A tailor to the wealthy, powerful, and famous struggles to serve a very unusual client: a blustering real estate tycoon and reality TV star who—to everyone’s surprise—becomes a major party’s nominee for President. As the election spins out of control, the tailor and his apprentice are forced to examine their roles as confidants and image-makers for the candidate…and whether the right suit has the power to clinch the presidency. The New England premiere of this hot-off-the-presses satire from Jon Robin Baitz (Other Desert Cities, The Substance of Fire) offers a unique opportunity for a play to participate in our nation’s political discourse as it unfolds.

Vicuna performances are September 14 through October 6 at the Plaza Black Box Theater at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont ST in Boston’s South End.

No Winter Show

For our 18th season during 2018 and 2019, Zeitgeist Stage will only be presenting two shows. Vicuna by Jon Robin Baitz in September/October 2018, and Trigger Warning by Jacques Lamarre in April/May 2019. There will be no winter show this season, and Flex Passes will be offered in choices and 2 and 4, reflecting the two show season.

From Page to Stage

In the spring of 2019, Zeitgeist Stage Company which is a resident theater company at the Boston Center for the Arts will present the world premiere of Trigger Warning by playwright Jacques Lamarre. Zeitgeist Stage commissioned the play, which looks at the impact of a school shooting from the perspective of the shooter’s family. This Page to Stage discussion will illuminate the process of preparing the script for presentation in a premiere production, as well as a reading of a scene from the play. Zeitgeist Stage Company Artistic Director David Miller, a South End resident, will be on hand, as will some of the actors in the production. This event will be at the South End Branch of the Boston Public Library at 685 Tremont St in Boston’s South End Tuesday, January 8, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM.

Trigger Warning

Columbine. Aurora. Virginia Tech. Sandy Hook. Orlando. Las Vegas. A day at school or a night out with friends ends in bloodshed and a nation shaking its head in disbelief. Thanks to disturbed, angry individuals and easy access to powerful weapons, each of these communities have become synonymous with unanticipated and massive tragedy. How do we as Americans respond?

Why do we seem powerless to stop these acts that happen over and over? If you are to believe our cowed politicians held in thrall to the N.R.A., with thoughts, prayers, and deflected blame.

Trigger Warning will look at how a mass shooting impacts one family - that of the shooter. Were there warning signs that were ignored? Could they have done anything to stop this senseless act? Can they face a community that once was home and now reviles them? Is there anything this family can offer a devastated nation other than thoughts and prayers?

This new drama will zero in on the heart of the gun debate, mental health issues, fears, and misconceptions surrounding this uniquely American phenomenon. Playwright Jacques Lamarre lives in Connecticut, minutes from the site of the Hartford Distributors shooting where nine people were killed, Newington where five Connecticut Lottery employees were murdered, and one hour from Newtown, CT.