The 2020 Season

THE PILLOWMAN

THE PILLOWMAN

Written by Martin McDonagh
Directed by Laura Alcalá Baker

Previews: February 27 – March 01
Opening: March 02
Closing: March 29

Once upon a time, there lived a writer who only wrote gruesome tales. He lived with his brother under the watchful eye of an unnamed authoritarian regime. But when a string of horrific child murders begin to mirror his frightful tales, our writer finds himself before two investigators who want more than answers. Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman doesn’t shy away in this dark, twisty, and utterly unforgettable masterpiece. 

Featuring Ensemble Members Cyd Blakewell, Martel Manning, Greg Fenner and Jay Worthington
Come Closer Talkback event on March 22.

DIRECTOR’S NOTE

I first encountered McDonagh’s The Pillowman on the floor of my college library. Back then, I was looking to become ‘formidable’ and do ‘formidable work’ in the theatre. The Pillowman felt formidable, and—even in its short sixty pages—dense. It was raw, strange, imaginative, violent, and funny. It was multifaceted and that was daring.

When I revisited the text nearly ten years later, all those things still existed but the world had changed. I had changed. I had experienced too much to ignore the blatant racism, ableism, and hypermasculinity exhibited by the characters. I had bore witness to how trauma reverberated through generations both purposefully and not. I had felt the pain of watching my country betray the trust of its people time and time again.

Coming back to The Pillowman meant confronting a version of myself that believed grit was a measure of craft, trauma was evidence of dramatic integrity, and laughing at it all made you impenetrable. I no longer believe those things.

When I look at it now, I’m struck by the world that makes rooms of torture, manipulation, and mind games possible. I cannot help but draw parallels to the world we live in today. I bet you can’t either. Because we don’t live in a vacuum and authority’s need to control the narrative is strengthening its grip daily. This is the world that the ensemble and designers built to seep into our Pillowman.

It meant taking a building of learning and dismantling it to become an agent of reeducation. It meant acknowledging that systems were put into place to strike fear and submission in the hearts of the people. It meant cracking open the relationship between trauma, truth, and the stories we tell ourselves to survive, even when survival is not an option.

This isn’t The Pillowman reimagined once upon a time. We found a different light, illuminating a greater darkness.

-Laura Alcalá Baker


THE GIFT’S CONTENT ADVISORY POLICY

At The Gift, we cherish making theatre in an intimate space and the responsibility of doing so. We know that the stories we share, the emotional honesty of our ensemble, and the intimacy of our theatre can combine into profoundly moving (and, hopefully, healing) experiences. Over 19 years, we have produced pioneering plays which place the conversation about mental health center-stage where it ought to be, as this is a subject deeply personal to us at The Gift. Rather than presume what aspects of each play might be unsettling, we find more salubrious results in having real conversations on a play-by-play basis. If ever you have any questions about what kind of theatrical ride you’re in for at The Gift, please reach out to us at boxoffice@thegifttheatre.org, and let’s begin that conversation. Want to join the conversation further? Join us for our Come Closer performances, where we host a fun post-show reception and chat, unpacking the play together.

Each of us fights a daily battle alone. But when you come to The Gift, we fight those monsters together.

With much love, as always,


The Gift

 

AT THE VANISHING POINT

AT THE VANISHING POINT

Written by Naomi Iizuka
Directed by Lavina Jadhwani

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Closing:

How do we remember a part of our history at the moment that it’s slipping away? How do we give voice to the ghosts that haunt us as individuals and as a community? This stunning portrait of a community weaves together historical fact, myth and memory to give voice to people who would otherwise exist only as faded images in an old photo album.

THE LOCUSTS

THE LOCUSTS

Written by Jennifer Rumberger
Directed by ensemble member John Gawlik

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When a serial killer frightens Ella’s small hometown of Vero Beach, Florida, she’s called down from FBI headquarters in Washington D.C. to come help. At home, she’s confronted by the life she left behind: her struggling family and the dark events of her childhood. A play that explores how lost souls manage their fear, and their desperate search for a way to survive in a world that threatens their existence.

2020 Season

2020 Season

Opening: January 01
Closing: December 31

By becoming a Gift Subscriber, you save over 20% on all tickets. Subscriber benefits include: admission to any preview, weekday or weekend performances, per your subscription package.  Shows include: TEN, PILLOWMAN, AT THE VANISHING POINT and THE LOCUSTS.  Includes reserved seats, discounted Gala tickets and FREE parking at The Gale Street Inn.

Preview Subscription: $65
Weekday Subscription: $95
Anytime Subscription: $115

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The Gift Gala

The Gift Gala

Opening: February 15
Closing:

At The Gift Theatre we believe that every great story is kind of a love story, and so we cordially invite you to celebrate ours with an intimate evening as we embrace our unique theatre and the individuals who make it all possible. Set within the contemporary-chic confines of Greenhouse Loft, guests will indulge in fine faire, libations, silent and live auctions with one-of-a-kind items, and dancing. We hope you’ll join us for a memorable evening and toast toward the future, as we strive to continue producing art with honesty and simplicity, in a manner accessible to all.

Tickets:
Single Ticket: $150

Single Ticket plus 2020 Subscription: $245

Table of Eight: $1500
Includes seating for eight, name in season programs and season subscription for two

VIP Table: $2500
Includes priority sponsor table for eight, name in season programs, season subscription for two and logo recognition in gala program slideshow

Corporate Sponsor: $5000
Includes priority sponsor table for eight, name in season programs, season subscription for two, logo recognition in gala program slideshow and logo featured on cocktail reception napkins

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TEN

TEN

Opening: January 09
Closing: January 18

Enjoy world premiere ten-minute pieces by The Gift and guests. This festival allows us to work with many talented artists who help us uphold our mission of telling great original stories - and tickets are just $10!
General Public Tickets On Sale January 2.

THE GAME OF LIFE
Book and lyrics by Gift co-founder William Nedved, Music by Stephen Coleman
Directed by: Ensemble Member Erica Weiss, Featuring: Michael Turrentine

UNMOVED By Hansol Jung
Directed by Brian Shaw
Featuring Ensemble member James D. Farruggio

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Featuring, variously: Maggie Andersen with Jennifer Rumberger, Shaina Warfield and Maria Ortiz

THE EDIT By Brooke Allen
Directed by Erin Murray
Featuring Ensemble member Alexandra Main and Chanell Bell

NATURAL GAS
Featuring, variously: Kieran Fitzgerald, Carly Olson, John Pantlind, Ed Flynn, Hannah Toriumi, Michael Patrick Thornton, Kyle Zornes, and other scoundrels

(Intermission)

TOUR MANAGER
A Short Film
By Ensemble member Ed Flynn and Amy Speckien
Featuring Ensemble members and guest artists

NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENT By Michael Allen Harris
Directed by Gregory Geffrard
Featuring Jalyn Greene, Raphael Diaz, Watson Swift, Michael Turrentine

BLACK HOLE By Stacy Osei-Kuffour
Directed by Ensemble member Martel Manning
Featuring Ensemble members Gregory Fenner and Jennifer Glasse

BURIED MOTHER By Mickle Maher
Directed by Michael Cotey
Featuring Deanna Dunagan and Diana Slickman

PLEDGE DRIVE By ensemble member Michael Patrick Thornton
Directed by Jonathan Berry
Featuring Katie Gonzalez, Ricardo Gutierrez
And Ensemble members Jay Worthington, James D. Farruggio, and Alexandra Main

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