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K-State Theatre's 2014 - 2015 Season
Fall Semester 2014
Monkey, Monkey, Bottle of Beer, How Many Monkeys Have We Here?
Oct. 2-4, 2014
By Marsha Sheiness;
Directed by Cory Jennett
This psychological mystery is set in the waiting room of a clinic where five mothers await word on the futures of their retarded children. They have been given the opportunity to change their children into geniuses, and the play explores the hopes, fears and guilt of each woman. As the drama moves forward, the very nature of parent child love is examined.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Oct. 9-11; 16-19
By Christopher Durang
Directed by Jerry Jay Cranford
Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha.
Oct. 23-25, 2014
By August Strindberg
Directed by Fatmah Al-Qadfan
In this new adaptation of Strindberg's classic drama, mistress of the house, Miss Julie, and her servant play a dangerous game of seduction in an effort to relieve themselves of their trapped existences. Using everything in their arsenals from sex to money, the two battle each other in a struggle for power and escape.
Nov. 6-8; 13-16
By Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Charlotte MacFarland; Dr. Paul Hunt, Musical Director; Dr. Amy Rosine, Vocal Director
'Sweeney Todd' is a musical thriller about a 19th century London barber who goes on a murderous rampage. Todd was unjustly incarcerated in a penal colony for 15 years. However, when the show begins, Todd has managed to return to London and has come seeking revenge. He rents a room over the shop of Mrs. Lovett, the proprietress of a struggling pie shop. Todd's thirst for blood soon expands to include not only the judge but also his unfortunate customers.
Nov. 13-15, 2014
By Jessica Munoz
Directed by Lavonne Canfield
Winter Dance '14
Dec. 4-6 at 7:30pm, Dec 6 at 2:30 pm
Join us this holiday season as we present a showcase of exciting dance styles, including jazz, tap, modern and ballet. Talented K-State students will perform original pieces choreographed by faculty and advanced students.
Spring Semester 2015
Kafir: We are the Infidels by Joanna Abilama (Staged Reading)
Jan. 29-31, 2015 at 7:30pm
Directed by Sally Bailey
Purple Masque Theatre
Feb. 5-7; 12-15
By Lachlan Philpott (Australian Fulbright)
Directed by Jennifer Vellenga
Enjoying the safety of their junkyard town, the people of Bustown happily wait for The Driver to return. But Axel and Cressida can’t stop thinking about Otherness. With a chain of keys in close reach, how long will they continue to wait? A vibrant exploration of small town life, Bustown questions the desperate move young people make to the city and the impact it has on the people and places they leave behind.
Ebony Theatre: By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
Feb. 19-21, 2015
By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Hannah Miller, Purple Masque
Vera Stark is a budding actress in an era where the only roles for African-American women are maids. When she is cast in the same Southern epic as her employer, an aging star grasping at her dwindling career, sparks fly. A hilarious satire of race in the glamorous days of Old Hollywood.
Hansel and Gretel – Opera
March 5 -7
Composer: Englbert Humperdinck
Librettist: Adelheid Wette
Directed by Dr. Reg Pittman
Spring Dance ’15
March 27-28 at 7:30pm
Celebrate the arrival of the most joyful time of the year with K-State dance as we present an evening of tap, jazz, ballet and modern dance pieces performed by our students. Dance faculty and a guest artist will choreograph a variety of exciting pieces.
March 6-7, 2015
By Jessie Greenfield (Staged Reading by Drama Therapy grad student)
Directed by Cory Jennett
April 16-18, 2015
By Jean Paul Sartre
Translated from French by Logan Jones
Directed by Logan Jones
Two women and one man are locked up together for eternity in one hideous room in hell. The windows are bricked up; there are no mirrors; the electric lights can never be turned off; and there is no exit. The irony of this hell is that its torture is not of the rack and fire, but of the burning humiliation of each soul as it is stripped of its pretenses by the cruel curiosity of the damned. Here the soul is shorn of secrecy, and even the blackest deeds are mercilessly exposed to the fierce light of hell. It is an eternal torment.
You Can’t Take it with You
April 23-25; April 30-May 3, 2015
by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart
Directed by TBA
At first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before we realize that if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder. In contrast to these delightful people are the unhappy Kirbys. The plot shows how Tony, attractive young son of the Kirbys, falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore home on the wrong evening. The shock sustained by the Kirbys, who are invited to eat cheap food, shows Alice that marriage with Tony is out of the question.