Department of Theatre

2012 - 2013 Theatre Season

Thoroughly Modern Millie

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Written by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan Music by Jeanine Tesori and Dick Scanlan, Arranged by Jonathan Latta

Directed by Dr. Dennis Elkins
Set Design by Craig A. Young
Choreography By Judy Austin
Costumes by Jane Gould
Illustration/design by Shan Wells
Technical Director Peter Salinger

Based on the 1967 film of the same name, Thoroughly Modern Millie tells the story of a small-town girl, Millie Dillmount, who comes to New York City to marry for money instead of love – a thoroughly modern aim in 1922, when women were just entering the workforce. Millie soon begins to take delight in the flapper lifestyle, but problems arise when she checks into a hotel owned by the leader of a slavery ring in China.

A comic pastiche shot through with outstanding musical numbers, Thoroughly Modern Millie is a classic of American Musical Theatre.

 

Why Torture is Wrong and The People Who Love

 

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Written by Christopher Durang
Directed by Guest Artist Danny Mitarotondo
Set Design by Craig A. Young
Costumes by Jane Gould
Illustration/design by Shan Wells
Technical Director Peter Salinger

Contemporary New York playwright Christopher Durang turns political humor upside down with this raucous and provocative Bush-era satire about America’s growing homeland “insecurity.” 

A Marx-Brotherish political cartoon of a play, Why Torture is Wrong and The People Who Love Them tells the story of a young woman suddenly in crisis: Is her new husband, whom she married when drunk, a terrorist? Is her father’s hobby of butterfly collecting really a cover for his involvement in a shadow government?

Honing in on our private terrors both at home and abroad, Durang oddly relieves our fears in this black comedy for an era of yellow, orange and red alerts.

Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go BlindVIEW IMAGES
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Written by Greg Allen & The Neo-Futurists
Directed by Dr. Ginny Davis
Set Design by Craig A.Young
Illustration/design by Shan Wells
Technical Director Peter Salinger

Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, which had its first performance on December 2, 1988, is now in its twenty third year, making it the longest-running show in Chicago.

Too Much Light..., or TML as it is abbreviated, with its ever-changing “menu,” is an attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes. The single unifying element of these plays is that they are performed from a perspective of absolute honesty. Performers appear as themselves on stage, speaking directly from personal experience.

Each short play is randomly collaged with twenty-nine other plays through high-energy audience participation. Each night of performance, an unreproducable living newspaper is created of the comic and tragic, the political and personal, and the visceral and experimental.