2012 - 2013 Season
By David Mamet
October 3-October 28, 2012
“Intellectually salacious”—Chicago Tribune
Multiple award-winning playwright/director David Mamet's Race tackles America's most controversial topic in a provocative tale of sex, guilt and bold accusations. Two lawyers – one black, one white – and the firm's young associate scramble to decide if they want to represent a wealthy white man accused of the rape of a black woman. A true case of "he said, she said," Race questions what you thought, what you heard, and what you think you know. Race is the central theme, but the issues are more than skin deep as the redhot debate delves into questions of sex, gender equality and social class.
By Craig Lucas
November 28-December 16, 2012
“Reckless yields adrenaline-fueled laughs”—Denver Post
For the holidays, The Stage will offer a twist on traditional fare. Reckless, from gifted playwright Craig Lucas (The Light in the Piazza, Prelude to a Kiss), is a darkly comic tale of a modern-day Alice in a perilous winter wonderland. This surreal comedy follows the fate of Rachel, whose blissful life gets turned upside down after one fateful Christmas Eve, when her husband reveals he has taken a contract out on her life. She flees her home and embarks on a series of misadventures that challenges her preconceptions concerning family, love and the wonders of life. Reckless is essentially a timeless story of triumph and transformation in the face of crazy adversity.
By John Logan
February 6–March 3, 2013
Full-blooded and visceral, and winner of six 2010 Tony Awards including Best Play, Red by John Logan takes you into the mind of abstract expressionist Mark Rothko. After landing the biggest commission in the history of modern art, Mark Rothko begins work on a series of large murals with the help of a new young assistant. Set amid the swiftly changing cultural tide of the early 1960s, celebrated bad boy of the art world for whom paintings are "pulsating" life forces and art is intended to stop the heart. The Stage's venue will serve as the ultimate environment for the up close and personal portrait of an artist's ambition and vulnerability. Red is a startling snapshot of a brilliant artist at the height of his fame, a play hailed as "intense and exciting" by The New York Times.
Adpated By Jennifer Le Blanc
April 3-April 28, 2013
Persuasion was Jane Austen's last finished novel, of only six total, and she is considered the greatest of English women novelists. Persuasion was first published posthumously by her family, along with Northanger Abbey, in December 1817. While the characters reflect Austen's own maturity, the book is filled with satire and is perceptive of people and their relationships, especially love.
Book by Kevin Murphy & Dan Studney
Music by Dan Studney
Lyrics by Kevin Murphy
Opens June 5, 2013
San Jose Stage Company's irreverent and smokin' hot musical is a satirical toke on the 1936 anti-cannabis propaganda B-movie that has become a cult classic. Raucous and outlandish, Reefer Madness: The Musical is the summer "Hit" you'll definitely want to hold in for as long as you can.
(all titles and dates subject to change)