Past Performance Archives

A FUGITIVE’S LESSON, two absurdist plays that intertwine sexual, ethical and legal responsibility to nonsensical ends: Eugene Ionesco’s THE LESSON and Ugo Betti’s THE FUGITIVE.

WENCESLAS SQUARE by Larry Shue; in turbulent 1968 Czechoslovakia, political unrest has given way to Soviet invasion. With humor, an American graduate student confronts ruthlessness.

THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING by Joan Didion; an adaptation of the award-winning, bestselling memoir, Joan Didion transforms the story of the loss of her husband and their daughter into a powerful one-woman play about coping.

COPENHAGEN by Michael Frayn; a play of ideas combining science, art, a wartime meeting & a brain-teasing structure

PLATH & ORION, two one-act plays, Lanford Wilson’s The Great Nebula in Orion and Greg Cesear’s Plath, Sexton & the Art of Confession; short-form confessionals with character-driven narratives

LIFE x 3, by Yasmina Reza; a theatrical triptych; a dinner party gone awry (translated by Christopher Hampton)


THE INVESTIGATION, documentary drama concerning the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trials of 1963-1965 by Peter Weiss

OCCUPANT, by Edward Albee; a tribute to Louise Nevelson, the play examines self-determination, perseverance and accomplishment

PERHAPS, PERICLES, four actors analyze and perform the play attributed to William Shakespeare and George Wilkins as adapted by Greg Cesear

ELEGY FOR A LADY, by Arthur Miller and THREE WOMEN, by Sylvia Plath, two one-act plays dramatize the psychological struggle within individual consciousness

TRYING, semi-autobiographical play between the aging Judge Biddle and his newly appointed young secretary by Joanna McClelland Glass

ALL THAT FALL, minimal Irish storytelling within the setting of a radio studio environment, by Samuel Beckett

MARRIAGE PLAY, a comic and somber midlife inventory evaluation, by Edward Albee

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS or (Did You Say Sphere?), a satirical “vaudevillian” farce, by Michel de Ghelderode, translated by George Hauger

THE UNEXPECTED MAN, interior monologues reveal desire, self invention and the imaginings of a brief encounter, by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton

PACK OF LIES, suburban espionage drama of uprooted beliefs, by Hugh Whitemore

WHEN THE WORLD WAS GREEN (A Chef’s Fable), mythmaking and truth between a chef/murderer and a young reporter, by Sam Shepard and Joseph Chaikin

SUMMER EVENING by Wallace Shawn and WHAT IS MAKING GILDA SO GRAY? by Tom Eyen, two stylized one-act plays depicting love’s irrationality

THE LARK, a sardonic tale of politics, religion and the Joan of Arc trial, by Jean Anouilh, translated by Christopher Fry, adapted by Lillian Hellman and Greg Cesear

UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL, a solo/comic detective story of self-discovery, by Glen Berger

BLUE HEART, two stylized language one-act plays, by Caryl Churchill
STEVIE, from the life and work of Stevie Smith, by Hugh Whitemore

THE STRONGER & PLAYING WITH FIRE, two one-act plays of infidelity, by August Strindberg

THE CHAIRS, theatre of the absurd, by Eugene Ionesco

THE QUEEN AND THE REBELS, a political allegory, by Ugo Betti
LAUGHTER IN THE SHADOW OF THE TREES & ABRAHAM LINCOLN DIES AT VERSAILLES, two one-act plays reflect on mortality, by James Prideaux

SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR, existential drama, by Luigi Pirandello
THE HOLLOW CROWN, an allegory of the British Monarchy, devised by John Barton

THE BELLE OF AMHERST, from the life and work of Emily Dickinson, by William Luce

Cesear’s Forum / Chicago

REQUIEM FOR A NUN, a story of debasement and divinity, by William Faulkner/Edgewater Theatre

WATERSHEDS, an original musical drama/Puszh Studios

LEMONADE by James Prideaux, SANIBEL AND CAPTIVA by Megan Terry, two one-act plays, funny & dark/Heartland Café Studio Theatre

THE MAIDS, neoclassic tragedy, by Jean Genet/Centre East Studio Theatre

IMPROVISATION OR THE SHEPHERD’S CHAMELEON, an absurdist lampoon, by Eugene Ionesco/Playwright’s Center