There's nothing unlucky about this thirteenth season: The always-adventurous Curious Theatre Company, led by artistic director Chip Walton, will follow in its own footsteps by producing another vanguard season of newer works and premieres.
Dead Man's Cell Phone, by Sarah Ruhl September 11-October 16, 2010
Ruhl, who previously authored The Clean House and Eurydice, surreptitiously explores the impact of technology on modern society in this story about a woman who swipes the phone of, yes, a dead man. And then she answers it. Emily Paton Davies stars as Jean, the woman with the hot phone. Directed by Dee Covington.
Astronomical Sunset, by Robert Lewis Vaughan November 6-December 4, 2010
A world premiere by Vaughan, a Curious favorite (they've previously produced his plays Praying for Rain and The Rest of the Night), this thriller is launched in cyberspace before racing down a zigzag hill of surprises. Chip Walton directs this story of social media gone awry.
Circle Mirror Transformation, by Annie Baker January 22-February 26, 2011
Annie Baker's play about fun and games in a community-theater drama class follows an ordinary crew of disparate classmates as they learn about themselves and each other under the auspices of their instructor, Marty. Christopher Leo directs.
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Homebody/Kabul, by Tony Kushner March 19-April 16, 2011
It's hard to go wrong with Kushner, and the buzz on this is that it's one of his biggest and best. The "homebody" is a British housewife alone in Afghanistan who finds herself stricken by culture shock when she lands in a place she'd previously only dreamed of. Driven by Kushner's rich language and deep insights, it's a play that will stick to your ribs long after it's over. Directed by Chip Walton.
A Number, by Caryl Churchill May 14-June 18, 2011
A father is confronted by his cloned sons. Things get weird. Need we say more? Directed by Christy Montour-Larson.