With the exception of disputed coin tosses in pro football and extreme debate clubs, the stage remains the only venue where arguments are regularly settled with a sword fight. Behold a dramatic settling of differences with this GrouponLive deal to see three plays presented by TheatreWorks. Choose between the following options:
- For $89, you get one three-play subscription package (up to a $234 value, including all fees).
- For $169, you get two three-play subscription packages (up to a $468 value, including all fees).
Each three-play subscription is good for one ticket for center-orchestra or aisle seating to each of the following performances (doors open one hour before showtime):
Set in room 306 of Memphis' Lorraine Hotel on April 4, 1968, The Mountaintop paints a portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the last night of his life. Uneasily writing a speech in his dingy room, King orders room service and finds a lively conversation companion in Camae, the maid who delivers his food. Their shared words reveal "a relationship that is breathtaking, hilarious and heart-stopping in its exchanges and in its speedy ability to reveal character and pull the audience into the ring," according to the Independent.
Moving Oscar Wilde's most-famous comedy from the England of 1895 to that of 1964, Being Earnest puts a fresh spin on the seminal farce. Staging its world premiere, the show sets the romantic ambitions of four young protagonists to original music and lyrics, adding a modish sheen to their high-spirited hijinks and rebellion against the traditional mores and leather-jacketed rocker allegiances of Lady Bracknell.
Wild with Happy at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts on June 5–30
Written by Tony-nominated actor Colman Domingo, Wild with Happy weaves a touchingly off-kilter fairy tale about grief and redemption. In Philadelphia to wrap up his recently deceased mother's affairs, failed actor Gil opts to cremate the body rather than pay for an expensive casket and funeral. Accosted for this break with decorum by his overbearing aunt, Gil flees with his friend on a cross-country road trip to Disney World, pursued by Aunt Adelaide and the funeral director, Terry, who has developed feelings for Gil. Premiering on the West Coast after its New York debut, the play earned praise from the New York Times for leaving audiences with a "warm pleasurable glow.”
Originally founded in 1970 to give high-school and college students a chance to hone their onstage skills, TheatreWorks dedicated itself early on to promoting new work that grappled with America's changing social landscape. Exploring the experiences of ethnic and cultural minorities, the group built a following throughout the subsequent decades, growing to its present size of 41 permanent staffers, an annual budget of $7 million, and 8,000 subscribers. Its New Works Initiative continues to seek out up-and-coming voices from around the country, helping new playwrights find their footing and prompting embittered older writers to test new pseudonyms.