A Lysistrata; by Aristophanes
October 28 – November 5, 2016 (Mainstage production - FAC Theatre, 178)
Directed by Kathy Hendrickson and adapted by the Ensemble and Kathy Hendrickson
In 411 BC, the Greek playwright Aristophanes wrote Lysistrata, and in 2015 film-maker Spike Lee took this play as his influence for the film Chi-Raq, proving how far we have NOT come and how timely the classic still is today. Join the NHCC Theatre Ensemble as it presents A Lysistrata, a fresh adaptation of this comedy about women withholding sex from their husbands until they agree to stop fighting and end the Peloponnesian War. A fun, frolicking feminist manifesto complete with all the music that made early hip hop great.
Exit 27; by Aleks Merilo
November 30 – December 4, 2016 (Black Box production - Campus Center, CC 242) - Regional Premiere
Directed by Mike Ricci
A harrowing tale based on the true story of the ‘Lost Boys of Utah’, this play focuses on the FLDS, the fundamentalist sect of the Mormon religion, and their practice of abandoning adolescent boys who have sinned against the church. Taken out to Exit 27 on a highway between Utah and Colorado, they are left to survive on their own. Unable to return to their communities, and taught to mistrust any outsiders, they are incapable of seeking help from any ‘outsiders’. This play explores the dangers of indoctrination, religious extremism, and the lasting effects of abandonment. Award-winning playwright Aleks Merilo will be in attendance as part of our audience talkbacks after each performance in which issues presented in the play will be discussed. This play is intended for mature audiences only.
On the Line; by Joe Roland
March 1-5, 2017 (Black Box production - Campus Center, CC 242) - Regional Premiere
Directed by Kathy Hendrickson
Three lifelong friends take on management, the union, and ultimately each other when a strike wreaks havoc on their working-class town. Along the way they have to negotiate mobs of angry first-graders, bat-wielding bartenders, no-neck corporate shills, and the North American Free Trade Agreement. Lines are drawn, crossed, and double-crossed in this raw, powerful and often hilarious story about loyalty, love and the crippling power of unbending principles. New York playwright Joe Roland will be in residency at NHCC during the rehearsal process to workshop and adapt the play with the cast and crew, and to moderate talk backs after all performances. Contains strong language.
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown; book by Jeffrey Lane, music and lyrics by David Yazbek
April 7-15, 2017 (Mainstage production Fine Arts Center Theatre, FAC 178) - Regional Premiere
Directed by Mike Ricci
This musical adaptation of Pedro Almodovar’s beloved film of the same name, ‘Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown’ preserves the exhilarating tone and style of the Oscar-nominated film, and will delight both fans of the film and newcomers to this raucous tale. Taking place amidst the fall of a fascist regime and the re-birth of democracy in 1987 Madrid, this story follows the exploits of several women who are seeking love, and the men who fall in and out of love with them. Both touching and hilarious, this play captures the spirit and energy of people who are excited for romance, and how they deal with the consequences of their passions. This play is intended for mature audiences.