2012-2013 Season

Photo by W. Corbett

Body Awareness

by Annie Baker
Featuring Gretchen Corbett, Sharonlee McLean, Gavin Hoffman and Josh Weinstein
October 18 – November 11, 2012

It’s “Body Awareness” week at a Vermont college and Phyllis, the organizer, and her partner, Joyce, are hosting one of the guest artists in their home, who turns out to be Frank, a photographer famous for his female nude portraits. Both his presence in the home and his chosen subject instigate tension, humor and intrigue from the start.  In addition, Joyce’s adult son, who may or may not have Asperger’s Syndrome, gets advice from Frank and struggles to express himself physically with heartbreaking results. According to Time Out New York, ”Body Awareness is a smart, modest work about ordinary, flawed people, grasping for connection, but none of it feels small, thanks to Baker’s sharp ear for the deeply painful and funny longings squirming under her characters’ dialogue.” The New York Times said, “An engaging new comedy by a young playwright with a probing, understated voice…Its quiet rewards steal up on you.”

Photo by Gary Norman

International Falls

by Thomas Ward
Directed by Brandon Woolley
Featuring Isaac Lamb and Laura Faye Smith
January 24 – February 16, 2013

Tim, a burned out standup comedian has a gig at a motel in International Falls, Minnesota. Aspiring comedian and motel desk clerk, Dee, ends up in Tim’s room one night after his performance. The night turns into a philosophical discussion of comic theory, marriage, parenthood and religion. The line between comedy and tragedy is blurred as both characters are forced to ask , “Now what?”

The Dallas Morning News wrote of the workshop production, “International Falls is so much fun to watch and so painful when it wraps itself up,” and D Magazine called it “blazing good.”

CoHo is proud to present International Falls as part of Fertile Ground, Portland’s city-wide festival of new works. Purchase Fertile Ground passes through this link, and tell them we sent you! When you do, CoHo will receive credit for your purchase.

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Crooked

by Catherine Trieschmann
Co-producers Philip Cuomo and Maureen Porter
Directed by Philip Cuomo, Featuring Maureen Porter, Kayla Lian & Meghan Chambers
May 16 – June 8, 2013

Fourteen-year-old Laney and her single mother Elsie move back to her childhood home in Oxford, Mississippi. Laney is an outsider with a twisted back and only her writing to keep her company. When she befriends outcast Maribel, a zealous Christian, Laney’s penchant for story-telling soon causes trouble. An amusing series of events sparks a spiritual and sexual journey that infuriates her mother and pushes their relationship to the brink. The London Times calls Crooked ”gorgeous almost beyond belief,” and The Daily Telegraph says “This is a wonderfully neat play, at once simple and complex, grappling with big issues – matters of faith, fantasy and the flesh – while keeping its sneakers firmly planted on the suburban topsoil of adolescent angst and domestic frictions.”