by Bruce Norris
The 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama winner explodes in two outrageous acts set fifty years apart. Act One takes place in 1959, as white community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in 2009, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification.
APRIL/MAY 2018 | THE VANGUARD
THE EFFECT OF GAMMA RAYS ON MAN-IN-THE-MOON MARIGOLDS
by Paul Zindel
Hailed as on of the most significant and affecting plays of our time, this 1971 Pulitzer Prize for Drama winner features the frowzy, acid-tongued Beatrice Hunsdorfer, supporting herself and her two daughters by taking in a decrepit old boarder, as she wreaks a petty vengeance on everybody around her. One daughter, Ruth, is a pretty but highly strung girl subject to convulsions, while the younger daughter, Matilda (“Tillie”), plain and almost pathologically shy, has an intuitive gift for science.
JULY 2018 | THE VANGUARD
by Nick Payne
This spellbinding, romantic journey begins with a simple encounter between a man and a woman. But what happens next defies the boundaries of the world we think we know—delving into the infinite possibilities of their relationship and raising questions about the difference between choice and destiny.
AUGUST 2018 | THE VANGUARD
"Let us not waste our time in idle discourse! Let us do something, while we have the chance! It is not every day that we are needed. But at this place, at this moment of time, all mankind is us, whether we like it or not. Let us make the most of it, before it is too late."
SAMUEL BECKETT, WAITING FOR GODOT