The Bay Area premiere of Obie-winner Amy Herzog's "After the Revolution" and a revival of the David Mamet masterpiece "American Buffalo" are among the highlights of the 2013-2014 Aurora Theatre season.

Bay Area veteran Joy Carlin will direct "After the Revolution," a quirky tale of Marxism, the McCarthy era and family. The highly-anticipated premiere from the gifted author of "4000 Miles" (a recent hit at ACT), "Belleville" and "The Great God Pan," runs Aug. 30-Sept. 29.

The innovative Barbara Damashek will direct the classic Mamet "American Buffalo," a seedy story of grifters, cons and a priceless buffalo nickel. This season closer runs June 13-July 13, 2014.

The six-show roster also includes artistic director Tom Ross tackling the regional premiere of Samuel D. Hunter's Obie-winning "A Bright New Boise," an edgy comedy (Nov.8-Dec.8). Hotshot director Jon Tracy ("Any Given Day," "The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity") directing a story of school bullies "Gidion's Knot" (Jan.31-March 2, 2014) and Josh Costello will helm the regional debut of "Wittenberg," (April 4-May 4, 2014) an egghead comedy about the battle between faith and reason in a 16th century mashup of Hamlet, Faust and Martin Luther.

The ever edgy Mark Jackson ("Salomania," "Metamorphoses") returns to direct John W. Lowell's taut two-hander "The Letters," (April 17-May 25, 2014) a thriller about life under the Stalin regime. "Letters" will inaugurate the company's smaller second stage.


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All shows are held at the Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison Street, Berkeley. Subscriptions ($150-$260) are on sale now. Single tickets ($32-$60) go on sale August 1. 510-843-4822. www.auroratheatre.org

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