Miss You Like Hell

Book & Lyrics by Quiara Alegría Hudes, Music & Lyrics by Erin McKeown

Directed by Helen R. Murray, Music Direction by David Nehls

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning co-creator of In the Heights comes a new musical as big as America and as intimate as love between a mother and her daughter. Beatriz arrives in Philadelphia to convince her estranged 16 year-old daughter Olivia to join her on a road trip to California. Along the way, they encounter a mosaic of characters as diverse and weird as America itself, but the hard truth of Beatriz’s undocumented status and pending deportation to Mexico threatens to build a wall between them. With sharp comedy and a winning acoustic score by folk-rock star Erin McKeown, Miss You Like Hell is an American story for our time. Content Advisory: Adult language

The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens

By Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort, Directed by Matthew R. Wilson

You asked for it! We delivered! The Fox is thrilled to bring back by popular demand last year’s seasonal satire, the Second City’s Twist Your Dickens! In this madcap send-up of Chuck Dickens’ holiday classic, Scrooge, Tiny Tim and those know-it-all ghosts find themselves hopelessly mixed up in a collection zany holiday hijinks. With all new sketches and fresh moments of improv inspired by audience suggestions, we can promise this naughty, bawdy and hilarious holiday comedy will have everything you loved about it last year. And then some! Second City alums and veteran Colbert Report writers Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort dreamt up this irreverently funny show lauded by Juliet Wittman of the Denver Westword as “much funnier than most of what [was] around, last year.” With the entire original cast returning, we’re confident the same will be true this year, too. Come see it! Again! Content Advisory: Adult language

The Squirrels

By Robert Askins, Directed by Missy Moore

The Squirrels is a fiery look at race and class in America. Winter is on its way and the squirrels are growing restless. Mistrust is growing between the rich Gray Squirrels and the outcast Fox Squirrels. When a wily outsider gets in the mix, he ignites an epic animal kingdom soap opera teeming with rebel armies, conspiracy and divided family loyalties. No squirrel will go unharmed in this deliciously demented dark comedy hailed by Broadway World as “a very entertaining and timely play that will make you laugh and think at the same time.” Fans of last year’s controversial, surprise hit, Hooded or Being Black for Dummies, will love this wicked examination of race, prejudice, and politics. Content Advisory: Adult situation and violence

Secrets of the Universe and Other Songs

By Marc Acito, Directed by Helen R. Murray

In 1937, a physics professor at Princeton University received a call. The internationally-renowned classical singer Marian Anderson was giving a concert at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton. But because she was African-American, Anderson was denied a hotel room. Instead she accepted an invitation to stay at a professor’s home. That professor was Albert Einstein.  Secrets is based on the true relationship of these titanic figures, a union of hearts, minds and souls in a quest to unlock the secrets of the universe. Content Advisory: None

For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday

By Sarah Ruhl, Directed by Helen R. Murray

For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday gives the Aurora Fox Arts Center an opportunity to speak to a large swath of our population grossly underrepresented on American stages – senior citizens and the family members who care for aging parents. In this stunning work by award winning writer Sarah Ruhl, we meet Anne, for whom playing Peter Pan at her hometown children’s theater is one of her fondest and most formative memories. Now, 50 years later, Neverland calls again, casting her and her siblings back to this faraway dreamscape where the refusal to grow up confronts the inevitability of growing old. For Peter Pan is a tale that flies in the face of time, as age comes for us all, even in our ongoing search for a second youth. Content Advisory: Mild language

Freaky Friday

Book by Bridget Carpenter, music by Tom Kitt & lyrics by Brian Yorkey, Based on the novel by Mary Rodgers & The Walt Disney Motion Pictures, Directed by Kenny Moten, Music Direction by Trent Hines

The incredible creative team behind last year’s hit musical, Caroline or Change, returns to the Aurora Fox to close out our 35th season with a perfect musical for the whole family! Disney’s Freak Friday the Musical is based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers, and is a hilarious, contemporary update of the hit Disney films by the same title. In it, a mother and daughter discover what it is to be a family and to experience each other’s lives first-hand. If only for a day. When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again before mom’s big wedding. Boasting a score by Pulitzer Prize-winning composers Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey of Next to Normal and a book by Parenthood’s Bridget Carpenter, Freaky Friday the Musical is a delightful show for anyone with a perfectly imperfect family. Content Advisory: None


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