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Forward Theater Company's 2015-2016 Season

Forward Theater has planned another exciting season, and we're thrilled to announce our lineup for 2015-2016. 

These are uniquely American stories -- drawn from our past, rooted in our present or imagining our future. From award-winning plays to some incredibly smart and daring scripts, next season features celebrated writers in the vanguard of contemporary theater.

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The 2015-16 Season at Forward Theater Company



Silent Sky
by Lauren Gunderson

November 5th - 22nd, 2015

Midwestern Premiere!

A brilliant, headstrong pioneer at the dawn of modern astronomy, Henrietta Leavitt must leave her Wisconsin home to pursue her dream of studying the night sky. But she soon discovers that the distance to the stars is less than the distance to acceptance in the man's world of turn-of-the-century science. Family, music, love and history come alive beneath a blanket of stars in this magical story of a scientist's quest for the heavens in a society determined to keep a woman in her place.

"Sheer magic."
- San Francisco Chronicle

"...the play captures Henrietta's fervor for the poetry of the heavens, her need to know where we stand amid the vastness of existence."
- San Jose Mercury News

Sponsored by: Promega, WPS Insurance, American Family Insurance, Custer Financial Services, Hausmann & Johnson Insurance, Findorff, Brava Magazine, and Our Lives Magazine 



The Flick
by Annie Baker

January 28th - February 14th, 2016

Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama


In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35-millimeter film projectors in the state. Amidst the daily drudgery, they navigate the small triumphs and heartbreaking moments that are the substance of our daily lives. Issues of race, class, family, and sex underline this awkward, funny, and incredibly touching play. With keen insight and a finely-tuned comic eye, The Flick is a hilarious and poignant cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world.

"... if you have any feeling for ordinary people in furtive search of those extraordinary things — requited love, true friendship, a sustaining belief in man's humanity to man — that can ennoble any life (or blight it, should they be lost), this lovingly observed play will sink deep into your consciousness, and probably stay there for a while."
- The New York Times

Sponsored by: CUNA Mutual Group, DeWitt, Ross & Stevens, LLC and The Cap Times


Mr. Burns (A Post-Electric Play)
by Anne Washburn

April 7th - 24th, 2016

Nominated for a 2014 Drama League Award for Best Play
New York Times "Critics Pick" of 2013

In a not-so-distant future where the grid has failed, society has crumbled, and memories can no longer be stored on hard drives, a group of survivors bands together to recreate their vanished world through theater, music, and remnants of popular culture. Anne Washburn's imaginative dark comedy takes us on a post-apocalyptic thrill ride to a time when memory is the new currency, and theater is the new social media. Whether you've never seen The Simpsons or you know every episode by heart, you'll enjoy this animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era evolves into the mythology of another.

"Downright Brilliant. When was the last time you met a new play that was so smart it made your head spin? .... With grand assurance and artistry, Ms. Washburn makes us appreciate anew the profound value of storytelling in and of itself, and makes a case for theater as the most glorious and durable storyteller of all. I look forward to remembering it for a long, long time."
- The New York Times


Sponsored by: MG&E, Reinhart, Boerner Van Deuren s.c., Isthmus