2014–15 The Black Box Theatre Season

Productions

Proof

Proof

by David Auburn
directed by Jeanne Leep

How much of our parents we want to inherit, and how much we prefer not to become like them?
Proof is the winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama andis a work that explores the tricky development of personal identity and the unknowability of love as much as it does the mysteries of the world of math.  Proof focuses on Catherine, a young woman who has spent years caring for her father, Robert, (a brilliant mathematician as a young man, who was later unable to function without her help.)

Catherine struggles with her sister Clair’s expectations for her and, in her exhaustion, is torn between feeling grief and resentment for her father and the great sacrifices she has made for him.  For, Catherine has inherited at least a part of her father's brilliance -- and perhaps some of his instability as well.

Hal, a former student of Robert’s who hopes to find some hint of genius among his incoherent scribblings, visits the house and, as he and Catherine become attracted to each other, they push at the edges of each other's knowledge, discovering not only the unpredictability of genius but also the human instinct toward love and trust.

This piece explores the idea of identity, trust, and the concept of honoring our ancestors—and we are excited to partner with the art department on works that explore the day of the dead.  I’ll let David explain that next.    Also, I’ve been teaching this play for years in my Acting I class, so it is exciting for me to finally get to direct the whole thing instead of just a few scenes!  Our own fanatically talented Chris Dunham will be designing another awesome set, this time in a thrust setting, that will highlight the Chicago-land architecture of Hyde Park, or at least the back porches of it.  We will also be bringing back alumni and Forward Theatre founding member Sam White to play the role of Robert.  It Runs Sept 19-27, and tickets go on sale August 25.

performances

  • Friday, Sept 19—7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept 20—2:00 & 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept 26—7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept 27—2:00 & 7:30 p.m.

The Stream Building, The Black Box Theatre

Wedding Singer

The Wedding Singer

music byMatthew Skylar
book by Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy
lyrics byChad Beguelin

Based on the New Line Cinema film written by Tim Herlihy, directed by Audrey Wax

Based on the 1998  smash hit film that starred Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. THE WEDDING SINGER The Musical Comedy takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up, and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room.

It's 1985 and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey's favorite wedding singer. He's the life of the party, until his own fiancée leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. Enter Julia, a winsome waitress who wins his affection. As luck would have it, Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever.

Wedding Singer The Musical Comedy  was nominated for a Tony Award in 2006 and since then has been sweeping the nation one Thriller dance step at a time.

Join us this coming November for this high comedy dance driven musical. Tickets will be available Oct. 1, 2014.

performances

  • Friday, Nov 14—7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov 15—7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov 20—7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov 21—7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov 22—2:00 & 7:30 p.m.

The Stream Building, The Black Box Theatre

Little Women

Little Women

adapted by Thoman Hischak
based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott
directed bySusan Nanning-Sorenson

Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is an epic story that is familiar to nearly every American.  Set during the Civil War, the plot revolves around the lives of the four March daughters—Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy—and follows their triumphs and tragedies as they grow up, fall in love and face life. 

Thomas Hischak’s time-honored script is a heart-warming adaptation of Alcott’s classic that captures the richness and depth of her lovely characters and story. Audiences of all generations will enjoy this much-loved classic tale, interlaced with warmth, family loyalty and love. 

This is the first time in years that the theatre program will be doing a period piece with period appropriate costumes .  Our reciprocal agreement with many local theatre companies, spearheaded by our brilliant costume designer Mary Waldhart, and with Chris Dunham’s set design, this is ensured to be a stunning production. We are also planning on working with the gallery to display some period costumes (with art of the era from the gallery collection) as well.  This runs Feb 27-March 7. Tickets will go sale January 26.

performances

  • Friday, Feb 27—7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb 28—7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Mar 6—7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Mar 7—2:00 & 7:30 p.m.

The Stream Building, The Black Box Theatre

One Acts

Student Directed One-Acts

Contemporary one-act plays directed by Edgewood Theatre Arts students:  fresh, funny, thought-provoking and smart, this variety pack of plays showcases the talents of our students onstage and behind the scenes. 
The theatre department has grown so much of late, that we have had to change our requirement for this.  In the past all majors were required to direct, but now this production will be a collaborative capstone experience of the One Act Play production class where some students will still direct, but others will take over other areas of design and production so that more students can have a meaningful collaborative production experience, not limited to directing. Tickets go on sale April 1st. and this will run April 30- May 2.

performances

  • Thursday, April 30—7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, May 1—7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 2—2:00 & 7:30 p.m.

Shadow in the Sea

TFYA Theatre for Young Audiences Shadow in the Sea

Theatre for Young Audiences Production, written by the TFYA class

directed by Susan Nanning Sorenson

Students from the Theatre For Young Audiences class will once again research, write, rehearse and tour an original piece, this year highlighting the issue of the health of ocean life and coral reefs.  This is the seventh original production for young audiences produced by that class, which not only tours to schools, but also brings students to our campus for a free show in the Anderson Auditorium.  We also always do a production, free and open to all, on an evening in the last week of classes.  This will run May 5 and tour to area schools on May 7.

performances

  • Tuesday, May 6—1:00 & 7:00 p.m.

Anderson Auditorium

Ticket Prices—FREE

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