FALL 2011-SPRING 2012

In selecting the season this year, the program had to be inclusive of plays to be directed by two graduate students.  When presented with their first choices, both plays from the 1960's, we decided that might make an interesting unifying theme.  However, we also wanted to continue to present classic plays from other periods, so we tweaked our season to include plays popular on college campuses in the 1960's.  The four below were the final choices.


blithe spirit

Blithe Spirit 
by Noel Coward
Director - Ruth Richardson

October 6, 7, & 8, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
The Chalmers Herman Theatre

Blithe Spirit was written in 1941, but its "ghostly" humor made it a staple in college theatres for decades.  Fussy, cantankerous novelist, Charles Condomine, is remarried to Ruth, but his first wife, Elvira, has come back to haunt him, thanks to the eccentric medium, Madame Arcati. 


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Shot in the Dark poster

A Shot in the Dark
by Marcel Archard
adapted by Harry Kurnitz
Director - B.J. Echard

L'Idiote (The Idiot) had its initial Broadway run in 1961-62. A young chamber maid is brought before a magistrate, having been found un-conscious, nude, with a gun in her hand lying next to her dead lover.  The magistrate is taken with the girl's story and sets out to prove her innocence.  The play was reworked considerably for the 1964 film starring Peter Sellers (as his famous Pink Panther character Inspector Clouseau) and Elke Sommer.


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Cabaret PosterCabaret
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Book by Joe Masteroff
Based on the play by John Van Druten and Stories by Christopher Isherwood
Director - Dr. Kurt Edwards 

Those not lucky enough to see the Broadway original became familiar with Cabaret through the 1972 Academy Award Winning film (8 awards including supporting actor, lead actress, musical score, and director) starring Liza Minelli and Joel Grey.  The original stage play was reworked to include numbers from the film in 1987 for its revival starring Joel Grey and Alyson Reed. 

This production is intended for mature audiences only 

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Lysistrata poster

by Aristophanes
translation to be determined
Director - Dr. Richard Groetzinger

Although written more than 2000 years before the 1960's, Lysistrata became standard fare on many college campuses in the late 60's and early 70's because of our involvement in the Vietnam War. A recent study by a student at Heidelberg College shows a great many similarities in structure and content between the works of Aristophanes and South Park, the popular but irreverant animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone.  In Lysistrata, the women of Athens and Sparta, tired of the Peloponnesian Wars, decided to withhold all of their wifely duties until the men stop fighting.

 This production is intended for mature audiences only 

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