BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Prospero lives in exile on a remote island after being stripped of a royal title by his traitorous brother. The island's only other inhabitants are his daughter Miranda, the island's native spirits, and the magic books that he uses to lure his enemies to the island to exact revenge. The plot could destroy Miranda's chance at happiness, though, so Prospero is forced to choose between revenge and Miranda's future. Counterweight brings this story to a new level by turning it into a lively yet intimate multimedia experience with live music, puppetry, and special effects, all while finding the human core at the heart of Shakespeare's words.
Featuring Madalyn Rilling, Shelby Evanoika, Joseph Hurford-Reynolds, Jamie Foster, Roxanne Rankin, Jeremiah Walter, Joe O’Rear, Ethan Everhart, and Delaney Watson.
Directed by Megan Michelle
BY JOHN LOGAN
In 1958, abstract painter Mark Rothko has just received an enormous commission to create a set of paintings for the fanciest, most expensive new restaurant in Manhattan. The assistant he hires to help him, however, has very different ideas about art.
Red is about what it takes to make art, what art even is, and the fear that all people have of leaving behind a legacy. Two actors, a record player, and some paintbrushes tell an intimate story that will leave you laughing, gasping, and thinking.
Featuring Steve Emily and Joe O'Rear.
BY SOPHOCLES & ANNE CARSON
Antigone’s brothers have just killed each other, ending a brutal civil war. The new king, Kreon, has forbidden Antigone from burying one of her brothers, which violates tradition, culture, and the laws of the gods. This is a story about honor, about fate, about family, and about the nick of time.
Carson hasn't just updated Sophokles' classic into modern English; she has rewritten the play to mine its subtlety, absurdity, and comedy to make a new story out of one of the great classics of the global theatre tradition.
Featuring Lisa Siebert, Madalyn Rilling, Charlotte Burton, Joe O’Rear, David Brown, Richard Sebastian-Coleman, Ethan Everhart, Joanne Koehler, and Allyson Hackworth.
by Jack Karp
The year is 1945. In the remote New Mexico desert, J. Robert Oppenheimer and a growing army of colleagues develop a weapon that could end all life on Earth. In this hard-hitting and intimate play, Oppenheimer struggles to control the titanic forces he would unleash and balance the threat of the Nazis, his own emotional needs, and his seesaw relationships with his wife Kitty, his brother Frank, and his lover Jean. Intimate and lightning fast, Irreversible reminds us of the cost of genius, the threat of extinction, and the inexorable human thirst for knowledge.
Featuring Jude Bishop, Joe O'Rear, Brianna G. Pilon, David Brown, Beth Clements Mosley, and Mallory Everhart.
by William Shakespeare
The audience enters into a lamplit space and is greeted by a traveling storyteller troupe that prepares the performance space: a rug, a chest with a handful of props and costumes, a few instruments, and some lanterns. The ensemble explains the rules to the audience:
1. Only four actors can be onstage at any time.
2. Actors will trade, take, and give roles after every scene.
3. No actor may play the same character two scenes in a row.
4. The audience chooses who will start the rotation.
5. The audience might be pulled into a scene at a moment’s notice.
Once the rules have been explained, the show begins, and it will be different every single night.
After being promised the throne by a group of mysterious figures on the battlefield, Macbeth plots with his wife to murder King Duncan and take the Scottish throne. The plotting, the deed, and the aftermath demonstrate the lasting power of Shakespeare’s insight into betrayal, madness, and the psychic cost of ambition. Told in this fashion, Counterweight explores and dismantles both the play as well as the entire experience of theatre.
Featuring Amber Carlton, Ethan Everhart, Joanne Koehler, Joe O’Rear, and Sophie Thunberg.
BY P. GELATT
ADAPTED FOR THE STAGE BY A. RHODES
IN COLLABORATION WITH THEATRE D ART
JULY - AUGUST 2017
While the First World War rages on, a reluctant British spy stationed in the heart of the Russian empire is handed the most difficult assignment of his career: orchestrate the death of Grigori Rasputin, the mad monk, the Tsarina's most trusted adviser and the surrogate ruler of the nation. Petrograd, the seat of Russian power, is a powderkeg ready to explode, and world history is made as various factions including the British crown, the Russian aristocracy, the Bolsheviks, and the Tsar’s secret police engage in a power struggle over the many plots to assassinate Rasputin.
Featuring Colton Pratt, Alexander Risk, Dylan Mosley, Kacie Vance, Joe O'Rear, Carrie Chesney, Bob Morsch, Richard Sebastian-Coleman, Shane Laycock, and Will Atkinson.
THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST
BY NIKOS KAZANTZAKIS AND PAUL SCHRADER
ADAPTED FOR THE STAGE BY A. RHODES
APRIL - MAY 2017
Two thousand years ago in occupied Palestine, a carpenter named Jesus is plagued by visions, voices, and seizures that promise divinity and a chance to save the world from empire. As his revolutionary friend Judas encourages armed uprising, Jesus struggles to find the path forward to freedom. Along the way, he is tempted to abandon his calling and forsake what may be his destiny. This is one of the foundational stories of Western culture told in a way you’ve never experienced, addressing the conflict between human and divine. The Last Temptation of Christ takes away the pious and safe traditional iconography that often accompanies this story and makes it intimate, relevant, and raw.
Featuring Joe O'Rear, Erica Erickson, Joanne Koehler, Shane Laycock, Jessica Lewis, Paul Escobedo, Chelsea Boucher, Colton Cobal, and Richard Sebastian-Coleman.
YOUR FATHERS, WHERE ARE THEY? AND THE PROPHETS, DO THEY LIVE FOREVER?
BY DAVE EGGERS
ADAPTEd FOR THE STAGE BY RACHEL FEY
What happened to sending people to the moon? Why spend a trillion dollars on war? What happens when the world your generation was raised for no longer exists? Where did America go wrong? To find some answers, a young man named Thomas kidnaps an astronaut and brings him to an abandoned military base on the coast. Then the questioning begins. The answers must be honest. It might get uncomfortable. The back and forth might even hurt. There will be more kidnappings. But eventually the truth will emerge.
Featuring Alexander Risk, Ethan Everhart, Brian Mann, Mark E. Cannon, and Emma Colligan.
THE SEVENTH SEAL
BY INGMAR BERGMAN
ADAPTED FOR THE STAGE BY E. RYERSON
JULY - AUGUST 2016
As the tide comes in, a knight challenges Death to a game of chess. The knight and his squire have returned from war to find their home ravished by plague, poverty, and persecution, and as they continue their journey home, they're confronted with the horrors of a collapsing civilization. After meeting friendly performers and violent zealots, their little company ventures into the forest, forgetting that Death lingers in the shadows.
Featuring Quinn Baker, Colton Cobal, Ethan Everhart, Mallory Everhart, Rachel Fey, Talon Sorenson, and Tabitha Storm.
by Stanisław Lem
adapted for the stage by A. RHODES
Solaris is an intimate look at human identity, memory, and meaning in the context of the cosmos. When a psychologist is sent to investigate the silence of a research crew orbiting the strange ocean planet of Solaris, she encounters traumatized scientists whose explanations for their behavior make no sense as well as a ghost from her past that seems to be tied to the ominous world below. This intimate production provides a riveting and atmospheric portrayal of a situation beyond the limits of human experience and understanding.
Featuring Rachel Fey, Alexander Risk, Chelsea Boucher, Ethan Everhart, Felicia Kelly, and Kevin Ashbey.
BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Imagine stumbling onto a small group of storytellers while traveling who perform classics for you by lamp light, and the world they create disappears as quickly as it appeared. This sense of impermanence drives the show, and every night of our Caesar is a different experience. Performed in this way, the show is stripped to its most basic elements: betrayal, patriotism, and fate.
At the beginning of the performance, a small ensemble explains the rules: every actor has memorized the entire text, at certain points the audience could be pulled into a scene, no actor will play the same character two scenes in a row, and roles will be traded, taken, or given at the drop of a hat, sometimes literally. It is impossible to see the same performance more than once, and the ephemeral nature of the performance creates a sense of danger and creativity amongst all involved.
This is Julius Caesar at its most intimate and visceral.
Featuring John Parker, Mackenzie Boyer, Ethan Everhart, and Eleanor Sturt.