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2019-2020 Theatre Department Season

August 23, 2019

#1       ONE ACT FESTIVAL

Thursday, Friday, Saturday Oct 3, 4, and 5 – 7:30PM

4 student written plays, 2 student directors directing, 4 student actors acting

 

Carnival by Kaes Vanderspek

Directed by Corey McCarey

Howling by Natalie Rich

Directed by Olivia Mathews

Jesus Chris by Robin Roianov

Directed by Corey McCarey

Lavender by Lucy Euler

Directed by Olivia Mathews

 

#2       FALL ONCE UPON A WEEKEND

Saturday, Oct 19 - 10:00PM

 

A quick and dirty, “on your feet” festival of student written short plays. Written on a theme in a week,  rehearsed for two hours, and performed late at night.

 

#3       FALL MAIN STAGE PRODUCTION 

  THE CHRISTIANS by Lucas Hnath

Director: Stepan S. Simek, Professor of Theatre,

Music and Choir Director: Susan McBerry

Friday, Saturday, Nov 1, 2 - 7:30 PM, Sunday, Nov 4 - 2:00PM Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Nov 7, 8, and 9 - 7:30 PM 

Play Synopsis

Twenty years ago, Pastor Paul’s church was nothing more than a modest storefront. Now, he presides over a mega-congregation of thousands, with classrooms for Sunday School, a coffee shop in the lobby, a baptismal font as big as a swimming pool, a top of the arts multi-media machinery, and a parking lot for hundreds of cars. Today should be a day of celebration – the congregation has become more powerful than ever, and the gigantic church building is now finally fully paid for and debt-free. But Paul is about to preach a sermon that will shake the very foundation of his church’s belief and lead to a complete reexamination of everything that each of the characters in the play stands for. 

The Christians as a deeply probing play that raises questions about how and why organized religion can be a divisive, if not abusive, social force in our society. It is a highly theatrical and relatable, yet at the same time profoundly intellectual staged debate about the real human consequences of choices based on spirituality. The staged debate is backed by a twenty to twenty-five-member choir and a live church band.

 

#4       DANCE EXTRAVAGANZA

Friday, Saturday, Dec 6 and 7 - 7:30 and 10:00PM

Our annual student choreographed Dance Concert

 

#5       SPRING ONCE UPON A WEEKEND

Saturday Feb 15 - 10:00PM

 

#6      SPRING MAIN STAGE PRODUCTION

 MARIE ANTOINETTE by David Adjami

Director: Rebecca Lingafelter, Associate Professor of Theatre

Friday, Saturday, March 6, 7 - 7:30PM, Sunday, March 8 - 2:00PM, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, March 12, 13, and 14 - 7:30PM 

OVERVIEW

In David Adjmi’s contemporary take on the young queen of France, Marie is a confection created by a society that values extravagance and artifice. But France’s love affair with the royals sours as revolution brews, and for Marie, the political suddenly becomes very personal. From the light and breezy banter at the palace to the surging chants of “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité!” in the streets, Marie Antoinette holds a mirror up to our contemporary society that might just be entertaining itself to death.

 

#7      THEATRE THESIS FESTIVAL 2020

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, April 22, 23, 24, and 25

A showcase of the creative work of senior theatre majors.