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22nd Season ~ Justice
Metropolitan is the Obie Award winning theater
"helping us see, theatrically, where we’ve been and where we are."
We devote the 22nd Mainstage Season to plays about pursuing, defining, receiving, and escaping Justice.
4 Plays ~ 2 Festivals ~ Concerts and Special Events
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~ Fall 2013 ~
by Rachel Crothers
September 14 - October 13
| Frank Ware is living
on her own terms in 1910 Greenwich Village and
thriving. A rising novelist documenting New York's
underclass, breaking the stereotypes of women
writers, she is the well-loved center of a vibrant
crew of striving artists, and the loving foster
mother to an orphaned boy.
But her independence and generosity cannot protect her from jealous gossip, nor from the doubts of a man she loves. When questions of her adopted son's parentage take over her closest relationships, Frank is forced to test her ideals against the harsh realities of the world she always risen above.
by Mrs. Sidney Bateman
November 15 - December 15
wife and his spendthrift step-son Charles, Mr. Apex is
soon to be bankrupt. Fear of public censure leaving him
nowhere else, he turns to his daughter (from a prior
union) Mary, who has frugally husbanded her mother's
legacy. But unknown to either, Charles has forged a
check in Mary's name, leaving her and her father both in
Accusations fly; betrayals appear to abound; and hopes for justice lie in the hands of an unlikely pair: a ruthlessly practical businessman and a big-hearted nanny.
Will any of them see beyond their primary interest...in self?
One Woman's War
December 2 & 3, 2013
(Pass holders receive 20% admission to this event.)
storyteller Michele LaRue, who last visited Metropolitan
with her reading of "The Bedquilt" by
Dorothy Canfield Fisher in the 2010 Living Literature
Festival, returns to present three stories from
Elsie Singmaster’s classic Gettysburg
“July the First”: War comes to Gettysburg—where are the armies?
“The Battleground”: Lincoln comes to Gettysburg—where will it end?
“Mary Bowman”: Sightseers come to Gettysburg—where has it led?
Singmaster’s 1913 short story collection vividly explores the physical and emotional terrain of a Civil War icon.
With townswoman Mary Bowman, live the war and its legacy—from the cannons’ first roar to its echoes a half century on.
|~ January 2014 ~
Living Literature Festival
The Gilded Festival
January 13 - January 26
over two weeks of new plays by various artists and
companies, all inspired by the writings, causes, and
lives that defined The Gilded Age. Edith Wharton,
Henry James, Theodore Dreiser, Andrew Carnegie
|~ Spring 2014 ~
February 22 - March 23
|Andy Lane is an
upstanding, if uninteresting, guy who never flew high
and never asked more than his due. His brother
Oswald was a different story, who left home at sixteen
with a fistful of bills (and without his pregnant
girlfriend) and never looked back.
After the Great War, Os re-appears: a hero. A wounded veteran of the French Foreign Legion, with an easy charm and a romantic story, he appears to be everything to which Andy's mother, wife, son, and adopted ward--indeed, everything the entire town aspire.
But appearances often deceive.
A poignant play about the nature of sacrifice in battlefields both big and small.
East Village Theater Festival
East Side Stories
April 14 - May 4
4 evenings of ALL NEW one-act plays inspired by the life and lore of the Lower East Side
by Augustus Thomas
May 31 - June 29
|Jack Brookfield is
a very wealthy, and mostly reformed, professional
gambler with an unusual gift: his success owes largely
to "second sight" and his peculiar influence over less
powerful minds. Brookfield becomes entangled in
two murder investigations--one to defend an innocent
man; the other to accuse a political opportunist.
But as he comes to grips with the influence he has on
the players, it is his own role in the matters of life
and death that demands to be put on tiral.
From one of the giants of turn-of-the-century theater comes a tale that defies the laws of man, and the laws of nature as well.
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Now in its Twenty Second Season, Metropolitan Playhouse is devoted to the exploring and enriching America's theatrical legacy and the discovery of that tradition's place in world theater. Metropolitan focuses on three types of production: forgotten American masterpieces like past seasons' The Detour, Both Your Houses, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Metamora, The City, Fashion, Sun-Up, The Faith Healer, The Woman, The Easiest Way, Whatever Happened to Jones, One Third of a Nation, and The Streets of New York; new plays based on America's history and literature, such as the East Village Chronicles, Salem, The O. Henry Conspiracy, Washington Irving's Sketchbook, and History Lessons; and works from around the world that put these American works in context, such as Arden of Faversham, Bacchus, Oedipus Rex and Dom Juan.