Plays running from October 2013 through May 2014. Following the
success of their inaugural season at downtown’s Art Square Theatre —
including this past May’s production of Death of a
Salesman—Cockroach’s new season pairs Nobel and Pulitzer prize winners
with the plays of contemporary authors, including a world premiere by
native Las Vegan, Ernie Curcio.
“Cockroach Theatre has never shied away from darker works,” says
Artistic Director Erik Amblad. “This season is no different. But now,
ten years later, we’ve found some of the joy in that darkness.”
Cockroach Theatre was officially founded in February of 2003 as a
roaming troupe creating theatre in improvised venues, from junkyards
to backyards, from downtown galleries to suburban warehouses. Over a
successful ten years—including productions at the Edinburgh Fringe
Festival, at the Minnesota Fringe Festival, and at Burning
Man—Cockroach Theatre settled into their current home, Art Square
Theatre, in September of 2012.
The full Cockroach Theatre Tenth Anniversary Season:
The Birthday Party by Nobel Prize winner Harold Pinter. Directed by Erik Amblad
The play that put Pinter on the map. The owner of a lonely coastal
resort decides to throw a birthday party for her only guest, a strange
man named Stanley. Just in time for the party, two even stranger men
arrive and teach Stanley a hard lesson about running away from one’s
past. Opens October 11th, 2013.
The Chalk Boy a black comedy by Joshua Conkel.
Directed by Troy Heard
Beneath its boring façade there is more going on in the tiny town of
Clear Creek than the opening of the new Taco Bell. Four of the town’s
local girls take you on a tour of their funny, yet brutal reality.
They struggle with faith, friendship, sex, the occult, algebra, and
the disappearance of the most popular boy at school. Opens December
Corner of Hacienda a world premiere
by Resident Playwright Ernie Curcio
On Thanksgiving 1994, Elliott and Francis Debanari try to keep their
East Las Vegas neighborhood together, while dealing with their out of
town relatives. By the end of an epically strange turkey dinner, the
Debanari boys find out the true meaning of Family. Opens February
Edmond by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Mamet.
Directed by Levi Fackrell
Edmond, a man set morally adrift, descends into the maelstrom of big
city degradation. He leaves an unfulfilling marriage and his cozy
white collar life to find sex, adventure, companionship, and
ultimately, the meaning of his existence. Opens March 28th, 2014, as
part of MAMETfest in Las Vegas.
The Lyons by Nicky Silver.
Directed by Lysander Abadia
Nominated for multiple Tony awards, this uplifting dark comedy from
Nicky Silver starts in a hospital room as Ben Lyons lies dying. His
wife of forty years, Rita, flips through decorating magazines, waiting
for him to die. When they’re joined by their children, Lisa and
Curtis, terrible secrets and vicious accusations replace sentimental
memories, leaving Curtis desperately attempting to escape his family
and find a real connection elsewhere. Opens May 9th, 2014.
All shows run for 11 performances—Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at
8, and Sundays at 2. Season ticket packages ($75 for General Admission
and $65 for Students/Seniors (55+)/Military) are available for
purchase at www.cockroachtheatre.com as well as tickets for each show
individually ($20 for General Admission and $16 for Students/Seniors
(55+)/Military). For more information, contact
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.cockroachtheatre.com.