Department of Theatre

2014-2015 Theatre Season


 

 

Arthur Miller's All My Sons All My Sons
Produced in collaboration with the Durango Arts Center
Staged at the Durango Arts Center 10/17-10/26 2014

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Directed by Mona Wood-Patterson
Set/Lighting Designed by Charles Ford
Tickets $20, $15 Fac/Staff/Sen, FLC Students FREE

Miller wrote All My Sons after his first play The Man Who Had All the Luck failed on Broadway, lasting only four performances. Miller wrote All My Sons as a final attempt at writing a commercially successful play; he vowed to "find some other line of work" if the play did not find an audience.

All My Sons is based upon a true story, which Arthur Miller's then mother-in-law pointed out in an Ohio newspaper.

The criticism of the American Dream, which lies at the heart of All My Sons, was one reason why Arthur Miller was called to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee during the 1950s, when America was gripped by anti-communist hysteria.


 

Dead Man WalkingDead Man Walking
Staged at Roshong Recital Hall 10/22 2014

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Directed by Felicia Lansbury Meyer

Dead Man Walking is a work of non-fiction by Sister Helen Prejean, a Roman Catholic nun and one of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Medaille. The work takes place at the Louisiana State Penitentiary (Angola) in West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana.

Prejean has become a leading American advocate for the abolition of the death penalty. Her campaign began in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1982, through a correspondence she maintained with two convicted murderers.

The title comes from a phrase once traditional in American prisons, to designate a man condemned to death. Prior to the 1960s, when guards would lead a condemned man down the prison hallway, they would call out, "Dead man walking! Dead man walking here!"

In 1995, a film based on the book was made, starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn.


 

Seed - food, earth, danceSeed
Produced in collaboration with Community Concert Hall
Staged at FLC Community Concert Hall 11/15 & 16 2014

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Conceived and Directed by Rulan Tangen, Dancing Earth
Set Conceived/Designed by Rulan Tangen and Peter Salinger
Costumes Conceived/Designed by Rulan Tangen and Jane Gould
Lighting Designed by Keenan Bloom, Guest Artist

Dancing Earth Creations is a non profit organization with the mission to support Indigenous dance and related arts, to encourage and revitalize awareness of diversity through artistic expression for the education and wellness of all peoples. This mission is active through the national work of Dancing Earth Indigenous Intertribal dance Ensemble ( director Rulan Tangen), and the year round Cuicacalli youth cultural dance training program (director Jesus “Jacoh” Cortes) in San Francisco.

Seed is Dancing Earth's premiere's new work developed with FLC students and community members.



 

Chekhovian Sonata - Three live storiesA Chekhovian Sonata
FLC Gallery
Tickets: www.durangoconcerts.com

February 13,14,19,20,21 at 7:30 and February 15 at 3:00
Directed by Dennis Elkins and Cheryl McFarren
Tickets $12, $10 Fac/Staff/Sen

Based on the delightful, yet poignant, writings of famed 19thcentury author and playwright, Anton Chekhov, A Chekhovian Sonata is a collection of three delightful love stories.

Primarily known for his powerful full-length plays (The Seagull, Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard and Uncle Vanya), Chekhov was also a prolific writer of letters, short stories, and one-act plays. Included in the Sonata will be two of his most famous one-acts, The Bear and The Marriage Proposal. These two plays have often been produced around the world and are recognized for his comical treatment of the "battle of the sexes," witty dialog and portrayals of common human foibles.

Dr. Cheryl McFadden of Denison University will direct these two plays. The third "movement," directed by Dennis Elkins, FLC Theatre, will be a contemporary interpretation of a Chekhov short story, Love, Russian Style.


 

Mel Brooks - The ProducersThe Producers
FLC Theatre Main Stage
Staged April 2015


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April 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 at 7:30 and April 5 at 3:00
Directed by Ginny Davis
Costumed by Jane Gould
Tickets $16, $14 Fac/Staff/Sen

The Producers is a musical adapted by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan from Brooks' 1968 film of the same name, with lyrics written by Brooks and music composed by Brooks and arranged by Glen Kelly and Doug Besterman. As in the film, the story concerns two theatrical producers who scheme to get rich by overselling interests in a Broadway flop. Complications arise when the show unexpectedly turns out to be successful. The humor of the show draws on ridiculous accents, caricatures of homosexuals and Nazis, and many show business in-jokes.

After 33 previews, the original Broadway production opened at the St. James Theatre on April 19, 2001, starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, and ran for 2,502 performances, winning a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards. It spawned a successful London production running for just over two years, US national tours, many productions worldwide and a 2005 film version.