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Theatre Arts

Theatre Arts and Dance 2013-14 Season





Honey Brown Eyes – Stefanie Zadravec

            Directed by Neno Pervan

            September 26, 27, 28, 29, October 2, 3, 4, & 5 @ 8:00 pm     Barnelle Theatre

Inspired by actual events, Honey Brown Eyes contrasts the everydayness of domestic settings with the ravages of the Bosnian War. Set in two kitchens, the play follows two soldiers that were once in a band together caught on opposite sides of the war - one who has to face the consequences of his own brutality, and another who comes to terms with his own cowardice.



Crimes of the Heart – Beth Henley

            Directed by Ron Marasco

            October 25, 26, 27, 31, Nov. 1 & 2@ 8 pm                Strub Theatre

Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play is a tragic comedy concerning the three MaGrath sisters, forced to face the consequences of the "crimes of the heart" she has committed.  This production will be developed in collaboration with Presidential Professor (and author of the play) Beth Henley.



Stages of AIDS – Mara De La Rosa

            Directed by Jim Holmes                      December 2-3  8:00 pm  FREE  (Donations accepted)

The Department’s annual “Stages of AIDS” is a new play developed by students and faculty to educate about AIDS/HIV and raise funds for local AIDS charities.  In 2013, Mara De La Rosa (’14) has been commissioned to write a script based on the life experiences of a member of the Theatre Department who has lost two partners to AIDS.



Shakespeare’s Shorts

Dogg’s Hamlet and Kahoot’s Macbeth by Tom Stoppard                   Directed by Dana Friedman

December 4, 5, 6 & 7 @ 8:00 pm                    Barnelle Theatre

Two short plays inspired by Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Macbeth exploring language and theatre and life in a repressive regime.  Stoppard’s comedy combines with Shakespeare’s language for a powerful night of theatre.



The Icarus Project

            Conceived and Directed by Katharine Noon

            January 21, 22, 23, 24 & 25 @ 8:00 pm         Strub Theatre


A new work devised by Professor Noon and students, based on the images and stories based on the myth of Icarus, the boy who flew too close to the sun.



Alice in Bed – Susan Sontag

in repertory  with How I Learned to Drive – Paula Vogel

            Directed by Maureen Weiss (Alice) and Timothey Fitzgerald (Drive)

            Alice = Feb 12, 14, 16 (2pm), 20, & 22

            Drive = Feb 13, 15, 16 (8pm), 19, & 21                      Barnelle Theatre

Alice in Bed presents the fictionalized character of Alice James, sister of Henry and William James, while Pulitzer Prize winning How I Learned to Drive, through a series of flashbacks, tells the story of Lil Bit, who is victimized by her uncle in Maryland in the 1960s. 



Rent – Jonathan Larson

            Directed by Diane Benedict

            March 21, 22, 23, 27, 28 & 29                        Strub Theatre

Based on La Boheme, Larson’s Pulitzer Prize winning musical follows the life of a group of poor artists as they struggle with life, art and AIDS in New York in the 1990s.



Mystery Plays

            Directed by a Guest Director

            April 9, 10, 11 & 12 @ 8pm                Chapel & Environs      FREE

Returning once again, for Easter, stories from scripture as imagined by Medieval English playwrights will be presented in and around the Chapel. 



New Works Festival

            Produced by Judith Royer, CSJ

            April 30, May 1, 2, & 3           (varying times)             Barnelle Theatre          FREE


A festival of new plays written, directed and performed entirely by students.






“I Bid You Welcome”: Entering Castle Dracula through Different Adaptations

            September 12 @ 7:00  Von der Ahe Family Suite, Hannon Library    FREE

            Scenes from a half dozen different version of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula will be presented

            in honor of Hannon Library Special Collections’ exhibit “Crossing Thresholds: Gothic




American Buffalo by David Mamet

            Directed by Diane Benedict

            October 16, 17, & 18   @ 8:00 pm      Foley 110        FREE

Betrayal and revenge shape this satire on American values.



The Summoning                      

October 18 @ 7:00 p.m.                      Dunning Courtyard and Environs        FREE

Conceived and Directed by Kevin Wetmore

An original work in honor of the Tapping the Third Realm exhibit at the Laband Art Gallery. 



Literary Trick or Treat - October 27 Starting at 8:00 p.m.        Hannon Library           FREE

Theatre students will perform scenes from horror novels in the stacks of Hannon Library.



Artists Speak: Student Performances and Exhibits Related to Confronting Brokenness and Repairing Relationships

Saturday, November 2, 2013 @ 2:30 p.m.      Murphy Recital Hall    FREE

LMU students involved in creative writing, dance, theatre arts, music, film, visual arts, and other endeavors share their response to the topic of “Confronting Brokenness and Repairing Relations” at home and in the local and global communities. Judith Royer, C.S.J., and Judith Scalin will be hosting this event which showcases the gifts, creativity and passion of student artists at LMU.



Playwrights Center Stage Guest Artist Staged Reading Series   FREE

Tales from Tent City by Brian James Polak

November 3, 2013 @ 2:30 p.m., Barnelle Theatre

Five runaway teens find family amongst each other on the streets of a big city. When summer becomes fall and an enormously tragic event befalls the city, their lives become more difficult as they wonder if the outside world cares if they exist.


Navajas by Jeremiah Munsey

November 17 @ 2:30 p.m.,  Barnelle Theatre             FREE

In this surreal black comedy, the world of a young professional couple in Los Angeles is thrown into chaos when the horrors of the Mexican Narco Wars invade their apartment.


Monologue Festival                                        

November 25 @ 8:00 p.m.  Foley 110            FREE

            Directed by Steve Rodriguez

            Students present solo pieces.


Coming in January - Breaks and Bridges: Dramatized Narratives of Confronting Conflict and Repairing Relationships            Day/Time/Venue TBA



Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks                     

            January 31 and February 1 @ 7:30 p.m.                      Location TBA                          FREE

            Directed by Dana Friedman

            In Cooperation with the Office of Black Student Services

In Celebration of the beginning of Black History Month we present Parks’s

Pulitzer Prize-winning drama of two brothers and the violence of their lives.