Plays

In our full season of main stage plays, staged readings, National Theatre Live screenings and other programming, you’ll leap into a unique adventure every time you walk through our doors. Read on to discover all of the exciting things we have in store for you.

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National Theatre Live
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 to Saturday, April 9, 2016

April 6, 11AM and 7PM | April 9, 1PM

Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.

Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, National Theatre Live will broadcast this eagerly awaited production live to cinemas.

As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state. 

The running time is approx. 3 hours and 20 min. with a 20 minute intermission. 

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Main Stage
Thursday, April 7, 2016 to Sunday, May 1, 2016

Thursdays - Saturdays, 8PM | Sundays, 2PM

Broadway veteran Karen Murphy stars in this buoyant and witty solo piece that the New York Times calls "a delectable soufflé of a show". Cozy up with Hollywood agent Sue Mengers as she invites you for an evening of indulgent gossip from her illustrious career working with box office luminaries Barbra Streisand, Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw and others. Expect a fast, funny, and frank rendezvous when this fiery and foul-mouthed raconteur gets talking! *This play contains strong language.

"Wry and wicked... a saucy love letter to a period when making movies was more fun." - Hartford Courant

 

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Staged Reading
Sunday, May 15, 2016 to Monday, May 16, 2016

Sunday, 2PM | Monday, 7PM

A mysteriously wounded girl washes on shore and meets young Mara on the riverbank. Worried sisters Lupe and Lena wonder if tonight is the night that their niece will disappear without a trace. Nostalgic Horacio drives his restless grandson away with another rambling story from his childhood. 

Boiling under the surface of a violent city, two families wrestle with rebellion, regret, and loss of faith. De Troya is a beautifully mythical story about how the weight of our memories can create an insatiable longing for salvation. 

"Svich is an artist whose athletic intelligence and imagination are balanced, incredibly, with the intensity of her heart... utterly beautiful, unique, and life giving." - Great Plains Theatre

 

 

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Special Event
Friday, May 20, 2016 to Saturday, May 21, 2016

8PM

Ryan Singer believes that aliens built the pyramids and by the time that he finishes his set, you probably will too. He's the creator and host of Me and Paranormal You, the twice-weekly podcast featuring interviews with people who've experienced paranormal phenomena and has been named a top emerging comedian by LA Weekly and New York Magazine. For a special two night engagement Singer will delight audiences with his comically analytical perspective on a range of topics from the hypocrisy of Tyra Banks to his mother's recent decision to install a stripper pole in her home's exercise room. 

"With his high energy delivery and unpretentious leanings, there's not a lot to dislike about comedian Ryan Singer... a comic's comic who electrifies audiences" - LaughSpin

 

 

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National Theatre Live
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 to Saturday, May 28, 2016

May 25, 2PM and 7PM | May 28, 1PM

Following a sell-out run at London's Royal Court Theatre, Olivier and Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh (The Pillowman, The Cripple of Inishmaan, In Bruges) returns to the West End with Matthew Dunster's award-winning production of his deeply funny new play Hangmen, broadcast live to cinemas by National Theatre Live. 

In his small pub in the northern English town of Oldham, Harry (David Morrissey - The Walking DeadState of Play) is something of a local celebrity. But what's the second-best hangman in England to do on the day they've abolished hanging?

Amongst the cub reporters and pub regulars dying to hear Harry's reaction to the news, his old assistant Syd (Andy Nyman - Peaky Blinders, Death at a Funeral) and the peculiar Mooney (Johnny Flynn - Clouds of Sils Maria) lurk with very different motives for their visit. 

 

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Special Event
Thursday, June 2, 2016 to Friday, June 3, 2016

8PM

Hailed by LA Weekly as the next Carol Burnett, Emily Maya Mills has been a regular performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles since 2006. She's appeared on Parks and RecreationConan, and Key and PeeleGod Hates Figs, her critically acclaimed one-woman show, played to sold-out audiences over a six-month run. Don't miss this powerhouse performer when she brings her hilarous act to Fort Worth! 

"Let's add Mills to that group of next-gen femmes helping to obliterate the women aren't funny cliché." - LA Weekly

 

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National Theatre Live
Saturday, June 4, 2016 to Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Saturday, 1PM | Wednesday, 2PM and 7PM

Directed by Josie Rourke (Coriolanus), the cast includes Elaine Cassidy (The Paradise), Janet McTeer (The White Queen) and Dominic West (The Wire). In 1782, Choderlos de Laclos' novel of sex, intrigue and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France scandalized the world. Two hundred years later, Christopher Hampton's irresistible adaptation swept the board, winning the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Play. 

Former lovers, the Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont now compete in games of seduction and revenge. Merteuil incites Valmont to corrupt the innocent Cecile de Volanges before her wedding night but Valmont has targeted the peerlessly virtuous and beautiful Madame de Tourvel. While these merciless aristocrats toy with others' hearts and reputations, their own may prove more fragile than they supposed. 

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Special Event
Friday, June 10, 2016 to Saturday, June 11, 2016

8PM

Jackie Kashian's comedy is like listening to a really racy episode of All Things Considered. Her quippy routines craftily draw connections between disparate subjects like the plight of Native Americans and the frozen food aisle at the grocery store that will make you think and keep you laughing. A fast talker, Kashian captivates audiences with intelligent commentary and a surprising ability to stay one step ahead of the laughs. 

"Her comedy is that rare, wonderful combination: smart and funny." - Minneapolis Star Tribune

 

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Main Stage
Thursday, July 14, 2016 to Sunday, August 7, 2016

directed by Melissa Crespo

Thursdays - Saturdays, 8PM | Sundays, 2PM

When a relaxing afternoon walk turns into a wacky international crisis, lovebirds Arthur and Olivia have no choice but to play by the absurd rules. The two must closely rely on each other to escape the consequences of a ridiculous policy, but a comically by-the-book government official may push them to the brink of breaking up. Crossing the Line is a hilarious play about the physical and emotional lines we draw and how they divide and define us. 

"Both a clever shot at the bureaucratic chains of command that plague our lives, and a genuinely funny piece of writing." Time Out

 

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Special Event
Monday, August 29, 2016 to Saturday, September 3, 2016

Monday - Saturday, 8pm

The breakout star of the popular Netflix series Grace and Frankie, Baron Vaughn brings his absurdist take on such subjects as race, relationships, Cocoa Puffs and credit scores to Fort Worth for a one-week residency to work on new material. Be among the first to hear his latest routine and give feedback to help craft his next comedy special. 

Vaughn is known for an act as energetic as it is intelligent, with finely-crafted ramblings that shoot off into pop culture references. Case in point: a commentary on failed relationships rapidly devolves into a medley of early-90s cartoon theme songs - DuckTales, TaleSpin and Gummi Bears included. 

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Staged Reading
Sunday, September 11, 2016 to Monday, September 12, 2016

Sunday, 2PM | Monday, 7PM

In 1892 Mary Calkins is the first female professor of psychology at Wellesley College, but her unusual research interests may cost her coveted position at the university. When she turns to a trusted colleague for support, he won't risk his reputation to save hers. Mystic in the Savage State is a smart and stirring play about how one woman's self-reliance and persistence lead her to achieve greatness. 

"A spirited, thoughtful, and entertaining new play." - Home Reporter on Miller's play Brooklyn Underground: Theatrical Stories from the Green-Wood Cemetery

 

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Main Stage
Thursday, October 20, 2016 to Sunday, November 13, 2016

Thursdays - Saturdays, 8PM | Sundays, 2PM

People say that there is someone for everyone, but when fate sends a letter to every person on Earth revealing their one true love, Meg is left alone without a match. Confused and hurt while her boyfriend flies across the world to meet his new love, she turns to her family and finds that she may just be better off without a soul mate. Smart Pretty Funny is a provocative and captivating comedy about love, loneliness, motherhood, and the idea that life never turns out the way you planned. 

"Ms. Culebro is clearly a writer of promise" - The New York Times

 

 

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Staged Reading
Sunday, December 4, 2016 to Monday, December 5, 2016

Sunday, 2PM | Monday, 7PM

When Rachel and Callie start clinical trials on their new female libido enhancement drug willing participants come out of the woodwork looking for an internal revolution. Quickly after the first dose, the effectiveness of the medicine is undeniable, but the overwhelming pressure for its success may corrupt the experiment and everyone involved. The Pleasure Trials is an insightful and entertaining examination of women, sexual desire, and the burden of meeting expectations. 

"Saltwick's prose is bold, gorgeous, and challenging." - The Austin Chronicle

 

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