Season 12

“DISSENT”

With its 12th season, Flat Earth Theatre attempts to respond to current events, and poses the question: where is the line where moral responsibility ends, and where does it begin?
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A Bright Room Called Day
A Bright Room Called Day Tony Kushner
September 30th - October 14th, 2017
A Bright Room Called Day

Berlin, 1932. A group of bohemian friends struggle to respond as Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party rise to power. Watching their world unravel around them from the uncertain safety of Agnes Eggling’s apartment, these artists, activists, and idealists grapple with the responsibility of making moral choices in a time of vanishing options. Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “unabashedly political, thought-provoking, and a little scary,” A Bright Room Called Day by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award–winning playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in America) reverberates across time, from Germany’s Weimar Republic to contemporary America, posing timely questions about citizenship, resistance, and complicity.

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Antigone
Antigone Jean Anouilh
March 16th - 31st, 2018
Antigone

Tyranny, demagoguery, and absolute power are disrupted in Jean Anouilh’s modern adaptation of Antigone, written in 1940’s France as a form of resistance against Nazi occupation. In an act of treason punishable by death, Antigone acts on her moral duty to bury her brother, defying the will of the ruthless King Creon. What transpires is a timeless exploration of when to accept authority in order to maintain the status quo and when to confront it, no matter the consequences.

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The Nether
The Nether Jennifer Haley
June 8th - 23rd, 2018
The Nether

The Nether is an immersive online wonderland where anything is possible. The mysterious “Papa” holds court in his virtual garden, a sensory utopia where patrons may indulge their darkest fantasies under digital anonymity and without real-world consequences. But when Detective Morris investigates Papa’s dealings, she uncovers a series of darkly unsettling acts which throw morality, the law, and human nature itself into question. Hailed by The Independent as “a gripping and deeply disconcerting look at the Internet and its role in one of the most disturbing issues of our time,” Jennifer Haley’s science fiction crime drama The Nether tackles the impact of technology on human relationships, identity, and desire.

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Free New Play Development in Flat Earth’s 2017-18 Season

Join us for these additional events over the course of our 12th season! They’re not included in your subscription -- but that’s only because they’re free.

He Is Dead

It's business as usual in the afterlife until an unexpected death upends the worlds of angels, demons, and many exalted beings in between. Particularly affected is Lucifer M. Star, whose journey through the stages of grief for a friend he had thought immortal ignites a pursuit for the truth behind what really happened, even if it means literally bringing hell up to heaven. Filled with allusions to far-ranging religious lore, He Is Dead concludes Flat Earth member Kevin Kordis' "Blood Berry Trilogy" (Grandma's House, The Man from Willow's Brook) by adding a modern twist to the Good Book.

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The Greenhouse PlayLab, a Climate Change Theatre Incubator

Flat Earth Theatre will commission several new plays from premiere Boston playwrights: MJ Halberstadt (The Launch Prize, That Time the House Burned Down), Nina Louise Morrison (Born Naked, Google Doll), Francisca Da Silveira (Heritage Hill Naturals, fruit of thy labor), and Flat Earth co-founder Kevin Mullins (A Southern Victory, Citizens of the Empire: a Space Opera).

Playwrights will work with actors, directors, dramaturgs, and climate scientists through the year in a development process which culminates on Friday, May 4, 2018 with a festival of readings at the Museum of Science, followed by free public workshop performances of the new plays throughout the month of May. We are excited to consider the human impact of climate change from angles as varied as superstorms and rising sea levels, Antarctic independence, drought and water scarcity, and the Global Seed Vault!

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