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Aphra Behn

Or,

By: Liz Duffy Adams
Director: David Schuler
 

Scenic Design: Grayson Basina (s)*
Costume Design: Sarah Strange
Lighting Design: Clark Cybart-Fuson(s)

*(s) denotes that the designer is a student

Oct. 21 at 11:00 a.m., Oct. 21–24 at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. 

(CFA Theatre)

Liz Duffy Adams’ loosely historical, modern take on Restoration comedy, OR, takes place during one night in the life of Aphra Behn, poet, spy, and soon to be first professional female British playwright. Sprung from debtors’ prison after a disastrous overseas mission, Behn is desperate to get out of the spy trade. She has a shot at a production at one of only two London theatres, if she can only finish her play by morning, despite interruptions from sudden new love, actress Nell Gwynne; complicated royal love, King Charles II; and very dodgy ex-love, double-agent William Scott—who may be in on a plot to murder the king in the morning.One San Francisco critic called OR, a “bawdy, hilarious and whip-smart literary sex comedy that turns into a door-slamming quick-change farce.” Recommended for mature audiences.

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Marat/Sade

MARAT/SADE

By: Peter Weiss
Director: Ann Dillon Farrelly
Musical Direction: David Schuler

Scenic Design: Jeffrey Strange
Lighting Design: Josh Lawyer (s)
Costume Design: Sarah Strange

Nov. 18 at 11:00 a.m., Nov. 18–21 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 22 at 2 p.m.

(CFA Theatre)

The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis De Sade, or Marat/Sade as it is commonly known, is set in the historical Charenton Asylum and is almost entirely a "play within a play". The main story takes place on July 13, 1808, after the French Revolution; the play directed by Marquis de Sade within the story takes place during the Revolution, in the middle of 1793, culminating in the assassination of Jean-Paul Marat (which took place on July 13, 1793). The actors are the inmates of the asylum, and the nurses and supervisors occasionally step in to restore order. The bourgeois director of the hospital, Coulmier, supervises the performance, accompanied by his wife and daughter. He is a supporter of the post-revolutionary government led by Napoleon, in place at the time of the production, and believes the play he has organized to be an endorsement of his patriotic views. His patients, however, have other ideas.  With elements of both Brecht and Artaud, this experience of "total theatre" won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1966.  As observed by Howard Taubman in his 1965 NY Times review, "Mr. Weiss's play expresses a fresh, probing sensibility in original stage terms. Like its title, it will give you pause, stir your imagination and provoke your mind. It is good to encounter a playwright who dares to challenge the theater and its audience to full participation. Recommended for mature audiences.

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Eurydice

Eurydice

By: Sarah Ruhl
Director: Ann Dillon Farrelly

Scenic Design: Viviana Pereyra (s)
Lighting Design: Jeffrey Strange
Costume Design: Sarah Strange

Feb. 17 at 11:00 a.m., Feb. 17–20 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 21 at 2 p.m.

(CFA Theatre)

On the day of her wedding, Eurydice falls victim to a tragic accident that sends her hurtling into a wonderland of an Underworld: ripped from her beloved Orpheus, the greatest musician in the world, Eurydice is reunited with her dead father in the Land of the Dead. Orpheus journeys to retrieve his bride, but Eurydice has begun to discover that the cost of living again can sometimes exceed the cost of staying dead. "Full of dark humor, lyrical beauty, and wit, Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice transforms a traditional myth into a visceral, contemporary meditation on love worth grieving for."

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Drowsy Chaperone

The Drowsy Chaperone

Music and lyrics: Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison
Book: Bob Martin and Don McKelle
Director: David Schuler
Musical Direction: Susan Savage Day

Choreography: Connie SaLoutos Furlan
Scenic Design: Jeffrey Strange
Costume Design: Sarah Strange
 

 

April 6 at 11:00 a.m., April 6–9 at 7:30 p.m., April 10 at 2 p.m.

(CFA Brodbeck Concert Hall)

Winner of five Tony Awards (including Best Book and Best Original Score), The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz age musical featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another. With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not so bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight. Hailed by New York Magazine as, "The Perfect Broadway Musical" The Drowsy Chaperone is a masterful meta-musical, poking fun at all the tropes that characterize the musical theatre genre.

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One Act Festival Poster

ONE ACT FESTIVAL: AN EVENING OF SHORT PLAYS

April 28-30 at 7:30 p.m. in the CFA Theatre

Student directors, designers, and actors show off their talents in this always enjoyable and diverse evening of theatre.

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