THE MILLIONTH PRODUCTION OF A CHRISTMAS CAROL by James Kopp
Nov
30
to Dec 17

THE MILLIONTH PRODUCTION OF A CHRISTMAS CAROL by James Kopp

Once more offering less-than-traditional holiday fare, we celebrate the season with a satire, written and directed by James Kopp. A small theatre in Northern California fears closing its doors after mounting costly shows with poor sales. Hoping to appeal to a larger audience, the Artistic Director puts up Dickens' classic "Christmas Carol." Coming through with signature Koppian humor (à la Geeks vs. Zombies and Super Villain!!), the show also gives serious consideration to the compromises between art for art’s sake and art that pays.

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THE ROAD TO MECCA By Athol Fugard
Jan
18
to Feb 11

THE ROAD TO MECCA By Athol Fugard

Inspired by a true story, this play follows Miss Helen, a South African widow who harbors an unconventional artistic impulse. She is caught between an old friend who urges her to conform and a young friend who encourages her to follow her heart. Time included the play in its “Theatre: Best of the Decade” list, praising Fugard’s compassion and the play’s “Ibsenesque conflict.” The play will be directed by the Pear’s new Artistic Director Elizabeth Craig and will feature emeritus Director Diane Tasca as Miss Helen.

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COWBOY VERSUS SAMURAI by Michael Golamco
Mar
15
to Apr 8

COWBOY VERSUS SAMURAI by Michael Golamco

This romantic comedy, directed by Jeffrey Lo, is based on the French classic, Cyrano de Bergerac. A high school English teacher--and the only Korean American man living in a dusty Wyoming town--falls for a new teacher, a bright, gorgeous Asian-American woman. But she is attracted only to white men — such as the handsome but fairly dim P.E. teacher. Savagely mirthful and often moving, this play was deemed "funny, sharply written, [tackling] the topic of race head-on, with both barrels blazing.”

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PEAR SLICES by the Pear Playwrights Guild
May
3
to May 20

PEAR SLICES by the Pear Playwrights Guild

Pear Slices 2018 5/4 - 20 As always, spring means Slices—a collection of original, short plays from the members of the Pear Playwrights Guild, directed by Troy Johnson and Robyn Ginsburg Braverman. A stunning variety of stories and settings, rich characters and surprising plot twists will occupy the Pear stage, brought to life with a single cast of highly versatile actors. This annual short-play showcase has become a favorite among Pear audiences and never fails to amuse, intrigue, and inspire.

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OH, COWARD! By Noël Coward
Jun
22
to Jul 15

OH, COWARD! By Noël Coward

Our 16th season ends with a delectable foray into musical theatre, Noël Coward's Oh, Coward! (And a rare foray too--the Pear has staged only three musical works in 15 years.) This delightfully intimate revue, devised by Roderick Cook, features four performers accompanied on piano. Coward’s songs and sketches about British high and low society, the theatah, mad dogs, Englishmen, and other noteworthy subjects sparkle with the Master’s dry-as-a-martini wit. Our production will be co-directed by Elizabeth Craig and Diane Tasca.

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AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE by Henrik Ibsen
Oct
19
to Nov 12

AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE by Henrik Ibsen

Written in 1882, Ibsen's story of a scientist undermined by others’ greed still rings disturbingly true. Dr. Stockmann has discovered terrible industrial pollution in the town's springs, which had promised to revitalize the economy. Unwilling to pay for decontamination, the mayor — the doctor’s brother — accuses the scientist of fabricating the story, turning most of the town against his brother and his family. Ibsen examines the moral dilemmas inherent in whistleblowing, as well as the often ephemeral nature of truth itself. Directed by Elizabeth Kruse Craig.

***Video by John Beamer

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In The Next Room (Or The Vibrator Play) by Sarah Ruhl
Sep
7
to Oct 1

In The Next Room (Or The Vibrator Play) by Sarah Ruhl

This insightful and provocative play, directed by Caroline Clark, examines a slice of history when physicians treated various female (and male) ailments by the use of an electric vibrator, applied to private parts in a treatment room. It's a fascinating and often funny glimpse into a patriarchal society, in which women are not given the words or concepts to articulate their needs. The New Yorker called Ruhl's play “her best to date.”

Pear Theatre’s director Caroline Clark—and two especially mesmerizing performances by Ellen Dunphy and James Lewis—make this one of the most rewarding productions of the year.
— Jeff Dunn, Theatrius
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