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2023-24 Season

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 Willams

    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 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.

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  • Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical

    Book & Lyrics Gerome Ragni, Book & Lyrics James Rado, Music Galt MacDermot

    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 away

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  • The Normal Heart

    By Larry Kramer

    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.

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  • The Alley Affair

    On September 30th, Alley Rep will host an evening of celebration to raise money to support bold, risk-taking theater, with performances highlighting the evolution of our company.

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  • Bent Compass

    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.

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2022-23 Season

Powered By the Times In Which We Live

Intimate and electrifying, Alley Repertory Theater’s 2022-23 season mixes exciting new works that explore current issues with classics that remind us how today’s headlines came to be. Political and provocative, joyful and heartfelt, hilarious and challenging; in a time when the world is changing forever, these are stories not often told – or that cannot be told enough.

  • In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)

    By Sarah Ruhl

    In the waning years of the 19th century, a ground-breaking physician treats the “hysteric” needs of his female patients while overlooking domestic discontentment of his bored, and lonely wife. An examination of female sexuality and autonomy, this historically accurate comedy navigates love and marriage, and the remarkable origins of electrifying medical treatments for women.

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  • Hot Asian Doctor Husband

    By Leah Nanako Winkler

    In the dead of winter, at the Cherry Blossom Garden, we meet Emi a multiracial Japanese woman lost and confused in grief and cultural expectations. Just a few months ago, Emi knew exactly what she wanted and got it: A Hot Asian Doctor Husband.

    On paper, he was the perfect candidate for Emi, but she pays the cost when he turns out not exactly as she imagined. Suddenly her ancestors, her legacy, and culture are all at stake. This hilariously contemporary and honest play explores the multi-racial experience. Lost in between her personal responsibility to carry on the culture passed down from her Japanese mother and her inability to control the cultural identity of the one she loves; this wry, award-winning play by Leah Nanako Winkler is a coming-of-age story beautifully woven with humor, emotion, and memories.

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  • Cabaret

    Based on the play by John Van Druten, Stories by Christopher Isherwood, Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb , Book by Joe Masteroff

    In a world where inexplicable ways can get you down, the Cabaret is one place where everyone can be free. This December, you’re invited to The Kit Kat Club, where it transforms VAC as it’s never been seen before.

    In a decadent Berlin nightclub, as the 1920’s draw to a close, a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience to forget all their troubles at the Cabaret. With the Emcee’s bawdy songs as wry commentary, Cabaret explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to a second World War. While the world unravels outside, in the Cabaret, life is beautiful.

    Intimate and electrify, Cabaret is a fierce, meaty musical that pushes the boundaries of the form and literally holds “the mirror up to nature”, with musical numbers that include the classics “Willkommen,” “Cabaret,” “Don’t Tell Mama”, “Maybe This Time”, and “Two Ladies.” Cabaret is a 12-time Tony Award-winning musical, taking home eight in its original run in 1967 and four more in the 1998 revival.

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