Department of Theatre

2007 - 2008 Theatre Season

Speak Truth to Power: Voices from Beyond the Dark 

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A Play by Ariel Dorfman.
Based on Speak Truth to Power by Kerry Kennedy.
Edited by Nan Richardson.
Directed by Felicia Meyer.

Fall 2007: Ariel Dorfman, an author who has been hailed as one of our leading voices of conscience, weaves together the struggles of 50 human rights activists from around the world. This emotional play relates stories of courage and cries of pain from the world-famous to the near-anonymous in a chorus of singular force. Don’t miss this truly inspiring production. 

Kinetic Kaleidoscope: An Original Dance Concert 

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Directed by Anne Berg Pattillo.

Fall 2007: This fusion of styles and artists spotlights the varied influences of our diverse community. Anne has brought together a number of professional choreographers from the four-corners region to compose original works, showcasing an innovative mixture of movements and music in this one-of-a-kind dance concert. Please join us for this beautiful and compelling production. 

Win/Lose/Draw: A Night Of One Acts

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Written Mary Gallagher & Ara Watson.
Directed by Ginny Davis.

Winter 2008: Win/Lose/Draw is a compilation of three one-acts by Mary Gallagher and Ara Watson that explores relationships between women from different social and intellectual classes. The plays range from roll-on-the-floor funny to tear-jerking and poignant. Little Miss Fresno, written collaboratively by both playwrights, comically reveals two competitive “beauty pageant moms” waiting for the judges to announce their decision. The mothers' constant banter reveals much more about themselves than they had intended. Final Placement, by Ara Watson, brings together a mother and the child welfare caseworker who is removing the mother’s child from her home. The mother displays a frightful menace and unexpected eloquence as she tries to regain custody of her son. The final play, Chocolate Cake, by Mary Gallagher, comically and sometimes painfully explores our relationship with food as we peek in on an ex-Vegas show girl and a mousy house wife who meet at a self-help convention. Join us for some laughs and maybe a few tears in this night of conflict and resolution. 

Dante's Inferno

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Written by Dante Alighieri.
Adapted for Stage by Desiree Henderson & Kurt Lancaster.
Directed by Kathryn Moller.

Winter 2008: Throughout history, poets and philosophers have struggled to define true love. In the Phaedrus, Socrates explains that love is not simply the act of being caught passionately by a beautiful body or face, but by the eternal form of beauty itself. In Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, Romeo describes love as, “too rough, too rude, too boisterous, and it pricks like thorn.” And even today, pop stars, authors and actors struggle to define and relate this elusive emotion in a tangible way. Dante Alghieri embarked on a similar quest. In this contemporary stage adaptation of Dante’s Inferno, Dante journeys into the pits of hell searching for the beauty of love which touched him for only an instant. Each circle of hell reveals tragic, and sometimes violent exchanges between people who are damned to repeat their sins again and again.