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2019-2020 Season

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‘Plays you didn’t know you wanted’: Lean Ensemble’s next season steps into new territory

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THE HUMANS

Written by Stephen Karam. Directed by Peggy Trecker White.

2016 Tony Award & Drama Desk Winner for Best Play. Pulitzer Prize finalist. 

Brigid and Richard have moved into a shabby two-floor apartment in New York’s Chinatown just in time for Thanksgiving, and her family – mom, dad, sister and grandma – arrives from Scranton, PA to laugh, argue, and eat around the table. But also dished up are fears, real and imagined.

featuring Victoria Bundonis, Jerry Durkin, Taylor Harvey, Sheila Kadra, Amanda Sox & Blake White.

Sponsored by: Anonymous

Performance Dates: October 17-27, 2019

HHPS Main Street Theatre, 3000 Main Street, Hilton Head Island


EVERY BRILLIANT THING

Written by Duncan MacMillan & Jonny Donahoe. Directed by Maegan Azar.

“a heart wrenching, hilarious play…” The Guardian

The funniest play about depression you'll ever see. What makes life worth living? The answers are both simple and profound: ice cream, roller coasters, water fights. A list of everything brilliant about the world. This immersive and interactive event, featuring founding ensemble member Matt Mundy, will be in a new & intimate layout of SoundWaves with only 99 seats, where no one will be more than 2 rows from the action.

featuring Matt Mundy.

Sponsored by: Mary & Mike Briggs

Performance Dates: December 12-22, 2019

SoundWaves, 7 Lagoon Road, Hilton Head Island


THE CHRISTIANS

Written by Lucas Hnath. Directed by Jay Briggs.

“among the best, fairest and most provocative discussions of religion I’ve ever seen in the American Theatre… marvelous.” Milwaukee Sentinel Journal

Pastor Paul has spent 20 years successfully growing his church from a small storefront to a gleaming megachurch, but now he fears that there may be a crack in the theological foundation. As he shares his new belief in the nature of salvation, the message is met with surprise and then growing trepidation from his closest confidantes in the congregation, threatening to create a schism within the church. From the playwright that brought us A Doll’s House Part 2.

featuring marcus d. harvey, Sean Hinckle, Tai Verley, Peggy Trecker White & Jenny Zmarzly.

Performance Dates: January 23-February 2, 2020

HHPS Main Street Theatre, 3000 Main Street, Hilton Head Island


CRY IT OUT

Written by Molly Smith Metzler. Directed by Amanda Sox.

“attention new parents— Cry it Out is worth the price of a sitter!” Chicago Tribune

Cooped up on maternity leave and starved for conversation, corporate lawyer Jessie strikes up a fast friendship with community-college dropout Lina. They don’t have much in common, but marooned at home with infants, they build a sleep-deprived bond. When a nearby stay-at-home dad, Mitchell, offers to join them, it complicates the neighborly camaraderie, not least because he’s clearly upset that his wife is putting her career first.  A candid comedy that takes an honest look at the absurdities of being home with a baby & the dilemma of returning to work.

featuring Maegan Azar, Thomas Azar, Libby Ricardo & Lindsay Ryan.

March 19-29, 2020

HHPS Main Street Theatre, 3000 Main Street, Hilton Head Island


DEATH OF A STREETCAR NAMED VIRGINIA WOOLF: A PARODY

Written by Tom Ryder & Tim Sniffen. Directed by Blake White.

“65 perfect minutes of pure fun…” Chicago Sun Times

This hilarious result of collaboration between Writers Theatre and Chicago's world-renowned comedy theatre, The Second City, asks the intriguing question: What happens when the most recognizable characters from some of the greatest American plays of the 20th century suddenly find themselves sharing the same stage?

featuring Megan Bowers, Jerry Durkin, Michael Liebhauser, J. Richey Nash, George Pate & Peggy Trecker White.

Performance Dates: April 23-May 3, 2020

HHPS Main Street Theatre, 3000 Main Street, Hilton Head Island