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THE TOTALITARIANS

By Peter Sinn Nachtrieb | Sept 29  - Oct 16, 2016 | MAINE PREMIERE

A perfect foil to the circus of Election Season! We might be on the brink of revolution in Nebraska. Penny, a compulsively watchable candidate for state office, enlists the help of Francine, a silver-tongued operative. Francine’s husband, a doctor, is lying to his dying patients - one of whom opens his eyes to Penny’s nefarious plans for the Cornhusker State. This raucous dark comedy explores the state of modern political discourse, modern relationships, and how easy it is to believe truths without facts.


the nether

By Jennifer Haley | Jan 19 - Feb 5, 2017 | MAINE PREMIERE

A new virtual wonderland provides total sensory immersion. Just log in, choose an identity and indulge your every whim. But when a youngdetective uncovers a disturbing brand of entertainment, she triggers a dark battle over technology and human desire. Winner of the 2012Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, The Nether is both serpentine crimedrama and haunting sci-fi thriller that explores the consequences of living out our private dreams.


the last days of judas iscariot

Stephen Adly Gurgis | March 23 - April 9, 2017

Hilariously and poignantly, Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Guirgis asks one of the most plaguing questions in the Christian ideology: What happened to Judas Iscariot? As far as we know, he has been suffering for his deeds deep in Hell, and will continue to do so for all eternity. But is that really fair? Was Judas a plotter, a pawn, or just a man who made a mistake? Set in a courtroom in Purgatory, The Last Days puts Judas’ case to a riotous, piercing trial, the results of which may make us question what we thought we knew about forgiveness, faith, and the human inside one of the history’s most infamous figures.


Mr. Burns, a post-electric play


Annie Washburn | May 4-21, 2017 | MAINE PREMIERE

Anne Washburn’s award-winning, imaginative dark comedy propels us forward nearly a century, following a new civilization stumbling into its future. Post-apocalypse, a group of survivors cling to normalcy by trying to piece together the plot of an iconic The Simpsons episode entirely from memory. Fast forward to 7 years later, and the episode and other snippets of pop culture have become live entertainment for a nostalgic populace. Jump to 75 years later, and all have been elevated to the myth and legend of a new society. Mr. Burns is a fascinating exploration of the intersection of pop culture and high art, and a dynamic paean to live theater itself.

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