"Shagspeare," a playwright in London in 1605, receives a royal commission to write a historical play about a treasonous act. But the government's side of the story just isn't adding up. Now Shag must navigate the dangerous politics between writing a lie (and losing his soul), or writing the truth (and losing his head).
Arden Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Laura Eason's "Hans Brinker & the Silver Skates," based on the book by Mary Mapes Dodge. It tells the story of a great skating contest with a tempting prize: a pair of silver skates. Equipped with only hand-carved wooden ones, Hans and his sister Gretel set out to prove they can compete with children wearing steel blades.
New York City, 1959. An aging vaudevillian comic, grasping to remain relevant in the ever-changing world of "show biz," tries to revive his career with a starring turn in an avant-garde off-Broadway play. Meanwhile, his daughter struggles to uncover truths from her childhood that her father would rather keep hidden. From Philadelphia playwright Bruce Graham, author of three previous Arden works, comes a new play about a man whose legacy is on the line and for whom comedy is serious business.