The MCLA Theatre Program invites you to our 2019-2020 season! Our season is an extension of our classroom, as well as an important connection to our liberal arts mission. We provide a diverse range of theatrical experiences that challenge and inspire, all at an affordable price!
In addition to the plays, hear faculty and student artists, as well as community scholars and activists delve into the rich themes of our productions with our panel discussions and audience talk-backs.
A line-up of ambitious classics and exciting new works, including a ground-breaking masterpiece, a gritty revival of a classic musical, a powerful Pulitzer Prize winner, and a documentary-style portrait of an American tragedy.
(North Adams) - The Fine and Performing Arts (FPA) Department at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) has announced its 2019-2020 Theatre Program season. It will include a classic story of desire, choice, and class warfare, a post modern take on a classic musical, a darkly comic fable about family wounds, and a deeply complex portrait of a tragic murder.
The season performances will be in MCLA’s Venable Theater, and will feature discussions with local experts, casts and creatives following all second Saturday evening performances. Critical Response Sessions based on Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process will be held with audience, cast and creatives following each production.
2019-2020 Season Line-Up
August Strindberg’s ground-breaking masterpiece is brought to life in a new version by David Eldridge, from a literal translation by Charlotte Barslund. The Count's beautiful daughter, Miss Julie, feels trapped and alone, while his handsome and rebellious footman, Jean, feels frustrated with his position. In the course of an evening, a passion is ignited that soon spirals out of control. Strindberg's 1889 masterpiece which caused such a scandal when first produced that it was banned, is now hugely popular for its viscerally honest portrait of the class system and human sexuality.
The play will be directed by David Lane (Artist-in-Residence), and will feature costumes designed by Declan McDermott ’21 (Theatre and Arts Management major), scenery designed by Jeremy Winchester (Assistant Professor, Theatre), and lights designed by Jarret Garland ’20 (Theatre and Psychology major).
October 18 - October 27, 2019
Cy Coleman, Dorothy Fields, and Neil Simon’s musical adaptation of the Federico Fellini film The Nights of Cabiria, where the diehard romantic dancehall girl, Charity Hope Valentine, navigates her way through misfortune in life and love. Director and choreographer, Laura Standley (Associate Professor, Theatre), brings a postmodern take to the show, highlighting the emotional predicament women in poverty face as they strive for a life of personal freedom, dignity, and respect.
With scenic and lighting designs by Jeremy Winchester (Assistant Professor, Theatre) and costumes designed by our new faculty in the Fine and Performing Arts department, Michaela Petrovich (Assistant Professor, Theatre).
November 15 - November 24, 2019
Suzan-Lori Parks riveting Pulitzer Prize winner about family wounds and healing bonds. Two brothers, Lincoln and Booth, locked in a battle of wits as quick as their game of Three Card Monte, struggle to come to terms with their identity and what history has handed them, even their names. With her trademark explosive language in this darkly comic, deeply theatrical fable, Suzan Lori-Parks explores the deepest of connections, and what it means to be a family man.
Guest artist, Rodney Creech (Artist-in-Residence), returns to direct this comic drama, which the New York Times calls “dazzlingly written,” that shows what it means to be an African-American man in the U.S. today.
March 6 - March 12, 2020
The documentary-style portrait of an American tragedy by Moises Kauffman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project. In Oct. 1998, Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, severely beaten and left to die, tied to a fence on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. Five weeks later, Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie, and over the course of the next year, conducted more than 200 interviews with people of the town. From these interviews they wrote the play, a chronicle of the life of the town of Laramie in the year after the murder.
Guest artist, Sara Katzoff (Artist-in-Residence) returns to direct this deeply moving and complex portrait of a murder, that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.
April 24 - May 3, 2020
Further information about discussion events, complete casting and additional production information will be announced at a later date.
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