2024-25 SEASON

Celebrating 40 years

Big Fish

BIG FISH

September 12-29, 2024

With music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and based on the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish is a wonder-filled celebration of love and storytelling, where heartfelt truths and fantastical tales are woven together into a vibrant, magical tapestry. As Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman, nears the end of his own story, it’s up to his son, Will, to embark on a journey to find the truth at the heart of his father’s stories and reveal the man behind the myths. Along the way, he discovers a world where the lines between truth and fiction are blurred and imagination soars, leaving him with a new appreciation for all of the unique ways we express love. Find the extraordinary in the ordinary with Big Fish.

Wife of a Salesman

WIFE OF A SALESMAN

October 31 – November 17, 2024

You may think you already know their story. You’d be wrong. What would’ve happened if the housewife from a classic American drama (that you definitely read in high school) confronted the woman who was sleeping with her husband? With sharp dialogue and spirited debate, acclaimed playwright Eleanor Burgess brings a fresh perspective on the timeless themes of marriage, duty, and happiness in Wife of a Salesman. As new life is breathed into these timeless characters, we discover the ways the world has, and hasn’t, changed across generations.

Called “so smart” and “highly recommended” by the Chicago Sun Times and “a modern masterpiece full of stimulating themes” by BroadwayWorld, you won’t want to miss this thrilling and timely look at womanhood and the choices we make.

A Christmas Carol 2024

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

December 12-22, 2024

After a triumphant, critically-acclaimed run last holiday season, A Christmas Carol returns to The Contemporary stage this December! Journey into a masterful solo retelling of Charles Dickens’ famous Christmas story, where every Ghost, every Cratchit, and Scrooge himself are brought to life in the virtuosic performance of audience-favorite Angela Iannone. This one-person show shines a dazzling new light on a beloved classic, leaving you utterly spellbound and filled with the holiday spirit.

Fat Ham

FAT HAM

March 6-23, 2025

In this witty take on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the only real death is the patriarchy. To be or not to be certainly is the question for Juicy, a young, queer Black man. Juicy grapples with identity, family, responsibility, and honesty as generations clash at a backyard barbecue, serving up all of the drama, wit, and existential angst of the Bard with a generous side of humor and heart. See what the New York Times calls “a hilarious yet profound tragedy smothered in comedy,” in James Ijames’ Pulitzer Prize–winning Fat Ham.

The Last Five Years

THE LAST 5 YEARS

April 24-May 11, 2025

With an incredible score by Tony Award-winner Jason Robert Brown, The Last Five Years winds its way through the joyful, sad, and bittersweet moments of a couple over the course of their five-year relationship. See the highs and lows from both sides of the story, starting at the end with Cathy and the beginning with Jamie. This emotionally powerful and intimate musical has captivated both audiences and critics, winning a Drama Desk Award, a film adaptation, and performances around the world. In this love story, the end is just the beginning.

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