by Anton Chekhov
translated by Richard Nelson, Richard Pevear, and Larissa Volokhonsky
Directed by Adam Knight
September 13 – October 6, 2019
“This is as naked and fully human an Uncle Vanya as we’re likely to see” (NYTimes).
Anton Chekhov’s “comedy” tells the story of Vanya and his niece Sonya, who devoted their rural lives to support the academic work of Sonya’s father, a retired professor. But when the professor’s new, young wife appears on the scene, bucolic harmony is thrown into discord. A new version by celebrated playwright Richard Nelson and preeminent Russian translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky.
by Megan Gogerty
Directed by Saffron Henke
October 25 – November 10, 2019
Megan Gogerty returns to the Riverside stage after a two-year hiatus with a brave new work, navigating the intersection of politics and myth. Highly theatrical and timely, this dinner part is both thrillingly ancient and fiercely present. A world premiere.
STRAIGHT WHITE MEN
by Young Jean Lee
Directed by Nina Morrison
November 29 – December 15, 2019
When Ed and his three adult sons come together to celebrate Christmas, they enjoy cheerful trash-talking, pranks, and takeout Chinese food. Then they confront a problem that even being a happy family can’t solve: when identity matters and privilege is problematic, what is the value of being a straight white man? Theatrical phenom Young Jean Lee’s exploration of suburban patriarchy, handled with an anthropologist’s curiosity and a surgeon’s precision.
“Undeniably powerful. You’ll have plenty to talk about after seeing Straight White Men” (NYTimes).
“✩✩✩✩” - The Guardian
by Mat Smart
January 24 – February 16, 2020
“A must see… A powerful history lesson that needs to have a voice” (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle).
The Agitators tells of the enduring, tempestuous friendship of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. Young abolitionists when they met in the 1840s, they were full of hopes, dreams, and common purpose. This is the story of their 45-year friendship – from its beginning in Rochester to the highest halls of government. They agitated the nation, they agitated each other, and – in doing so – they helped shape the Constitution and the course of American history. Presented in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of women’s suffrage – and in the midst of the Iowa Caucuses.
by David Lee Nelson
Co-Created and Directed by Adam Knight
February 28 – March 15, 2020
David Lee Nelson and Adam Knight grew up together. They lived together in NYC and created award-winning plays together. And in 2017, David was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. So they made a show about his diagnosis and treatment. A funny, moving, unflinching show. It’s been performed in eight cities already and now it’s coming to Riverside Theatre. With David in it.
“A+… An incredibly moving examination of mortality” (Charleston City Paper)
A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2
by Lucas Hnath
Directed by Adam Knight
April 10 – 26, 2020
From the Obie-Award winning writer of The Christians and this season’s Broadway hit Hillary and Clinton comes a new take on Ibsen’s classic. Set fifteen years after the conclusion of A Doll’s House, this biting comedy finds Nora returning home to wrestle with the damage left in the wake of progress.
“This unexpectedly rich sequel reminds us that houses tremble and sometimes fall when doors slam” (NYTimes).