The Niceties

The Niceties
Written by Eleanor Burgess
Directed by Christina Franklin
July 14 – 25

Zoe, a Black student at an elite liberal arts college, is called into her white professor’s office to discuss her paper about slavery’s effect on the American Revolution. What begins as a polite clash in perspectives explodes into an urgent debate about race, history, and power.

The Washington Post calls The Niceties “a barnburner of a play,” and “one of the best plays I’ve seen about who gets to tell the story of America, and how.”

Sponsored by:
Wil Hastings
Emily Wojcik and Michael Thurston

Tiny Beautiful Things

Written by Nia Vardalos
Directed by Daniel Elihu Kramer
August 18-29

A celebration of the simple beauty of being human based on the “Dear Sugar” column written by Cheryl Strayed (author of Wild), Tiny Beautiful Things offers affirmation of love and loss, of pain and pleasure, of deep loneliness and shared humanity. Adapted by Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Tiny Beautiful Things is the story of what we can feel and learn when we open up to each other, and to hearing answers we can’t figure out on our own. Starring CTC Associate Artistic Director Tara Franklin as Sugar, James Barry (2021 season opener Title and Deed), Candace Barrett Birk, and Taavon Gamble. Birk and Gamble are making their CTC debuts.

Tiny Beautiful Things turns out be about the endangered art of listening to – and really hearing and responding to – other people.” The New York Times

Sponsored by:
Cipora Brown and Steven Feiner and Gail and Michael Perlman
Director sponsored by Jeanne and Frank Speizer

The Best of Friends

Adapted from the letters and writings of Dame Laurentia McLachlan, Sir Sydney Cockerell and George Bernard Shaw, close friends who exchanged a flood of correspondence during their lives. Their letters and essays are cleverly woven into a play about friendship, love of learning, and the inquiring mind’s incessant search for answers to the big questions.

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