madison County”), this moving collection of powerful songs takes us from the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship, to a ledge fifty-seven stories above Fifth Avenue, through a fascinating array of characters that, when faced with a life changing moment, can only choose to step boldly into the future.

Content Advisory: None

 

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Regional Premiere

THE SECOND CITY’S, TWIST YOUR DICKENS

By Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort

Directed by Matthew R. Wilson

Nov. 23 – Dec. 23

A madcap send-up of the holiday classic, “Twist Your Dickens” finds Scrooge, Tiny Tim and those know-it-all ghosts hopelessly mixed up in zany holiday sketches. This adult comedy is never the same show twice and was deemed by the Chicago Sun-Times as a “fresh and bountiful feast of funny.” Second City alums and veteran Colbert Report writers Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort dreamt up this irreverently funny new take on “A Christmas Carol.”

Content Advisory: Adult language

 

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Regional Premiere

HOODED, OR BEING BLACK FOR DUMMIES

By Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm

Directed by Betty Hart

Jan. 18 – Feb. 10

“Hooded…” is a timely and irreverent examination of two very different 14-year-old black boys growing up in America. Meeting in a holding cell, Marquis, a book smart prep-school kid from suburban Maryland meets Tru, a street savvy Baltimorean. Tru thinks Marquis has lost his “blackness” and pens a manual entitled “Being Black for Dummies” to help him navigate a world of cheerleaders, Black Lives Matter, 2Pac, Nietzsche, Apollo and Dionysus—each vying for Marquis’ future.

Content Advisory: Adult language, Adult situation

 

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Regional Premiere

LIFE SUCKS

By Aaron Posner

Directed by Helen R. Murray

Feb. 22 – Mar. 17

This brash and revelatory reworking of “Uncle Vanya” finds a group of old friends, ex-lovers, estranged in-laws and lifelong enemies gathering to grapple with life’s thorniest questions… and each other. What could possibly go wrong? Called “sassy yet heartfelt” by The Washington Post and “altogether wise, profoundly humane and hilarious” by the Chicago Sun Times, this is not any Chekov you know. Never has unhappiness been so much fun.

Content Advisory: Adult language

 

STUDIO THEATRE

Regional Premiere

THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH

By Philip Dawkins

Directed by Matt Bassett

Mar. 8 – 24

One actor plays all the roles in this heartwarming play that takes us to the magical kingdom and one family’s reckoning with life after the death of their beloved father and husband. Now, more than fifty years after their journey, Philip retraces his own true life story that illustrates how the women of his family grew up and moved on while asking if there really is a place where dreams can come true.

Content Advisory: None

 

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Regional Premiere

CAROLINE, OR CHANGE

By Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori

Directed by Kenny Moten

Apr. 5 – May 5

Set in the heat of the Civil Rights Movement, the Tony-nominated “Caroline, Or Change” follows a black maid working for a middle-class Jewish family in Louisiana. When a small amount of money goes missing, buried tensions threaten to rip two families—and the struggling Caroline—apart. Loosely based on Kushner’s provocative and personal story, Caroline features a virtuosic score that blends blues, gospel, and traditional Jewish melodies into a magical, show-stopping musical masterpiece.

Content Advisory: None

Actor Profiles - Most Recent Additions 2

Richard LaFleur - Actor Profile

Richard Lafleur is a Canadian born actor, singer, dancer, and aspiring writer.

Lance E. Hayes - Actor Profile

Lance is currently a working actor out of New York City, and is loving every minute.

Gina Milo - Actor Profile

Gina is a Long Island born, actor/singer based in New York City. She most recently appeared as Martha Vail in the York Theater's Mufti production of Subways are for Sleeping and Tanya in Mason Street's production of Mamma

Eddie Gutierrez - actor profile

Eddie attended NYU for acting, training at the Stella Adler Studio and the Experimental Theatre Wing, and while he was there, he picked up a minor in Music, while also enrolling in the dance program at Peridance in Union Square.

Monica Cioffi - Actor Profile

Get To Know Dancer / Actor Monica Cioffi backstage at The Gateway Playhouse in Bellport, NY

Jason Simon - Actor Profile

At a petite 6'3, Jason Simon is a presence!

Carina Avila - Actor Profile

Meet Carina Avila got her start in Los Angeles working on TV and music videos. She is now focused on transferring her early success to the theatre.

Cait Crowley - Actor Profile

Cait is a New York City based actor, dancer and singer who was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from Montclair State University.

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