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MCLA ANNOUNCES 2018-19 THEATRE SEASON 

 
Oct. 4, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) announces the theme its 2018-19 theatre season will be “Truth Will Out,” as the Department of Fine and Performing Arts features stories that examine who people are underneath their masks. The line-up will include a Berkshire premiere, a Shakespearean tragedy, a feminist theatre classic, a new dance festival that features students in MCLA’s new dance minor, and an experimental take on a 1980s cult classic musical.
 
According to Jeremy Winchester, assistant professor of theatre at MCLA, “We all present a face of our own choosing to those around us. Sometimes those faces closely resemble what’s going on inside, and sometimes not. But the longer we seek to conceal our truth, the greater the impact on those we love when the truth comes out.”
 
The “Truth Will Out” season will kick off in MCLA’s Venable Theatre on Friday, Oct. 19, with the Berkshire debut of “She Kills Monsters.” Other upcoming productions include “Macbeth,” to open on Friday, Nov. 30; “Cloud 9,” which will begin on March 22, 2019, and an MCLA Theatre Lab production of “Little Shop of Horrors,” which will take place May 3-4, 2019.
 
In addition, MCLA’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts will present its inaugural “Spring Dance Festival,” April 25-28, 2019, to showcase dance works created by emerging student choreographers, as well as MCLA faculty and alumni.
 
A dramatic comedy, “She Kills Monsters” by Qui Nguyen focuses on the nerdy outcast in all of us, according to the play’s director, Laura Standly, associate professor of theatre.
 
After the totally-weird Tilly dies, oh-so-average Agnes doesn’t know what to make of the geekery her sister left behind. In an effort to understand the gulf between them, she embarks on a quest of Tilly’s own design, rife with hostile faeries, randy ogres, awkward high schoolers, and broadswords.

“She Kills Monsters,” which will feature “Dungeons and Dragons” world creations by Berkshire painter, puppeteer, and theatre artist David Lane, opens on Oct. 19, with additional shows on Oct. 20, 26 and 27. All shows will begin at 8 p.m., with matinee performances taking place at 2 p.m. on Oct. 20 and 28. A talkback will be hosted after the 8 p.m. show on Saturday, Oct. 27.

William Shakespeare’s tragic masterpiece, “Macbeth,” about the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake, will open on Friday, Nov. 30. Additional performances will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1, and from Dec. 7 through Dec. 9. Co-directed by Lane and Standley, with scenic and lighting designs by Winchester, and costumes designed by Andrea Williams, assistant theatre professor, this production of “Macbeth” will feature young people from the local Berkshire community and explore contemporary fascism and the effects of modern warfare.

Standley also will direct the feminist classic “Cloud 9,” a two-act play written by British playwright Caryl Churchhill. This play is about accepting people who are different and not dominating them or forcing them into particular social roles. Victorian repression clashes with liberal expression as the audience follows a British family from colonial Africa to London in the 1970s and explores the ever-changing world of sexual politics.
“Cloud 9” will run March 8-9 and March 12-14, 2019.
 
Wrapping up the season will be an MCLA Theatre Lab production of “Little Shop of Horrors,” May 3-4, 2019, when MCLA’s performing arts program’s laboratory for student experimental work takes on the ’80s cult musical that celebrates the anarchic humor of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. Winchester will direct this production, to be created by the students of Theatre Lab.
For more information or to reserve tickets, please call the box office at (413) 662-5123 or go to https://mcla.ticketleap.com.
 
The Theatre Program at MCLA develops innovative theatre artists prepared for careers in theatre and graduate study. In the intimate, culturally rich setting of the Berkshires, students hone their craft through intensive studio training and hands-on experience, within the context of their broader liberal arts education. Opportunities for practical experience abound, from courses in acting, directing, design and production to working alongside a faculty of talented professionals in our award-winning production season. On stage and in the classroom, theatre students at MCLA make theatre of the highest quality, as they explore the rich tradition of this unique, multi-disciplinary art form. www.mcla.edu/academics/undergraduate/fineandperformingarts/theatre

To download images for "She Kills Monsters," go to https://flic.kr/s/aHskJCP3PJ.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth’s public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.