Season 28 2020-2021
Season 28: Exploring A Virtual World
Our 28th Season looks very different as we shift into the virtual world due to the Covid 19 Pandemic. Thank you for taking the risk and making that pivot with us. From our interactive, virtual play MISSED CONNECTIONS to the audio play, LAST HERMANOS, to a journey into the audio experience of AMERICAN BOTTOM, we are excited to stay connected with our audiences as we explore these new mediums. And while we can’t wait to be back in our physical space with all of you, we are grateful for the opportunity to continue to work with Ensemble members and so many new artists. Most of all, we are thrilled to be able to tell these amazing stories with the honesty, rigor and compassion that has come to define all of our work. -A Red Orchid Theatre Company
Season 28 Shows
Directed by Alex Gruhin
Directed by Melanie Queponds
An Audio Play
Reunited and on the run; Miguel and Julio are fleeing an America where being Latinx is a life sentence. Finding themselves sequestered in a Texas state park, the arrival of a sympathetic deserter, Shepherd, brings the conflict between Julio’s desire for revolution and Miguel’s need to return to normalcy into sharp focus. An audio translation of a stage-work in progress; LAST HERMANOS is a story of tenacious brotherhood, both chosen and blood, in a not-so-distant future that asks which path promises a better future?
Directed by Neil Verma
An Experimental Audio Book
This multi-disciplinary art piece inspired by the geographical area of southern Illinois called American Bottom begins life here as an experimental audio fiction, written in verse, performed by a full cast, and featuring original music and illustrations. Kevin disappeared in rural Illinois near the site of the Cahokia Mounds. American Bottom follows the thoughts of the people who knew him; unearthing the many layers of life and story connected to the place he called home.
Season 27: Shattered
We strike out this season with new artists in our house. I am incredibly excited about the ways in which these new voices will deepen conversation, spark discovery and provoke action. With all three of this season’s plays we examine the houses we—or in some cases others—have built and demand that we ask, “do we want to continue living and operating in these structures?” This conversation could not be more immediate and with each play the question is explored quite differently; with the ghost story that is Grey House gazing through the lens of reparation, Do You Feel Anger? a horrifying and hilarious reflection and The Moors via revolution. I am honored that each of these playwrights and directors has chosen to do this work at A Red Orchid and I look forward to the many questions, conversations and revolutions ahead.
–Kirsten Fitzgerald, Artistic Director