College of Communication and Fine Arts Department of Theatre & Dance
2013-2014 Season

Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine
By Lynn Nottage
Directed by John Yorke
October, 3-5 and 10-12, 2013
Knocked up and seriously broke, a successful publicist is plunged into a topsy-turvy world of welfare mothers, drug addicts, and slimy FBI agents. In a darkly comic riches-to-rags tale of falling down and finding the beauty within, an uptown African American Ivy-educated publicist returns to her parents' home in the Brooklyn projects in order to become a part of the family she left behind.

Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?
By John R. Powers    Music & Lyrics by James Quinn & Alaric Jans
Directed by Randall T. Stevens
November,  7-9 and 14-16, 2013
Sex education, confession, nuns, heartache and first love – all ingredients for a fun filled night at the theatre – and all part of growing up in 1950s Catholic school. This delightful musical captures the comedy, the horror, joy and tenderness of adolescent growing pains. Eddie Ryan and his friends journey from 2nd grade to graduation in this hilarious and poignant musical. It will tickle the funny bone of anyone who ever went to school, public or private!

Polaroid Stories
(in rep with The Pillowman)
By Naomi Iizuka     
Directed by Jung “Jay” Han Kim
November,  22-24, 2013  
Stories, characters and themes from Ovid’s Metamorphoses tell the gripping story of street kids living on the edge in a desolate, urban landscape. Iizuka creates a world that has two dimensions: the gritty realm of drug dealers, homeless kids and prostitutes and the realm of self-fashioning and shape-shifting gods.  Powerful themes begin to emerge: the relationship of the gods to humans, women as victims, and the power of timeless storytelling.

The Pillowman
(in rep with Polaroid Stories)
By Martin McDonagh    
Directed by Teddy Eck
November 22-24, 2013
In this dramatic thriller, a string of grisly murders eerily shadow an author’s series of nightmarish stories. The mystery unravels, as the writer and his mentally impaired brother are both interrogated by two mysterious men who may or may not have a secret agenda. Award-winning playwright Martin McDonagh delivers a dark and mysterious tale that delivers spellbinding twists and turns at every corner.  

Chess
Music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeusand; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Directed by Stephen Hancock
February, 20-22 and 27-Mar 1, 2014
Cunning gamesmanship is the order of the day in this intriguing tale of conflict set during the Cold War era. The tensions between America and Russia are played out on the chessboard in this dynamic rock opera that develops the sophisticated game of chess into a metaphor for romantic rivalries and East-West political intrigue. Like the game of chess, life and love sometimes require strategic power plays, manipulations, and sacrificial pawns.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
By Tom Stoppard
Directed by Paul Revaz
April, 17-19 and 24-26, 2014
An absurdist take on the story of Hamlet…as told from the skewed and unexpected perspective of two relatively minor characters - Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Comedy ensues as the two oft-confused supporting players take center stage bewildered by their mission and their reason for being. Madcap humor, witty wordplay, gripping tension and a heady swirl of ideas all come together in this story of two nobodies who long to star in their own story.


 

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