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2015-2016 season theme is “Crime and Justice”

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Pinocchio Commedia

Sept. 26-27, 1:30 p.m., Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts

By Johnny Simons, adapted from the work by Carlo Collodi, directed by Jacqueline Wynes McCall ‘98

"In true commedia fashion¸ this wild and uninhibited play begins with a troupe of strolling players exploding into the theatre with their noisy props and crude scenery. Arlecchino plays a cricket; Pantalone plays Geppetto; Razullo¸ a fox; Beltrama¸ a cat; Pulcinella¸ the wicked puppet master; Pedrolina¸ a donkey and a fool; Columbina¸ a spirit; and Pinocchio plays himself. The commedia flavor gives the story vigor and makes it entertainment for adults as well as children without losing the charm and significant message of Collodi’s famous story." — Dramatic Publishing

  Pantlone

Machinal

Oct. 16-25, Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 1:30 p.m. Sundays.

By Sophie Treadwell; directed by Jennifer Popple

"The play's title means "automatic" or "mechanical" in French and is based loosely on the murder trial of Ruth Snyder and her lover, Judd Gray, who together murdered Snyder's husband. Convicted of murdering her husband, Snyder later received the electric chair. A woman's role during this era in history is confined to wife, mother, housekeeper, and sexual partner. Love is considered unnecessary, and thus many women are trapped in a loveless marriage. The relationship between Helen Jones and her husband, George H. Jones, is no different. However, when a man intercedes and Helen is given a momentary glimpse of passion, her life is forever changed. .. This heavy play is a powerful expressionistic drama about women's forced financial dependency upon men during the 1920s and their trapped existence in a male-dominated, oppressive wasteland." — Bookrags

  Sophie Treadwell, "Machinal,", London Royal National Theatre, 1993.

Trifles

7:30 p.m Dec. 12 and 1:30 p.m. Dec. 13
Black Box Theatre, Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts

By Susan Glaspell; directed by students

While the sheriff and his men investigate a murder on a lonely farm, their wives find clues in everyday domestic items that show what really happened. Now... do they serve the law, or justice?

Glaspell, a native of Davenport, Iowa, won the Pulitzer Prize for her 1931 play, "Alison's House."

  Susan Glaspell

Getting Out

Jan. 29-Feb. 7, Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 1:30 p.m. Sundays.

By Marsha Norman, directed by Jeff Coussens

Released from prison "Arlene" returns to a rundown apartment in Louisville, intent on starting her life over. Rebellious and disruptive as a young girl, she has found strength in religion and wants to put her youth (as "Arlie") behind her. But her struggle to find her way in the present (as "Arlene") is counterpointed by flashbacks of her past (as "Arlie"), her two personalities being represented by two performers, who sometimes appear on stage simultaneously. Ultimately the play, like life, offers no simple answers — but it conveys, with heartrending honesty and compassion, the struggle of someone fighting for her life against incredible odds." — Dramatists Play Service

 

THEA Play Production

7:30 p.m. March 18 and 19; 1:30 p.m. March 20
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts

Title TBD

This production is the student-directed culmination of the Play Production class.

Sweeney Todd

April 29-May 8, Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 1:30 p.m. Sundays.  

Book by Hugh Wheeler; music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Based on an adaptation by Christopher Bond

In conjunction with Opera@Augustana; directed by Jerry Jay Cranford; musical direction by Michelle Crouch

Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to 19th century London seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up, and the carnage has only just begun!

  Tod Slaughter as Sweeney Todd, 1936 film

Quad City Playwrights’ Festival

May 14, Black Box Theatre, Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts

This will be the 17th annual celebration of local playwrights. Submissions are from area playwrights- from high school through adults. The 10-minute plays selected are given a director and a cast of Augustana students and are brought to life before an audience.