Theatre and Dance Productions
The 2017-2018 Season
Theatre and Dance, as studied at The College of Wooster, emphasizes the relationship between scholarship, artistry, and advocacy investigating the range and depth of the human experience. The curriculum provides an educational experience through critical and creative thinking and writing, developing the artist/scholar/advocate. This model also informs our production season and Senior Independent Study program and contributes to the diversity of traditional and non-canonical performances and courses. Each season offers students opportunities to develop their skills as writers, performers, directors, designers, technicians, and/or dancers, as well as bringing provocative, thoughtful and engaging entertainment to our audiences of all ages. So join us for the 2017-18 Season, which promises something for everyone!
Fall Senior Weekend
Acting Recital - George Marn
September 28, 29 & 30, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
So often the gendered expectations of our society are disseminated through media, and theatre is no exception. Intimidation or Emasculation? explores the way in which our society tells men and boys to act, through behavior shown in plays and musicals.
Directing - Helen Rooker
Nine by Jane Shepard
Two women are held in inexplicable captivity. These women, stripped of their names, know only as 1 and 2, have words as their only comfort and currency.
Directed by Shirley Huston-Findley
October 26, 27 & 28 and November 1, 2 & 3 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Follow Euripedes' Medea as she negotiates the spectrum between between logic and emotion when betrayed by the man for whom she sacrificed it all. As a foreigner in a foreign land, she is ultimately left with the only choice possible.
FALL DANCE CONCERT
Directed by Kim Tritt
November 16, 17 & 1, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
This informal concert showcases the work of student choreographers, dancers and lighting designers. I the intimate setting of Freedlander-in-the-round, audiences come face-to-face with contemporary modern dance.
Devised Performance - Vincent Meredith
February 2 & 3, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
A Devised Performance that contributes to the conversation regarding authenticity of indigenous performance forms from Oceanic cultures by asking how might ethnography through documentary source material be used as a tool to devise a performance that explores the harmful impacts of "staged authenticity" in contemporary tourist performances in Hawai′i?
Celebrating Heroes from History: Two Plays for Young Audiences
Directed by Jimmy A. Noriega
March 2 & 3, 2018, 7:00 p.m. and March 3 & 4, 2018, 2:00 p.m.
Tomás and the Library Lady
Adapted by José Cruz Gonzalez
From the book by Pat Mora
Escape to Freedom: A Play about Young Frederick Douglass
By Ossie Davis
Tomás and the Library Lady is the true story of beloved Mexican-American author and educator Tomás rivera. The child of migrant farmworkers, he often misses school in order to help in the fields alongside his family. One day he meets a library lady who shows him the world of books. Her lessons and kindness stay with him and change his life forever. Escape to Freedom depicts the story of African American hero Frederick Douglass. Born a slave, he struggles to learn to read as a strategy for gaining freedom. He goes on to become a famed abolitionist, author, and orator. These two plays are presented for people and families of all ages and backgrounds.
Spring Dance Concert
Directed by Kim Tritt
April 19, 20, & 21, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
In our most formal dance concert we feature the works of faculty, advanced student choreographers, and a guest artist from the diverse world of contemporary modern dance.