Hipp Unplugged: Season 24/25

Hipp Unplugged: A Staged Reading Series aims to bring Gainesville more theater that is challenging, gives voice to underserved playwrights, and provides our company and artistic community a place to come together and grow.  With the Hipp Unplugged, you can be among the first to experience new works from promising artists in our intimate Cinema Stage.  There will be a talkback after every performance with the director and cast to discuss the works performed.


by Hannah Benitez

Tuesday, June 11 at 7pm

DIKE – After two years of separation, a pair of sisters from an ecclesiastical family reunite to navigate the murky waters of identity. The four millennial women united by this reunion struggle for clarity in their most significant relationships; those with God, those with lovers, those with family. A wrenching exploration of love, sexuality, and sisterhood, Dike questions the walls religion and social conditioning build in us. “The Devil is not involved in matters of the heart.”

“The play ‘tackles this time-tested issue of sexuality and religion in a funny, awkward and really touching way, without preaching. It draws such honest, beautiful characters that you’re able to sympathize with them both so much. That’s what makes it tremendously affecting,’ [Brendan Regan, Co-Artistic Director] said. ‘Benitez is the author of several full-length plays, with such titles as Whitewashed,’ B1TC0N, The Weight of Water and Goy Toy.” -The Herald Tribune

WORLD PREMIER: Saint Bridgit

by Hannah Benitez

Wednesday, June 12 at 7pm

When a scandal breaks at her Catholic school, a young religious teacher must reconcile with her own morality, forcing a reckoning with her estranged lesbian sister.

Heroes of the Fourth Turning

by Will Arbery

Monday, November 11 at 7 pm

It’s nearing midnight in Wyoming, where four young conservatives have gathered at a backyard after-party. They’ve returned home to toast their mentor Gina, newly inducted as president of a tiny Catholic college. But as their reunion spirals into spiritual chaos and clashing generational politics, it becomes less a celebration than a vicious fight to be understood. On a chilly night in the middle of America, Will Arbery’s haunting play offers grace and disarming clarity, speaking to the heart of a country at war with itself.

Finalist: 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Drama
Winner! 2020 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play
Winner! 2020 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play
Winner! 2020 Whiting Award for Drama

The Fat Sergeant

by Douglas Gearhart

Monday, March 10 at 7 pm

Finalist in the Hippodrome’s 2022 New Works Festival, Gearhart’s new play explores life after the Iraq war for two men who  ultimately try to muster the strength to march on and repair their broken lives.

Knight is an Army Reserve Soldier well past his prime. He is sent to a desolate base in Wisconsin for a month of annual training. To him it’s easy money, and he sure can use it. But upon reporting Knight fails his Army ‘fat test’. Now he must lose some weight quickly or else lose his rank and be sent home. While brooding and drinking in his motel room he meets an Iraqi native, Ahmad, who is the motel maintenance man (at least that’s what his uniform says). Ahmad doesn’t seem to know how to fix anything, much less the broken heat in Knight’s room, and he admittedly would rather be working on his ‘grand philosophical treatise’. Over the next ten days these two men will try to make sense of why they’ve been brought together, discuss some painful questions about the past, and ultimately try to muster the strength to march on and repair their broken lives.

Something Clean

by Selina Fillinger

Monday, May 12 at 7 pm

The author of POTUS in the 51st Season, Fillinger’s earlier work follows one woman struggling to make sense of her own grief, love, and culpability.

Charlotte has been a mother for nineteen years, a wife for three decades, and a respectable community member her entire life. But when her only child is incarcerated for sexual assault, her once-immaculate world is forever tainted. Selina Fillinger’s intimate new drama follows one woman struggling to make sense of her own grief, love, and culpability.

“A beautifully observed, richly compassionate new drama.” – The New York Times

“Fillinger is a brave, commanding new presence – a young American dramatist worth keeping an eye on in the future, and deserving of praise already.” – Observer

“A shattering, heartrending exploration of the ripple effects of rape culture.” – Time Out


Monday, July 7 at 7 pm