18th Annual First Years production:
LIFE UNDER 30
Directed by Lisa Velten Smith
October 10 - 12, 2013, Hepburn Zoo Theatre
Danielle needs work advice, Ike and Terry contemplate death at the grocery store, Mel and Billy are dysfunctional friends, Rec the Mex has a theory as to what causes cancer, and Charlene wants that promotion - badly. Life Under 30, an evening of ten minute plays exploring the issues of, well, what happens after college.
CASCANDO by Samuel Beckett
Directed by Dare Clubb, composer David Lang, cellist Maya Beiser, and performers Jeffrey Brown and theatre professor Alex Draper
October 27, 2013, MCFA Dance Studio
A workshop exploration of Samuel Beckett's Cascando, a rarely produced short radio play originally subtitled “a radiophonic invention for music and voice.”
The audience is invited to attend an intimate staged reading of the play in an informal salon setting, and then discuss the work with director Dare Clubb, composer David Lang, cellist Maya Beiser, and performers Jeffrey Brown and Alex Draper. Following the discussion, the artists will reconfigure the workshop staging and perform the piece a second time. Conversation and conviviality will end the evening.
An important 20th century work, Cascando addresses a number of fundamental questions about nature of creativity, its sources and destinations, its rewards and burdens, its pleasures and agonies.
VINEGAR TOM by Caryl Churchill
October 31 - November 2, 2013, MCFA Seeler Studio Theatre
BOSTON MARRIAGE by David Mamet
Senior work (acting) of Christina Fox and Meghan Leathers; Intermediate work of Jake Schwartzwald (directing)
November 14 - 16, 2013, Hepburn Zoo Theatre
In this wickedly funny and fast-paced farce, David Mamet depicts the misadventures of two Victorian “women of fashion”, living together on the fringes of upper-class society, giving his trademark tart dialogue and impeccable plotting a spice of Wildean wit.
PENTECOST by David Edgar
Directed by Richard Romagnoli and Alex Draper
November 21 - 23, 2013, Wright Memorial Theatre
A potentially priceless mural is discovered in a former church in war-torn post-Soviet Eastern Europe. As international and local art historians argue over who should claim ownership, a band of refugees —from Bosnia, from Sarajevo, from Lithuania, from Kuwait—blows into the church seeking asylum, and the fate of the painting becomes a metaphor for the future of the emergent nations of Eastern Europe. Throughout David Edgar’s Pentecost, whose title is a New Testament reference to the multiplicity of languages, there is a permeating sense of the freeing and redemptive power of art. "This is the meatiest new drama I have seen since Tom Stoppard's Arcadia." - Jonathan Kalb, The Village Voice
HARM'S WAY by Mac Wellman
Directed by Matt Ball (senior work)
December 5 - 7, 2013, Hepburn Zoo Theatre
Set in the chaos of post-apocalyptic America, this play follows the journey of a man named Santouche, who after committing a murder must avoid the law at all costs. He makes plans to meet his lover, a woman only ever called "Isle of Mercy" at a place of refuge, but along the way Santouche encounters a bizarre mix of con artists, pimps, and a man who claims to be William McKinley. Harm’s Way is a (sometimes brutally) dark comedy that deals primarily with the loss of control and order in one’s world.