Gannon University Announces 2014-15 Schuster Theatre Season
Posted: September 18, 2014
For a quarter century, Rev. Shawn Clerkin, has been a teacher,
mentor, director, and occasionally, a colleague on the stage of
Gannon University's Schuster Theatre. Such an anniversary usually
calls for a toast, but instead, the Schuster Theatre will dip into
the bucket for its 2014-2015 season.
To celebrate his silver anniversary year at Gannon, Clerkin
chose a "bucket list" of favorite plays, or productions that he has
always wanted to mount.
The first of these is "Loot," the dark mid-'60s farce by Joe
Orton, whom Clerkin places in a tradition of English wit that dates
back to Shakespeare. "It's naughty but not so naughty we can't
enjoy it," Clerkin said. "And a good comedy is a great way to start
"Striking 12," is next on the schedule, Clerkin's first holiday
show in a long time. "Striking 12," is a contemporary take on Hans
Christian Andersen's "The Little Match Girl" created by the New
York- based theatrical power-pop trio GrooveLily. It's an
alternative holiday play that incorporates pop, rock and jazz
According to Clerkin, he first listened to the original cast
recording on a drive back fro Erie and was so moved by the
"incredible music, lush harmonies, hysterical lyrics and moving
seasonal tale that I had to pull over twice because I couldn't see
the road, first from laughter and then from tears," he said. "I
love this musical and am happy to be the first to bring it to
Clerkin was among the 10 Gannon University students and three
faculty members who presented a play, "Whimsical Grimm," at the
International Collegiate Theatre Festival, which runs concurrently
and in coordination with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The
festival in Scotland's capital city is the largest arts festival in
the world, and in its spirit of inquiry and exploration, Gannon
University's theatre department presents its own Fringe Festival of
theater every year.
This year's edition will take place in February and several
local companies will participate, including PACA, Dramashop and All
An Act. Like its counterpart in Scotland, the performances in
Gannon's Fringe Festival will take place in various venues in the
city of Erie, including the Schuster Theatre.
George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion" will end the Schuster
Theatre's season. "It has great characters, and asks pointed
questions about what keeps us in our economic states. Those
questions have not changed, and might be more urgent now," Clerkin
says, adding "but it's also Shaw, with great comedy, but also a
sense of social justice. ' Pygmalion' is a play for the ages. I
can't think of no better end to my 'bucket list' season."
Oct. 2-4 8 p.m.
Oct. 9-11 8
Oct. 12 2 p.m.
4-6 8 p.m.
23-25 8 p.m.
April 30 - May
2 8 p.m.