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The Pillowman

By: Martin McDonagh
Director: Ann Dillon Farrelly

Scenic Design: Jeffrey Strange
Costume Design: Sarah Strange
Lighting Design: Lucas Pawelski(student)

October 15–18 at 7:30 p.m. and October 1819 at 2 p.m. in the CFA Theatre

Katurian, a writer of short stories which often depict violence against children, has been arrested by two detectives, Ariel and Tupolski, because some of his stories resemble recent child murders. When he hears that his brother Michal has confessed to the murders and implicated Katurian, he resigns himself to his execution but attempts to save his stories from destruction. The play, written by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, received the 2004 Olivier Award for Best New Play, the 2004-5 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best New Foreign Play, and two Tony Awards for production. It was nominated for the 2004 Evening Standard Award for Best New Play.  According to Ben Brantley of the New York Times, "Comedies don't come any blacker than "The Pillowman," the spellbinding stunner of a play by Martin McDonagh. . . .this season's most exciting and original new play."  This play is for MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY.

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The Crucible

By: Arthur Miller
Director: David Schuler

Scenic Design: Jeffrey Strange
Lighting Design: Danny McMullen (student)
Costume Design: Sarah Strange

November 1922 at 7:30 p.m. and November 23 at 2 p.m. in the CFA Theatre

**Special school matinee on November 19 at 11:00am

Arthur Miller’s fictionalized dramatization of the Salem witch trials of 1692 and 1693 focuses on the story of a young farmer, John Proctor, his wife, and a servant girl who maliciously accuses Proctor’s wife of witchcraft. Proctor takes the servant girl to court, forcing her to admit the lie, but in the process Proctor finds himself accused which proves his undoing. Miller wrote his powerful saga of frustration and infidelity, loyalty and friendship in response to McCarthyism. Miller and his friends and colleagues were questioned by McCarthy’s House Committee on Un-American Activities, suspected of being communists or communist sympathizers. Many distinguished careers were destroyed by lies and innuendo. Called “a powerful drama” by the New York Times and winner of the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play, The Crucible was Miller’s search for truth among mass hysteria and false accusations, bigotry and deception. It drives this classic 20th- Century American drama to its inescapable condemnation of innocent men and women.

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Agnes of God

By: John Pielmeier
Director: David Schuler

Scenic Design: Amanda Nerby(student)
Lighting Design: Jeffrey Strange
Costume Design: Sunshine Balch(student)

February 1821 at 7:30 p.m. and February 2122 at 2 p.m. in the CFA Theatre

Dr. Martha Livingstone, a court-appointed psychiatrist, is called to a convent and charged with assessing the sanity of a young novitiate accused of murdering her newborn child. The Mother Superior, Miriam Ruth, shields Agnes from doctor, arousing the psychiatrist’s suspicions. Mother Ruth believes Agnes is “blessed” in a way science cannot explain. The question whether Agnes is guilty of a crime becomes a battle between Mother Miriam, who wants to protect Agnes’ fragile spirit, and Dr. Livingstone, who wants to heal the young nun’s shattered mind. Is she mad, or is she a saint? The play becomes a fierce examination of the mysteries of religion versus the rational certainty of science, and the psychiatrist’s questions force all three women to reexamine the meaning of faith and the power of love. New York critics called Agnes of God a “powerful, electrifying drama [that] deals intelligently with questions of religion and psychology. . . . blindingly theatrical . . . [a] cleverly executed blood and guts evening in the theatre.”

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Music and lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
Book: George Furth
Director: Ann Dillon Farrelly
Musical Direction: Susan Savage Day

Choreography: Connie SaLoutos Furlan
Scenic Design: Jeffrey Strange
Costume Design: Sarah Strange
Lighting Design: Danny McMullen(student)

April 9–11 at 7:30 p.m. and April 11–12 at 2 p.m. in the CFA Brodbeck Concert HallI

In this musical comedy, written in 1970, the plot revolves around Bobby (a single man unable to commit fully to a steady relationship, let alone marriage), the five married couples who are his best friends, and his three girlfriends. Unlike most book musicals, which follow a clearly delineated plot, Company is a concept musical composed of short vignettes, presented in no particular chronological order, linked by a celebration for Bobby's 35th birthday.  With popular Sondheim hits, such as "Being Alive", "Ladies Who Lunch", and "Side by Side by Side", this adult-themed musical is as relevant today as it was in 1970. 

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April 30-May 2 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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