Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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The Mountaintop

The Mountaintop is a fictional retelling of how Martin Luther King Jr. spent his last night on earth, before his tragic assassination. After delivering his famous “I’ve been to the mountaintop speech” on behalf of the sanitation workers in Memphis, Martin goes to the Lorraine Motel to rest before... read more

Mourning Becomes Electra

A trilogy of tragic plays inspired by Aeschylus’ Oresteia trilogy, Mourning Becomes Electra is Eugene O’Neill’s tragic masterpiece, rivaled only by Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Set in New England at the time of the American Civil War, Mourning Becomes Electra follows the cursed and corrupt Mann... read more

Mrs. Warren's Profession

Young Vivie Warren has lived in England all of her life. She has a very good education, paid for by her mother's work. She barely knows her mother, much less what her mother does for a living. When Mrs. Warren comes to visit, Vivie discovers that Mrs. Warren runs a brothel on the continent. M... read more

Mud, River, Stone

An African-American couple, Sarah and David Bradley, travel to Mozambique to visit David's ancestral home. They arrive at the Imperial Hotel, where black servants are still ordered about by white overseers. Eventually, one of the bellhops there, Joaquim, takes them and the other people at the h... read more

My Name is Asher Lev

In Aaron Posner's stage adaptation of Chaim Potok's novel, Asher Lev tells his story in a series of flashbacks. He is a Ladover Hasidic Jew born with a great artistic talent. His sect of Judaism, however, does not believe that art is a worthwhile pursuit. When he begins to draw nudes and pictu... read more

Nabucco

A political struggle is furthered by a love triangle; Fenena, the daughter of Nabucco, the King of Babylon is in love with Ismaele, the nephew of the King of Jerusalem, while Abigaille, the half-sister of Fenena is also in love with Ismaele. While the war rages between Babylon and Jerusalem, Abig... read more

New Girl in Town

Chris Christopherson, an old, hard-drinking Swedish barge captain, is thrilled to hear that his daughter, Anna, is coming to visit. He hasn't seen her in over fifteen years and remembers her as a sweet and innocent little girl. At first, the reunion goes well. Anna fits in with her father's frien... read more

The Night Alive

A play that flutters between the dramatic and comedic realms, The Night Alive is a play that explores the lives of a few lost souls...and a chance connection that may change their lives. Tommy is a man who has been drifting through life for the past two years after becoming estranged from his fam... read more

No Strings

No Strings is the bitter-sweet story of an American writer, David, attempting to woo a beautiful American model, Barbara, while they are living in Paris. David is in Paris trying to overcome his writer's block. Barbara is in Paris with her wealthy patron, Louis de Pourtal. read more

The North Pool

The North Pool is a suspense thriller set in a seemingly typical American public high school. The play consists of two characters: an over-worked Vice Principal, Dr. Danielson, and a Middle Eastern student, Khadim Asmaan. On the afternoon before Spring Break, Khadim is called into Dr. Danielson’s... read more