Presenting the 2013-2014 Season:
Exploring World and Self
From survival in war-torn Latin America to a comical farce in Italy, then sailing on a Spanish ship to Fifth Avenue in New York in a Pop/Rock musical revue, and ending the journey with thought-provoking and entertaining One Acts and New Works from our students, the 2013-2014 theatre season is set for adventure, fantasy, discovery, inspiration, compassion and empathy.
The season begins in a war-torn, unidentified country in Latin America with NIGHT TRAIN TO BOLINA written by Miami native and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz and directed by Fabio Polanco. Two children use fantasy as a means of escaping the calamity of combat, as well as their own abused and impoverished lives. Starving, battered, neglected and looking for a way to flee the guerrilla warfare ravishing their home, Mateo and Clara flee their devastated rural village for the city of Bolina, a mythical metropolis where "kites go to die." Dancing on a fine line between innocent fantasy and harsh reality, Mateo and Clara explore their imaginations in a world of dark mysticism and denied love.
We then travel to Italy for Carlo Goldini's classic comedy THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS as adaptedy by Constance Congdon and directed by Scott Hudson. Identities are mistaken, engagements are broken and lovers are reunited in this physical comedy masterpiece. Mayhem erupts when the wily—and chronically hungry—servant Truffaldino hatches a zany scheme to double his wages (and his meals) by serving two masters at once. A high-flung/low-brow comedy serves up fine singing, chicken dancing, fish juggling and pop culture references. Whether it’s date night or ladies’ night, you don’t want to miss this sometimes bawdy, always charming hit.
From the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to a ledge 57 stories above Fifth Avenue, audiences meet a startling array of characters in SONGS OF A NEW WORLD with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown and co-direction by Teresa Durbin-Ames and Emily Jeppesen. Billed as a series of songs, connected by the theme 'the moment of decision,' this Pop/Gospel/Jazz cabaret features characters ranging from a young man who has determined that basketball is his ticket out of the ghetto to a woman whose dream of marrying rich nabs her the man of her dreams and a soulless marriage. This driving, exquisitely crafted score runs the gamut of today’s popular music.
The season ends following the journey of our talented students in EXPERIENCE/EXPERIMENT: A One Acts & New Works Festival. Each evening a variety of one-act plays and new works are performed which are directed, designed and performed by theatre students. By challenging themselves mentally and physically with thought-provoking results, senior projects include new works by Jay Kunzi ("That's What I'm Dreamin‘"), Benjamin Isaiah Black ("The Response"), Kelsey Bowens ("The Freak Parade: A Student-Bred, Student-Led Improv Experiment") and Christian Neely & Jacob Poiner ("Due Today!? The Life of a Full-time College Student") while the advanced directing class presents their one act project.
Join Ashland University Theatre for a season of great entertainment and personally experience this journey through LIVE theatre.
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