July 6 - July 19, 2017
From the mind of award-winning playwright Aaron Posner comes a celebratory work of the foibles of humanity. In this fiercely playful reworking of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, a group of old friends, ex-lovers, and estranged family gather over a weekend to grapple with life’s thorniest questions, each other and you. What could possibly go wrong? Heartfelt, but never sentimental; full of endless amazement and wonder; and always, always tipping toward more love, hope, passion and perseverance. Never has unhappiness been so much fun.
“I’m head-over-heels in love with this play. We all know the pain of age or overwork or of desperately loving someone with whom you could never share a kiss. It aches and it sucks. But all that aching and sucking is what makes you feel alive, and the unfulfilled longing that you feel so deeply lets you know that your feelings run that deep.”
—Alan Katz, DC Theatre Scene
Recommended for ages 13 and up. Contains sexual themes and strong language.
Life Sucks is generously sponsored by Jeri L. Wolfson
Company of Fools’ 22nd season sponsors are Anonymous, The Shubert Foundation, Carr Foundation, Linda & Bob Edwards, Ken Lewis, Scott Miley Roofing, Priscilla Pittiglio, Linda & Bill Potter, Mary Ann & John Underwood, Barbara & Stanley Zax and media sponsor The Weekly Sun
The Professor……….Andrew Alburger
Dr. Aster……….Joel Vilinsky
Direction……….John Glenn and Ilana Becker
Stage Management……….Anne Huston*
Scenic Design……….Joe Lavigne
Lighting Design……….Mike Inwood**
Costume Design……….Maria Gerhardt
Set Dressing, Props & Sound Design……….K.O. Ogilvie
Wig Design……….Jenn Rush
Scenic Painting……….Rich Rush and Dennis Rexroad
Production Assistant……….Christine Leslie
*Appears Courtesy of Actors Equity Association
**United Scenic Artists
$35 senior (62 and over)
$15 student (with student ID)
$35 group (8 or more)
*Ticket prices do not include taxes or processing fees.
Learn, explore and have fun with Company of Fools. Take advantage of some interesting ways to engage with theatre and the current performance on a deeper level:
“Pay What You Feel” Night – Thu, July 6, 7pm
Join us for the first performance of Life Sucks and literally pay whatever you’d like! Tickets go on sale at the Liberty Theatre box office one hour prior to the performance. There are no reserved seats. Simply buy your ticket, find a seat and enjoy the show. If you’d prefer to reserve your seats, you may also purchase your tickets at full price for this performance.
“Girls’ Night Out” – Sat, July 8, 8pm
Going to the theatre has gotten even more fun! This performance offers a pre-show happy ½-hour with discounted wine, beer, and bubbly; deals at local partner restaurants; and a chance to win fabulous prizes.
“Backstage Tour/Post-Show Chat Back” – Sun, July 9, 7pm (immediately following show)
Immediately following the performance, stay for a thought-provoking and fun discussion with the artists of Life Sucks. And enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the design elements that went into creating the show with COF’s resident set designer Joe Lavigne.
“10 for 10″
Ten seats are sold for $10 each, on each night, at the box office starting one hour prior to the performance. Limit two tickets per person