At the Vineyard, a scrappy troupe of pageant players attempts to outrun the Black Death across 14th century Europe in this new comedy.
From the producers: In "The Amateurs," an intrepid troupe of pageant players races across medieval Europe, struggling to outrun the Black Death. The arrival of a mysterious outsider sends Hollis, the leading lady, in search of answers that can only be found off-script...and soon the 14th century plague begins to look like another, more recent one. This wildly inventive and funny new work examines the evolution of human creativity in a dark age: when does a crisis destroy us, and when does it open new frontiers?
Playwright Jordan Harrison was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his play "Marjorie Prime," which had its New York premiere at Playwrights Horizons in 2016. His other works include "Maple and Vine," "The Grown-up," "Doris to Darlene," and the upcoming "Log Cabin." Jordan has developed TV series for Sundance and TNT, and wrote for three seasons of Netflix's "Orange is the New Black."
"The Amateurs" was commissioned by California's South Coast Repertory and received a staged reading as part of the Goodman Theatre’s New Stages Festival in Chicago. The cast of the new comedy features Kyle Beltran, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Michael Cyril Creighton, Greg Keller, Jennifer Kim, and Thomas Jay Ryan.What's The Vineyard?
Somehow, this theatre has managed to accomplish what most theatres of its scale only dream of - balancing an older, wealthy subscriber base with genuinely quirky, enjoyable, and adventuresome artistic agenda. Rarely spectacular but usually interesting, the shows tend to focus on the writing. For the most part, it's unpretentious, skilled, and fun stuff. More here