2017-09-01 / Community

Mad Horse announces upcoming season

Mad Horse Theatre Company’s 32nd season lineup includes three critically acclaimed plays and an award-winning musical.

"We're thrilled with this upcoming season,” said Artistic Director Christine Louise Marshall. “It represents a broad range of subject matter, from a wildly provocative musical to a delicately wrought examination of class, to the careful negotiation of relationships in this modern world, to a hilarious skewering of the patriarchy. Mad Horse always seeks to examine what makes us all uniquely and collectively human. With these four terrific and diverse plays, we hope to do so. We're terrifically excited to share them with our audiences."

The season opens with “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” Sept. 21 through Oct. 15.

With music and lyrics by Michael Friedman and book by Alex Timbers, this satirical, comedic mash-up of American history follows Andrew Jackson from his childhood on the wild frontier to his controversial reign in the White House. With the country divided into rich and poor, and continued skirmishes with Native Americans upsetting the New World, Jackson begins his steady climb from military strategist to populist rabble-rouser to President of the United States – and rocks like no political figure has ever rocked before.

It is the winner of the Outer Critics Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical and Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical.

“One Flea Spare,” by Naomi Wallace, runs Jan. 18 through Feb. 4.

Set in plague-ravaged 17th century London, a wealthy couple is preparing to flee their quarantined home when a mysterious sailor and a young girl are discovered sneaking into their boarded-up house. Now, they find themselves trapped together for 28 days – and the only thing these strangers fear more than the plague is each other.

It is the 1997 Obie Award winner for Best Play, 1996 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Joseph Kesselring Prize, and Fellowship of Southern Writers Drama Award.

The third production of the season, “Reasons To Be Pretty” by Neil LaBute, runs March 15 through April 1.

A man’s tight-knit social circle is thrown into turmoil when his offhand remarks about a female coworker’s pretty face and his own girlfriend’s lack thereof get back to his girlfriend. When his best buddy (and his buddy’s wife) also enter the picture, the emotional equation becomes exponentially more complicated.

It is a 2009 Tony and Drama Desk Award nominee for Outstanding Play.

Closing out the season is Nell Benjamin’s farce, “The Explorer’s Club,” May 3 through May 20.

London, 1879. The prestigious Explorers Club is in crisis: their bartender is terrible. Possibly worse – their acting president wants to admit a woman. True, the lady in question is brilliant, beautiful and has discovered a legendary Lost City, but admitting her into this enclave could shake the very foundation of the British Empire. And how does one make such deep decisions without a decent drink?

It’s winner of the Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award winner.

Tickets for all plays are available now through www.madhorse.com/box-office/.

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