The public is invited to see full productions of eight plays presented by eight universities, including IUP, January 11–16, 2012, as part of the annual Region Two American College Theater Festival, hosted by the IUP Department of Theater and Dance.
Four plays will be staged at Fisher Auditorium, and four plays, including Lindsey's Oyster, produced by IUP, will be staged at Waller Hall Mainstage Theater. Tickets for each play are $10 and will be available in the Performing Arts Center grand lobby ticket office starting two hours before the performance.
There will be ample seating for the Fisher Auditorium performances. Seating for the Waller Mainstage performances is limited and will be open to the community through a waiting list. Available seats will be distributed starting approximately 10 minutes before the performance.
In addition, the public is invited free of charge to the festival keynote by actor and playwright John Cariani at noon on Wednesday, January 11, in Fisher Auditorium.
Wednesday, Jan. 11; 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Waller Hall Mainstage TheaterBy Molly Hagan (NPP, student playwright)
Produced by Arcadia University
Directed by Mark WadeMysterious and whimsical in equal parts, this new play was written by Molly Hagan, two-time national finalist for the Best Ten-Minute Play at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. The story takes us on an intimate exploration of what it means to be an adolescent. Newly out from under their parents’ explanation of everything, Boots and Eggs grapple with the dawning realities of adult-size loss and yearning.
Wednesday, Jan. 11; 8:30 p.m.
Fisher AuditoriumBy William Shakespeare
Produced by Towson University
Directed Steve Satta“Faire is foule, and foule is faire…” The shortest, tightest of all of Shakespeare’s tragedies tells the tale of a good man’s fall from grace. Written to garner the good graces of King James I, Macbeth is an entertainment fit for royalty. This production pulls out all the stops for this tale of horror complete with witches, magic, and broadswords and plenty of blood!
Thursday, Jan. 12 ; 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Waller Hall Mainstage TheaterBy David Auburn
Produced by Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Directed by Kaitlyn Ide (student director)Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play, Proof tells the story of twenty-five-year-old college dropout Katherine who “clings to her past as she tries to find the answer to the question that has been plaguing her for years. “Is she just like her father?” asks student director Kaitlyn Ide.
Thursday, Jan. 12; 8:30 p.m.
Fisher AuditoriumBy William Inge
Produced by West Chester University
Director by Leonard Kelly
The Dark At the Top of the Stairs is William Inge’s brilliant and touching examination of the American family. Set in the early part of the 20th century in Oklahoma, this semi-autobiographical work explores the themes of love and loss, isolation and intimacy, and the recognition of our essential humanity. As Inge’s alter-ego, Sonny recalls the richly layered characters and poignant memories from his youth and begins to understand how his past illuminates his understanding of who he has become.
Friday, Jan. 13; 8:30 p.m.
Fisher AuditoriumBy August Strindberg
Produced by Bridgewater College
Directed by Scott ColeWritten in 1901—one year after Sigmund Freud published The Interpretation of Dreams—but not staged until 1907 in Stockholm. Strindberg’s A Dream Play is a symbolic masterpiece in seeking to “reproduce the disconnected but apparently logical form of a dream” where “imagination spins and weaves new patterns made up of memories, experiences, unfettered fancies, absurdities, and improvisations.” Agnes, a daughter to the gods, is sent to earth in order to understand what it is like to be human. Journeying through this dreamscape where time suspends and splits then travels forward while simultaneously flashing back, Agnes struggles to understand love, loss, missed opportunity, and the crossroads that duties present
Saturday, Jan. 14; 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m
Waller Hall Mainstage TheaterA devised project by the ensemble
Produced by Long Island University
Directed Maria Porter
Re-Membering Antigone is a collaborative performance in which performers, director, dramaturges, and designers contributed to devising both the physical and text-based narratives. The themes we chose to explore—fragility and strength, rigidity and compromise, dualities and ambiguities—evolved from weeks of physical exploration, discussion, research, and experimentation. The physical work is sourced in the Suzuki Method of actor training—a rigorous discipline that requires the struggle of the actor and the struggle of the character to be visible at the same moment. This adaptation is an amalgam of movement, text, and music designed to mirror the structure of the ancient text from the perspective of contemporary theater practices.
Saturday, Jan. 14; 1:30 p.m.
Fisher AuditoriumBy Bernard Pomerance
Produced by Fairmont State University
Directed by Jeffrey H. Ingman
The Elephant Man is based on the life of John Merrick, who lived in London during the latter part of the nineteenth century. A horribly deformed young man, victim of rare skin and bone diseases, Merrick becomes the star freak attraction in traveling side shows. Later, found abandoned and helpless, he is admitted to London’s prestigious Whitechapel Hospital. Under the care of celebrated young physician Frederick Treves, Merrick is introduced to London society and slowly evolves from an object of pity to an urbane and witty favorite of the aristocracy and literati, only to be denied his ultimate dream—to become a man like any other.
Friday, Jan. 13; 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Waller Hall Mainstage TheaterBy Tammy Ryan
Produced by Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Directed by Jason ChimonidesWhen an infatuated 16-year old girl becomes pregnant by her aloof boyfriend, she is forced to confront a host of unimagined adult dilemmas. Lindsey’s Oyster compassionately explores a host of powerful contemporary issues and themes relevant to young people and young women in particular. It has been said of this generation, a generation that has, in many ways grown up online, that the gap between today’s teens and their parents represents the largest since the advent of Rock n’ Roll. Now, in 2012, all of the same adolescent yearnings and dangers still exist but communication technology has amplified their expression and created a sometimes morally dissociated social norm.
Some productions contain language and situations that may be objectionable to some audience members.