Announcing our 2010-11 Season!

Oct 15 - Nov 13, 2010
Dead Man's Cell Phone
By Sarah Ruhl

An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man - with a lot of loose ends. So begins Dead Man's Cell Phone, a wildly imaginative comedy in which a lonely woman finds herself the unwitting guardian of a stranger's memory. Literally traveling to hell and back, this quirky and dark-edged love story crisscrosses life, death, isolation, connection, what's real, and what's not. Written by Sarah Ruhl, recipient of a MacArthur Genius Grant and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, Dead Man's Cell Phone is about the connections - real and virtual - that hold us together.

Dead Man's Cell Phone
Photo Credit: Gary Norman
99 Ways to Fuck a Swan
Photo Credit: Gary Norman
Jan 14 - Feb 12, 2011
99 Ways to Fuck a Swan
By Kimberly Rosenstock

A long, long time ago, Leda makes love to a swan. 3,000 years later, Michelangelo paints a picture. 350 years later, Rudolph impulsively buys it. 128 years later, Dave and Fiona stand in a museum, gazing at what is left. Set in a world of bizarre romantic obsessions and everyday ineptitude, 99 Ways to Fuck a Swan explores the dark corners of desire and the eternal mysteries of love. Most recently presented (and adored) at Portland Center Stage's 2009 JAW Festival, Vertigo will present the world premiere of this hysterical, weird, and epic production.

April 8 - May 7, 2011
The Adding Machine
By Elmer Rice

Mr. Zero is a hapless cog in the vast machine of modern business. When he discovers that he is going to be replaced by an adding machine, he snaps. Written by Pulitzer Prize winning author Elmer Rice in 1923, The Adding Machine offers a searing look at advancing technology and its effect on human relationships. Largely considered the first American Expressionist play, The Adding Machine takes on corporations, the afterlife, and cosmic injustice. "A vigorous, full-bodied take on an 85-year-old play that still challenges theater artists and audiences." - The Seattle Times

Photo Credit: Mario Calcagno

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