Summer 2022 at ASC
Warmer weather means ASC’s Summer Season is just around the corner—and there are four dynamite titles to see! In addition to our previously announced line-up of Every Brilliant Thing, Twelfth Night, and Thrive, Or What You Will—ASC is thrilled to announce a special run of Antoinette Nwandu’s Pass Over this August.
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Learn more about the Summer 2022 Shows
by Duncan MacMillan, with Jonny Donahoe
May 27-July 3
Thematically connected with ASC’s spring production of Romeo and Juliet (onstage through May 14), this “heart-wrenching, hilarious play” (The Guardian, UK) explores depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love. You’re drawn into the story as the audience is invited to contribute to the list of every brilliant thing that makes life worth living. Every Brilliant Thing marks the welcome return of ASC veteran director Stephanie Holladay Earl and longtime company member, actress Ginna Hoben as the Storyteller.
June 9-August 6
Sea-tossed siblings set out for adventure in this laugh-out-loud look at gender, love and longing. One of Shakespeare’s most joyous rom-coms, Twelfth Night is a tangled web of love: Viola is in love with Orsino…who is in love with Olivia…who is in love with Cesario…who is secretly Viola disguised as a man!
Running in repertory, both Twelfth Night and Thrive, Or What You Will will feature the same cast of six actors—Jasmine Eileen Coles, Annie Fang, Jihan Haddad, Marcel Mascaro, Meg Rodgers and Eli Lynn. Directed by ASC veteran Jenny Bennett.
Thrive, Or What You Will
by L M Feldman
July 7-August 7
An epic tale about the first woman to circumnavigate the globe, in which gender-nonconforming 18th-century herb woman Jeanne Baret sets out on an 11-year voyage across lands and seas. A funny, gripping, and inventive theatrical journey, Thrive sparks a cross-centuries conversation with Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night about exploration, love, and identity. Performed in rep by the company of Twelfth Night and directed by Larissa Lury. Thrive was recently short-listed for the Lambda Literary Prize for LGBTQ Drama.
Thrive was selected as the 2020 winner of ASC’s Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries project, which seeks to discover, develop, and produce new works that are inspired by or in conversation with each of the plays in Shakespeare’s canon.
By Antoinette Nwandu
“Blazingly theatrical and thrillingly tense.”
– The New York Times
“Surreal and morbidly funny. Nwandu’s theatrical idiom — the heartsick poetry of profanity applied to the raging anger of deep existential pain — is its own kind of beautiful. This playwright’s voice can be a joy to hear, and her language is often blistering.”
This compelling new drama was a sensation on Broadway in 2021. In Pass Over, Moses and Kitch hang out on the corner – talking trash, passing the time, and hoping that maybe today will be different. As they dream of their promised land a stranger wanders into their space and derails their plans. Emotional and lyrical, Pass Over crafts everyday profanities into poetic and humorous riffs, exposing the unquestionable human spirit of young Black men looking for a way out. A provocative riff on Waiting for Godot and the Book of Exodus, Pass Over is a rare piece of politically charged theater by a bold new American voice.
From Artistic Director Brandon Carter
What is so beautiful about this play is how it is in conversation with ASC’s mission and our love of language. Pass Over’s relationship with Samuel Beckett’s existential drama Waiting for Godot and the Exodus story from the Bible places this contemporary masterwork among classic texts, while Nwandu’s poetry and rich characters will give us a glimpse of the social and psychological effects of being Black in America.
Content Warning: Pass Over contains very strong language, adult themes, and violence. Read about its recent Broadway production here.