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GHOSTS

By: Henrik Ibsen
Director: David Schuler
Scenic Design: Jeffrey Strange

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

October 2326 at 7:30 p.m. and October 2627 at 2 p.m. in the CFA Theatre

In 1881, Henrik Ibsen shocked the literary and theatrical worlds with his publication of Ghosts. The play was so controversial at the time that the director of one of Stockholm’s major theatres called it “one of the filthiest things ever written in Scandinavia,” and it was initially banned in Norway and England. Ahead of his time, Ibsen was not afraid to confront issues of heredity, religious and social hypocrisy, and venereal disease on the stage.  Mrs. Alving, the play’s central character and tragic heroine, has followed her minister’s advice and silently accepted her husband infidelities. Ten years after her husband’s death, her son Oswald returns home for the dedication of an orphanage in his father’s memory. He becomes infatuated with his mother’s housemaid, who unknown to him is his half-sister, which conjures up ghosts of an unhappy marriage for Mrs. Alving. Although she loves her son unconditionally, Mrs. Alving’s guilt feeds on Oswald’s innocence, which leads to the play’s inevitable, tragic conclusion. The sins of the father are, indeed, visited upon the son.  In many ways, Ibsen’s themes of adultery, incest and STD’s are even more profoundly relevant to our modern society.  This powerful, engrossing psychological drama reaffirms Ibsen’s status as “the father of modern drama.”

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THE NORMAL HEART

By: Larry Kramer
Director: Ann Dillon Farrelly

Scenic Design: Jeffrey Strange
Lighting Design: Jeffrey Strange
Costume Design: Sarah Strange

November 2023 at 7:30 p.m. and November 2324 at 2 p.m. in the CFA Theatre

Originally staged Off-Broadway in 1985, The Normal Heart is a largely autobiographical play by Larry Kramer. It focuses on the rise of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City between 1981 and 1984, as seen through the eyes of writer/activist Ned Weeks, the gay Jewish-American founder of a prominent HIV advocacy group. Ned prefers loud public confrontations to the calmer, more private strategies favored by his associates and friends.  A groundbreaking and intense look inside the fight as it was taking place, The Normal Heart is a stunning example of political theatre.  Finally receiving its Broadway debut in 2011, the play won the Tony Award for best play.  In her review in the New York Daily News, Liz Smith called the play, "An astounding drama . . . a damning indictment of a nation in the middle of an epidemic with its head in the sand. It will make your hair stand on end even as the tears spurt from your eyes."  This production is recommended for mature audiences.

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'NIGHT MOTHER

By: Marsha Norman
Director: Ann Dillon Farrelly

Scenic Design: Nina Kenefick (student)
Lighting Design: Steve Owings(student)
Costume Design: Sarah Strange

February 1922 at 7:30 p.m. and February 2223 at 2 p.m. in the CFA Theatre

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1983, Marsha Norman's disturbing and emotional play follows the story of Jessie and her mother, Thelma.  At the beginning of the play, Jessie announces to her mother that at the end of the evening, she plans to kill herself.  What unfolds is a real-time, dramatic and heartbreaking exercise as Thelma attempts to stop her daughter from going through with her plan.  Shocking and unflinching, this play is recommended for mature audiences.

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GODSPELL

Music and lyrics: Stephen Schwartz
Book: John-Michael Tebelak
Director: David Schuler
Musical Direction: Susan Savage Day

Choreography: Connie SaLoutos Furlan
Scenic Design: Jeffrey Strange
Costume Design: Sarah Strange
Lighting Design: Lucas Pawelski (student)

April 25 at 7:30 p.m. and April 56 at 2 p.m. in the CFA Brodbeck Concert Hall

The multiple award-winning Godspell opened Off-Broadway in 1971 and eventually moved to Broadway in June 1976. The musical is a series of parables based upon the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. Its storyline is told through the show's subtext—in the way the players, disciples, interact with their leader, Jesus, coming together to create a sense of community. The show also touchingly presents the story of Jesus' last moments beginning with the Last Supper and continuing through the crucifixion. Drawn from a variety of theatrical and musical styles including pantomime, charades, pop/folk rock, gospel and vaudeville, the musical is a contemporary reflection on the life of Jesus focusing on his precepts of kindness, tolerance and love. Featuring a sparkling score by Stephen Schwartz, Godspell boasts a string of recognizable, well-loved songs, including the international hit, "Day By Day," "Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "All Good Gifts," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side." Now considered a modern classic, Godspell brings the parables of Jesus humanly and hearteningly to life.

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ONE ACT FESTIVAL: AN EVENING OF SHORT PLAYS

May 13 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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