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2002-2003

photo from Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
McKenna Theatre
October 3-13, 2002


This classic American musical is the stage version of Damon Runyon's delightful story The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown. Love and marriage are riding on one roll of the dice in this hilarious tale of tinhorn gamblers and sentimental chorus girls in New York's Times Square. With a bright, brassy, and immortal score by Frank Loesser, this enchanting show is a perennial favorite of young and old alike, and is one of the most popular musical comedies of all time.

 

How I Learned to Drive
By Paula Vogel
photo from How I Learned to Drive Parker Theatre
November 14-24, 2002


Paula Vogel's 1998 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama portrays the delicate, complex, and troubling relationship between a young woman, Li'l Bit, and her uncle. Filled with surprising humor and startling honesty, Vogel's play takes us on a harrowing journey down the bumpy roads of rural Maryland in the 1960s and 1970s. Li'l Bit learns the rules of the road-and of life-from behind the wheel as she shares her vivid memories of Uncle Peck. It is a potent drama of forgiveness and survival. This play contains strong language, adult situations, and sexual content.

 

photo from Fresh DanceFresh Dance
McKenna Theatre,
February 7-9, 2003


Fresh Dance unites student and professional dancers in performance works ranging from Irish step dancing to hip-hop, modern and ballet. Student choreographers offer solo and ensemble numbers accompanied by classical music and soundtracks from contemporary film. The Takehiro Ueyama Dance Company, members of which also dance with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, premieres "Wings," a three-movement suite. Choreographer Demetrius Klein offers "In the Garden Alone," a work that takes its cue from the American south and combines dance and monologue, performed to the hymn "Amazing Grace." This event is always inventive, energetic, and fresh!

 

 

A Doll House
By Henrik Ibsen
Translated by Rick Davis and Bphoto from A Doll Houserian Johnston
Parker Theatre
February 27-March 9, 2003


This startling drama is one of the masterpieces of modern theatre. When the dark secret from Nora's past is revealed, scandal and ruin threaten to tear her family apart. Nora is forced to choose between duty and love in this fascinating journey of self-discovery. Ibsen's landmark play is as striking and as gripping as ever.

 

 

Tartuffe
By Moliere
photo from Tartuffe Translated by Ranjit Bolt
McKenna Theatre
April 24-May 4, 2003

This classic comedy is powerful and wickedly funny. Orgon, a well-to-do Parisian, has been so duped by the hypocritical religiosity of a beggar named Tartuffe, that he has made Tartuffe the honored guest in his household. In no time at all, Tartuffe has made himself right at home, stealing Orgon's property, his wealth, and his wife.

The themes explored in Moliere's hilarious satire-written over 300 years ago-are still relevant today. Moliere not only changed the face of French classical comedy, but has gone on to influence the work of other dramatists the world over.