The Department of Communication, Media, and Theatre is excited to announce the 2018-2019 Stage Center Theatre season. Please note that performances noted with ** will have ASL interpretation.
FALL 2018 PRODUCTIONS
"ANTIGONE" BY BERTOLT BRECHT, AND TRANSLATED BY JUDITH MALINA
Directed by John Bliss
Performance Dates: October 18, 19, 20,** 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m.; October 27 at 2 p.m.** and 7:30 p.m.
The story: Antigone, a young woman, confronts a tyrannical leader who believes he is above the laws of god and man. The ruler Creon issues proclamations, which serve his desire to have the ultimate control over right and wrong, and his advisors do nothing to stop him. Only Antigone stands up for what’s right, even when it means turning her back on her own sister. Performed in modern dress in an adaptation by Bertolt Brecht, this ancient Greek play speaks directly to issues, which confront us today, and encourages us to fight for our beliefs, before it’s too late. Produced by special arrangement with the Office of Richard Garmise, LLC.
"HIGH FIDELITY" Lyrics BY AMANDA GREEN, MUSIC BY TOM KITT, AND BOOK BY DAVID LINDSAY-ABAIRE
Directed by Adam Goldstein, Music Direction by Jacob Fjare, Choreography by Daniel Spagnuolo
Performance Dates: November 29, 30, December 1,** 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m.; December 8 at 2 p.m.** and 7:30 p.m.
The story: When Brooklyn record store owner Rob finds himself unexpectedly dumped, his life takes a music-filled turn toward the introspective. Based on the popular novel by Nick Hornby, "High Fidelity" follows Rob as he struggles to discover how his relationship went awry, and strives to change his life in order to win back his sweetheart Laura. With memorable characters and a rock-and-roll score, this homage to music geek culture explores love, heartbreak and the power of the perfect soundtrack. Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. and Broadway Licensing.
SPRING 2019 PRODUCTIONS
NUEVAS VOCES: A 10-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL AND CONTEST
Founded by: Jim Blair
Directed by: Nathon Santana, Chicago-based Director and Teatro Vista Ensemble Member
Performance Dates: January 25 at 7:30 p.m.; January 26 at 2 p.m.** and 7:30 p.m.
Contest Submission Due Date: November 5, 2018
"THE PILLOWMAN" BY MARTIN MCDONAGH
Directed by Leslie Hull
Performance Dates: February 28, March 1, 2,** 7, and 8 at 7:30 p.m.; March 9 at 2 p.m.** and 7:30 p.m.
The story: With echoes of Stoppard, Kafka and the Brothers Grimm, "The Pillowman" centers on a writer in an unnamed totalitarian state who is being interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a series of child murders. The result is an urgent work of theatrical bravura and an unflinching examination of the very nature and purpose of art. Produced by special arrangement with Dramatist Play Services, Inc.
"SAFE ZONES OR THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. FRANKEN & THE FRANKENZONE MONSTER"
Conceived by John Portenlanger and Dan Wirth; Structure and characters by Dan Wirth; Music by Ian Williams; Lyrics by Jill Matel, John Portenlanger, Ian Williams, and Dan Wirth.
Contributors: Shauniece Armstead, Lucky Camargo, Michael Di Vita, Kristian Garcia, Nicholas Griffith, Mosezell Houston, Bridget Jacobsen, Tim Leichty, Sam Lento, Jill Matel, Frannie Mendoza, John Portenlanger, Sabi Reza, Erica Traub, Ian Williams, Dan Wirth, Marty Witkowski and Matthew Wozniczka.
Performance Dates: April 18, 19, 20,** 25, and 26 at 7:30 p.m.; April 27 at 2 p.m.** and 7:30 p.m.
The Story: What happens when people allow their emotional responses to determine what they will and will not think about? Perhaps the Bible says it best: “A time will come when people will not listen to facts. Instead, they will selfishly surround themselves with sources who tell them what they want to hear.When no one has an ear for the truth, they end up with a head full of lies.” (2 Timothy 4:2 and 4:3) Join us for a political correctness "battle" featuring students, professors, safe zones, microaggressions, cultural appropriation, trigger alerts, snowflakes, social justice warriors, betas, cucks, millennials, liberals, conservatives, the regressive left, feminists, masculinists, neoreactionaries, Grimms Fairy Tales, Aesop's Fables, Plato's Cave, Frankenstein's Monster, and participation trophies, with songs and even some dancing!