Stage Center Theatre | 2022-2023 Season
"THE REVOLUTIONISTS" by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Communication, Media and Theatre faculty member John Bliss
"The Revolutionists" is a new play about four very real women who lived boldly in France during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror.
Playwright Olympe De Gouge, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen (and fan of ribbons) Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle hang out, murder Marat, lose their heads and try to beat back the extremist insanity in the Paris of 1793. What was a hopeful revolution for the people is now sinking into hyper violent hypocritical male rhetoric. However will modern audiences relate?
This grand and dream-tweaked comedy is about violence and legacy, art and activism, feminism and terrorism, compatriots and chosen sisters, and how we actually go about changing the world.
It’s a true story.
Or total fiction.
Or a play about a play.
Or a raucous resurrection . . .
that ends in a song and a scaffold.
- 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16, 17 and 18.
- 2 p.m. Nov. 19
- 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19
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6th Annual Playwriting Contest Winners for the Fall 2022 Nuevas Voces Festival
Directed by Communication, Media and Theatre faculty member Daniel Wirth
Founded by alumnus and former Northeastern professor Jim Blair to create a platform at Northeastern Illinois University for new playwrights, Nuevas Voces is a thrilling launch point for new work from NEIU and its vibrant community. Featuring multiple prize-winning short plays selected from an extensive competition, Nuevas Voces reveals the complexity of our human experience through the many lenses that make up Northeastern.
- 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29; an opening reception begins at 6:30 p.m. and talkback session at the conclusion of the opening night.
- 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30
- 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Oct. 1
This year's winning plays:
- 1st Place: "Impasse" by Nathan Baltudis, prize of $250
- 2nd Place: "Three Friends" by Gabriel Olvera-Cabral, prize of $200
- 3rd Place: "Members Only" by Melony Aponte, prize of $150
Honorable mention playwrights:
- "Vaccination-Recover" by Ivory Banks, prize of $75
- "Beautiful Daughter" by Wyn Thomas, prize of $75
- "Especially When I'm Driving" by Melanie Baker, prize of $75
"Holler River" by Caridad Svich
Co-Directed by CMT Faculty Member Adam Goldstein and Guest Director Courtney Abbott.
Performance Dates and Times
- 7:30 p.m. April 13-15 and April 19-21
- 2 p.m. April 22
- Please join us for a Community Night Celebration on Wednesday, April 19 before the show and a post show discussion.
In this mythic reflection of a scorched nation, a soldier waits for another to come home. They were teacher and student once. A town waits, too, deep in the heart of coal country, while the One Who Roams wrestles with what home even means. In this powerful ritual and psalm we journey through the stories we tell ourselves to ensure that we exist, the songs we sing to get by, and the maps we make of the memory of our warring lives. Receiving its first full production at Stage Center, "Holler River" is part of Caridad Svich’s "American Psalm" cycle of plays interrogating our local and national identities, a potent reflection on Shakespeare's "Henry IV Part One," and was a 2018 Finalist for Shakespeare's New Contemporaries at the American Shakespeare Center.