Exploring the intricacies of both science and romance, CONSTELLATIONS is a love story with infinite possibilities. Payne’s award-winning script will have audiences traversing time and space, witnessing the relationship between Marianne, a cosmologist, and Roland, a beekeeper, unfold through an array of vignettes detailing the possible trajectories in which their love can progress. Defying the boundaries of what we believe to be true of our world and the people in it, CONSTELLATIONS raises challenging questions about the connection between love, choice, and destiny.
The Flick takes place in 2012, in a run-down, single- screen movie theater in central Massachusetts. Three underpaid employees mop the floors, scrape gum off the seats, and attend to one of the last 35-millimeter film projectors in the state. Though their lives are seemingly mundane and ordinary— their struggles and aspirations are anything but. In the dingy aisles of the theater, underneath the amusing, idle workplace banter, these characters are fighting for the noblest of pursuits: authentic connection in a world that is passing them by. Audiences will find themselves transported into these pursuits by playwright Annie Baker’s uncanny ability to equally wield silence and idiomatic dialogue. Baker’s Pulitzer prize-winning writing combined with Bartlett’s site-specific staging, will give audiences a front row seat to a hilarious, yet heart-rending immersive theatre experience they won’t soon forget.
February, March 2018
GIDION’S KNOT is the slow-burning story of one teacher’s conversation with the mother of a student. The tight 90 minute show finds room to address a multitude of important and thought-provoking topics, including freedom-of-speech, violence, grief, bullying, and guilt. The play unfolds in real-time, creating a hard-to-forget—and sometimes uncomfortable—journey that is sure to challenge and move audiences.
We are closing our Tennessee Williams-centered season with an evening of one-act plays that will be FREE to the public. We hope you can join our season closing night as we read three one-act plays, as well as hold a discussion on Williams’ influence on theatre.
The Tennessee Williams-centered season will continue this May with a play that was hugely inspiring to the iconic playwright: Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. Anya Reiss’s radical new comedic adaptation delves into the mysteries of the human condition and explores the beauty and tragedy of human feelings. The Seagull will be directed by Jonathan Bohun Brady and will be performed at a historic country farmhouse near the Eno River.
The play follows an African-American family’s move from the American South to Brooklyn in 1950. Like Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, Crumbs from the Table of Joy is a coming-of-age memory play that examines the ability of humans to be flexible with the twists and turns of life. The production will be directed by Karen Dacons-Brock and will take place at the Durham Arts Council PSI Theater. It will run over the first two weekends of March.
Bartlett Theater’s inaugural production of Tennessee Williams’ THE GLASS MENAGERIE set a powerful precedent: an accessible American Classic that still packs a emotional punch. A drama of great tenderness, charm and beauty, THE GLASS MENAGERIE is one of the most famous plays of the modern theatre.