86th Season 2015-2016

Join us for the seventh season in the Gladys Mullenix Black Theatre Vukovich Center for Communication Arts

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(Ghost) Light

Devised by Beth Watkins,
Brian Thummler, and the Company
Original Music and Lyrics by Bob Michel

Directed by Beth Watkins
September 10-12, 2015

Invention!  Adventure!  Romance!  From the invention of the electric light to the splitting of the atom, the pursuit of science and technology has been a deeply human endeavor.  This original production uses movement, music, and puppetry to explore the fascinating evolution of scientific discovery in our modern age.

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A Life of Galileo

By Bertolt Brecht
A New Translation by Mark Ravenhill

Directed by Dan Crozier
November 19-22, 2015

Brecht’s dramatization of Galileo’s life illuminates the scientist’s conflict with the Church and with his own sense of morality, depicting, asplaywright David Hare writes “…the behavior of a man who comes to realize that he’s ethically unequipped to deal with the consequences of his own genius.” A new translation by Mark Ravenhill captures the exuberant passion of Brecht’s play and the wonder of Galileo’s discoveries.

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Mr. Burns:  a post-electric play

By Anne Washburn
Score by Michael Friedman
Lyrics by Anne Washburn

Directed by Mark Cosdon
February 25-28, 2016

An audacious comedy about survivors, storytelling, mythology, and “The Simpsons” following a post-apocalyptic nuclear event.  A musical ensues.  An off-the-wall, nerdy, and unapologetically original theatrical feast set amidst the detritus of American television.  Following the play’s premiere, the New York Times opined, “Downright brilliant. When was the last time you met a new play that was so smart it made your head spin?”

This production contains strong language, gunshots, and fog.

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Peter Pan and Wendy

Adapted by Doug Rand

From the novel by J.M. Barrie
Directed by Beth Watkins

NEW TIMES

NEW TIMES:

April 21, 22 at 7:30 p.m.
April 23,24 at 2:30 p.m.

Barrie’s classic story of Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up, and Wendy, the girl who did, is a fast-paced, rollicking tale filled with pirates, fairies, and crocodiles.  Doug Rand’s adaptation brings the world of Neverland to life with ridiculous humor and active storytelling by members of the ensemble. In a production suited for all ages, “everyone needs a Wendy to tell them stories.”