The 2016 season marked the Jungle Theater’s first year under its second-ever artistic director. Sarah Rasmussen didn’t waste any time making every production a must-see, curating a diverse season that opened the theater’s doors to new artists, new work, and new audiences. Every show was thought-provoking and visually striking, taking great advantage of the theater’s chamber-scale stage. The joyous all-female Two Gentlemen of Verona opened the season, followed by the fascinating Constellations, and the moving summertime show Le Switch, a premiere play about gay marriage. Bars and Measures examined music and social justice, centered on black Americans’ experiences. The season closer, The Oldest Boy, became a daring meditation on faith and ritual in a Tibetan-American family. Rasmussen has found a new range for this local institution to explore, making the Jungle more essential than ever.
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