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1984
BY GEORGE ORWELL
ADAPTED FOR THE STAGE BY MICHAEL GENE SULLIVAN

TOM MITCHELL, DIRECTOR

Thursday, October 15, 2015, at 7:30pm | Friday, October 16, 2015, at 7:30pm | Saturday, October 17, 2015, at 7:30pm | Thursday, October 22, 2015, at 7:30pm | Friday, October 23, 2015, at 7:30pm | Saturday, October 24, 2015, at 7:30pm | Sunday, October 25, 2015, at 3pm | Colwell Playhouse

This adaptation of George Orwell’s dystopian classic is set in an austere interrogation room where Winston Smith confesses thoughtcrimes to fellow party members. He secretly rebels against his job in the Ministry of Truth, where he revises historical records to support the state- approved narrative. In a society of doublethink and newspeak, War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, and Ignorance is Strength. Winston Smith finds both love and betrayal under the looming presence of Big Brother.

Contains strong adult content- for mature audiences only

 

The Other Shore
BY GAO XINGJIAN
GILBERT C. FONG, TRANSLATOR

SANDRA ZIELINSKI, DIRECTOR

Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 7:30pm | Friday, October 23, 2015 at 7:30pm | Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 7:30pm | Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 7:30pm | Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 7:30pm | Friday, October 30, 2015 at 7:30pm | Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 7:30pm | Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 3pm | Studio Theatre

An endlessly creative theatrical experience, The Other Shore by Nobel laureate Gao Xingjian explores an individual’s journey to enlightenment and self-discovery. An ensemble of actors plays various characters who assist the one who yearns for freedom. Originally slated for production by the People’s Art Theatre in Beijing in 1986, The Other Shore was banned by the Chinese government. Subsequently, however, the play has had successful productions around the world. Its themes of self-discovery and free expression translate to all cultures.

Contains adult content

 

Kingdom City
BY SHERI WILNER
J.W. MORRISSETTE, DIRECTOR

Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 7:30pm | Friday, February 5, 2016 at 7:30pm | Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 7:30pm | Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 7:30pm | Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 7:30pm | Friday, February 12, 2016 at 7:30pm | Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 7:30pm | Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 3:00pm | Studio Theatre

When conservative Christian values clash with a classic American play, a high school in a small town becomes the unlikely center of an intense religious debate. Miriam Bloom, a transplanted New Yorker, plans to stage Arthur Miller’s dramatization of the Salem witch trials, The Crucible. However, her production plans become the focal point of community members who feel the play is inappropriate. Based on actual events, Kingdom City examines the battle between censorship and freedom of expression in 21st-century middle America.

Contains strong adult content

 

John Steinbeck’s: The Grapes of Wrath
BY FRANK GALATI
WILLIAM BROWN, DIRECTOR

Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 7:30pm | Friday, March 4, 2016 at 7:30pm | Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 7:30pm | Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 7:30pm | Friday, March 11, 2016 at 7:30pm | Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 7:30pm | Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 3pm | Colwell Playhouse

Tom Joad, American Everyman, is forced from his Oklahoma farm along with his extended family. Their epic journey to California and the disastrous plight of Dust Bowl migrants have made John Steinbeck’s novel a modern classic.

Written in 1939, The Grapes of Wrath has been controversial since its publication for questioning religion and the American way of doing business. Frank Galati’s adaptation of the novel captures the humanity of its characters and of the working-class poetry of John Steinbeck.

 

In The Blood
BY SUZAN-LORI PARKS
GUEST DIRECTOR TO BE ANNOUNCED

Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 7:30pm | Friday, April 1, 2016 at 7:30pm | Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 7:30pm | Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 7:30pm | Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 7:30pm | Friday, April 8, 2016 at 7:30pm | Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 7:30pm | Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 3pm | Studio Theatre

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks adapts the often-banned classic American novel The Scarlet Letter into a contemporary riff on a woman’s struggle against judgment and abuse. Hester, a single mother, is labeled “slut.” The men who fathered her children reject her and withhold support. Faced with the need to provide for five needy children, Hester must make awful choices in order to survive. Parks transforms Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 19th-century classic into a gripping contemporary play that offers a voice to the voiceless.

Contains strong adult content- for mature audiences only