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Theater Program Productions

SPRING 2014

Shoestring Series
The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later by Moises Kaufman and Tectonic Theater Project
directed by Jonathan Yukich
April 10, 11, and 12 @ 8pm

Synopsis
In 1998, Laramie, WY, was rocked by the torture and murder of Matthew Shepard, a young man who was targeted by locals because he was gay. In the aftermath of the tragedy, members of Tectonic Theater Project conducted interviews with townspeople and nearby locals about their experiences and perspectives. The resulting documentary-style theatrical piece, The Laramie Project, became a widely produced piece of empathetic, activist theater in regional theaters, colleges and universities, and other venues throughout the world. The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later is a subsequent theatrical project. Ten years after Matthew Shepard's death, Tectonic returned to Laramie, re-interviewing previously interviewed individuals and adding additional interviews. The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later investigates the reverberations of tragedy and hate on a small town, echoes that are sometimes frightening and sometimes hopeful, all impacting the connections and tensions that make up our local, national, and human community.


Spring Musical
Spring Awakening: The Musical

Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater, Music by Duncan Sheik
(based on the play by Frank Wedekind)
directed by Rachel Anderson-Rabern
music direction by Coralie Gallet
May 1-3 @ 8pm
May 3 and 4 @ 2pm
For mature audiences only: Recommended for ages 17+

Synopsis
Spring Awakening: The Musical won 8 Tony awards, 4 Drama Desk awards, and a Grammy for the original Broadway production that opened in 2006. It unfolds as a contemporary re-imagining of Frank Wedekind's controversial 1891 play through counterpoint with rock music. Spring Awakening, originally subtitled "A Children's Tragedy," explores the inner fantasies and complex behavior of teenagers living in an oppressive and authority-driven society. Within the tightly constrictive confines of this world, young men and young women contend with frustration, fear of failure, erotic desire, loneliness, violence, and emotional betrayal. Awakening is, the play proposes, an act of seeking knowledge. Whether that knowledge is sexual, philosophical, or political, its denial has dangerous consequences.

Past Productions

2013-2014
Fall 2013:
Woody Allen’s Death: A Play, directed by Jonathan Yukich, Dodds Theater
Mary Zimmerman's The Secret in the Wings, directed by Rachel Anderson-Rabern, Dodds Theater

2012-2013

Fall 2012:
Arcadia
by Tom Stoppard, directed by Rachel Anderson-Rabern, Dodds Theater
Musical Theater Cabaret, directed by Heather Reba, Alumni Lounge

Spring 2013:  
War Story, directed by Rachel Anderson-Rabern, German Club
Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, directed by Heather Reba, Dodds Theater
Student New Works Festival

2011-2012 
Fall 2011:
Stepping Out
by Richard Harris, directed by Heather Reba, Dodds Theater

Spring 2012:
Little Shop of Horrors
by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, directed by Heather Reba, Dodds Theater

2010-2011
Fall 2010:
Wilder and Wilder
: two one-act plays by Thornton Wilder, "The Long Christmas Dinner" and "Pullman Car Hiawatha," directed by Bob Boles, Dodds Theater

Spring 2011:
Rent
by Jonathan Larson, directed by Bob Boles, Dodds Theater