2022-2023 Season

Providence Mainstage Season

November
by David Mamet

Directed by Jayne L. Victor

In this quick-moving comedy and satire, President Charles Smith’s chances for reelection are looking grim. It’s November in an election year, approval ratings are down, Chuck’s money’s running out, and nuclear war might be imminent. Though his staff has thrown in the towel and his wife has begun to prepare for her post-White House life, Chuck isn’t ready to give up just yet. Amidst the biggest fight of his political career, the President has to find time to pardon a couple of turkeys, saving them from the slaughter before Thanksgiving, and this simple PR event inspires Smith to risk it all in attempt to win back public support. With Mamet’s characteristic no-holds-barred style, November is a scathingly hilarious take on the state of America today and the lengths to which people will go to win. Warning: This play contains strong language and adult content.

Performance Dates and Times
Thursday, Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m.
October 14 – 29
Sunday Matinees 2:00 p.m.
October 16 & 23

 

Silent Sky
by Lauren Gunderson

Directed by Tina Thronson

An inspiring and true-life story of Henrietta Leavitt, an astronomer ahead of her time. It is 1900, and Henrietta has the opportunity to work at Harvard University to help map the stars, but receives no scientific credit. She is eager to use Harvard’s telescope – the Great Refractor – but is told that she will not be able to do any sort of astronomical discovery as she will only log the stars photographed by the men of the department. However, Henrietta will not be dissuaded, and begins the process of recording the changes in Cepheid stars – a scientific discovery that has profound and lasting impact on the field of astronomy. Silent Sky is the poignant tale of a woman’s dedication to the stars, and the human touch that makes life under the vast sky beautiful and timeless.

Performance Dates and Times
Thursday, Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m.
March 17 – April 1
Sunday Matinees 2:00 p.m.
March 19 & 26

 

Don’t Dress for Dinner
by Marc Camoletti

Directed by Beth and David Whitehead

In this raucous farce, Bernard is planning a romantic weekend with his chic Parisian mistress in his charming converted French farmhouse, whilst his wife, Jacqueline, is away. He has arranged for a cordon bleu cook to prepare gourmet delights, and has invited his best friend, Robert, along too to provide the alibi. It’s foolproof; what could possibly go wrong? Well, suppose Robert turns up not realizing quite why he has been invited. Suppose Robert and Jacqueline are secret lovers, and consequently determined that Jacqueline will not leave for the weekend. Suppose the cook has to pretend to be the mistress and the mistress is unable to cook. Suppose everyone’s alibi gets confused with everyone else’s. An evening of hilarious confusion ensues as Bernard and Robert improvise at breakneck speed. Warning: This play contains sexual situations and adult content.

Performance Dates and Times
Thursday, Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m.
June 9 – 24
Sunday Matinees 2:00 p.m.
June 11 & 18