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Department of Drama | 2014-2015 Season

Every Tongue Confess

by Marcus Gardley
Directed by Theresa M. Davis
Ruth Caplin Theatre
October 9-11, October 15-17, 2014 at 8pm and October 19, 2014 at 2pm

A series of church burnings in and around a tiny Alabama town force its residents to confront harsh personal, historical and cultural realities in Marcus Gardley’s acclaimed Every Tongue Confess. The secular sounds of the blues mix with soaring gospel in this metaphorical and metaphysical tale covering generations’ worth of love, loss and redemption, and mixing a small town’s history with timeless Biblical lessons and news headlines that repeat themselves far too often in our world.

Presented with support from the Office of the Provost and the Vice Provost for the Arts and in cooperation with The Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies.

The Rimers of Eldritch

by Lanford Wilson
Directed by Doug Grissom
Ruth Caplin Theatre
November 13-15, November 19-22, 2014 at 8pm

When a murder and assault rock a rapidly decaying mid-20th Century Missouri town, the question is not who did it, but why? The process of answering this question peels back the layers and exposes a side of themselves the townspeople never wanted to see. Pulitzer Prize winner Lanford Wilson’s 1966 play offers a fascinating, haunting, and enduring look at the difference between the people we think we are and the reality that rests closer to our often murky moral centers.

Fall Experimental Dance Concert

Culbreth Theatre
November 20-22, 2014 at 7:30pm

Vodka Variations
an evening of Chekhov shorts

Adapted from the works of Anton Chekhov by Marianne Kubik
Directed by Marianne Kubik
Ruth Caplin Theatre
February 19-21,2015 and February 25-28, 2015 at 8pm

Join us for a spirited toast to Russian culture and Anton at his funniest.  In this libation of Chekhov’s one-act plays and adapted short stories, we are reminded of just how tipsy-turvy human nature can be, no matter the century.  From the streets of 1880s Moscow come everyday people who misjudge, misinterpret, and mistake the world around them simply because they crave the intoxication of life and love.  As Chekhov himself once observed: “Any idiot can face a crisis; it’s this day-to-day living that wears you out.”

Heather Raffo’s

9 Parts of Desire

Directed by Kate Burke
Helms Theatre
March 25-28, 2015 at 8pm and Marc
h 28 & 29, 2015 at 2pm

Heather Raffo’s internationally-acclaimed show examines the lives, hopes, dreams and fears of nine Iraqi and Iraqi-American women in the time between the first and second Gulf Wars. From a sexy painter to a radical communist to an ex-pat in London to a woman watching her country torn apart daily via American television, Raffo explores previously uncharted territory to capture what it means to be a woman against a backdrop of war and violence. John Lahr of the New Yorker called it “an example of how art can remake the world.”

Presented with support from the Office of the Provost and the Vice Provost for the Arts.

Spring Dance Concert

Ruth Caplin Theatre
April 9-11, 2015 at 8pm

Wonderful Town

Book by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov
(Based upon the Play “My sister Eileen” by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov and the stories by Ruth McKenney)
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Sketches for “What A Waste” by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Directed by Robert Chapel
Culbreth Theatre
April 16-18, 2015 and April 22-24, 2015 at 8pm and April 25, 2015 2pm

This charming and high-spirited Broadway classic tells the story of the Sherwood sisters, who leave the comforts of their Ohio home behind in 1935 for the heart of bohemia in Greenwich village.  Their professional, social, and romantic misadventures soon became the stuff of Broadway legend, earning the show five Tony Awards and making in an international sensation thanks to a delightful story and unforgettable tunes like “A Little Bit In Love” and “Ohio.”