Banned for Being Bold
Iconic, revolutionary, groundbreaking, and BANNED; Alley Rep. takes the stage with stories of being banned in the past and plays at risk of being banned today.
Banned for being in love, banned for contagious curiosity, banned for courage, banned for being the wrong race; this is a season about lovers and dreamers, activists and allies, and the heroes and hippies who spark change, chase freedom, and never let us forget something bigger is going on out there.
Boulevard of Bold Dreams
By LaDarrion Williams, Directed by Dakotah Brown, Assistant Director Bren Trotter
A dynamic story about the night Hattie McDaniel made Hollywood history by becoming the first Black artist to win an Oscar for her performance in Gone with the Wind.
When Hattie stops at the Ambassador Hotel to debate if she should attend the biggest night in show business, knowing she will not be allowed to sit with her cast but rather in a room at the back of the theater, the bartender, Arthur, and the maid, Dottie, do everything in their power to convince her to go and claim her historic win. A story of dreamers striving to overcome considerable obstacles and fighting for recognition amidst the racism and inequity of the ever-changing landscape of Hollywood.More Info
Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical
Book & Lyrics Gerome Ragni, Book & Lyrics James Rado, Music Galt MacDermot, Directed by Buffie Main & John Wicks, Music director Darian Reneé, Musician Rhiannon Terry, Musician Justin Tam, Musician Andrew Pearson
With a reputation that hasn’t faded, and an iconic score that changed pop culture forever, Hair is as relevant today as when it radicalized a generation in 1968. This revolutionary rock musical celebrates the sixties counterculture in all its barefoot, long-haired, bell-bottomed, beaded and fringed glory. To an infectiously energetic rock beat, the show wows audiences with songs like “Aquarius,” “Good Morning, Starshine,” “Hair,” “I Got Life” and “Let The Sunshine In.”
Hair follows Claude, his best friend Berger, and their friends as they navigate their young lives, loves, and the sexual revolution, all while rebelling against the war, their parents, and society at large. Hair explores themes of identity, free love, community, global responsibility, and peace and reminds us that history is never far awayMore Info
The Normal Heart
By Larry Kramer, Directed by Buffie Main & Ben Clegg
Exploring the early days of an epidemic, and homophobia and prejudice around infectious disease, The Normal Heart pangs with poignant parallels and eerie echoes.
Pulitzer-nominated, The Normal Heart is set in 1980s New York and explores the impact of the AIDS endemic in the early years. A searing drama about public and private indifference to the AIDS plague and one man’s lonely fight to awaken the world to the crisis. Based on Kramer’s real-life experience, writer and activist Ned Weeks attempts to channel his anger at the systems in place while he fights to unite the gay community to talk about their rights to survive.More Info
By Neil Brookshire and Colin Sesek
Following the journey of an Army Medic from fresh recruit to seasoned combat veteran, the text of BENT COMPASS is taken from transcribed interviews detailing the effects of war on a personal level. The stories begin with Colin, years after his deployment, as a student teacher who witnesses an event during one of his teaching assignments. Because of his combat experience, he sees the situation differently than the other teachers. At once personal, reflective, humorous, raw, and candid, these stories honor a man whose unique perspective speaks to both veterans and non-combat civilians alike.More Info