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Find yourself here. 49 YEARS of life on stage.


Welcome to Long Wharf Theatre’s 49th season. We endeavor to create challenging, moving, engaging, and intelligent theatre, theatre that talks about what it means to be alive today. We’ve put together a complex and exciting menu of plays. We’ll show you a farce by a comedic genius, The Underpants by Steve Martin. We’ll take you into the theatrical world of August Wilson, one of the foremost chroniclers of the African-American experience, in Fences. We’ll take you behind the scenes of a company stricken by financial crisis, told with wit and empathy in The Consultant by Heidi Schreck. The relationship between grandmothers and grandsons is at the heart of Amy Herzog’s wonderful 4000 Miles. Master playwright Athol Fugard returns to the stage in his newest play The Shadow of the Hummingbird. We’ll explore the complexity of love in the thrilling Jason Robert Brown musical The Last Five Years. Our 2013-14 season promises to be a delightful one. Come to Long Wharf Theatre. It’s the best game in town.

Gordon Edelstein Art is t i c D i re ctor


OCTOBER 16 NOVEMBER 10 2013 CLAIRE TOW STAGE in THE c. newton schenck iii theatre

“An ambitious amalgam of comic book and social commentary, made out of sex jokes, slamming doors and sophisticated repartee... laugh-out-loud funny” – The New York Times

By Carl Sternheim An Adaptation by Steve Martin Directed by Gordon Edelstein Pretty young Louise is bored. Bored with her stuffy bureaucrat of a husband and with her small life. Dreaming of adventure and romance, she goes out to see the King on parade when an unexpected thing happens – her lacy bloomers accidentally fall to her ankles, winning her notoriety, a series of smitten suitors, and more excitement than she’s had in years. Adapted by film actor and legendary comedian Steve Martin, The Underpants is a stylish and giddy farce where one learns to never underestimate the power of a glimpse of lingerie. PRODUCTION SPONSOR:

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FEN C E S By August Wilson Directed by Phylicia Rashad

Troy Maxson found glory in his youth battling fastballs on the outside corner in the Negro Leagues. But now it’s the 1950s – his opportunity to play in the major leagues has passed and he’s a garbage man. He struggles to provide for his family, trying to contain his bitterness as he seeks solace by spinning tales on his front porch. Because of his race Troy is left in a world where life’s daily battles take on the scope of epic conflict. This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic by August Wilson, part of his renowned Century Cycle, introduces one of the truly unforgettable characters of the American stage to Long Wharf Theatre audiences.

NOVEMBER 27 DECEMBER 22 2013 CLAIRE TOW STAGE in THE c. newton schenck iii theatre


JANUARY 8 FEBRUARY 9 2014

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By HEIDI SCHRECK DIRECTED BY KIP FAGAN After a series of brutal layoffs at Sutton, Feingold and McGrath, a precocious young consultant is brought in to save a middle-aged adman’s job, and maybe his life. This hilarious and keenly observed world premiere takes an intimate look at how money and work shape the human heart – and what we owe to others when everything around us is falling apart.

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“A funny, moving, altogether wonderful drama” – The New York Times

4000 MILES By Amy Herzog Directed by eric ting Twenty-one-year-old Leo is lost. He has just biked 4,000 miles from California looking for life’s answers and is now holed up in a Greenwich Village apartment living with his ninety-one-year-old grandmother, Vera. To his surprise, this is just what he needs as his feisty left-wing Grandma offers him a new perspective on the world. These unlikely roommates bicker and infuriate each other, but never lose their unquestioning love as they discover new ways to learn and grow together. Pulitzer Prize Finalist

FEBRUARY 19 MARCH 16 2014 CLAIRE TOW STAGE in THE c. newton schenck iii theatre


MARCH 26 APRIL 27 2014 STAGE II

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written BY & starring ATHOL FUGARD Directed by Gordon Edelstein

“The greatest active playwright in the English-speaking world” – TIME Magazine

Legendary playwright Athol Fugard returns to the stage for the first time in 15 years in his newest play. When Fugard’s character is visited by his tenyear-old grandson (who is playing hooky from school) the two spend a memorable afternoon together. The boy reminds the old man of his lost sense of wonder, while the child is given a bit of hard-earned wisdom. In a charming meditation on the beauty and transience of the world around us, Fugard continues to mine the depths of the human spirit with profound empathy and heart.

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MAY 7 JUNE 1 2014 CLAIRE TOW STAGE in THE c. newton schenck iii theatre

Last Five Years THE

Music & Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown “Exhilaration so intense it brings tears of joy…exciting, innovative and altogether inspiring” – Chicago Tribune

Sparks fly when Jamie and Cathy first meet and fall desperately in love. They soon learn, however, as their careers head in very different directions, that happily ever after can be hard to find. This uniquely told musical filled with intimacy, honesty and humor features a lush and witty score. The couple tells their story from two different chronological points of view: Cathy begins at the end of their marriage and goes backwards to their first amazing date, while Jamie tells their story from the first stirring of their romance. Jason Robert Brown’s Drama Desk Award-winning musical takes an emotionally powerful look at the joys and heartbreak of relationships in the Big City.


THEATRE YOUR WAY! What is most important to you – seats? flexibility? access?

seats • L ong Wharf Theatre’s subscriptions allow you to reserve the best seat locations in our intimate theatres before tickets go on sale to the general public. Plus you get a special subscriber-only email address for concierge service, free ticket exchanges (save $10 per ticket) and our benefits card, good for discounts at some of the area’s finest restaurants. 6 PLAY 5 PLAY 4 PLAY SUBSCRIPTION PRICES PREVIEWS CDE $254 $214 $175 ABFG $224 $188 $154 WEEKDAYS

CDE $315 $266 $216 ABFG $276 $233 $190 WEEKENDS / OPENINGS CDE $369 $311 ABFG $333 $280

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TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR PAYMENT PLAN Pay in 3 easy installments. You will be charged on the day we receive your order and the first day of the next two subsequent months.

flexibility •D  on’t know what night you’d like to attend? Long Wharf Theatre’s Anytime Pass is a great option! Purchase as many admissions as you like for a low price (minimum of four admissions), and use

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them in any combination you want throughout the season. Simply exchange your passes (for free) by phone and we’ll get you the best seats available on the night most convenient for you.

ANYTIME PASS:

$55 per admission (minimum of 4)

access • L ooking for a deeper Long Wharf Theatre experience? Pick up the LWT Passport. For $25 a month, see every play whenever you like, as often as you like. For $35 a month, not only see all that we have to offer on our stages, but also enter the backstage world of Long Wharf Theatre. Get access to special artistic events, readings, and Long Wharf Theatre’s fun season announcement event!

PASSPORT: $25/month: admission to all 6 plays $35/month: admission to all 6 plays and MORE!

For more information, please call the box office at 203.787.4282.

Enhance your experience Join us for Feedback Programming! TALK BACKS – Join a member of our artistic staff for post-show discussions following most performances. BACKSTAGE WITH GORDON – Learn more about the play with our Artistic Director. OPENING NIGHT – Join in on the festivities as we celebrate each new production. CONVERSATIONS WITH THE CAST – Get the inside scoop and insights directly from the talent on stage. SUNDAY SYMPOSIUM – Further your intellectual enjoyment of the themes of each play with our moderated panel of experts. ALSO… Check out a book from our New Haven Free Public Library micro-branch in our lobby. Choose from a specially curated selection of titles that will add to your experience long after the final bow.


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FRONT COVER: Top row, L-R: Francesca Choy-Kee in Agnes Under the Big Top; Kevin Tighe in Curse of the Starving Class; Kate MacCluggage in Bell, Book & Candle and Brian Dennehy in Hughie. Second row, L-R: Alex Moggridge in It’s A Wonderful Life: A LIVE Radio Play; Sam Waterston in Travesties; Melle Powers in Clybourne Park and Judith Ivey in Shirley Valentine. Third row, L-R: John Douglas Thompson in Satchmo at the Waldorf; Lois Smith in Lil’s 90th; Jordan Lage in Ride the Tiger and John Procaccino in Italian American Reconciliation. Bottom row, L-R: Ari Brand in My Name is Asher Lev; Christina Bennett Lind in Ride the Tiger; David Margulies in Lil’s 90th and Heidi Schreck in The Old Masters. PHOTOS BY T. CHARLES ERICKSON.

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