AURORA PROUDLY ANNOUNCES
the 2017/2018 SEASON!
By Rebecca Gilman
Directed by Tom Ross
STARTS SEPTEMBER 1, 2017 | BAY AREA PREMIERE
Who decides what’s best for a child? Caroline, a veteran social worker, knows immediately that baby Luna is not safe in her home. Luna’s grandmother is happy to take the infant, but after the transition Caroline fears she’s put Luna at further risk. Amidst a familial tangle of past secrets, hidden motives, and all-too-human mistakes, there are no good choices—only good intentions. Playwright Rebecca Gilman is known for masterfully tackling social issues with arresting, conversation-starting dramas (Spinning Into Butter, The Glory of Living). Luna Gale, her latest play, is both heartrending and hopeful as it wrestles with grave moral dilemmas and resists easy answers.
"ONE OF [2014'S] MOST VALUABLE ADDITIONS TO AMERICAN DRAMA.” ~ LA TIMES
By Marco Ramirez
Directed by Darryl V. Jones
STARTS NOVEMBER 3, 2017 | BAY AREA PREMIERE
From Marco Ramirez, the award-winning writer of the hit TV series Orange Is the New Black and Sons of Anarchy, comes a tightly constructed, viscerally theatrical tale that has seen acclaimed productions in New York, London, Chicago, and Los Angeles. It’s 1905, and Jay “The Sport” Jackson is ready to take on both the current heavyweight champion and the entrenched discrimination of the Jim Crow era -- but is America ready for him? The Royale is inspired by the real-life experiences of Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight world champion. With rhythmic and ingenious staging, Ramirez’s contenders never physically engage in the ring; instead it’s “The Sport’s” internal struggle that delivers a sharp and surprising impact.
“A GRIPPING, VIVID COUP DE THEATRE.” ~ VARIETY
By George Bernard Shaw
Directed by Joy Carlin
STARTS JANUARY 26, 2018
No one is innocent of the excesses of capitalism in this crackling comic satire that launched George Bernard Shaw’s career as a playwright. When Harry Trench, a well-intentioned young doctor, falls in love with hot-tempered Blanche Sartorius, he never suspects that his prospective father-in-law’s fortune is derived from ruthless schemes to exploit the poor. Can the young lovers’ passion survive this fall from innocence? With colorful villains and foils to offset the romantic duo, Shaw’s take on gentrification, rent prices, and social responsibility is as timely today as it was in 1892.
“A SMASHING SATIRE!” ~ OAKLAND TRIBUNE
AT HARRY'S UPSTAGE IN AURORA'S DASHOW WING
By Cary Churchill
Directed by Barbara Damashek
STARTS MARCH 9, 2018
Bernard has just discovered that he’s not the only Bernard: he’s been cloned. By a marvel of genetic science, Bernard’s father was able to make faithful copies of his beloved son. Soon Bernard, his father, and the duplicate Bernards are swept up in a compelling and emotional quest to find the truth of the matter, and the truth of what matters. Caryl Churchill artfully reveals a multifaceted psychological puzzle, taking on human cloning to explore identity, family relationships, and second chances.
“WHAT A TREMENDOUS PLAY THIS IS, MOVING, THOUGHT-PROVOKING AND DRAMATICALLY THRILLING.” ~ DAILY TELEGRAPH
By Jonathan Spector
Directed by Josh Costello
STARTS APRIL 13, 2018 | WORLD PREMIERE
At forward-thinking Eureka Day School, all decisions are made by consensus and everyone’s opinion is valued. But when a crisis puts their children in danger, it turns out that Eureka Day parents have different definitions of safety. The debate over vaccinations hits home in this comedy of liberal manners, as the school community confronts the central question of our era: how do you find consensus when you can’t agree on the facts? Eureka Day is the first commission from Aurora’s Originate+Generate program, by local playwright and two-time Aurora Global Age Project winner Jonathan Spector. Aurora is proud to offer the world premiere of an incisive new play that is funny, poignant, and oh-so-Berkeley.
AN AURORA ORIGINATE+GENERATE COMMISSION
By Sarah Burgess
Directed by Jennifer King
STARTS JUNE 22, 2018 | BAY AREA PREMIERE
After throwing himself a lavish engagement party in the same week that his private equity firm forced job cuts at a national retailer, Rick is facing a PR disaster complete with angry protesters and scathing editorials. Luckily one of his Managing Directors, Seth, has the ideal fix: a cheap buyout of an American manufacturer that will grow jobs and save face. But Jenny, another of the firm’s partners, favors a cutthroat strategy that will maximize profit at any cost. A recent New York hit, Dry Powder is a razor-sharp and whip-smart comedy that skewers the world of high finance.
“...LACERATING...NUANCED...EXTRAORDINARILY TIMELY.” ~ TIME OUT (NEW YORK)