Department of Theatre Arts
Edgewood College Theatre
Diane Ballweg Theatre,
Edgewood College Theatre is pleased to announce David Frank of American Players Theatre as our Visiting Fellow in the Arts for the 2015-16 Season.
David Frank directs The Caucasian Chalk Circle in the spring semester!
Woods of Weaver
by Ulrike Rosser
Director: Audrey Wax
September 18, 19, 25, 26 @ 7:30 pm, & Sept 26 @ 2:00 pm
Holly Grace returns home to a discarded prince charming, a family of Southern civil war reenactors, and the open grave of her dead father in this new work of surviving abuse and finding redemption.
Woods of Weaver was written by Ulrike Rosser in 2007 and has undergone many revisions. In what can only be described as a varied life, Ulrike Rosser has been a data entry clerk, a professional tour guide, a public speaking instructor, a clerk at Barnes and Noble, a fitness instructor, and a financial aid director. She has a MFA from the University of Idaho in Dramatic Writing, and a BA in English Literature, with an Acting Minor from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Originally interested in training as an actress, Ulrike discovered that she truly enjoyed blending her love of acting and fiction writing into playwriting, and into crafting theatre as an alchemist would—from bits and pieces, dark liquids and desperate souls. Past productions of her plays include Waning Moon, The Myth of Maria the Virgin, and Crossed Stars. Published short stories include Nineteen Years Old and Everybody Knows the Best Dope Grows in Tijuana. Currently Ulrike resides in Columbus, Ohio, where she is the parent of one teenager and two cats, and is working on her newest play.
by Arthur Miller
Director: Jeanne Leep
November 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 @ 7:30 pm, & Nov 21 @ 2:00 pm
Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play. This exciting drama about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in old Salem is both a gripping historical play and a timely parable of our contemporary society.
The story focuses upon a young farmer, his wife, and a young servant-girl who maliciously causes the wife's arrest for witchcraft, and is all based on the real Salem witch trials, while cleverly drawing parallels to Miller’s own time, as he wrote the play as an allegory to the communist witch hunts of the McCarthy era.
Next year’s highlighted value for Edgewood College is community. This play looks at community when everything goes wrong—when it is in crisis and everyone seems to make the wrong choices, to believe the wrong people. Those who stand up for truth and justice are punished, and those who fear more for their own reputation in the community or for personal gain and desire tear the entire community apart.
This is a less celebratory way to look at community, but it is absolutely about the value of community and how it can fall apart when the other values that we have at Edgewood are not fostered as well, like truth and justice. They all have to work together.
It is exceptionally well written, has many ties to the historical time it is set and written. It has a Wisconsin tie with McCarthy (like it or not), and it talks about standing up for what is right in the face of adversity. Sadly, the modern witch hunt continues, and there is still much to discuss on this very relevant topic.
This play also looks at identity—the one we have privately and the one we have publicly. As students begin to explore the question of who they are and who they want to become, this play offers them questions to explore about how we behave for different segments of the community in our lives.
The Caucasian Chalk Circle
by Berthold Brecht
Director: David Frank
February 26, 27, March 4, 5 @ 7:30, March 5 @ 2:00 pm
Brecht, the 20the century master of the dramatic form, tells the tale of Grusha, a lowly kitchen maid, who is only trying to stay out the way during a dangerous revolution, yet aids a baby abandoned by the Governor’s wife who has fled to save her own skin. Rough-hewn justice and the chalk circle test bring the play to a sharply provocative and deeply satisfying conclusion.
CLUE: The Musical
by Tom Chiodo, Peter DePietro, Wayne Barker, Galen Blum, Vinnie Martucci
Director: Phil Martin
April 22, 23, 29, 30 @ 7:30 pm, April 30 @ 2:00 pm
Based on the classic board game, a musical mystery where the audience is included in the outcome!
The internationally popular game is now a fun filled musical which brings the world's best known suspects to life and invites the audience to help solve the mystery: who killed Mr. Boddy, in what room and with what weapon. The audience receives forms to help them deduce the solution from clues given throughout the fun filled evening. Three audience members choose from cards representing the potential murderers, weapons and rooms; there are 216 possible solutions! Only one hardnosed female detective is qualified to unravel the merry mayhem. Comic antics, witty lyrics and a beguiling score carry the investigation from room to room. Even after the culprit confesses, a surprise twist delights the audience. This colorful crowd pleaser was devised by the authors of Murder at Rutherford House and other popular interactive entertainments.
TFYA: Theatre for Young Audiences -
Avatars Unleashed: Our Virtual Selves
Directed by Susan Nanning-Sorenson
May 3 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Who are our Avatars? Why and how do we create them and live through them? Exploring our alternate realities in cyberspace and the Avatars we have created to inhabit them.
An in-depth exploration of the virtual selves we create and inhabit in cyberspace; from Facebook to blogging, tweeting, wiki-ing, and gaming, we will research the how’s where’s and why’s of the Avatars we create. Looking at the impact of the un-real “realities” of our virtual selves, we will consider the future of social interaction in our very real world.
$12 General/$7 Students & Seniors
Diane Ballweg Theatre, Stream Building, Edgewood College
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