The mission of Theatre NXS is to produce works of artistic and social significance with professional expertise and creative passion, to develop an audience to support such work, to discover and develop local talent, and to establish a professional theater in Columbia, MO.
The implications of the sound of the name, "Theatre In Excess," are intentional. Theatre NXS brings a challenging, inclusive new voice to Columbia theater. It embraces music and dance as well as theater. Theatre NXS has hosted plays, bands, dance companies, variety shows, comics, business meetings, private parties, classes, meetings, recitals, raconteurs, burlesque, gender illusionists - pretty much anything you can think of Theatre NXS has hosted.
Theatre NXS seeks to draw audience members into their own experience of theater, one that will be entertaining and rewarding.
In 1884, Ulysses S. Grant had been caught in a fraudulent investment scheme and had lost all of his money. He had also just been diagnosed with throat cancer, and was confronted with the possibility of dying soon and leaving his family poverty-stricken and in debt. Mark Twain, his close friend at the time, convinced him to write his memoirs. Twain, subsequently horrified at the onerous terms of a publisher's contract, convinced Grant to let him do the publishing. In one of the most remarkable feats of writing ever, Grant raced with the Grim Reaper to complete his Memoirs, winning the race by five days.
Don Nigro takes us through four critical moments in this process. With his keen eye both to historical accuracy and to the depth of human experience, he makes these two American icons human. With great humor and insight, they confront life, death, the creative process, and what it means to be human. Theatre NXS is privileged to be able to present the world premiere of another of Don's plays that will surely take its place in the cannon of great American drama. Produced through special arrangement with Don Nigro.
Pictured at right are Addison Myers and Aaron Krawitz in Don Nigro's Memoirs. Another world premiere of another fantastic Don Nigro play.
Theatre NXS is proud and privileged to present the world premieres of Further Adventures of Tom and Huck and Jack in the Box and the Missouri premiere of Normalcy.Please note that this is Theatre for Grownups. These plays are not for children under the age of 16.
"It's been so long. I always felt bad about losing touch like we did. Gosh, it's great to see you. Wait till I tell Becky. You know I married Becky Thatcher, don't you?" And so Tom begins their thirty year reunion. Don Nigro's exploration of these long-loved traditional characters presents a modern black comedy that plays on contemporary social themes and the American mythos, all with a stunning plot twist. After seeing this dark, witty and hilarious take on "what if," you will never think of Tom, Huck and Becky quite the same again.
In this very short play a student presents a "report" on the stunning term of Warren G. Harding, and no politician is quite safe from its outrageous commentary.
What if you discovered yourself trapped in a wind-up box, a spring stuck half-way up your arse, at the mercy of some gargantuan child? Jack, in the box, struggles to remember how he got there. Ten twisted minutes from the mind of Don Nigro.
David Mamet’s critics once said he could only write for men. He responded with Boston Marriage, a Victorian comedy of errors that broke new ground, not only for Mamet, but also for off-Broadway theatre.
“Devastatingly funny ... exceptionally clever ... (Mamet) demonstrates anew his technical virtuosity and flexibility.” The New York Times
“(Mamet’s characters) are at each other’s throats with a wit akin to characters out of Wilde and a vengeance not unlike those from Pinter, Edward Albee or Mamet himself.” The Boston Globe
“Wickedly, wittily entertaining ... What makes the play ... such brilliant fun is its marriage of glinting period artifice and contemporary frankness.” The Boston Phoenix
“Brilliant ... One of Mamet’s most satisfying and accomplished plays, and one of the funniest comedies in years.” New York Post
Theatre NXS is proud to present the mid-Missouri premiere of David Mamet’s Boston Marriage.