ANNOUNCING OUR 2020 SEASON! May 29th to June 14th AIRNESS By Chelsea Marcantel Directed by Brendan Burke Nina is a newbie in the world of competitive air guitar. Joining a clique of super-committed rock n’ roll nerds, she’s taken on a journey towards ultimate air guitar self-actualization: AIRNESS, the indescribable state of being that can only happen when you’re not just faking it…but letting go and living it. SHADOWLAND is excited to produce the region’s premiere of this rock n’ roll comedy, which takes you into the world of competitive air guitar. Loud, fast and funny, AIRNESS is a laugh riot that reminds us that everything we need to rock in life, is already inside of us. Winner of the prestigious 2018 Osborn New Play Award, given by the American Theatre Critics Association. “To call this play a crowd pleaser is a drastic understatement!” —Insider Louisville “Frickin funny, hella heartfelt, and badass brilliant!” —DC Metro Theatre Arts “An amazing piece of theatre that will get you on your feet tapping, wailing and clapping in mid-air – while also moving you to reflect on and care for yourself…” — Santa Barbara Independent June 19th to July 12th DANCING LESSONS By Mark St. Germain Directed by Melisa Annis Ever, a young science professor with an autism spectrum disorder, needs to learn to dance to survive an awards dinner. Seeking lessons, he knocks on the door of Senga, a Broadway dancer who lives in his apartment building, who has recently suffered a career-ending knee injury and is on the brink of giving up. Together, they struggle to connect in a dance of discovery. A popular play by the prodigious Mark St. Germain, DANCING LESSONS is the hilarious and heartwarming tale about what we’ll discover when we’re open to connection and the power of change. No performance July 4. “Laughs abound in this play and so do those plucked heartstrings…a perfect evening of theatre.” —BerkshireBrightFocus.com “You don’t want it to end…” —The Boston Globe “Goes beyond the conventions of a romantic comedy to an enthralling evening…totally absorbing…brilliantly conceived… ” — BroadwayWorld.com July 17th to Aug 9th THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (Abridged) [revised] By Adam Long, Daniel Singer & Jess Winfield Directed by Brendan Burke 3 actors. 37 plays. 97 minutes. They said it couldn’t be done. Or…maybe they said it shouldn’t be done. Either way, we’re doin’ it! Three madcap men in tights perform the entire Shakespeare canon in this hilarious irreverent romp. Warning! This show is a high-speed, roller-coaster type condensation of all of Shakespeare’s plays, and is not recommended for people with heart ailments, bladder problems, inner-ear disorders, outer-ear disorders, Shakespearean scholars, degrees in Elizabethan history and/or people inclined to motion sickness. SHADOWLAND STAGES cannot be held responsible for expectant mothers! “Pithier than Python! Irresistible!” — The New York Times “If you like Shakespeare, you’ll love this show! If you hate Shakespeare, you’ll love this show!” —The Today Show “The funniest show you are likely to see in your entire lifetime!” — BroadwayWorld.com Aug 14th to Sept 6th ALMOST HEAVEN – JOHN DENVER’S AMERICA Conceived by Harold Thau with orchestrations, vocal arrangements and music supervision by Jeff Waxman ALMOST HEAVEN is a musical tribute and intimate celebration of John Denver’s life and career. From growing up in a military family to his emergence on the 1960s folk scene and the climb to ’70s superstardom with his later career of the 1980s and 1990s, John Denver’s story is brought to life through his countless hit songs, chronicling his impact as a storyteller and activist. Weaving together 29 of John Denver’s best songs – including “Rocky Mountain High,” “Sunshine on My Shoulders,” “Annie’s Song,” “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” “Calypso” and more – this musical revue creates a uniquely theatrical narrative celebrating a true American troubadour. “A winning musical revue! The show pays excellent tribute to an artist who remains great at making people feel good.” — Variety “[It’s like] flying along with John Denver through some mountain air!” —The New York Times Sept 11th to Sept 27th THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT by Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell and Gordon Farrell, based on the book by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal Directed by Brendan Burke LIFESPAN OF A FACT follows Jim Fingal, a fresh-out-of-Harvard fact checker for a sinking literary magazine. When his editor charges him with the assignment of checking an article by a prominent literary powerhouse, John D’Agata, the magazine hopes this is the article that will change their fortunes. When not everything checks out, Fingal and D’Agata go head to head as hard facts battle against emotional truths in a high-stakes and hilarious verbal showdown. Based on the true story of John D’Agata’s essay ‘What Happens There’, this timely and pointed comedy is about the importance (or not) of fact vs. fiction. “Terrifically engaging and fascinating! It’s what you call a good time.” — The New York Times “A smart, rib-bustingly funny play!.” —The Wall Street Journal “Briskly entertaining…You’ll find yourself happy to have your preconceptions disturbed and assumptions unsettled.” — The Washington Post Oct 2nd to Oct 18th THE FOREST by Lia Romeo Directed by James Glossman A mysterious forest is taking over Juliet’s living room. Her mother is losing her memory, and Juliet is losing her marriage. The line of appropriate behavior has begun to blur for her as the thicket grows, and she can’t seem to find the answers. SHADOWLAND is proud to produce this Rolling World Premiere in cooperation with the National New Play Network, and New Jersey Repertory Theatre and Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company. AND OUR VERY SPECIAL HOLIDAY SHOW. . . Dec 4th to Dec 20th HANDLE WITH CARE by Jason Odell Williams Directed by Brendan Burke Ayelet, a young Israeli woman is on holiday in the United States with her grandmother when tragedy strikes on Christmas Eve. Ayelet, speaking no English, finds herself having to make her way through it with Josh, a young American handicapped in both Hebrew and romance in this heartwarming holiday romantic comedy. SHADOWLAND is happy to brighten up the Holidays with the region’s premiere of this heartwarming and funny play. Special discounts are available for group sales and office parties, so plan ahead and bring some friends! “A hilarious and heartwarming romantic comedy…which exudes gobs of comic energy and insight. Mr. Williams has achieved something special: He has written a Jewish Christmas story.” — The New York Times “Miraculous…the story of the beauty in tragedy, the rekindling of faith, and realizing that you’re found in translation…leaves the audience delighted.” —The Jewish Weekly “A sweet holiday package…that audiences will enjoy opening!” — Sarasota Magazine CLICK TO SUBSCRIBE NOW!