For our 20th anniversary season, we’re throwing our doors wide open! For every show this year, YOU name your price. We’re serving up a multitude of innovative outside-the-box theater, and making it easier than ever for you to be a part of the action. So come hang with us – because what’s Ars is yours!
By Melis Aker
with Music & Lyrics by Melis Aker & the Lazours
Directed by Machel Ross
October 10 – November 5, 2022
In Melis Aker’s world premiere play HOUND DOG, a young musician returns from abroad to her hometown of Ankara, Turkey to look after her widowed father. Forced to reckon with the family and community she left behind, an investigation into her grieving parent’s strange pilgrimage to Graceland unravels into a sonic mirage of memory packed with humor, nostalgia and the love we cultivate across generations. Directed by Machel Ross with music by Aker and the Lazours, this cross-cultural jam-session-meets-play explores the winding path towards forgiveness and belonging.
A co-production with PlayCo
a sacred offering created by nicHi douglas
with music by S T A R R Busby, JJJJJerome Ellis & Tariq Al-Sabir
directed & choreographed by nicHi douglas
A congregation for those past, present and future comes to power in (pray), a new choreopoem by nicHi douglas. A celebration and a reckoning, (pray) dives into the beautifully complex relationship between Black womxn and their spirituality. Following the form of a Sunday Baptist Church service while transporting us to an isolated ancestral forest, this sacred offering creates a communal space to heal and inspire the Black feminine divine. Alchemized in collaboration with S T A R R Busby, JJJJJerome Ellis and Tariq Al-Sabir, (pray) interrogates and uplifts the tremendous value and weight of spiritual inheritance.
A co-production with National Black Theatre
nicHi douglas’ world premiere of (pray), which was set to begin performances this spring, will instead continue its artistic development this year, allowing for necessary additional time to expand collaboration on the piece with the creative team and our co-producers, National Black Theatre.