Northern Thailand's First English-language theater company
Coming soon! one performance only 31 august 2018 7:00 pm aua auditorium
Written by American writer and social critic James Baldwin in 1954, The Amen Corner is a three-act play that portrays the incongruity of religious idealism and harsh reality in an African American community plagued by poverty and racial prejudice. The play follows a respected female pastor, Margaret Alexander, as she leads a church that meets in a storefront in the middle of the twentieth century. Margaret’s fears and suffering from her past have led her to a life of strict religious observance, and she leads her congregation without telling them of the failures in her past.
Baldwin has written novels, essays, and short stories, but “The Amen Corner” was his first venture into theater. In this play, Baldwin shows the danger of a strict division between what is spiritual and what is secular, what is safe and what is unsafe. A denial of the coexistence of good and evil only leads to a lack of honesty and integrity in a complicated world.
Tickets for The Amen Corner are 250 baht, at the door only. Box office opens at 6:00pm; curtain 7:00pm. General Admission seating. Seating is limited. Arrive early!
Our 2018-19 Season is about to get underway!
Almost, Maine by John Cariani is slated to run 25-28 October 2018, and is directed by Suman Tharan. It comprises nine short scenes that explore love and loss in a remote, mythical almost-town called Almost, Maine. It premiered at the Portland Stage Company in Portland, Maine in 2004 where it broke box office records and garnered critical acclaim. The New York Times called it "...a series of nine amiably absurdist vignettes about love, with a touch of good-natured magic realism...This is a beautifully structured play, with nifty surprise endings (most but not all of them happy) and passing references to characters from other vignettes, which slyly tell us more about them. Mr. Cariani describes the play’s subject as ‘falling in and out of love.’ It is just as much about pain.”
Pirates of Chemotherapyby Paul Schutte and directed by Toni Cacioppo, is scheduled to open February 2019. The dramatic comedy is about six breast cancer patients who band together to live life to the fullest while facing their illnesses and illustrates the relentless spirit of breast cancer survivors. The humor of the story can be found in how many of the members deal with their illness. The Richmond Gay Times review said, "...we laugh, we cry, we empathize with those we know who have battled cancer. This cast of six isn’t just actors—pirates, to be correct—but representatives of diverse people who convince us that the curative powers of laughter and fortitude shouldn’t be discounted." A portion of ticket sales will go to benefit breast cancer outreach throughout Northern Thailand.
The Gate is planning several Reader's Theatre events this season, and we are still considering scripts for a third, fully staged production. If you have a play that you'd just love to see us do, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Founder and Artistic Director Stephan Turner watches open auditions
In Memoriam Jim Matchett
On October 27, 2017, The Gate lost beloved friend, patron, and founding member, Jim Matchett. A former band leader and radio announcer, Jim served as our Master of Ceremonies for 10 years. He appeared in multiple productions over the years, including Love Lettersopposite his treasured wife, Joyce. The Gate Theater Group lovingly dedicates our season, and most importantly, our upcoming BGG production of Into the Light: Focus on the Actor.
Please join us in honoring Jim as he steps into his own light.
Jim, you are forever on the stage of our hearts.
Rest in peace, dear friend.
Introducing the Back Gate Group (BGG)
The Back Gate Group (BGG) is a group within The Gate Theater Group and differs from our regular season (or Main Gate season).
BGG will be producing a variety of shows throughout the year — from talent nights to Reader's Theater to 10-minute plays to original pieces by local writers, BGG's mission is to nurture and develop new talent in Northern Thailand.
Listen to Stephan Turner, Managing Artistic Director and Founder of The Gate talk about his vision for The Gate in 2013. Join us in seeing this vision through.
Have a look at our past 10 years, and join us in our next 10...