by Johnna Adams
Directed by J. Kevin Doolen
October 1, 2, 3 • 7:30 p.m.
October 2, 3, 4 • 2 p.m.
Black Box Theatre, $12 / $10 / $5
Over the course of a 90-minute parent/teacher conference, a grieving mother and an emotionally overwhelmed primary school teacher engage in a fraught conversation about the tragic suicide of Gidion, the mother’s son and the teacher’s student. Gidion may have been bullied severely — or he might have done the abusing. As his story slowly reveals itself, the women try to reconstruct a satisfying explanation for Gidion’s act as well come to terms with their excruciating feelings of culpability.
“a particularly eloquent study of people caught between the competing demands of reason, morality and family…harrowing…a narrative that is as elegant as it is chilling.”
- The Washington Post
Gidion’s Knot is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York
Oct. 2 matinee performance is in support of the EIU-BVC Bullying Prevention Conference. There will be an audience talkback immediately following the Oct. 2 evening performance.
JAMES JOYCE’S THE DEAD
Book by Richard Nelson
Music by Shaun Davey
Lyrics Conceived and Adapted by Richard Nelson & Shaun Davey
Directed by Jean Wolski
November 11 – 14 • 7:30 p.m.
November 15 • 2 p.m.
Black Box Theatre, $12 / $10 / $5
“The Misses Morkans’ annual Christmas party was always a great musical affair. Never once did it fall flat. For 30 years there was a party. And for 30 years, everyone sang - and everyone danced.” Winner of the 2000 Tony Award for Best Musical Book, this sparkling, intimate musical, adapted from Joyce’s literary masterpiece, portrays a homespun Yuletide party in Dublin of 1904 with Irish music, dancing, food, drink and good fellowship. Come partake of this musical celebration of the season and discover the nostalgia of a bygone era. Nollaig Shona Duit! Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL RADIO PLAY
The classic Campbell Playhouse 1939 dramatization of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens
Directed by Christopher Gadomski
December 3-5 • 7:30 p.m.
December 6 • 2 p.m.
The Globe Studio, $5
A staged reading of the beloved Christmas tale of Ebenezer Scrooge comes to the Theatre Department’s smallest stage, the Globe Studio. Done in a classic radio play style, watch performers create an entire cast of characters using only their voices as they are supported with live sound effects on stage in front of you, the studio audience. Experience the feel of an old time radio play and some holiday cheer with this classic tale.
ONE-ACT PLAY FESTIVAL
Written and Directed by Jason Tague
*Warning! Theatrical use of gunfire will be used in this production!
by Brendon Bates
Directed by Imani McDaniel
February 25 - 27 • 7:30 p.m.
February 28 • 2 p.m.
Black Box Theatre, $5
ROMEO + JULIET
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Anne Thibault
April 15,16,21,22,23 • 7:30 p.m.
April 24 • 2 p.m.
The Theatre, $12 / $10 / $5
Shakespeare at the edge of the world: join a group of students who break out of their life’s strict regime when they discover a forbidden copy of Shakespeare’s great love story and bring it to life using found objects and their own sense of theatricality. The familiar story becomes new in this retelling when play turns serious and truths about their own lives, and our own, emerge.