Fall 2021 Production:
Life is a Dream
by Pedro Calderón, translated & adapted by Nilo Cruz
Directed by Dr. Wind Dell Woods
Oct 29, 30 - 7:30pm
Nov 4, 5, 6 - 7:30 pm; Nov 6 - 2pm
A baroque mix of revolutionary politics, pop culture and semiotics based on the play by Pedro Calderón de la Barca. A young prince learns that life is just a dream from which we wake when we die. And that dreams may be as real as life.
The play's central themes are the conflict between free will and fate, as well as restoring one's honor. It remains one of Calderón's best-known and most studied works, and was listed as one of the 40 greatest plays of all time in The Independent.
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A festival of scenes selected from Full-Length Plays and directed by Students of Theatre 313: Directing Class. FREE Admission!
Mon/Tues Dec. 6, 7 - 7:30pm
By Many Wounds by Zinnie Harris - Directed by Alex Miller
Night, Mother by Marsha Norman - Directed by Allison Turek
Full Self by Claire Chafee - Directed by Sam Webb
Extremities by William Mastrosimone - Directed by Willard Franklin
Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward - Directed by Ayli Stabinsky
Spring 2022 Production
Indecent by Paula Vogel
A deeply moving play inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance—a play seen by some as a seminal work of Jewish culture, and by others as an act of traitorous libel. INDECENT charts the history of an incendiary drama and the path of the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it.
Mar 3, 4, 5 - 7:30pm, Mar 5, 6 - 2pm
Senior Theatre Festival:
Excerpts from plays selected, directed and performed by students
Show A: April 1,2 - 7:30pm; April 2 - 2pm - Woman and Scarecrow by Marina Carr, Directed by Brittany Holloway
Woman and Scarecrow follows the main character, Woman, who is bed ridden with a terminal illness and spends the play inching closer to death. She recalls details of her fairly miserable life. She is mother to eight children and is married to Him, a man she still adores but knew she shouldn’t have married. Her only true ally and friend is Scarecrow. Scarecrow protects her from death and is with her until her final moment.
Show B April 15, 16 - 7:30pm; April 16 - 2pm - The Effect by Lucy Prebble, Directed by Gabi Marler
The Effect follows Connie and Tristan who are deeply, truly in love. Well, they aren’t too sure about the true part. The two are deep in an antidepressant clinical trial run by the formidable Dr. James, and find themselves questioning if their whirlwind romance is a side effect of the drug or something real. Things are further complicated by the presence of Dr. James’ former beau Toby and revelations about the true nature of the drug trial. The Effect is an exploration of the impact of mental health on our lives and relationships with others.
Show C April 22, 23 - 7:30pm; April 23 - 2pm - 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane Directed by Willard Franklin
Written five months before her death and only ever performed posthumously, Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis is an intimidatingly vast exploration of suicide, mental illness, and the capability of human emotion. There are no stage directions, named characters, or resemblance of form; what’s present is a bleak portrayal of suffering depicted through poetry and prose. 4.48 will be staged with one question in mind: what does it mean to break up with life?