Current Season

The Theatre Department produces an annual season of plays, offering a variety of performance and technical opportunities for both students and community members. The season includes classic and contemporary works, musicals, and children’s plays. All academic productions are free to the public and seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. No tickets and no reservations.


Fall 2015

An Absurd Memory:  an evening of short plays by Samuel Beckett
Director:  Coleman Crenshaw
Bodker Black Box Theatre

Performances:
Sept. 18-20, 25-27
Friday & Saturday 7:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 2 p.m.

Join us as we delve into the mind of a playwright obsessed with life and its inevitable end, and his hope for a better outcome.  These seven short plays by Samuel Beckett range from the comic irrationality of life to the sober reflection of a tortured memory.   Beckett's keenly sparse prose lays bare the universal truth that life will end, but he also manages to reveal the absurd, preposterous hope that life has something more in it than death.  You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll wonder if there is anything more insidious than hope.

Suitable for all ages but not recommended for those under 12.


Inspecting Carol by Daniel Sullivan
Director:  Matthew Schmidli
Polsky Theatre

Performances:
Nov. 6-8, 13-15
Friday & Saturday 7:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 2 p.m.

A man who asks to audition at a small theatre is mistaken for an informer for the National Endowment for the Arts. Everyone caters to the bewildered wannabe actor and he is given a role in the current production, A Christmas Carol. Everything goes wrong and hilarity is piled upon hilarity.  A Christmas Carol meets The Government Inspector meets Noises Off.

This play contains mature language.  Recommended for ages 14 and up.


Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello
Director:  Aaron Roose
Bodker Black Box Theatre

The Dec. 3-6 performance of Six Characters in Search of an Author [italicize the play title] has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Spring 2016

Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
Director:  Beate Pettigrew
Polsky Theatre

Performances:
Feb. 19-21, 26-28
Friday & Saturday 7:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 2 p.m.

After a malicious youngster starts a rumor about two women who run a school for girls, the rumor soon turns to scandal. As the young girl comes to understand the power she wields, she sticks by her story, which precipitates tragedy for the women. It is later discovered that the gossip was pure invention, but it is too late. Irreparable damage has been done. This play, written and set in 1934 (during a time when any mention of homosexuality on stage was illegal), is Hellman’s first successful play.

Suitable for all ages but not recommended for those under 12.


The Pharaoh and the Rose adapted by Matthew Schmidli, based on a folk tale
Director:  Matthew Schmidli               
Bodker Black Box Theatre

Performances:
March 11-13
Friday & Saturday 7:30 p.m.
Saturday noon & 3 p.m.
Sunday 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.

The Pharaoh and the Rose is an Egyptian folk tale, sometimes called “the Egyptian Cinderella”.  Menes has three beautiful daughters – arrogant Zalika, selfish Aziza, and the kind Rhodopis.  The Great Ahmose 1, Pharaoh of upper and lower Egypt has summoned all the young women to appear before him, so he can choose a queen.  The spiteful Zalika and Aziza set out to get to the Pharaoh first.  Along the path, they have many opportunities to show their true characters.  The loving Rhodopis (affectionately called Rozy), follows the same path as her sisters, but makes better decisions ending with a different result! 

This children’s play is suitable for all ages.


Mauritius by Theresa Rebeck
Director:  Aubrey Urban
Bodker Black Box Theatre

Performances:
April 15-17, 22-24
Friday & Saturday 7:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 2 p.m.

Stamp collecting is far more risky than you think. After their mother's death, two estranged half-sisters discover a book of rare stamps that may include the crown jewel for collectors. One sister tries to collect on the windfall, while the other resists for sentimental reasons. In this gripping tale, a seemingly simple sale becomes dangerous when three seedy, high-stakes collectors enter the sisters' world, willing to do anything to claim the rare find as their own.

This play contains mature language. Recommended for ages 14 and up.