Theatre – Main Stage
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Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley
Directed by Dr. Nancy Arnfield
September 20-23 and September 27-30, 2018
The scene is Hazlehurst, Mississippi, where the three Magrath sisters have gathered to await news of the family patriarch, their grandfather, who is living out his last hours in the local hospital. Lenny, the oldest sister, is unmarried at thirty and facing diminishing marital prospects; Meg, the middle sister, who quickly outgrew Hazlehurst, is back after a failed singing career on the West Coast; while Babe, the youngest, is out on bail after having shot her husband in the stomach. Their troubles, grave and yet, somehow, hilarious, are highlighted by their priggish cousin, Chick, and by the awkward young lawyer who tries to keep Babe out of jail while helpless not to fall in love with her. In the end the play is the story of how its young characters escape the past to seize the future—but the telling is so true and touching and consistently hilarious that it will linger in the mind long after the curtain has descended.
Great Expectations adapted from Dickens’ novel by Barbara Field
November 8-11 and November 15-18, 2018
Directed by Robert Arbaugh, MFA
Brilliant theatrical storytelling is employed to convey all the energy and warmth of Dickens’ richly human story with cinematic quickness and fluidity. Beginning with his humble boyhood at the home of his long-suffering sister and her husband, the kindhearted Joe Gargery, the play follows Pip through his encounter with the escaped convict, Magwitch; his experiences with the bizarre Miss Havisham and her haughty ward Estella; and on to his removal to London where, after his “expectations” are mysteriously made known, Pip aspires to become a gentleman. Moving deftly from scene to scene and place to place, the play involves the audience at every step—building steadily to the exciting climax where Pip gives moving evidence that, in growing up, he has also come of age as a compassionate and altogether admirable human being.
Agnes of God by John Pielmeier
January 10-13, 2019
Directed by Robert Arbaugh, MFA
Summoned to a convent, Dr. Martha Livingstone, a court-appointed psychiatrist, is charged with assessing the sanity of a novice accused of murdering her newborn. Miriam Ruth, the Mother Superior, determinedly keeps young Agnes from the doctor, further arousing Livingstone’s suspicions. Who killed the infant, and who fathered the tiny victim? Livingstone’s questions force all three women to re-examine the meaning of faith and the power of love, leading to a dramatic, compelling climax. A hit on Broadway and later on film.
Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl
February 7-10 and February 14-17, 2019
Directed by Hannah Niece
In Eurydice, Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists, and breathtaking visual effects, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story.
Opal by Robert Nassif Lindsey
April 4-7 and April 11-14, 2019
Directed by Nicole Mullaly
This award winning Off Broadway hit from the composer/lyricist of Honky Tonk Highway is magical, delightful, poignant and poetic. It tells the story of a seven year old aristocratic girl who is orphaned in a shipwreck and placed in an Oregon lumber camp in 1904. Her one desire is to find the secret way to return to her parents and her former life. To survive, she creates a world of fantasy and enchantment. The magic of her extraordinary imagination transforms the lives of those around her the shy lumberjack, the blind girl and her embittered foster mother. Finally, in the ashes of a devastating forest fire, Opal discovers hope and home.
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