Theatre Arts and Dance 2013-14 Season
ON THE MAINSTAGE:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.