2014–15 The Black Box Theatre Season




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.

We’re honored to host theatre artist, Forward Theatre founding member and Edgewood College Theatre Alumni, Sam White.

Catherine- Stacey Garbarski
Hal- Anthony Novich-Leonard
Claire- Sara Wojtak
Robert- Sam White

  • performances

    • Friday, Sept 19—7:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, Sept 20—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.


    • 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

    Wedding Singer Audition Info:
    Each auditioner will sign up for one vocal/monologue slot and one dance audition slot. Please sign up by clicking the following link (serious auditioners only): Link to sign up

    Audition Dates
    Sept 22- 6:30- 9:30
    Sept 23- 4:30- 7:30
    Sept 24- Callbacks TBD plan on 7:30-10:30

    Audition Requirements:
    1) Please prepare min. of 32 bars of a Broadway pop/rock ballad or a min. of 32 bars of a 1980's pop/rock ballad from the radio. Please bring sheet music in your key. No transposing, no acapella, accompanist provided.

    2) All Edgewood College majors and minors must present one comedic monologue. 1.5 minutes in length, 1980-present day only.

    3) All non-majors, minors and community members may select from cold readings at the door, OR you may come with a prepared 1.5 minutes in length comedic monologue.

    4) Everyone who auditions must signup for the dance audition. Please wear comfortable clothes to your dance audition.

    5) If you can play an instrument please bring it to your audition. We will ask you to play briefly. We are looking for actors who can play the guitar or keyboard. You do NOT need to play an instrument to be considered for a lead role.

    *** Please note that we are looking to cast Edgewood College students as well as community members.

    Wedding Singer Rehearsals: Saturday-Thursday
    Actors will be off on Fridays. Saturday rehearsals will be mid morn-mid afternoon. We will rotate these so the same people aren't always called on Saturday. Sunday-Thursday rehearsals will be 6:30-10:30 pm.

    Wedding Singer Roles:
    *** Please note that we are looking to cast Edgewood College students as well as community members.

    We are looking for 20-25 actors.


    GEORGE The wedding band’s keyboardist and one of Robbie’s best friends. He is sensitive and somewhat flamboyant. The foil to Sammy’s super guy attitude. Male Range: C4 - A5 PLEASE NOTE THE ROLE OF GEORGE HAS ALREADY BEEN CAST.

    GLEN GUGLIA Julia’s fiancé. A Wall Street broker. He is rich, shallow, and materialistic. Constantly tries to buy Julia’s love with money. He is a bit of a womanizer. Male Range: D4 - B5

    HOLLY Julia’s cousin. Sexually promiscuous and always up for a good time, but wants to be loved and is looking for romantic fulfillment in all the wrong places. She is in love with Sammy. Female Range: A3 - E5

    JULIA SULLIVAN Waitress. The pretty “girl next door” in looks and personality. Engaged to Glen but falls in love with Robbie and is conflicted as to who to choose. Empathetic, caring, and brave. Female Range: G3 - F5

    LINDA Robbie’s fiancé who leaves him at the altar. Keeps Robbie around as a back-up plan. Is more in love with the idea of Robbie being a rock star than she actually is with Robbie. Female Range: A3 - D5

    ROBBIE HART The lead singer of a band. Handsome and charismatic. A truly 'nice' guy that has the classic lead singer aura and personality. Also a bit of a dreamer. In love with love until Linda leaves him at the altar and breaks his heart. Male Range: B3 - C6

    ROSIE Robbie’s grandmother who raised him. Motherly but adventurous and always trying to remain “hip” despite her age. Female, 40-70 yrs old Range: C4 - C5

    SAMMY The bass player in the wedding band and one of Robbie’s best friends. A total guy’s guy, but beneath his pretending to love being a bachelor he is actually in love with Holly. Male, Range: C4 - A5

    We will also be casting Impersonators: Mr. T Cyndi Lauper Tina Turner Billy Idol  

    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.


    • 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.


    • 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.


    • Tuesday, May 6—1:00 & 7:00 p.m.

    Anderson Auditorium

    Ticket Prices—FREE