In order to give titles a higher profile, the NNPN provides funding for multiple productions that are designated as the "world premiere." The play will also be produced by Curious Theatre Company (Denver) and Kitchen Dog Theater Company (Dallas) following Aurora's lead production, which will play Jan. 28-March 6, 2011.
Minneapolis-based playwright Moore's comedy is about Hannah, who "tries desperately to hold the façade of her perfect life together, even as her husband, David, mysteriously calls in sick to work day after day, they struggle with infertility, and Hannah herself is on the verge of being laid off," according to Aurora notes. "When Hannah’s sister appears on their doorstep, she brings with her a feisty, renegade attitude and an illicit package that sends David and Hannah on a 12-hour odyssey into some quirky corners of Minneapolis, and into the heart of their deepest fears."
The "comedy about surviving and transcending" is inspired by the 2007 collapse of the Mississippi River Bridge in Minneapolis.
Collapse will be the fully staged anchor production in this season's Global Age Project, an Aurora Theatre Company initiative "that encourages playwrights and directors to explore life in the 21st century and beyond."
The Aurora's 2010-11 season will pay tribute to Tennessee Williams' centenary year with artistic director Tom Ross' revival of The Eccentricities of a Nightingale. The company will also produce the first American professional production of David Farr and Icelandic actor-director Gísli Örn Gardarsson's avant garde adaptation of Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis, directed by Mark Jackson.
The season will also include Alice Childress' Trouble in Mind, a play about race seen through the lens of a theatrical production about racism, starring Bay Area favorite Margo Hall.
The season will also feature the Bay Area premiere of David Cale in his one-man play about an unlikely gigolo, Palomino.
The season will be staged August 2010 through July 2011 at the intimate Aurora Theatre in the downtown Berkeley arts district.