Past Productions


The Secret Gardenphoto from The Secret Garden
Book and lyrics by Marsha Norman
Music by Lucy Simon
Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett
McKenna Theatre
October 16-26, 2003

Through the lyrical shimmer of Lucy Simon's music, and the Tony Award-winning book by Marsha Norman, The Secret Garden is a world where lost loves are found, lost lives are saved, spring comes again, and beauty reigns. The Secret Garden tells the story of Mary Lennox, a lonely little girl who is sent to live with her uncle Archibald in Yorkshire after being orphaned by a cholera epidemic in India. Still grieving over the loss of his beloved wife Lily who died ten years earlier during childbirth an distraught over the condition of his bedridden son, Archibald casts a dark shadow over the manor until Mary discovers a secret garden that had once belonged to Lily. By nursing this garden back to live, Mary somehow restores life to her grieving uncle and his sick son.


The Heidi Chronicles
photo from The Heidi Chronicles By Wendy Wasserstein
November 13-23, 2003
Parker Theatre

Comprising a series of interrelated scenes, the play traces the coming of age of Heidi Holland, a successful art historian, as she tries to find her bearings in a rapidly changing world. Gradually distancing herself from her friends, she watches them move from the idealism and political radicalism of their college years through militant feminism and, eventually, back to the materialism that they had sought to reject in the first place. On her own path to maturity, Heidi comes to accept the fact that liberation can be achieved only if one is true to oneself, with goals that come out of need rather than circumstance. She begins to find a sense of fulfillment and continuity that may well continue to elude the others of her anxious, self-centered generation.

The Heidi Chronicles won the Pulitzer Prize, the Tony Award, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award, and others.


The Hairy Ape
By Eugene O'Neill
photo from The Hairy Ape February 26-March 7, 2004
Parker Theatre

Before Eugene O'Neill, most American drama was farce or melodrama. O'Neill, however, embraced the theater as a venue to work out serious social issues and ideas, transforming it into a serious and important cultural institution. Considered one of the prime achievements of Expressionism theatre The Hairy Ape harshly criticizes a world in which industrialization has alienated the human worker, and has reduced him to a machine. Performed by a cast of more than 50 actors, this production is significant for its symbolic use of masks and movement, an original audio score, and for experimentation with expressionistic dialogue and action.


Fresh Dance
McKenna Theatre
photo from Fresh Dance April 22-May 2, 2004

The popular annual production of the Department of Theatre Arts has been extended to a two-week run. Student and professional dancers perform and choreograph works across the spectrum of dance. Guest artists include Leajato Amara Robinson, a principal performer in the hit show "Tap Dogs." Robinson, who is Artist-in-Residence throughout the Spring '04 semester, will perform and choreograph original works for his students. Also featured are performances by the group Figures in Flight, Susan Slotnick, artistic director; dancers from Madeline's Dance Center in Highland, New York, who were heralded for their recent performance at the Royal Gala 2003, held at the Bardavon in November; and Pandit Satya Narayana Charka, a dancer, choreographer, and teacher specializing in Kathak, the classical dance of North India. Fresh Dance is divided into two programs and each weekend features a mix of student performances, plus professional and local companies.